PsyD Faculty

The Touro PsyD program is home to a distinguished and resourceful faculty that come from diverse backgrounds, with each faculty member having their own specialized interests and perspective on the intersection of psychology and medicine.

Our core faculty have professional expertise in areas like sports psychology and integrative community health care, and bring their practical knowledge and experience into their classroom teaching. Our faculty members also pursue unique research projects in their focus areas. A few of their research areas include the treatment of anger and violence through emotional regulation, technology’s impact on both health awareness and health disparities, and how to improve support services in the family care unit. Explore our individual faculty bios and learn more about their background, research areas and publications.

Core Faculty

Frank Gardner

Frank Gardner, Ph.D., ABPP

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Health Sciences

Executive Director, Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Professor of Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Jeffrey Gardere

Jeffrey Gardere, Ph.D., ABPP

Interim Director of Clinical Training, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, School of Health Sciences

Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Associate Professor of Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, School of Health Sciences

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Faye Walkenfeld, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Behavioral Science

Associate Professor of Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Sheindy Pretter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Contributing Faculty

Louis Primavera

Louis H. Primavera, PhD

Dean, School of Health Sciences

Professor of Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Janet Grotticelli

Janet Grotticelli, DO, MBA

Director of Primary Care, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Harlem Campus

Clinical Associate Professor, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, School of Health Sciences

Associate Professor of Primary Care, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Harlem Campus

Yali Werzberger, PsyD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Meira Orentlicher

Meira L Orentlicher, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Director of Research & Faculty Scholarship, School of Health Sciences

Associate Chair of Research & Scholarship, Occupational Therapy

Dissertation Committee & Research Coordination, Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Professor, Occupational Therapy