Frank Gardner

Frank Gardner, Ph.D., ABPP

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Health SciencesExecutive Director, Doctor of Clinical PsychologyProfessor of Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology

School of Health Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, emotion regulation, anger, and sport psychology

Biography

Frank Gardner, PhD, ABPP, is the Executive Director of the PsyD program in clinical psychology, health emphasis, and professor of psychology and associate dean of the School of Health Sciences of Touro College. He is Professor of Behavioral Medicine at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University, is a licensed psychologist in the State of New York, is a board-certified clinical psychologist, and a Fellow of the Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Gardner was the founding editor of the Journal of Clinical Sports Psychology and has consulted with high-level professionals in professional sports, business, the military, and the performing arts. He is an expert in sport and performance psychology and has been a consultant for professional teams in Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association. He has previous experience leading two PsyD programs, including the attainment of APA accreditation for those programs.

Featured Research

An Exploration of the Mediators Between Childhood Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence

When trying to understand the etiology of interpersonal violence we sought to understand if childhood maltreatment alone was predictive of interpersonal violence or what other variables may contribute. We found that difficulties in emotion regulation significantly mediated the relationship between childhood maltreatment and physical aggression within the sample, meaning that difficulties in emotion regulation was the critical predictor of such violence.

Full Article: An Exploration of the Mediators Between Childhood Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence

Education

  • Ph.D., Combined Clinical and School Psychology, Hofstra University

Research

Dr. Frank Gardner's areas of clinical research include mindfulness-based interventions, anger and violence research and treatment, and the role of emotional acceptance and regulation on health.

Read the paper Dr. Gardner's co-authored An Exploration of the Mediators Between Childhood Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence (Violence and Victims, Volume 32, Number 4, 2017).

Publications

  • Gardner, F. L., & Moore, Z. E. (2020). Mindfulness in Sport Contexts. In G. Tenenbaum & R. C. Eklund (Eds.), Handbook of Sport Psychology (4th ed., pp. 738–750). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119568124.ch35
  • Glass, C. R., Pineau, T. R., Kaufman, K. A., Gardner, F. L., Moore, Z. E., & Baltzell, A. (2020). Clarifying the Mindfulness Muddle: A Response to Wilson and Gearity’s Book Review of Three Popular Mindfulness Interventions. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 11(2), 138–141. https://doi.org/10.1080/21520704.2020.1765287
  • Gardner, F. L. (2019). Psychological assessment in sport psychology. In M. H. Anshel, T. A. Petrie, & J. A. Steinfeldt (Eds.), APA handbook of sport and exercise psychology, Vol. 1. Sport psychology (pp. 59–76). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/0000123-004
  • Gross, M., Moore, Z. E., Gardner, F. L., Wolanin, A. T., Pess, R., & Marks, D. R. (2018). An empirical examination comparing the Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment approach and Psychological Skills Training for the mental health and sport performance of female student athletes. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 16(4), 431-451. doi:10.1080/1612197X.2016.1250802