SUNY Oneonta

Faculty & Staff


Craig F. Bielert, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Psychology; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology

161 Fitzelle Hall

Dr. Bielert is a psychobiologist with interests in psychoneuroendocrinology. He is interested in human/primate continuities and teaches psychology courses in areas overlapping psychology, biology and anthropology.



Julia C.Blau, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
147 Fitzelle Hall

Julia C. Blau, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
Dr. Blau is an ecological perceptual psychologist. She researches how the structure of event perception affects our cognition, our emotions, and our ability to succeed.


Michael Brown, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
144 Fitzelle Hall

Michael Brown, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)
Dr. Brown is a social-cognitive psychologist. He
studies decision-making and attitudes, particularly as they apply to issues involving gender, sexuality, and the law.


Charlene Christie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
149 Fitzelle Hall

Charlene Christie, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)
Dr. Christie is a social psychologist. She researches
stereotyping and prejudice, intergroup relations, social identity, and deviance.



Robert Kirk, Ph.D., C.D.P.
Assistant Professor
145 Fitzelle Hall

Dr. Kirk is a developmental psychologist who specializes in adult development and aging. His interests include: motivation, identity and self-consciousness, decision-making, emotional intelligence, stereotypes, online behavior, cannabis use, and successful aging.


Katherine S. Lau, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
172 Fitzelle Hall

Dr. Lau is an applied developmental psychopathologist. Her research focuses on the development of personality and aggression, as well as racial health disparities in at-risk and juvenile-justice involved youth.


Geoffrey O'Shea, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
120 Fitzelle Hall

Dr. O'Shea is a cognitive psychologist whose research interests include memory, implicit learning, musical cognition, and historical studies on reaction time research.


Ursula Sanborn-Overby,

Assistant Professor
148 Fitzelle Hall

Dr. Sanborn-Overby is a developmental psychologist. She researches the development of gender cognitions: how children learn about gender and how peoples’ ideas about gender change over time.


Yoko Takagi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
146 Fitzelle Hall
(607) 436-3311

Dr. Takagi is a developmental psychologist. Her research involves moral development, cross-cultural studies of social and moral development, parenting and parent-child relations, and children’s play.


James Zians, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
122 Fitzelle Hall

Dr. James Zians is a clinical psychologist. His research involves the role of psychology in health promotion, prevention, and behavior change. His interests include mood disorders and Community Psychology.


Jill Grundfest
Department Secretary
161 Fitzelle Hall

Jill Grundfest serves as the Psychology Department Secretary. Jill started in the Admissions Office at SUNY Oneonta in 2010. She has been at Milne Library as Interlibrary Loan Clerk since 2012. She has an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. She is an environmentalist, a cat person, and an avid reader of mysteries and sci-fi.

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Adjunct Faculty

Amy L. Benedict,
Adjunct faculty member

Amy has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. Amy believes that her mission in life is to help people make their dreams come true and to that end she has been working as a career counselor in higher education for over 25 years. In 2010, Amy completed an EdD in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Her dissertation is a collective case study entitled “The Impact of International Internships on Undergraduate College Students’ Career Development”. Amy started teaching PSYC 202 Careers in Psychology in the Fall semester 2012 and truly loves facilitating students’ career exploration in this format.


James M. Bercovitz, Ph.D.
Adjunct faculty member

Dr. Jim Bercovitz is a licensed psychotherapist working in Oneonta. He has taught our course in abnormal psychology and a seminar in neuropsychology.


Cathy Harris,

Adjunct faculty member

Cathy Harris is a licensed social worker with experience in the fields of mental health, domestic violence, addictions, hospice and forensic social work. She is especially interested in group therapy for forensic clients. She teaches the Special Topics course on the Psychology of Family Violence.


Stephanie Poplock
Adjunct Faculty Member

Dr. Stephanie Poplock is a licensed counseling psychologist and licensed clinical social worker. She is the Supervising Psychologist for Otsego County Mental Health Clinic, and the Deputy Director of Otsego County Community Services. Her primary clinical interests include adult psychopathology, with emphasis on affective, anxiety, and personality disorders. Her research interests include rural mental health and adult psychopathology. Dr. Poplock teaches courses in Personality Theory and Psychotherapy and Behavior Change.

Raphael Web

Raphael Web
Adjunct Faculty Member

Raphael Web has been a part of the SUNY Oneonta Community since 2000. Currently working in the IT department, Raphael previously worked as a behavior management specialist with developmentally disabled adults, as well as a daily living counselor with mentally ill adults in New York City. Raphael possesses a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook.

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