Research Members

Philip T. Yanos, Professor

Philip T. Yanos, Ph.D. is a professor in the Psychology Department at John Jay College.  He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from St. John’s University in 1999 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Mental Health Services Research at Rutgers University in 2001.  He has been a faculty member at John Jay since 2006 and was previously a faculty member at in the Department of Psychiatry of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Professor Yanos first learned about mental health recovery in 1993, and since then, his over-riding professional goal has been to help facilitate recovery through research, direct clinical services, teaching, and mentoring/clinical supervision of professionals in training.  Currently, a major research interest is the effect of stigma on the identity of people with severe mental illness (including self- or internalized stigma) and ways to address it through professional and peer-led means.  He is the co-developer, with David Roe and Paul Lysaker of “Narrative Enhancement and Cognitive Therapy,” a group-based treatment which aims to address the effects of internalized stigma among people with severe mental illness.  He is the author of over 70 articles and book chapters, and is the principal investigator on 2 federally-funded projects: “Randomized Controlled Trial of Treatment for Internalized Stigma in Schizophrenia,” funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and “Examining Determinants of Community Participation among Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities,” funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.


Joseph S. DeLuca, Doctoral Student

Joe is a fifth year clinical psychology PhD student at CUNY Graduate Center, housed at John Jay College. He earned a joint BA/MA degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College in 2014, completing his MA thesis under the guidance of Dr. Yanos. The focus of his thesis was “political attitudes as predictors of mental health stigma.” His dissertation topic is “adolescent mental health stigma reduction,” and his dissertation project is a collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in order to evaluate one of its youth stigma reduction programs. His clinical and research interests include the development of serious mental illness (SMI); community integration and peer support for individuals with SMI; the multidimensionality of mental health stigma; mental wellness and help-seeking behaviors in university settings; forensic mental health and trauma; and mental health advocacy and stigma reduction. He is the co-founder and a past president of John Jay’s NAMI club.

Sarah Dure, Master’s Student

Sarah is a first year master’s student in the forensic psychology program at John Jay. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Queens College. Her research interests include recidivism, self-stigma, forensic risk factors, and trauma. After graduation Sarah hopes to earn a PhD in clinical psychology.


Lauren K. O’Connor, Doctoral Student

Lauren is a fourth year clinical psychology PhD student at CUNY Graduate Center, housed at John Jay College. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Economics from Tufts University in 2012. Prior to entering graduate school, Lauren worked in clinical research at McLean Hospital in both the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Program and Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Program. Working under the guidance of Dr. Yanos, Lauren’s thesis focused on experiences of stigma and self-stigma for LGBTQ individuals with severe mental illness and her dissertation will focus on factors associated with mental health stigma amongst clinical psychology doctoral students. Her clinical and research interests include psychosocial implications of oppression and intersectionality; stigma resistance; LGBTQ mental health; trauma; the relationship between trauma and psychosis; psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy.

Priya Reji, Master’s Student

Priya Reji is a second year master’s student in the Forensic Psychology program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Hunter College. She is passionate about research topics pertaining to the rehabilitation of patients within the forensic population, psychopathy, forensic risk assessments, the cultural aspects of assessments, and how internal stigma may exacerbate symptoms associated with major mental illnesses. She is also an executive member of the Master’s Student Research Group (MSRG) for Forensic Psychology on campus. Upon graduating with an M.A. in Forensic Psychology, Priya plans to apply to PhD programs in Clinical Psychology.


Jenna Seda, Master’s Student

Jenna Seda attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice as an undergraduate student from 2011 to 2015. During her time there she was an active member of the John Jay Honors Program and quickly became a member of both the Phi Eta Sigma and PSY CHI Honors societies. Her thesis work in predictors and stigma surrounding depression was conducted with Dr. Yanos. After presenting said thesis to her Honors program she graduated in May of 2015 with a degree in Forensic Psychology and a minor in Criminology. As of recently, Jenna found herself back at John Jay College to get her next degree. She is currently a 2nd year Masters student in the FMHC program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has been with the MHRecovery lab since 2014.



Sarah Zoubaa, Master’s Student 

Sarah is a second year master’s student in the Forensic Psychology program. She received a B.S. in Brain and Behavioral Sciences at Purdue University (May 2017). Prior to graduate school, she worked at Riverbend Hospital, an inpatient unit caring for patients with severe mental illness. Her research interests include forensic risk assessments, disorder related stigma, and rehabilitation of forensic psychiatric patients. Sarah hopes to earn a doctorate in Clinical Psychology following her master’s degree.


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