Mind Body Clinical Research Team


Adam Gonzalez, PhD

Dr. Gonzalez is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Founding Director of the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center. He is an expert in cognitive behavioral treatment for mood and anxiety disorders, dialectical behavior therapy, relaxation/mindfulness-based treatments and behavioral medicine. His program of research focuses on understanding the interplay of cognitive, emotional and behavioral health factors that may affect physical and mental health, as well as disease management among chronically ill populations. 

Dr. Gonzalez received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont, and he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. 

In addition to his responsibilities with the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center, Dr. Gonzalez is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.


Brittain Mahaffey, PhD 

Dr. Mahaffey is a licensed clinical psychologist and research scientist at the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center. She serves as the Center’s Operations Manager and directs several of the clinical research studies. She has extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, dialectical behavioral therapy, relaxation/mindfulness and behavioral medicine. Dr. Mahaffey’s research interests are focused on understanding and treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-morbid physical health problems. She also specializes in women’s health and the treatment of mood and anxiety problems during and after pregnancy. 

Dr. Mahaffey received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and completed a clinical internship at the Northport VA Medical Center. 



Clinical Providers
Genna Hymowitz, PhD
Lenore Canavarros, LCSW-R

Postdoctoral Associates
Minjung Shim, PhD
Angela Turner Dougherty, PhD

Research Support Staff
Amy Lee, MA
Amanda Mancuso, MA
Vincenza Caruso
Daniel Mackin, MA
Fran Ferayorni
Matthew Henninger

Undergraduate and Graduate Students
We currently have seven volunteer undergraduate students from Stony Brook University working with our team and one medical student. Students get exposure to all aspects of the research process including clerical and hands-on research tasks. They also have the opportunity to observe clinical interviews and treatment sessions. All students attend a weekly lab meeting and review scholarly papers for discussion.