Psychology Faculty

Michael Ainette

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Phone: (845) 848-4103

Dr. Ainette received his B.A. in Psychology from Lehman College, and his M.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (with a health emphasis) from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. His research interests involve identification of risk and protective factors for health outcomes with emphasis on stress, social support, and self-regulatory processes. The courses he teaches include, but are not limited to, General Psychology I and II, Psychology of Personality, Cognitive Neuroscience, Abnormal Psychology, and History and Systems of Psychology. Dr. Ainette is the faculty advisor for psychology internships and the Psychology Club advisor, as well.

      Kelly M. Johnson

      Associate Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of Psychology

      Phone: (845) 848-4074

      Dr. Johnson received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from University of Delaware, an M.A. in General Experimental Psychology from California State University, Northridge, and a B.S. in International Finance from University of Southern California. Her research interests involve Intergroup Relations, particularly as anxiety and control are involved, and more recently, the effect of re-testing on students’ retention of course material. Among the courses Dr. Johnson teaches are Psychological Statistics, Quantitative Research Methods, Experimental Psychology and Social Psychology.

          Mathew Biondolillo

          Assistant Professor

          Phone: (845) 848-4071

          Dr. Biondolillo received his B.S. from Syracuse University and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. His research focuses on how people use autobiographical memory (memories of their own past experiences) to guide their behavior and decision making. He is particularly interested in how memories can be used as motivation for health behavior change. The courses he teaches include Developmental Psychology I and II, Adolescent Psychology, and Quantitative Research Methods. In addition, he is the faculty advisor for Psi Chi.

              David Chun

              Assistant Professor

              Phone: (845) 848-4070

              Dr. Chun received his B.S. in 2001 at Rutgers University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in 2010 at the University of California at Davis. His research interest primarily focuses on emotion, cognition, and their applications in attachment theory. In particular, he is interested in the cognitive processes underlying avoidant defenses and their impact on health and overall well-being. Dr. Chun teaches General Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Cultural Psychology.