ADHD Cultivating Compassion Project Team

Founding Director:

Dr. Francine Conway

Francine Conway, an accomplished scholar and clinical psychologist recognized for her work in aging and child psychopathology, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Conway, a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia University, earned her doctoral degree from the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University. She was a member of the faculty at Adelphi University’s Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies from 2003 until this year and served as the chair of its psychology program since 2008.

During her tenure at Adelphi, she developed and directed the institute's community-based mental health clinic that provides psychotherapy to children living in underserved communities.

"Dr. Conway brings an impressive combination of attributes to the leadership of GSAPP,” said Cathryn Potter, professor and dean of Rutgers’ School of Social Work, who headed the search committee. “She is a clinician, a bridge builder and a very able academic administrator. Most important, she is an accomplished leader who can work collaboratively with GSAPP faculty, students and community partners to envision and enact the next generation of professional psychology education and practice.”

Dr. Conway is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a university professor for the past 17 years.  She has eight years of academic administrative experience and served as the chair of the Psychology Department at Adelphi University from 2008 to 2016.  She is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia University and earned her Ph.D. from Adelphi’s Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. 


Dr. Stephanie Lyon

Stephanie Lyon is an assistant professor of clinical practice at the Graduate School of Applied an Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Dr. Lyon works primarily with the Cultivating Compassion Project/ADHD specialty training clinic, investigating psychodynamic, mentalization-based treatment for children and adolescents. Additionally, Dr. Lyon teaches in the department of applied psychology and provides psychodyanmically oriented supervision. Dr, Lyon earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at NYU-Bellevue Hospital Center. Prior to entering the field of psychology, Dr. Lyon taught elementary and middle school students and earned a master’s degree in education from New York University. She is licensed as a clinical psychologist in New Jersey and New York and maintains a private practice in South Orange, New Jersey, where she treats children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Dr. Lyon’s clinical interests include psychodynamic/relational theories, and working with adolescents and young adults, creative artists, the LGBTQ+ population, and those struggling with existential distress.

Program Coordinator:

Melissa Farsang

2020-2021 Clinical Training Cohort:

Alexis Mattia, Matthew Valdespino, Alma Campiani, Emily Brennan, Emma Harrison

2020-2021 Research Assistants:

Zariah Mekile, Mitchell Leysath, Ethan Mendelsohn

2019-2020 Training Cohort:

Melissa Farsang, Tara Kellman, Shoshana Mayer

2018-2029 Training Cohort:

Madelyn Silber, Jamal Waire, Shira Donath, Idil Franko, Joel Seltzer, Jackie Shinall