Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

Psychology Department

Clinical Faculty

Full-time clinical faculty in the M.S. in Addiction Studies


Nicholas Gallucci, Ph.D.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Gallucci is a generalist with a particular interest in the training of addiction counselors. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at University of Louisville. In 1985 he collaborated with Paul Baer, Ph.D., Chair of the Psychology Department at Baylor College of Medicine, on training programs for addiction counselors. In 1999, he established the only undergraduate psychology courses that meet IC&RC criteria for the certification of Addiction Counselors in Connecticut (CT) at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU). He participated in the development of the Master of Science program in Addiction Studies at WCSU. His research includes the study of patterns of addiction with the MMPI-2 and MMPI-A. More recently, he has studied applications of the Social Ecology Model in the prevention of substance abuse among collegian student-athletes.







Shane Murphy, Ph.D.

Dr. Murphys’s clinical and research expertise is in health and sport psychology. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy. He worked for two years at the Rutgers Alcohol Behavior Research Laboratory, and after completing his post-doc at Medical University of South Carolina he became the first full-time sport psychologist for the US Olympic Committee (USOC). He provided mental health services to athletes at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs and to the USA Olympic team at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. He developed a multimodal substance use prevention and assessment program at the OTC and hosted the influential Alcohol and Sport Conference at the USOC in 1990. In 2001 he joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Western Connecticut State University to develop training in health psychology. He became Chair of the Department in 2013.

Dr. Murphy is currently researching the reliability and validity of the proposed diagnosis of internet gaming disorder. His interests and skills in health psychology motivated him to co-develop a new evidence-based graduate training program for alcohol and drug counselors, the M.S. in Addiction Studies, which has begun admitting students for fall 2019. He has over 20 refereed publications, 20 book chapters, has written 3 books and has edited three major volumes in sport and health psychology. He served on American Psychological Association’s (APA) Council of Representatives 2016-2018 and is a member of the APA’s President’s Advisory Council on Applied Psychology.








Lindsay Oberleitner, Ph.D.

Dr. Oberleitner’s clinical and research expertise is in addiction. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Wayne State University.  Clinically, Dr. Oberleitner has provided direct client care in addiction since 2006, when she first worked in a methadone clinic, and she has been actively involved in substance use treatment facilities since that time. Most recently, Dr. Oberleitner was the Associate Director for a Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic at the Yale University School of Medicine, where she provided administrative and clinical supervision for an interdisciplinary team, and co-developed a prison re-entry addiction initiative with an identified focus on opioid overdose prevention, and served as faculty since 2013. Dr. Oberleitner provided clinical training and lead seminars on the intersections of chronic health problems, criminal justice, and addiction at Yale School of Medicine for psychology and psychiatry trainees. Dr. Oberleitner has over 30 publications within the field of addiction, specific to the intersection of chronic pain and opioid use, criminal justice and addiction, and addiction workforce development. In early 2019, Dr. Oberleitner joined the faculty at Western Connecticut State University. Dr. Oberleitner is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Connecticut.