Gary Fireman, PhD

Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology

Currently accepting students for Fall 2014

Phone: 617-305-6368
Fax: 617-367-2924
Office: Donahue Building, Rm. 610


  • PhD, Long Island University
  • MA, Long Island University
  • BA, University of Michigan

Internship: Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Hillside Hospital; Postdoctoral Fellowship: City University of New York, Graduate Center; Licensed Clinical Psychologist, MA, TX, NY.

Specialty Areas

Developmental psychopathology; child and adolescent treatment; social competence.

My research interest is in the role of emotional complexity, intensity and experience in relation to judgment, social reasoning, personal narrative, and sleep quality. I am particularly interested in applying these research concerns to understanding children and adolescents who are identified as aggressive, rejected, peer-victimized, and as having poor emotional regulation and limited pro-social skills. I am also interested in emotion functioning in relation to sleep quality, nightmares and disturbed dreaming, and related cognitive processes. My clinical interests include child, adolescent, and adult therapy; family therapy; psychological and psycho-educational assessment.

Selected Publications

Smithyman, T., Fireman, G.D., Asher, Y. (under review) The long-term psychosocial adjustment of elementary-school victims of bullying.

Taylor, N., Fireman, G.D., Levin, R. (2013). Trait hostility, perceived stress, and sleep quality in a sample of normal sleepers. Sleep Disorders, 1-9.

Horner, S. B., Fireman, G. D., Wang, E. W. (2010). The relation of student behavior, peer status, race, and gender to decisions about school discipline using CHAID decision trees and regression modeling. Journal of School Psychology. 48(2), 135-161.

Fireman, G. D. & Kose, G. (2010). Perspective Taking.  In E. H.Sandberg & B. L. Spritz (Eds.), A clinician's guide to normal cognitive development in childhood (pp. 85-100). New York, NY: Routledge.

Larsen, J.T., To, Y. M. & Fireman, G. (2007). Children's understanding and experience of mixed emotions. Psychological Science, 18, 186-191.

Courses Taught

PSYCH 408 - Senior Seminar: History and Systems of Psychology
PSYCH 719 - History and Systems of Psychology
PSYCH 738 - Clinical Practicum and Ethics IA