Gary Fireman, PhD

Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology

Phone: 617-305-6368
Fax: 617-367-2924
Office: Donahue Building, Rm. 608


  • 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

Fireman, G.D., Levin, R., Pope, A.W. (2014). Narrative qualities of bad dreams and nightmares. Dreaming.

Smithyman, T., Fireman, G.D., Asher, Y. (2014) Long-term psychosocial consequences of peer victimization: From elementary to high school. School Psychology Quarterly, 29(1), 64-76. 

Levin, R., Fireman, G., Spendlove, S. & Pope, A (2011). The relative contribution of affect load and affect distress as predictors of disturbed dreaming. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 9, 1-11.

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.

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