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, as well as 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. 

Horner, S., Asher, Y., & Fireman G.D. (2015). The impact and response to electronic bullying and traditional bullying among adolescents. Computers in Human Behavior, 49, 288-295.

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