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School of Psychology

Counseling Psychology Research Labs

Austen Anderson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Psychology

Doctorate from: University of Miami

Theoretical Orientation:  

Research Interests:  Lifestyle behaviors (e.g. diet, exercise, spending time in nature) and mental health and well-being. The psychology of engaging in natural environments. Nature-based interventions. Social determinants of health behaviors. 

Eric R. Dahlen, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Psychology 

Doctorate from: Colorado State University

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral

Research Interests: Overt and relational aggression/victimization among emerging adults, dysfunctional anger, college student mental health, and related areas.

Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab: The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is directed by Dr. Eric Dahlen and studies the role of personality and individual differences in a variety of aggressive and other morally transgressive behaviors. Recent work has focused on dark personality traits (e.g., psychopathy, narcissism, Machiavellianism), moral disengagement, and anger in understanding relational aggression and cyber aggression. We recently started a series of studies to examine the possible impact of peer victimization on college student mental health and well-being.  

Melanie Leuty, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of Training, Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program

Doctorate from: University of Minnesota

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral, Behavioral

Research Interests: Career development and mental health of college students and adults, finding work that fits one's values and personality, career counseling interventions, career issues related to social class, sexual orientation, and generational changes

Work and Occupations Research Collaboration: The Work and Occupations Research Collaboration is directed by Dr. Melanie Leuty and focuses on the assessment of work values; generational issues in career development; career development of college students and college student success; understanding how fitting with one's job affects mental health and well-being; measure development; efficacy of vocational assessments; and career counseling interventions and outcomes.

Michael B. Madson, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Psychology 

Doctorate from: Marquette University

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral

Research Interests: Social-cognitive and mental health predictors of safe and harmful substance use by college students, motivational interviewing training and evaluation, brief interventions for substance use.

Behavior and Alcohol Research Lab: The Behavior and Addiction Research Lab is directed by Dr. Mike Madson and focuses on brief motivational interventions for substance use, social-cognitive and mental health predictors of harmful and safe substance use, and motivational interviewing training and supervision. 

*Dr. Madson is not accepting graduate applications for the Fall 2022. 

Bonnie C. Nicholson, Ph.D.

Professor, Associate Director, School of Psychology

Doctorate from: Marquette University

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral

Research Interests: Parenting, especially positive parenting in at-risk populations; helicopter parenting and college student adjustment. 

Positive Parenting Research Team: The Positive Parenting Research Team is directed by Dr. Bonnie Nicholson and focuses on investigating parenting and positive factors which are associated with positive outcomes. Current projects involve investigations of helicopter parenting and college students, cultural variations in parenting, and projects related to parental and adult attachment.

Craig Warlick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Psychology

Doctorate from: University of Kansas

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral, Third-wave behavioral

Research Interests: The FIT Team (Factors Influencing Treatment) is directed by Dr. Craig%20Warlick%20and focuses on religious belief salience, from fundamentalism to atheism, and its intersections with mental health, vocational psychology and positive psychology; intensive psychotherapy treatments; brief assessments; and counselor burnout.

Emily Bullock Yowell, Ph.D.

Professor, Director of Training--MS Program

Doctorate from: Florida State University

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral

Research Interests: Practical application of career development theory and assessments to improve the overall lives of college students, unemployed adults, active military & veterans, offenders, working community members, those dealing with mental illness, and other under-researched or marginalized populations.

Vocational Psychology Research Team: The Vocational Psychology Research Team is directed by Dr.%20Emily%20Yowell and focuses on the practical application of career development theory and assessments to improve the overall lives of college students, employed adults, active military & veterans, offenders, working community members, those dealing with mental illness, and other under-researched or marginalized populations.


All faculty are planning to review applications for the Fall 2022 admission cycle unless otherwise noted. Graduate students in the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program are paired with a major professor who serves as a research mentor. This pairing takes place at admission for students admitted to the doctoral program (i.e., doctoral students are admitted to work with a specific faculty member). Master's students may have opportunities for some research involvement and are encouraged to make their preferences clear when applying (see Personal Statement instructions). Participation in the major professor's research lab/team allows students to become active in the process of research and gain hands-on experience.