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Faculty & Staff

 

 

Dr. Joye Anestis  

Joye Anestis

Assistant Professor
Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship
Externship Coordinator, Clinical Psychology

Personality, Assessment, & Clinical Outcomes Lab:  externalizing behaviors and disorders in adults (e.g., psychopathy, aggression); predictors of mental health treatment outcomes & engagement; personality assessment.

Clinical Psychology Program

     
   

Mike Anestis

Associate Professor

The Suicide and Emotion Dysregulation Lab conducts research focusing primarily upon risk factors for suicidal behavior in both military and civilian populations. Suicide risk factors of particular interest include firearms, the capacity for suicide, pain response, and emotion dysregulation. Projects also consider risk factors for non-suicidal self-injury.

Clinical Psychology Program

 

     

Dr. Randy Arnau

 

Randolph Arnau

Professor

The Personality and Positive Psychology Lab conducts research on personality constructs, broadly, and how they relate to hope, optimism, and positive emotions specifically. Much of the lab's research focuses on psychometrics and measurement issues.

Clinical Psychology Program

 
     
 Dr. Ashley Batastini  

Ashley B. Batastini

Assistant Professor

The Correctional and Forensic Psychology Lab is directed by Dr. Ashley Batastini and focuses on mental health intervention strategies for offender populations, re-entry programming (e.g., employment) for community released offenders, forensic mental health assessment, and telepsychology for underserved populations.

Counseling Psychology Program

     
Dr. Erika Camarillo-Hatch  

Erika Caramillo-Hatch

Visiting Assistant Professor

     
 Dr. Dan Capron  

Dan Capron

Assistant Professor
Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professor

Anxiety & Trauma Research Program: The ATRP examines anxiety-related vulnerability factors (e.g. Anxiety Sensitivity, Distress Tolerance, Cognitive Biases) and how they affect anxiety, trauma and suicide-related psychopathology.  On the applied side, we primarily focus on computer-delivered interventions for these conditions

 

Clinical Psychology Program

     
 Dr. Tamra Cater  

Tamra Cater

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Nora Charles

Assistant Professor

The Youth Substance Use and Risky Behavior Lab seeks to understand why children and adolescents engage in behaviors that put themselves and others at risk for harm, and to determine the best ways to reduce the occurrence of these behaviors. Specifically, we study externalizing behaviors in children and adolescents, risk-taking during adolescence and young adulthood, the development of substance use disorders and juvenile delinquency,  ​and community-based interventions for at-risk and delinquent youth.

Clinical Psychology Program

     
 Dr. Eric Dahlen  

Eric R. Dahlen

Associate Professor

Director, Community Counseling & Assessment Clinic

Anger & Traffic Psychology Lab: Overt and relational aggression, dysfunctional anger, traffic psychology. Recent work focuses on the contribution of dark personality traits (e.g., narcissism, psychopathy) to relational aggression, cyber aggression, and other morally transgressive behaviors

Counseling Psychology Program

     
 

 

Evan Dart

Associate Professor, Director of Training, School Psychology & Applied Behavior Analysis Programs

Research Interests: Peer-mediated Behavior Interventions, Integrating Technology into School Psychology, and School-Based Behavioral Consultation

School Psychology Program

 Dr. Brad Dufrene  

Brad Dufrene

Professor

Director, Pediatric Behavioral Health Clinic

Reserach Interests: Prevention of Emotional and/or Behavioral Disturbance in young children experiencing health disparities; treatment integrity in applied settings; functional behavior assessment

School Psychology Program

     
Dr. Aaron Fath  

Aaron Fath

Assistant Teaching Professor

     
 Stephanie Grant  

Stephanie Grant

Visiting Assistant Professor

     
 Dr. Brad Green  

Bradley Green

Professor,
Director, Psychology Clinic

The Personality and Behavior Studies Lab focuses on assessment validation and addiction, the relationship between personality characteristics and psychopathology, and multivariate statistical analysis (especially taxometrics). Dr. Green has also consulted for the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), Recovery Zone, and American Foundation for Addiction research as an expert in assessment development and validation from January of 2006 to the present.

Clinical Psychology Program
     
 Dr. Tammy Greer  

Tammy Greer

Associate Professor

The Experimental Health Lab is directed by Dr. Tammy Greer and focuses on the impact of environmental factors on psychological processes and the relationship between psychological processes and health behaviors with an emphasis on the mitigation of health disparities, especially among minority populations. 

Brain & Behavior Program

     
Dr. Alen Hajnal  

Alen Hajnal

Associate Professor; Training Director, Brain & Behavior Doctoral Program

The Perception Action Cognition Lab employs virtual reality technology to study affordances in everyday tasks such as reaching, standing upright, stepping. The lab uses state-of-the-art motion tracking equipment and eye tracker to record body- and eye movements, respectively.

Brain & Behavior Program

     
Dr. Mark Huff  

Mark Huff

Assistant Professor

Memory, Attentional Control and Aging Lab: Dr. Huff's research focuses on false memory and memory suggestibility, attentional control, cognitive aging, testing and assessment effects on learning, and personality effects on cognition.

Brain & Behavior Program

     
   

Sara Sytsma Jordan

Associate Professor

Director of Training, Clinical Psychology

The Child Routines and Behavior Lab conducts research on child routines as they relate to behavioral outcomes, particularly among young children. A primary focus of the lab's work has been on development and psychometric evaluation of assessment instruments related to children’s routines. Bedtime routines, and routines and behavior of children with chronic illness have also been examined. A secondary focus has been the broader interplay of child and parent characteristics such as maternal depression, parental stress, marital conflict, parenting practices and child behavior problems, with a particular emphasis on relations with child routines.

Clinical Psychology Program

     
 Dr. Lucas Keefer  

Lucas Keefer

Assistant Professor

Psychology of Existential Concerns Lab: Researching conceptual metaphor, psychological threat/defense, and personality

Brain & Behavior Program

     
 Dr. Melanie Leuty  

Melanie Leuty

Associate Professor, Director of Training, Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program

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.

Counseling Psychology Program

     
Dr. Mike Madson  

 

Michael Madson

Professor

Behavior & Alcohol Reserach Lab (BAR): Social cognitive and mental health predictors of safe and harmful substance use by college students. 

Counseling Psychology Program

     
 Dr. Lauren McKinley  

Lauren McKinley

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Academic and behavioral interventions, intervention efficiency, and behavioral consultation. 

     
 Dr. Bonnie Nicholson    

Bonnie C. Nicholson

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Director

Positive Parenting Research Team: Parenting and positive factors which are associated with positive outcomes in at-risk families. Current projects involve investigations of helicopter parenting and college students, cultural variations in parenting, and projects related to parental and adult attachment.

Counseling Psychology Program

 

     
Christy Oberst  

Christy L. Oberst

Instructor, Student Support Specialist

Student Advisement & Support Center

 

     
 Dr. Joe Olmi  

D. Joe Olmi

Professor, Director, School of Psychology

Research Interests: Compliance Training in Young Children, AD/HD Assessment and Treatment, Home- and School-Based Interventions for Children who are At-Risk, Appropriate Practices in School Psychology.

School Psychology Program

     
 Dr. Lawrence Patihis  

Lawrence Patihis

Assistant Professor

The Cognition and Memory Lab is directed by Dr. Lawrence Patihis (vita) and focuses on the following domains:  (1) memory malleability, specifically (a) false memories, memory distortions, and eyewitness memory and (b) memory of emotions; and (2) beliefs about repressed memories and myths about memory.

Brain & Behavior Program

     
   

Don Sacco

Associate Professor

Evolutionary Social Psychology Lab: conducts research that explores: (1) how motivational systems shaped by natural and sexual selection influence perception, attitudes and behavior; (2) the relationship between personality and social perception; and (3) strategies for promoting ethically sound research practices. 

Brain & Behavior Program

     
 Dr. Stephanie Smith  

Stephanie Smith

Assistant Professor
Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship 

Childhood Neurodevelopmental Lab: Risk/resilience factors of externalizing behaviors in children and adolescents across diagnostic categories; using technology to augment intervention and prevention efforts; applying state-of-the-art EEG methods to clinical research.

Clinical Psychology Program

     
Dr. Elena Stepanova  

Elena Stepanova

Assistant Professor

The Social Cognition and Behavior Lab focuses on the following domains:  (1) social cognition, specifically (a) conceptualization of social categories and (b) effects of alcohol on social judgments; and (2) cross-cultural work, particularly explicit and implicit ethnic attitudes.

Brain & Behavior Program

     
 Dr. Daniel H Tingstrom  

Daniel H. Tingstrom

Professor Emeritus

     
 Dr. Emily Yowell  

Emily Bullock Yowell

Associate Professor

Director of Training for the Counseling Psychology MS Program

Vocational Psychology Research Team: Vocational psychology and the practical application of career assistance in peoples' lives. 

Counseling Psychology Program

Gulf Park Campus

   
 Dr. Lin Agler  

Lin-Miao L. Agler

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Metamemory, Metacomprehension, Text Comprehension, Memory, Aging

(Gulf Park Campus)

     
 Michael Mong, Ph.D.  

Michael Mong

Associate Professor

(Gulf Park Campus)

Research Interests: 

Research Interests: Academic interventions, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Compliance Training, Disaster Related Trauma

     
 Dr. Kenji  

Kenji Noguchi

Associate Professor

(Gulf Park Campus)

Research: The Meaning, Motivation, Mindfulness and Morality (4Ms) Lab examines how individuals are connected to each other by specifically focusing on the following issues: meaning in life, social cognitive aspects of motivation, benefits of mindfulness, and cultural differences on attitudes and values. 

   
 
 Dr. Hans Stadthagen-Gonzalez  

Hans Stadthagen-Gonzalez

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Cognitive Psychology, Psycholinguistics, Bilingualism 

(Gulf Park Campus)

 

 

     

Staff

                                   

Niesha Archie

Adminisrative Specialist, Undergraduate Programs

   Cynthia Crosby  

 Cynthia Crosby

Administrative Specialist, Graduate Programs

  Brandy Lowe, Administrative Specialist, School of Psychology  

Brandy Lowe

Administrative Specialist, Director's Office

 

 

 

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