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  • Nick Jackson, Ph.D.
    Nick Jackson, Ph.D.
    Department Chair, Professor
    Martin 228
    Phone: 509.359.4302

    Degrees Earned

    • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Concentration in Gerontology, The University of Kansas (1994)

    • Master of Science Human Development; The University of Kansas (1991)
    • Bachelor of Arts, Classical Antiquity University of Kansas (1988)

    Research Interests

    • Applied Behavior Analysis of development
    • Life-span Development
    • Adult Development
    • Theories of Development
    • Educational Psychology
    • Adult Learning

    About me

  • Maria Szep
    Maria Szep
    Program Support Supervisor
    135N Martin Hall Cheney, WA 99004
    Phone: 509.359.6886
  • Lynn Burks-Herres
    Lynn Burks-Herres
    Secretary Senior
    135M Martin Hall Cheney, WA 99004
    Phone: 509.359.2478
  • Dennis Anderson, M. S.
    Dennis Anderson, M. S.
    M.S. in Psychology Director, Senior Lecturer
    151J Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2087
    Education:
    MS - 1982, Psychology, Eastern Washington University 
    BA - 1975, Psychology, Gonzaga University

    Areas of Professional Focus:
    Cognitive & Behavior Therapy; Individual and Couples Counseling; Stress and Coping; Behavioral Medicine

    Areas of Academic Focus:
    Abnormal Psychology; Theories of Personality; Stress and Coping; Psychology of Intimate Relationships

    Work Experiences:
    9 years - Mental health therapist in private practice
    1 year - Behavioral Health Consultant - Spokane Falls Family Clinic
    3 years - Clinical Specialist - Deaconess Medical Center
    6 years - Behavior Therapist - St. Luke's Rehabilitation Center
    5 years - Behavioral Therapist - Sacred Heart Medical Center
    3 years - Behavioral Therapist - Medical Psychology Associates
    5 years - Specialist in Behavioral Medicine - Group Health Northwest 

  • Jonathan W. Anderson, Ph.D.
    Jonathan W. Anderson, Ph.D.
    Associate ProfessorAssociate Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Social Work
    135 Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2856

    Education

    • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Emphasis in Neuropsychology, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington,  2005
    • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Seattle Pacific University, 2000 

    Licensures and Certifications

    • Licensed Clincal Psychologist (Washington)

    Research Interests

    Cognitive Psychology, Time Estimation

    About me

    Family first, everything else second.

  • Pam Barnes, M.S.
    Pam Barnes, M.S.
    Senior Lecturer
    151H Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2445

    Educational experience:
    MS - 1981, Experimental Psychology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
    BA - 1978, Psychology, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

    Work experience:
    30 years of clinical experience providing psychological services in Spokane including 10 years in private practice, 6 years at Behavioral Health Service for St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute (Spokane, WA) and 7 years as a Behavioral Therapist at Behavior Medicine Service for Sacred Heart Medical Center (Spokane, WA)

    Areas of Interest: 
    Attachment Theory, Disorders of Self

  • Alan Basham
    Alan Basham
    Senior Lecturer
    Marin 135
    Phone: 509.359.7879

    Degrees Earned

    • Counselor Education Studies
      • University of Washington (1993)
      • ABD
    • Marriage Family and Child Counseling
      • Biola University (1977)
      • Master of Arts (M.A.)
    • Psychology
      • Biola University (1975)
      • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

    Research Interests

    • Integration of spirituality into the counseling process
    • Existential issues and the construction of belief

    Interests

    • Backpacking and wilderness photography
    • Exploring my Cherokee heritage
    • Writing (first allegorical novel completed)
    • Maintaining a quiet, reflective way of life
  • Jamie Chaffin Ed.D.
    Jamie Chaffin Ed.D.
    Director, School Psychology Respecialization Program (EdS)
    141D Martin Hall Cheney, WA 99004
    Phone: 509-359-4736

    Degrees Earned:

    • Ed.D., University of Idaho, 2013 
    • Ed.S., University of Idaho, 2012
    • Ed.S., University of Idaho, 2009
    • M.Ed., University of Idaho, 2008
    • M.Ed., University of Idaho, 2006
    • B.A., University of Montana, 2001

    Research Interests:

    • Effective Practices in School Psychology Respecialization Training
    • Educational Leadership in Special Education
    • Behavior Intervention Planning and Programming
    • High School Transitional Services

     Licensures and Certifications:

    • Nationally Certified School Psychologist
    • Licensed Professional Counselor (Idaho)
    • Program Administrator Certification (Washington)
    • Special Education Director Certification (Idaho)
    • School Counseling Certification (Idaho and Washington)
    • Special Education Certification (Idaho and Washington)
    • Psychology Certification (Idaho)

    About Me:

    I am the Director of Eastern Washington University’s Respecialization Program School Psychology. The program is delivered virtually through Eastern Online’s Canvas System and is NASP aligned.  I earned my B.A. in Psychology at the University of Montana. After realizing that I had a passion for education and working with students, I went back to school to earn a master’s degree in special education with teaching certification. I taught (special education, dual credit psychology) for 7 years while I worked on my counseling and school psychology programs. I had the opportunity to work with students in preK through age 21 in resource, extended resource and transition programs and also taught in a magnet behavior intervention program in Boise, Idaho. I continued my education to earn my administration and special education director certifications and a doctorate in education with a focus on special education and leadership through University of Idaho. My husband and I moved back to my hometown of Coeur d’Alene in 2006. I have worked in the Spokane area as a special education teacher and school psychologist since 2006. I joined EWU in the fall of 2012. I continue to work with local school districts as a school psychologist while directing the School Psychology Respecialization Program. Please review the program website at: http://www.ewu.edu/csbssw/programs/psychology/psych-degrees/edsonline

     

  • Charalambos C. Cleanthous, Ph.D.
    Charalambos C. Cleanthous, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Martin 114B
    Phone: 509.359.2816

    Degrees Earned

    • Developmental and Child Psychology

      • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
      • The University of Kansas (1996)
    • Clinical Psychology
      • Master of Science (MS.)
      • Fort Hayes State University (1984)
    • Behavioral Science
      • Bachelor of Arts (BA.)
      • Sterling College (1981)

    Research Interests

    • Applied Behavior Analysis of development
    • Risky behavior across the lifespan
    • Family systems
    • Behavioral dynamics theory
    • Philosophy of science
    • History and systems of psychology
  • Lisa Cleveland M.Ed. NBCT
    Lisa Cleveland M.Ed. NBCT
    Lecturer
  • Shanna Davis, Ph.D.
    Shanna Davis, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    141E Martin HallCheney, WA 99004
    Phone: 509.359.4630
  • Dr. Amani El-Alayli
    Dr. Amani El-Alayli
    Associate Professor
    151G Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7088

    Education:

    PhD, Michigan State University, 2002

    MA, Michigan State University, 2000

    BA, University of Michigan, Dearborn, 1996

    Areas of Specialization:

    Social and Personality Psychology

    Areas of Research:
    Self-perception biases, stereotyping and discrimination

  • Raphael Guillory, Ph.D.
    Raphael Guillory, Ph.D.
    Professor & Interim Chicano Education Director
    Martin 135F
    Phone: 509.359.2274

    Education

    2002 Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.

     Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education

     Dissertation Topic:  Factors Related To Native American Students' Persistence In Higher Education:  A Comparative Analysis of Student and State and University Officials' Perceptions.

     Dissertation Chair:  Dr. Mimi Wolverton, Retired Professor of Higher Education

    1999 Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.

     Master's Degree in Education: emphasis in Counseling Psychology

    1994 Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington.

     Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.

    1991 Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, Washington.

     Associate of Art's Degree.

     

  • Dr. Gail Hicks
    Dr. Gail Hicks
    Professor
    152C Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6157

    Education:
    PhD, Washington State University, 1974

    MS, Washington State University, 1971

    BS, Michigan State University, 1967

    Research Areas:

    Diversity issues, Gestalt, Jung, latent language, psychology of women, child therapy, group therapy.

  • Keely Hope, Ph.D.
    Keely Hope, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor and Program Director
    Martin 135K
    Phone: 509.359.2439

    Education

    • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Mental Health Counseling Concentration. University of Florida (2009).
    • Master of Science in Counselor Education, Community Counseling Emphasis. Mississippi State University (2003).
    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Louisiana State University (2000).

    Licensures and Certifications

    • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Washington and Florida)
    • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (Ohio)
    • National Certified Counselor

    Research Interests

    • Mental Health Counseling, Education and Supervision
    • Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
    • Disaster Mental Health Response and Training
    • College student development and mental health disorders
    • College students and peer attachment relationships
    • Reasons to Live
    • Attachment relationship and importance across the lifespan

    About me

    Since coming to EWU and Spokane, I have become a runner.  I have always loved to travel and listen to music, so now... if there is a race I can travel to and hear a band on the same trip  - that's pretty much something I will do.  I enjoy trying new things and will always be open to hearing about new music.

  • Dr. Kayleen Islam-Zwart
    Dr. Kayleen Islam-Zwart
    Professor
    151E Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2380

    Education: 

    PhD, Idaho State University, 2001

    MS, Idaho State University, 1998 

    BS, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1996

    Areas of Specialization:
    Clinical psychology, forensic psychology, and cognitive and neuropsychological evaluation

    Research Areas:
    Women in prison, adjustment to incarceration, forensic populations, cognitive and neuropsychological evaluation, alcohol expectancy and trauma history

  • Dr. Russell L. Kolts
    Dr. Russell L. Kolts
    Professor
    249 Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6663

    Education:
    Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 1999 

    M.S., University of Mississippi, 1996

    B.S., Oklahoma State University

    Areas of Interest:

    Dr. Kolts current research and professional work is focused upon Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and the application of CFT in working with emotional difficulties, particularly anger and attachment disturbances.

  • Sharon S. Laing Ph.D.
    Sharon S. Laing Ph.D.
    Visiting Assistant Professor - Bellevue
    House 1 Bellevue Campus
    Phone: 425.564.5103

    Education

    • Post-doctoral Fellow, Health Promotion Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, 2008
    • Post-doctoral Fellow, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers University, New Jersey, 2006
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Developmental-Psychophysiology, Howard University, Washington DC, 2005
    • Master's of Science, Developmental Psychology, Howard University, Washington DC, 1998
    • Bachelor of Arts (Honors Psychology), McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, 1991

    Research Interests

    • Community-based psychology
    • Psychological distress and stress
    • Healthcare decision-making
    • Cancer prevention and control
    • Social determinants of health

     About me

    I enjoy spending time with family, especially overseeing swimming competitions or participating in music recitals involving my two girls. As a researcher I am focused on addressing health disparities, particularly relating to promoting health and wellness and this includes work in cancer prevention and control.

     

  • Dr. Theresa J. Martin
    Dr. Theresa J. Martin
    Professor
    141G Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2431

    Education:
    Ph.D. Psychology, Iowa State University 1993 

    M.S., Psychology, Iowa State University, 1988 

    B.A., Psychology, Iowa State University, 1983 

    Research Areas:

    Social Psychology-Classic theory areas; specific focus on social comparison
    Health Psychology-attitudes, perceptions
    Cross-Cultural Psychology-basic theory areas
    Human Sexuality- basic theory areas; specific focus on sexual orientation and gender

    Recent Studies:
    Friends with Benefits
    Cohabitation
    Digit Span Differential Study
    Baby Momma, Baby Daddy
    Coming Out models
    Fooling Ourselves About Fooling Around

  • Virginia Mehlert, M.S.
    Virginia Mehlert, M.S.
    Senior Lecturer
    Martin 135H
    Phone: 509.359.4844
  • Dorie Munson, Ph.D.
    Dorie Munson, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Martin 135J
    Phone: 509.359.2530

    Degrees Earned

    • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

    Research Interests

  • Dr. Susan Ruby
    Dr. Susan Ruby
    Associate Professor - Director of School Psychology Program
    135L Martin HallCheney, WA 99004
    Phone: 509.359.6050

    Hello!  I am the Director of Eastern Washington University's specialist level School Psychology Program.  The program has been approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (see www.nasponline.org) and involves three years of full time study and field experiences.  I received my B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1990 and M.S. and Ed.S. degrees from the College of William and Mary in 1993/1994.  I worked as a school psychologist in Virginia, Texas, Hawaii, and California before returning to school to obtain my Ph.D. in Education with specialization in School Psychology in 2005 at the University of California, Riverside. My family relocated to the northwest to enjoy being close to family in Montana, and I initially worked as a school psychologist in Coeur d'Alene, ID, before coming to Eastern Washington University.

    My research interests involve practices associated with Response to Intervention and development and delivery of academic and social-behavioral interventions for students at-risk in PreK-12 settings. 

    I teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, including:

    Undergraduate:  PSYC 314 Tests and Measurement,  PSYC 490 Senior Capstone

    Graduate: PSYC 510 Professional School Psychology I, PSYC 558 School Psychology Practicum, CEDP 522 Academic and Behavioral Interventions, PSYC 560 School Psychology Consultation.


    I am also active in the Washington State Association of School Psychologists: www.wsasp.org

    For more information about becoming certified as a school psychologist in the state of Washington, see the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's website at: http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/ESA/NotCertified.aspx 

     

     

  • Rebecca Rudd, Ph.D.
    Rebecca Rudd, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    141C Martin HallCheney, WA 99004
    Phone: 509.359.2070

    Degrees Earned:

    • Ph.D. Counseling and Educational Psychology, emphasis in counselor education and supervision - University of Nevada, Reno 2010     
    •  M.A. Counseling and Educational Psychology, emphasis in Marriage and Family therapy - University of Nevada, Reno 2005      
    • B.S. Applied Developmental Psychology - Eastern Washington University, 2003  

    Licenses & Professional Certifications:     

    • Licensed Mental Health Counselor     
    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist      
    • Registered Play Therapy - Supervisor  
    • National Certified Counselor  

    Research Interests:  

    • Parental Bereavement       
    • Play Therapy
    • Counseling Skills
    • Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Parent Training

    About Me:

    I have over nine years of clinical experience working in a variety of mental health settings: private practice, schools, college campus, for-profit agencies and community mental health settings. My clinical area of interest includes play therapy and mental health counseling. I have been a long-time advocate for play therapy and has served as a board member and President for both the Washington and Nevada Association for Play Therapy.  I maintains a strong line of research on parental bereavement due to a sudden and unexpected death. I have presented on parental bereavement and play therapy at universities, agencies, regional and national conferences. I am a native Washingtonian and has lived in several cities across the state. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my two beautiful children, gardening and engaging in creative activities such as painting, scrap booking or writing.

  • Ryan Sain, Ph.D.
    Ryan Sain, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Martin 114A
    Phone: 509.359.4218

    Degrees Earned

    • Experimental Psychology
      • Washington State University, Ph.D. 2005
      • Washington State University, M.S. 2002
    • Applied Developmental Psychology
      • Eastern Washington University, B.S. 2000
      • Spokane Community College, A.A. 1998

    Research Interests

    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Pedagogy in higher education
    • Curriculum reform
    • Technology in higher education 
    • FOSS
    • Risky Behavior 
  • Jillene Seiver, Ph.D.
    Jillene Seiver, Ph.D.
    Visiting Assistant Professor-Bellevue
    House 1 Bellevue Campus
    Phone: 425-564-5100

    Education

    Ph.D., Cogntive Psychology, Empahsis in memory and language, University of New Mexico, 1995

    M.A.,Psychology, California State University, Sacramento, 1990

    B.A., Psychology, University of California, 1988

    Research Interests

    • Memory - incidental learning; levels of processing
    • Language: cognitive benefits/deficits of bilingual processing
    • Effective teaching strategies
    • Optimisim and religiosity and political orientation

    About me

    I am at the Bellevue campus.  Students are the main focus of my work, and I enjoy advising and leading students in directed studies and as research assistants (after they've completed all of the required core courses). I'm very enthusiastic about student success, and am always happy to chat with students about their goals and how to achieve them. 

  • Danielle Sitzman, Ph.D.
    Danielle Sitzman, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    151J Martin HallCheney, WA 99004
    Phone: 509.359.2000
  • Kurt Stellwagen, Ph.D.
    Kurt Stellwagen, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    153C Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7038

    Education:

    • Ph.D., School Psychology., Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006 
    • Doctoral internship in clinical psychology, University of Tennessee College of Medicine (training rotations: school mental health clinic, couples counseling, pediatric neuropsychology).
    • M.Ed.School Counseling., Northeastern University,1992
    • B.A., Univ. of Massachusetts, 1985

    Areas of Research Specialization:

    • Childhood Aggression and Victimization 
    • Mechanisms Linking Trauma and Developmental Psychopathology
    • Psychopathy in Youth
    • Mechanisms Linking Social Intelligence to Antisocial Behavior.

    About Me:

    As a developmental psychopathologist, I focus on the many cascading risk factors (e.g., biogenetic, cognitive, familial, social) that contribute to the development of psychopathology.  On the other hand, I place equal importance of the examination of resiliency: that is, why do some individuals manage to thrive in life despite being exposed to a multitude of serious risk factors?

    I have scheduled office hours but I also leave my office door open over 50% of the time I am at EWU.  Any and all students are free to drop in and chat-about any topic-anytime my door is open.  

    Outside of work I enjoy fencing (my #1 passion), any type of skiing, hiking, biking, and walking my two blue heelers. 

  • Philip Watkins, Ph.D.
    Philip Watkins, Ph.D.
    Professor
    255C Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6174

    Degrees Earned:

    • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (emphasis adult psychopathology), Louisiana State University, 1990
    • M.A., Psychology, Louisiana State University, 1987
    • B.S., Psychology,  University of Oregon, 1980

    Professional Associations:

    • Association of Psychological Science
    • Society of Personality and Social Psychology
    • Western Psychological Association
    • Western Positive Psychology Association

    Research Interests:

    • Gratitude:
    • How gratitude enhances happiness and well-being
    • Relationship of gratitude and humility
    • Relationship of gratitude and spirituality

    About Me:

    I love being outside, I love a good wine, and I love my Ducks!

  • Dr. William (Bill) Williams
    Dr. William (Bill) Williams
    Professor
    237 Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7946

    Education:
    PhD - 1973, Experimental Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
    MS - 1966, Psychology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash.
    BA - 1965, Psychology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash.

    Awards & Honors:
    National Re-Design Scholar, NCAT, 2007 - 2008
    Century Tel Teaching Award, 2005
    Jeffers Chertok Dean's Honor Award, 2005
    Edmund J. Yarwood Dean's Honor Faculty, 2006
    Edmund J. Yarwood Dean's Honor Faculty, 2002
    Edmund J. Yarwood  Dean's Honor Faculty, 2000

    Areas of Interest:
    Human psychophysiology with and emphasis on emotion, attention and the psychophysiology of personality and personality disorders

    Professional Organizations:
    The Society for Psychophysiological Research

     

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