Department of Psychology

About Our Faculty

Dr. Michael Anziano
Associate Professor of Psychology

Expertise

  • Applied developmental psychology
  • Cognitive and emotional development
  • Child psychology
  • Early intervention
  • Early childhood education
  • Child clinical and diagnostic psychological testing
  • Child and family therapy
  • Administration of intelligence and projective tests

Education

  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1984
  • M.A., Educational Psychology, University of Colorado at Denver, 1978
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Denver, 1971

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Dr. Brian Burke
Professor of Psychology

Expertise 

  • Scholarship of teaching
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Terror management theory

Education

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona, 2003
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona, 1999
  • B.S., Psychology, McGill University, 1997

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Dr. Betty Dorr
Professor of Psychology

Expertise

  • Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Behavior of Mammalian Systems 
  • Evolutionary Psychology 
  • Mating Systems
  • Mate Choice Mechanisms
  • Human Sexuality

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1993
  • M.A., University of Nebraska, Omaha, 1988
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 1984

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Dr. Sue Kraus
Chair and Professor of Psychology

Expertise

  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Compassion
  • The impact of culture on self-perception, body image and health
  • Methodological issues in medical research
  • The effects of Aikido training on adolescents’ well-being
  • Stereotyping and prejudice
  • Scholarship of teaching in higher education

Education

  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1993
  • M.A., Social Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1991
  • B.S., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 1998

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Dr. William Mira
Visiting Instructor of Psychology

Expertise

  • Teaching and learning
  • Human development 
  • Acculturation
  • Heritage language issues
  • Bilingualism
  • Achievement gap
  • Tutoring and mentoring

Education

  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Applied Cognition and Development Program, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, May, 2017
    Advisor: Pedro R. Portes, Ph.D.
    Committee: Stacey Neuharth-Pritchett, Ph.D; Louis Castenell, Ph.D; Stephen Cramer, Ph.D.
    Dissertation: The Impact of Spanish First Language Proficiency on English Second Language Achievement: The Development and Pilot Validation of the CLASE Language Assessment Inventory-Spanish.
     
  • M.A., Educational Psychology, Applied Cognition and Development Program, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, December 2011
    Advisor: Paula Schwanenflugel, Ph.D.
    Thesis: The Impact of Expressiveness on the Comprehension of Storybooks by Prekindergarten Children.
     
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, May, 2006

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Dr. Ava Santos
Associate Professor of Psychology

Expertise

  • Cognitive psychology 
  • Experimental psychology 
  • Categorization 
  • Memory errors  

Education

  • Ph.D., Emory University, 2007
  • M.A., Emory University, 2004
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine, 2002

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Dr. Janice Templeton
Associate Professor of Psychology

Expertise

  • Academic engagement
  • Adolescent and young adult development
  • College persistence and success
  • Cultural values
  • Lifespan development psychology
  • Racial/ethnic identity
  • Positive youth development

Education

  • Ph.D., Psychology and Education, University of Michigan, 2007
  • M.A., Psychology, Wake Forest University, 1992
  • B.A., Psychology, Wake Forest University, 1990

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Dr. Natasha Tidwell
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Expertise:

  • Attraction
  • Psychology of gender
  • Relationships
  • Sexism
  • Sexuality
  • Social psychology

Education:

  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, Texas A&M University, 2014
  • B.A., Psychology, Lamar University, 2008

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Dr. Megan Wrona
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Expertise 

  • Clinical psychology
  • Adolescent therapy 
  • Cultural adaptation 
  • Community-based services 

Education

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Utah, 2013 
  • M.S., Educational Psychology, University of Utah, 2010 
  • B.A., Political Science and Russian and East European Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2000

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Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Michael Uhes
Senior Lecturer of Psychology
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Dr. Lori M. Benefiel
Visiting Instructor of Psychology
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Dr. Emily Ragsdale
Adjunct Instructor of Psychology
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Dr. Stacy Reuille-Dupont
Adjunct Instructor of Psychology
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J. Olivia Drumm
Adjunct Instructor of Psychology
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