Psychology Faculty

T. Botts

Dr. Theresa Botts, Assistant Professor

Education: B.S. Eastern Kentucky University, M.S. Eastern Kentucky University Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Counseling Psychology

Email: Theresa.Botts@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Individual and group trauma work
  • Gender related issues affecting mental health
  • Diversity and cultural sensitivity training
  • Treatment of mood disorders
  • Treatment of anxiety disorders

R. BrubakerDr. Robert Brubaker, Foundation Professor and Department Chair

Education: B.A. Oklahoma City University, M.A. Indiana State University, Ph.D. University of South Florida, Clinical Child Psychology

Email: Robert.Brubaker@eku.edu                                                                                       

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Treatment of disruptive behavior disorders in children
  • Behavior therapy
  • Parenting children with special needs
  • How psychology can inform our understanding of the visual arts

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Editor of the Journal of Psychological Practice
  • Instructor abroad through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS)

M. B. Bundy

Dr. Myra Beth Bundy, Professor

Education: B.S. Transylvania University, M.A. Indiana State University, Ph.D. University of South Carolina, Clinical-Community Psychology

EmailMyra.Bundy@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders 

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Completed a doctoral internship in Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the TEACCH program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
  • Reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • Reviewer for the Journal of Psychological Practice
  • Governor-appointed member of the Kentucky Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders 

C. ClementDr. Catherine Clement, Professor

Education: Ph.D. Clark University, Cognitive Psychology

Email: Catherine.Clement@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • How people recognize that two situations are analogous
  • How people construct an analogical correspondence between two situations
  • The distribution of attention during analogical mapping
  • How analogies affect understanding
  • Factors that contribute to decision making and behavior related to energy conservation

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Serves on the Program Committee for the Cognitive Science Society annual meeting

Awards/Accolades:

  • 2006 Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety Award for Academic Excellence
  • 2005 Outstanding Criminal Justice Alumnus Award from Sam Houston State University
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology 

D. Florell

Dr. Dan Florell, Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D. Illinois State University, School Psychology

Email: Dan.Florell@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Bullying intervention in schools at all age levels
  • Cyberbullying
  • Adolescent population and their use of technology
  • Affecting learning, executive functioning, and training in school psychology

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Licensed psychologist
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
  • Associate editor of the journal School Psychology Forum
  • Served as president of the Kentucky Association of Psychology in the Schools

Awards/Accolades:

  • National Association of School Psychologists Presidential Award

J. Gore

Dr. Jonathan Gore, Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D. Iowa State University, Psychology

Email: Jonathan.Gore@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Goal motivation
  • Self-concept 
  • Culture

J. Henning

Dr. Jaime Henning, Assistant Professor

Education: M.S. Missouri State University, Ph.D. Texas A&M University, Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Email: Jaime.Henning@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Organizational and occupational health psychology
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Focusing on employee volunteerism
  • Environmental sustainability

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Business and Psychology

A. Lawson

Dr. Adam L. Lawson, Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D. OklahomaState University, Psychology

EmailAdam.Lawson@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Higher-order cognitive processes and their underlying brain sources
  • Cognitive mechanisms involved in memory, inhibition, and intentional deception using EEG (i.e., electrical activity produced by neurons in the brain)
  • Adult aging
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Drug abuse vulnerability

Dr. Yoshie Nakai, Assistant Professor

Education: B.A. Truman State University, M.A. University of Akron, Ph.D. University of Akron, Industrial/Gerontological Psychology

Email: Yoshie.Nakai@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Aging workforceSocial movements and resistance
  • Job search behaviors and unemployment among older adults
  • How organizations can effectively and efficiently recruit and retain older workers

T. Norwak

Dr. Theresa (Teri) Nowak, Assistant Professor

Education: B.S. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, M.A. Nicholls State University, Ph.D. University of Kentucky, School Psychology

Email: Teri.Nowak@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Early childhood population
  • Transition of young children to preschool
  • The temperament of preschool children and their teachers
  • Pre- and peri-natal variables that affect behavior
  • Streamlining the early intervention and preschool systems

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Licensed psychologist
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
  • Serves as a member of the Bluegrass Early Childhood Mental Health advisory board 

R. Osbaldiston

Dr. Richard Osbaldiston, Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D. University of Missouri, Social/Personality Psychology

Email: Richard.Osbaldiston@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Finding solutions to environmental problems
  • How to change environmental behaviors
  • The temperament of preschool children and their teachers
  • Pre- and peri-natal variables that affect behavior
  • Streamlining the early intervention and preschool systems

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Southeastern Psychological Association
  • Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology 
  • Serves as a reviewer for Environment and Behavior

Awards/Accolades:

  • Finalist for the National Society of Collegiate Scholar’s Inspire Integrity award

Image James Wells

Dr. James D. Wells, Professor

Education: Ph.D. Georgia State University, Research, Measurement, and Statistics

EmailJames.Wells@eku.edu

Phone: 859-622-1158

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Justice and safety agency-related program evaluation research
  • The improvement of criminal justice training
  • Prison Rape Legislation Act

Publications:

Dr. Wells’ work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Crime and Delinquency
  • Journal of Juvenile Justice & Detention Services
  • Federal Probation
  •  Journal of School Violence

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Education and Research (CCJER) in EKU’s College of Justice & Safety