Faculty & Staff

T. Botts

Dr. Theresa Botts, Assistant Professor, earned a B.S. in General Psychology in 1985 and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology in 1988 from EKU. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky and has been teaching full-time with EKU since 1989.

Botts serves as an instructor and researcher and is also the EKU Online Career Mentor for the psychology program.

Her clinical interests include individual and group trauma work, gender related issues affecting mental health, diversity and cultural sensitivity training, treatment of mood disorders, and treatment of anxiety disorders. 

She teaches a variety of undergraduate courses, including Abnormal Psychology, Multicultural Psychology, Racism and Prejudice, Orientation, Psychology of Women, Interviewing, Beyond the Undergraduate Degree, The Psychology of African Americans, and Biology and Gender. Her graduate level courses include Psychotherapy I, Professional Concerns and Ethics, and Group and Family Therapy. She also serves as the Psi Chi/Psychology Club Advisor.

R. BrubakerDr. Robert Brubaker, Foundation Professor and Department Chair, received a B.A. in Psychology from Oklahoma City University, an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Indiana State University, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of South Florida. He completed a Clinical Residency at the University of Mississippi/VA Medical Centers and joined the faculty at EKU in August 1984.

His professional interests include the treatment of disruptive behavior disorders in children, behavior therapy, and parenting children with special needs. He is also interested in how psychology can inform our understanding of the visual arts.  He is the editor of the Journal of Psychological Practice.

Dr. Brubaker supervises graduate student practicum placements, coordinates the e-Campus program, and serves as Director of the EKU Psychology Clinic. His primary teaching responsibility is PSY 843: Practicum in Clinical Psychology. He also teaches abroad through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS). He has taught classes on Nonverbal Behavior and the Psychology of Art in London and Paris.

M. B. Bundy

Dr. Myra Beth Bundy, Professor, holds a B.S. in Psychology from Transylvania University and a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She is also a licensed psychologist in Kentucky.  She completed a doctoral internship in Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the TEACCH program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a post-doctoral fellowship in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Her specialty relates to disabilities throughout the lifespan, especially the unique developmental differences associated with the autism spectrum. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and for the Journal of Psychological Practice and a governor-appointed member of the Kentucky Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

She co-directs EKU’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate and regularly collaborates with graduate students on peer reviewed and invited scholarly and clinical presentations in the area of autism spectrum disorders. 

Dr. Bundy teaches development (PSY 280, PSY 312), as well as PSY 308: Abnormal Psychology and PSY 200: General Psychology. She also teaches graduate classes, including PSY 824 Intellectual Assessment, PSY 857S: Child and Family Intervention and PSY 843: Practicum and Internship Supervision (PSY 843).  She teaches specialty classes, including an online writing intensive class and a service learning class for graduate students in clinical psychology.  For the online degree program, Dr. Bundy teaches PSY 200: Introduction to Psychology, PSY 308: Abnormal Psychology, PSY 312 Infant and Child Development and PSY 408: Child Psychopathology.



C. ClementDr. Catherine Clement, Professor, received her Ph.D. from Clark University in 1986, in Cognitive Psychology.

Her research and publications primarily focus on reasoning with analogies. Her work is concerned with how people recognize that two situations are analogous, how people construct an analogical correspondence between two situations, the distribution of attention during analogical mapping, and how analogies affect understanding. In a second line of research she is exploring factors that contribute to decision making and behavior related to energy conservation.

Dr. Clement is a reviewer for a variety of journals in cognitive and educational psychology, and serves on the Program Committee for the Cognitive Science Society annual meeting.  

The undergraduate courses she teaches include Statistics-Research Methods I, Cognitive Psychology and Senior Research. She also teaches a graduate course, Cognition in the Workplace. For the online degree program, she teaches Statistics-Research Methods I and Cognitive Psychology.

The undergraduate courses she teaches include Statistics-Research Methods I, Cognitive Psychology and Senior Research. She also teaches a graduate course, Cognition in the Workplace. For the online degree program, she teaches Statistics-Research Methods I and Cognitive Psychology.

D. Florell

Dr. Dan Florell, Assistant Professor, holds a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Illinois State University (2001). He is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and a licensed psychologist. Dr. Florell has several years of experience working as a school psychologist in the schools and in private practice.

He has significant experience with bullying interventions in schools at all age levels, with a particular interest in cyberbullying. His range of research involved adolescent population and their use of technology. He also explores issues affecting learning, executive functioning, and training in school psychology. He is the associate editor of the journal School Psychology Forum. Moreover, he is a recipient of the National Association of School Psychologists Presidential Award and has also served as president of the Kentucky Association of Psychology in the Schools.

At EKU, Florell teaches courses on lifespan development, adolescence, child development and introduction to school psychology. In addition, he supervises practicum, internships and cases in the psychology department's clinic.

J. Gore

Dr. Jonathan Gore, Associate Professor, received a Ph.D. in Psychology at Iowa State University.

His research focuses on goal motivation, self-concept and culture. Since joining the faculty at EKU, he has published over 20 articles and book chapters on these topics, as well as topics developed with students. Dr. Gore’s research assistants have presented at such venues as the Undergraduate Presentation Showcase at EKU, the Kentucky Psychological Association, and the Posters at the Capitol in Frankfort.

He teaches social psychology, cultural psychology, and research methods to both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, Dr. Gore teaches a “Boot Camp” course every summer, which gives students the experience of writing and submitting their own research paper for publication.

J. Henning

Dr. Jaime Henning, Assistant Professor, holds an M.S. (Missouri State University) and a Ph.D. (Texas A&M University) in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

She is the coordinator of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O) master’s program at EKU. Dr. Henning is a member of several professional organizations, on the editorial board for the Journal of Business and Psychology, and serves as the faculty advisor for the I/O Psychology Club at EKU.

Her research interests lie in the areas of organizational and occupational health psychology. Current research areas include corporate social responsibility, focusing on employee volunteerism and environmental sustainability.

She teaches Organizational Psychology and Organization Change and Development, both at the graduate level.

A. Lawson

Dr. Adam L. Lawson, Assistant Professor, received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Oklahoma State University with an emphasis in cognitive neuroscience in 2001, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kentucky in 2006, and joined the faculty at Eastern Kentucky University in 2007. 

He is interested in higher-order cognitive processes and their underlying brain sources.  He has focused on cognitive mechanisms involved in memory, inhibition, and intentional deception using EEG (i.e., electrical activity produced by neurons in the brain).  He has also been involved in studies that examined a variety of brain processes related to adult aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and drug abuse vulnerability.

Dr. Lawson teaches undergraduate courses in statistics, physiological psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and comparative psychology.  He also teaches a graduate course on the biological bases of behavior. He teaches PSY 310: Statistics and Experimental Psychology II for the online degree program.

Dr. Emily Lykins, Assistant Professor, holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University – Bloomington and completed graduate training (M.S. and Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology at the University of Kentucky.

Her research focuses on mindfulness/meditation, psychological and physical well-being, and positive psychology. She is working to build an active research lab to investigate these topics and other contemplative practices. Her work has been published in a variety of professional journals including Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and Psycho-Oncology. She encourages students with similar interests to become involved in her lab and gain research experience.

Dr. Lykins completed clinical training in a variety of settings, including a private practice, a large university hospital, a Veterans Affairs medical center and a university counseling center. She has specialized training in mindfulness- and acceptance-based treatment approaches, health psychology, and the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

She teaches PSY 860: Psychotherapy and Behavior Change II - Advanced Techniques at the graduate level, as well as PSY 406: Introduction to Behavior Therapy and PSY 410: Health Psychology at the undergraduate level.

Dr. Yoshie Nakai, Assistant Professor, received a Ph.D. in Industrial/Gerontological Psychology from the University of Akron in 2011. She earned a B.S. from Truman State University and received an M.A.in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a graduate certificate in Gerontology at the University of Akron.

Dr. Nakai’s main research interest is in the aging workforce. Her work focuses on job search behaviors and unemployment among older adults. She has been involved in a series of collaborative projects in order to better understand the job search process and design effective training programs for job seekers. She is also interested in how organizations can effectively and efficiently recruit and retain older workers.

She teaches introductory psychology courses, as well as courses in the I/O graduate program. She teaches PSY 319: Industrial/Organizational Psychology for the online degree program.

T. Norwak

Dr. Theresa (Teri) Nowak, Assistant Professor, holds a Ph.D. in School Psychology (University of Kentucky) with additional graduate training in counseling (M.A.) and education (Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana), and undergraduate training in correctional services (B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale). She is a licensed psychologist and a nationally certified school psychologist.

She has more than 25 years of experience in school systems, and has also been employed in the health and correctional systems, working with populations that range from preterm infants to adults.

Dr. Nowak’s interests have focused on the early childhood population for much of her career. Her scholarship interests often involve undergraduate and graduate student collaboration and include the transition of young children to preschool, the temperament of preschool children and their teachers, pre- and peri-natal variables that affect behavior, and streamlining the early intervention and preschool systems. She serves as a member of the Bluegrass Early Childhood Mental Health advisory board and volunteers in schools conducting research on positive behavioral supports.

She teaches an undergraduate Infant and Child Development course, as well as Introduction to Psychology. At the graduate level, she teaches Advanced Children’s Assessment. Dr. Nowak also supervises school psychology students during their assessment practicum and the final semester of their internship. She teaches crisis management as part of practicum and involves students in a county-wide crisis exercise.

R. Osbaldiston

Dr. Richard Osbaldiston, Assistant Professor, received a Ph. D. in social/personality psychology from the University of Missouri and earned a minor in statistics. 

He has been active in a variety of professional organizations, including the Southeastern Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology. He regularly reviews articles for and publishes in scientific journals like Environment and Behavior.

Dr. Osbaldiston is interested in finding solutions to environmental problems.  He has published several research papers on how psychology provides insight into how to change environmental behaviors. His research also involves collaboration among students and community partners, such as the Salvation Army, the U.S. Humane Society and Mothers’ Milk Bank. He was a finalist for the National Society of Collegiate Scholar’s Inspire Integrity award. 

He teaches PSY 200: Introduction to Psychology, PSY 305: Personality Psychology and PSY 820: Statistics and Research Design.

Dr. Jerry Palmer received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Georgia Tech in 1999 and arrived at EKU in 2001.

His research interests include test development and validation and performance appraisal.  His research on the use of credit reports in employee selection has been reported on by Time Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and dozens of other media on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Dr. Palmer teaches the introductory psychology course and has taught a variety of graduate courses, including Training and Development and Industrial Psychology.  He has also supervised student consulting projects on topics such as employee selection, test development and validation, training, equal opportunity law and compliance, and other human resources issues.

R. Perrine

Dr. Rose Perrine, Professor, received a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Her research and publications focus on two areas: (1) college student attachment and college success, and (2) pets in the workplace. She coordinates assessment efforts for EKU’s General Education Program, and serves as an assessment consultant for EKU’s Quality Enhancement Program. In addition, she regularly facilitates workshops for other EKU departments to help them ensure that students are graduating with good critical thinking and communication skills.

Her work has been published in The Journal of Experimental Education and Anthrozoos.

Dr. Perrine teaches the introductory-level research course PSY 250 and the senior thesis course PSY 401.

Dr. Andrea Strait, Associate Professor, received a B.S. in psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and earned a Ph.D. in School Psychology I from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the May Institute in Norwood, Massachusetts.

Her research interests are focused on curriculum-based reading assessments, and she has had several articles published in this area. She also serves on the editorial board for Psychology in the Schools.

She also provides services for schools and families, including diagnostic evaluations (e.g., Autism, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Selective Mutism, and Social Phobia), behavioral consultation and counseling. She serves as EKU’s School Psychology Program Coordinator.

Dr. Strait teaches several courses within the school psychology curriculum. She teaches consultation, academic and behavioral interventions, and supervises both practicum students and interns. At the undergraduate level, she team teaches a unique section of introductory psychology with three other instructors.

D. Varakin

Dr. Donald Alexander Varakin, Assistant Professor, received a B.S. in psychology from James Madison University, an M.A. in experimental psychology from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Vanderbilt University.

His research examines basic and applied issues of visual cognition, memory and consciousness, i.e. how visual experience affects thinking and how thinking affects visual experience.  His work has appeared in journals such as Perception, the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Human-Computer Interaction.  He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for journals such as Consciousness and Cognition, Cognition, Visual Cognition, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, and conference proceedings such as Cognitive Science Society, Human-Robot Interaction, and IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication.

He teaches courses in Introductory Psychology (including a section for the e-Campus program), and Sensation and Perception (and Cognition).  He also supervises a team of undergraduate students who play a vital role in conducting his research.

S. Wilson

Dr. Steffen Wilson, Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1997 and has been at EKU since the fall of that same year.  

She was trained as a Cognitive Developmental Psychologist, and her early research was on inhibitory processes in attention in school-aged children.  

Additional work focuses on a sense of belonging in college students, the impact of technology on the classroom and online learning in higher education.  Her work has been published in the APS Observer and the Journal of Appalachian Studies

Dr. Wilson teaches PSY 314: Child and Adolescent Development, PSY 311: Physiological Psychology and PSY 400: Why Will Boys Be Boys?

M. Winslow

Dr. Matt Winslow, Associate Professor, earned a B.A. at Macalester College in St. Paul, an M.A. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.

His teaching and research is in the area of social psychology. His research centers on social problems like prejudice and racism. His work has been published in Social Psychology, the Journal of Black Studiesand theJournal of Interpersonal Relations, Intergroup Relations and Identity. Moreover, he is also active in several groups on campus that seek to enrich the intellectual climate through discussion and critical thinking.

Dr. Winslow teaches Social Psychology, a variety of capstone courses (Empathy, Evolutionary Psychology, Prejudice) and special topics courses (Psychological Research in Human Sexuality, Psychology and Politics of the Legal Process), as well as a required course for majors called Information Literacy in Psychology.

D. Wygant

Dr. Dustin Wygant, Assistant Professor, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University (2007). Prior to joining the faculty at Eastern Kentucky University, he worked as a clinical forensic psychologist and specialized in conducting court-ordered psychological evaluations and providing testimony as an expert witness.  

Dr. Wygant is a licensed psychologist in Kentucky and Ohio works as a consulting forensic psychologist. His research is focused on assessing and conceptualizing the psychopathic personality and improving ways of detecting malingering and deception in forensic psychological evaluations. He maintains an active research program with students at EKU and their work has been published in journals such as Psychological Assessment, Psychological Injury and the Law, and Journal of Personality Disorders. Dr. Wygant and his students have presented their research at national and international conferences.

He regularly teaches courses in Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Personality Assessment.