Preparing tomorrow’s psychologists for a diverse world

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The School of Professional Psychology faculty members are role models for teaching, supervision, practice, and scholarship. All are dedicated to the practice model of training clinical psychologists. Several faculty members work on a full-time basis on grant and contract projects. Students may be able to work on the special projects, sometimes with funding.

The most diverse faculty and student body of any psychology program in the region, SOPP embraces its mission of serving the underserved and promoting cultural sensitivity.

Almost one half of our faculty hold the prestigious diplomate from the American Board of Professional Psychology. Over the years the faculty has produced a president of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is the only school to have three presidents of our professional society the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP).

Jeffery Allen, Ph.D., ABPP-CN,

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Interim Associate Dean & Professor


Areas of Interest

Clinical neuropsychology and neuropsychological assessment. Dementia and geriatric neuropsychology. Traumatic brain injury and cognitive rehabilitation.

James Dobbins, Ph.D., ABPP

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Areas of Interest

Family issues including, parenting training, contextual and structural approaches to family therapy; social skills training for adolescents. Professional development, cross cultural & multi-cultural issues.  Consultation and supervision.

Gokce Durmusoglu, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest

Pediatric neuropsychology, infant, toddler and preschool assessment, school and hospital consultation, child assessment, developmental disabilities and autism.

Allison Fernander, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest

Pediatric psychology, pediatric obesity, lifespan development, child assessment, behavioral health, primary care and hospital consultation.

Larry C. James, Ph.D., ABPP

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Areas of Interest

Mental health consultant, administrator, researcher and clinical practitioner; military psychologist and expert on global war on terrorism; development of behavioral services in primary care, obesity and eating disorders.

Kathlyn Malloy, Ph.D., ABPP


Areas of Interest

Domestic violence, both victims and batterers. Psychology of women, homophobia, women and power.

Victor McCarley, Psy.D.

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Associate Professor & Doctoral Internship Director

Areas of Interest

Chemical dependency (illicit drugs) issues. HIV issues - emphasis on minorities and IV users.

Cheryl L. Meyer, Ph.D., JD

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University Professor

Areas of Interest

Forensic psychology, mothers who kill their children; politics and reproductive rights of women including, adoption, abortion, custody, substance abuse by pregnant women; program and outcome evaluations, GLBT issues.

Robert Rando, Ph.D., ABPP

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Professor & Director, Counseling & Wellness Services

Areas of Interest

Mindfulness and college student mental health.

Michelle Schultz, Psy.D.

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Assistant Professor & Director of Clinical Training

Areas of Interest

Child and family psychology (therapy and assessment), clinical training, program development, and supervision. Specific areas are disruptive behavior disorders in children and youth, parenting issues, issues of self-esteem/self-concept, identity development, and professional development issues.

Janeece Warfield, Psy.D.

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Associate Professor

Areas of Interest

Pediatric psychology with specialization in  working with infants and young children, chronic illness, and developmental disabilities. Areas of interests: play therapy, violence prevention, infant mental health, trauma,and multicultural/diversity issues.

Julie Williams, Psy.D., CRC, ABPP

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Associate Professor

Areas of Interest

Disability issues, rehabilitation psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology, neuropsychological assessment, and outcome measurement in rehabilitation.

LaPearl Winfrey, Ph.D.

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Interim Dean & Professor

Areas of Interest

Psychology education and training, higher education administration, integrative approaches to psychotherapy, intersectionality and power dynamics, qualitative inquiry.

Eve Wolf, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

Areas of Interest

Eating disorders, women's issues, intervention with children, psychotherapy outcome (treatment) research, primary prevention programs, psycho-educational interventions, professional training issues.

Emeritus Faculty

  • J Scott Fraser, PhD, ABPP
  • Kathleen D.  Glaus, PhD, PsyD
  • Stephen C. McConnell, PhD, ABPP
  • John R. Rudisill, PhD, ABPP
  • Leon VandeCreek, PhD, ABPP