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Faculty

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 B. Allen, PhD, ABPP-CNphoto of Jeffrey Allen

Interim Associate Dean & Professor

Areas of Interest

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


photo of Jeffrey CigrangJeffrey Cigrang, PhD, ABPP

Associate Professor

Areas of Interest

Clinical health psychology, behavioral health services in primary care, treatment of deployment-related PTSD in veterans, military couples, community/population health interventions, tobacco cessation, motivational interviewing.


Wendy Dragon, PhD

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest

Clinical assessment of psychopathology and personality, particularly with the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory – 2 and the MMPI-2-RF. Other areas of interest include: personality disorders, severe mental illness, and the adjustment of individuals leaving religious communities.


Gokce Durmusoglu, PhDphoto of Gokce Durmusoglu

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest

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


Allison Fernander, PsyD

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest

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


photo of LaTrelle JacksonLaTrelle Jackson, PhD

Associate Professor

Areas of Interest

Community engagement/asset-based assessment, youth advocacy, diversity issues, consultation, supervision, parent empowerment,  group therapy, geriatric psychology, program development, career evaluation/planning, forensic psychology, student affairs/development, and higher education administration.


Larry C. James, PhD, ABPPphoto of dean larry james

Professor

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.


photo of Steven KniffleySteven Kniffley, PsyD

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest

Intersection between racism/discrimination and psychopathology in men of color. Multicultural psychology and the development of culturally sensitive therapeutic interventions. Post-modern approaches to family therapy. Psychological assessment and developmental disabilities assessment.   


Kathleen Malloy, Ph.D., ABPP

Professor

Areas of Interest

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


Victor McCarley, PsyDphoto of Victor McCarley

Associate Professor & Doctoral Internship Director

Areas of Interest

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


Cheryl L. Meyer, PhD, JDphoto of Cheryl Meyer

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.


photo of Chris ModicaChristopher Modica, PhD

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest

Theories and practice of psychotherapy, personality assessment and testing (e.g., MMPI-2 & MMPI-2-RF), eating disorders (Protective factors, prevention, & treatment), ethical and legal issues in the practice of psychology, report-writing, consultation. ​


Michelle Schultz, PsyDphoto of Michelle Schultz

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, PsyDJaneece-Warfield-5-14.jpg

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, PsyD, ABPP (RP)photo of julie williams

Associate Professor

Areas of Interest

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


LaPearl Logan Winfrey, PhDphoto of La Pearl Logan Winfrey

Interim Dean & Professor

Areas of Interest

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


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