Kathy BerghAssociate Lecturer 138 Nixson Hall
Area: LDES - HDFSkbergh@kent.edu
As a NTT Associate Lecturer I teach the courses listed below in the area of Human Development and Family Studies. I serve as the Program Director for the Minor in Nonprofit Studies. This minor is designed to prepare students to become skilled professionals and leaders in the nonprofit sector. I serve on the Advisory Committee for the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement, as well as the Nursing Home Administration Advisory Council. I was the Advisor for the Human Service Management Student Association for ten years and currently serve as the Advisor for two student organizatins; Invisible Children and the International Justice Mission. I came to Kent State in 2000 and have taught the following courses; Nonprofit Management I, Nonprofit Management II, Dynamics of the Helping Relationship, Family Policy, Interpersonal Relationships and the Family, Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies, Cultural Diversity, Internship in Nonprofit Management, Practicum in Human Development and Family Studies, Practicum in Gerontology, Introduction to Family Counseling, Introduction to Gerontology, Individual Honors Project and Individual Investigation. I was previously employed as Director of Marketing at Rockynol Retirtement Community in Akron, Ohio. My educational background consists of earning a Master of Arts in Education in College and Community Counseling and a Certificate in Life Span Development and Gerontology from the University of Akron.
Dr. Maureen BlankemeyerAssociate Professor 405H White Hall
Area: LDES - HDFSmblankem@kent.edu
I received a B.S. in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, an M.S. in Family Relations and Child Development, and a Ph.D. in Human Environmental Sciences, both graduate degrees from Oklahoma State University. In 1996 I joined the faculty of Kent State University. I am a Certified Family Life Educator and currently teach the following courses: Interpersonal Relationships and Families, Family Intervention Across the Lifespan, Changing Roles of Men and Women, Family Life Education, and a study abroad in Ireland course. I've conducted research in Northern Ireland on children and parents' perceptions of peace and political violence. Other research interests include bereavement and family life education. I am a member of the Ohio Council on Family Relations and the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), including the International, Education and Enrichment, and Advancing Family Science sections of NCFR.
Dr. Kelly CichyAssociate Professor 405 P 405 White Hall
Area: LDES - HDFS - GEROkcichy@kent.edu
I received a B.S. in Psychology from Xavier University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. I currently teach courses in Gerontology, including the Introduction to Gerontology course and the Adult Development and Aging course. My research examines the links between social relationships and health, and much of my work has focused on the relationship between adults and their parents. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how negative family experiences (e.g., conflict) compromise midlife and older adults' health and well-being. My research combines different methodological approaches, including videotaped observations and daily diary procedures, and offers undergraduate students the opportunity to become involved in research. I am a member of the Gerontological Society of America and the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR).
Dale CurryProfessor 136 Nixson Hall
Area: LDES - HDFSdcurry@kent.edu
Dr. Dale Curry received his Bachelor's degree in Individual and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 1975 and a Master of Science degree in Child Development and Child Care from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980. In 1986 he obtained a Master of Public Administration degree and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1997 from Kent State University. He is a licensed social worker and a certified child and youth care practitioner. Prior to his appointment at Kent State University in 2001, he worked more than 25 years in child and family services. Dr. Curry's research interests emphasize the training and development of human service workers. He is nationally recognized as a leader in the area of assessment and intervention in the transfer of learning process. He is an active Board member of the National Staff Development and Training Association/American Public Human Services Association and Editor of the Association's journal Training and Development in Human Services. He is also a Board member of the national Child and Youth Care Certification Board and Co-Editor of the Journal of Child and Youth Care Work.
Mary Dellmann-JenkinsProfessor 405 White Hall
Area: LDES - HDFSmdellman@kent.edu
I earned a B.S. in Pre-School and Kindergarten Education., M. S. in Child Development, and a PhD in Human Development. I am very familiar with the University of Wisconsin campus - all three degrees were earned at Madison. My current research interests include family relationships and dynamics in later life, with a particular focus on family members (across generations) in caregiving roles to elderly relatives. I am a member of the Gerontological Society of America and have published in journals such as The Gerontologist, and Aging and Human Development. I am currently working on research exploring the psychological costs of caregiving.
Alicia PieperAssistant Professor
Area: FLA - FCSapieper@kent.edu
My education includes a B.A. from Heidelberg College in Home Economics/Education and a M.A. from Kent State University in Home Economics/Education. I taught in the public schools at both the middle school and high school level before joining the faculty at Kent State University. I am Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. In 2002, I was named the Colleges, University, and Research Professional of the Year by the Ohio Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Presently I coordinate the Family and Consumer Studies Program at the Stark Campus. The courses I teach include The Family, Nutrition, Gerontology, Changing Roles, and Early Adolescence. Last semester I worked with several other Stark faculty members on the AHEC Education Grant providing a Heath Outreach Program for mentoring minority and low socio-economic children. In addition to the grant my students and I planned, organized, and taught a Health Fair for 150 children with financial support being provided the Stark County Heart Association.
Rhonda RichardsonProfessor 406E White Hall
Area: LDES - HDFSrrichard@kent.edu
I have a B.A. degree in Psychology from the College of William and Mary and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. I joined the Kent State faculty in 1984. My professional activities are oriented around my interest in understanding and strengthening social contexts to support optimal development for adolescents. Specifically, I enjoy contributing to the education of both undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to roles as human service providers or classroom teachers working with adolescents. Courses I teach are Adolescent Development, Early Adolescence, Parent-Child Relationships, Family Theories and Processes, and Positive Youth Development. My research interests include adolescents as parents (particularly adolescent mothers' social support networks and transition to adulthood) as well as parenting of adolescents (communication and attachment between parents and young adolescents, parenting education for parents of young adolescents). Most recently, with funding from the Moyer Foundation, I have initiated research examining indicators of positive youth development among grieving children and youth. I am credentialed by the National Council on Family Relations as a Certified Family Life Educator and have provided numerous community-based parenting enrichment programs.
Greg SmithProfessor 100 Nixson Hall
Area: LDES - HDFSgsmith2@kent.edu
I have a doctorate in Human Development (Specialization in Psychology of Adult Development and Aging) from the University of Rochester, a master's in Psychology from Villanova University, and a bachelor's in Psychology from the State University of New York. In 2001, I came to KSU after five years as Research Associate in the Ringel Institute of Gerontology (Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany) and 11 years as a tenured faculty member in the Department of Human Development (University of Maryland, College Park). My applied experiences include internships in rehabilitation psychology and gerontological counseling, and serving as Special Administrative Assistant in a multi-level care gerontology center. My primary research focus is on caregiving issues within aging families, and I am currently the PI of a study funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research titled "Online Intervention to Improve Stroke Care from Spouses". I am a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Association of Gerontology & Education, Associate Editor of the the International Journal of Aging and Human Development, and a peer reviewer on two NIH study sections (BBBP-D and SPIP).
Kimberly SteeleAcademic Program Director, HST/HDFS 104 S Main Building
Area: LDES - HST - HDFSksteele6@kent.edu
Kimberly is employed fulltime as the Academic Program Director for the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services Technology and the Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies at Kent State University-Columbiana County Campuses, as well as part-time with the Counseling Department of the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center. With over twenty years of human services/counseling experience, Kimberly holds Ohio licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor with Supervision Endorsement and Licensed Social Worker. Having begun her career with the honor of being in the first graduating class of the KSU-Salem HST program that she now directs, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kent State University and a Master of Science in Education, with dual concentrations in both Community Counseling and Higher Education Student Services Administration from Youngstown State University. Kimberly serves on numerous campus and community boards, steering committees and training teams covering a variety of topics. Any and all professional accomplishments pale in comparison to the most important treasurer in her life, her daughter, Emilee and her son, Korey.
Dr. Scott TobiasAssistant Professor 131C Fine Arts
Area: LDES - HDFSstobias4@kent.edu
Scott Tobias is an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Kent State University at Stark. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Miami University in 1999, his M.S. in Family Studies from Miami University in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2009.
His research centers on how video games impact children, adolescents, and families. His career has also allowed multiple opportunities to teach courses covering a wide variety of Family Studies, Human Development, and Psychology courses. This has also afforded him the opportunity to present guest lectures and research presentations in various settings as well as serve as a mentor to other graduate students in their own teaching.
Dr. Steven ToepferAssociate Professor 99 2491 State Route 45 South
Area: LDES - HDFSstoepfer@kent.edu
Steve Toepfer was raised in the Hudson River Valley of New York. He attended the University of Connecticut as an undergraduate psychology major and student athlete. It was during that time that he fell in love with education, specifically psychology and therapeutic intervention, and subsequently completed a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston. While at Northeastern Steve was also project manager of an ongoing research project for the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps and worked as an outpatient therapist. The following year he relocated to The Ohio State University as a psychometrist in the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. While there, he co-authored articles on the use of the MMPI with adolescents. He continued at OSU in the Ph.D. program in Human Development and Family Sciences. Steve's research interests focus on multi-method family patterns of emotional distance regulation. At Kent State University he extended this line of inquiry. He has also been developing and publishing on intentional activity subjective well-being. He enjoys teaching four classes per semester at the Salem campus. Most of all he loves spending time with his wife and two boys who are 2 and 6 years old.
Dr. Russell ToomeyAssistant Professor 406H White Hall
Area: LDES - HDFSrtoomey1@kent.edu
Dr. Russ Toomey received his Bachelor's degree in Child and Family Studies from Ohio University, his Masters of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Kent State University, and his Ph.D. in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. After receiving his Ph.D., he completed a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at Arizona State University in the Prevention Research Center and the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. He joined the faculty at Kent State in 2013, and teaches Adolescent Development and Child Development. His research interests include identifying contextual and interpersonal processes that contribute to risk and resilience among marginalized adolescent populations (for example, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, and Latino youth). Much of his research has focused on how protective factors, such as school-based extracurricular activities (for example, Gay-Straight Alliances, sports, arts), can buffer the deleterious impact of bias-based school victimization and harassment for vulnerable youth. Russell serves as an ad-hoc member to the Student and Early Career Council of the Society for Research in Child Development, and is a member of the Diversity Committee for the Society for Research on Adolescence. He is also an active member of the National Council on Family Relations.
Dr. Kathleen WalkerAssociate Professor 406C White Hall
Area: LDES - HDFSkwalker1@kent.edu
After graduating with a bachelor of fine arts from Kansas State University, I combined my passions for making art and making a difference by pursuing a master of science in art therapy from Emporia State University (also located in Kansas). These two degrees led me to work in a variety of human service settings with children, parents, residents, patients, and students as an early childhood educator, parent educator, activities assistant, art therapist, and after-school program coordinator. I eventually returned to Kansas State to earn a doctor of philosophy in family life education and consultation, and after graduating in 2002, I joined Kent State's Human Development and Family Studies faculty to teach classes in child development, building family strengths, and professional development. My primary research focus has been on children's understanding of war and peace and the use of children's drawings in research, but I am also very excited to bridge my teaching and research interests by focusing on the transition of our students into the professional work world. Social networking sites, like Facebook, have made keeping up with our students after graduation a whole lot easier! On a less serious note, I also have a passion for making art out of trash, reading books written for children and youth, and taking long road trips with my spouse.