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Dr. Karla Anhalt

Associate Professor 405 White Hall


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I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the APA-accredited program at West Virginia University. As part of my doctoral studies, I completed an APA-accredited and APPIC- member Pre-doctoral Internship in Pediatric Psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute within the University of Nebraska Medical Center. I have been a faculty member at KSU since August of 2003. During my time at KSU, I have taught graduate courses in child development, individual counseling, practicum in school psychology, and cultural diversity, among others. My scholarly interests are consistent with progressive thinking in school psychology. The following school psychology initiatives are particularly appealing to me: increased focus on prevention, school-based mental health services, enhanced involvement with parents, and training future professionals to work with diverse children and families. An overarching theme in my research pertains to improving mental health and educational services for underserved populations, including immigrant and ethnic minority children and sexual minority youth. On a personal note, I was born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Mexico (border city with California). I am professionally proficient in English and Spanish.

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Dr. Christine Balan

Associate Professor 318 B 405 White Hall


Dr. Christine Balan received her doctorate in Special Education from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She has been a faculty member at Kent State University since 1996: and is currently a full-time non-tenure track Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Special Services. Her areas of specialization and research interests include applied behavior analysis and pharmacological interventions used to manage emotional and behavioral disorders. Dr. Balan frequently teaches Classroom and Behavior Management I, Classroom and Behavior Management II, and Pharmacological Intervention in Special Education. She was the Director of a five-year State of Ohio Improvement Grant aimed at increasing the capacity of school personnel to address the behavioral needs of all students. In 2002, Dr. Balan was selected as the recipient of the Kent State University Outstanding Teaching Award.

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Dr. Brian Barber

Assistant Professor 406I White Hall


Dr. Brian R. Barber is an Assistant Professor of special education at Kent State University. Dr. Barber teaches or has taught graduate level courses in special education research and classroom and behavior management, as well as undergraduate level courses in characteristics of students with high-incidence disabilities and evidence-based practices in special education. His research focuses on effective behavioral prevention and intervention strategies in educational settings, executive function and the self-regulation of behavior, issues related to social and emotional learning in schools, and understanding of setting factors affecting intervention implementation in exclusionary educational settings (e.g., residential treatment, juvenile corrections).

He is currently serving as Co-Principal Investigator of a two-year, state-funded development grant (Project ASTUTE) to create a dual licensing pre-service educator program in middle childhood content areas and special education. He has authored multiple professional articles and book chapters, and has presented his findings and recommendations at numerous state, regional, national, and international professional conferences. Additionally, he serves as an editorial board member and/or reviewer for several special education journals, as well as an expert consultant to the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Programs. Prior to receiving his Ph.D. in special education from the University of Florida, he was a teacher and administrator of programs for special education students for seven years.

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Dr. Lyle Barton

Professor Emeritus 406B White Hall

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I received my Ed.D. in Special Education from Northern Illinois University. I came to Kent State from the University of Alberta in 1984. I have served KSU as a past Assistant and Associate Dean of the College and Graduate School of Education and as a past Associate Dean of Libraries. I currently serve as a Professor of Special Education with my teaching focus in research, behavior analysis and persons with severe disabilities (i.e., Moderate/Intensive). My research interests are single-subject research design, applied behavior analysis, technology applications, and web based instruction. I frequently teach courses in single-subject research design, curriculum moderate/ intensive, special topics seminar in SPED, and Classroom Behavior Management in the summer. I have been director or co-director of 33 grants funded for a total of $4.5M. My work has been published in many refereed journals, some of which include, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Therapist, Analysis and Intervention in Developmental Disabilities, JASH, Exceptional Children, Mental Retardation & Learning Disabilities Bulletin, Mental Retardation, CHANGE, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, Education of the Visually Handicapped, and the Journal of Mental Deficiency Research. I have also contributed 16 book chapters and have presented more than 150 papers at national or international conferences. Some of my most satisfying work has been collaborative research projects with my doctoral, masters and undergraduate students.

My research interests include:

1.  SPED
2.  Use of differential reinforcement techniques (DRO, DRI, DRA, DRL, DRH)
3.  Use of Social Validation in single subject research
4.  Use of Social narratives used with students diagnosed with Autism (and others), including social narratives written by students
5.  Use of distance technology with students diagnosed with Autism
6.  Use of iPad technology to record student behaviors
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Dr. Pena Bedesem

Assistant Professor 405-O White Hall


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Dr. Peña Lasiste Bedesem is an Assistant Professor in the area of mild/moderate disabilities at Kent State University (KSU).  She earned her doctorate in special education from the University of Central Florida (UCF).  During her time at UCF, Peña was a researcher and technological consultant for a mixed reality simulated classroom, served on multiple grant-writing teams, conducted professional developments for teachers throughout the central Florida area, and spent a summer in Washington DC as an intern for the Council for Exceptional Children.  Her research interests revolve around students with emotional/behavioral disorders, including educational and community-based supports and services that promote positive school and post-school outcomes.

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Kathy Bergh

Lecturer 138 Nixson Hall

Area: LDES - HDFS - C126

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I earned 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. As a NTT Lecturer I teach the courses listed below in the area of Human Development and Family Studies. I have served as Program Director for the Certificate in Nonprofit/Human Service Management for the past eleven years. This interdisciplinary certificate program is designed to prepare and certify students to become skilled professionals and leaders in the nonprofit sector. The nonprofit certificate program has been elevated to a Minor in Nonprofit Studies.  I serve on the Advisory Committee for the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement. I was previously employed by Rockynol Retirement Community as Director of Marketing. I came to Ken 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.

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Dr. Maureen Blankemeyer

Associate Professor 405H White Hall


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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 Work and Family. 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 Family Science sections of NCFR.

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Dr. Sloane Burgess

Assistant Professor 406G


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After graduating with my B.A. in psychology, I took a job working at a residential program for children who had been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. There I met a child unlike any I had ever met before; he loved to spell but barely spoke, didn't seem interested in developing friendships but enjoyed predictable interaction routines, and could, and frequently did, curl himself into a tiny ball and hide in small cubbies and crevices. Although I did not know it then, I learned during my graduate studies that he most likely was a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I was intrigued by this young man and as part of my graduate coursework had the opportunity to participate in an NIMH sponsored internship with the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped CHildren) Program in Chapel Hill, working with individual with ASD. Upon graduation, I worked as a TEACCH Psychoeducational Specialist in Asheville, North Carolina for 10 years. During this time, I had the opportunity to work with individuals with ASD of all ages and their families in a variety of roles and settings. I came to Northeast Ohio to complete my doctoral degree and continued to work with individual with ASD, and their families and the professionals who support them, as an Educational Consultant. I currently serve as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment between the departments of Special Education and Speech Pathology and Audiology at the Kent Campus. My research and professional interests include understanding how individuals with ASD evaluate their quality of life and predictors of positive ratings of quality of life, the implementation of visual strategies to support learning, positive behavior, and communication skills in school-aged students with ASD, lifespan support for individuals with ASD, and the efficacy of early intervention programs for preschool aged students with ASD.

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Dr. Moon-Heum Cho

Assistant Professor 407 Main Hall

Area: LDES

Dr. Moon-Heum Cho is an Assistant Professional in Kent State University-Stark. Since 2009, he has taught educational technology and educational psychology for undergraduate pre-service and graduate in-service teachers. Dr. Cho completed his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 2008. Before joining Kent-Stark, he worked as an instructional consultant/ designer in Indiana. Uni.-Purdue Uni. Ft. Wayne (IPFW). His research interests are self-regulated learning, teaching and learning, and instructional design.

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Dr. Kelly Cichy

Assistant Professor 405 P 405 White Hall


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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).

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Dr. Robert Cimera

Associate Professor 405 White Hall


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Originally, I set out to be a high school social studies teacher. I liked history. So it seemed like a good fit for me. However, despite what my university advisors always claimed, there simply weren’t any job teaching history at the secondary level. Jobless and living in my father’s basement after graduating from Purdue University, I needed to start earning a living. As luck would have it, I came across an ad in the local newspaper with the heading, “People with Education Degrees Wanted.”  I had an education degree, so I applied.

It turned out that the position was at an alternative high school where students with severe disabilities prepared for their adult lives. I got the job and started working with an incredible mix of people—everything from non-verbal students with autism to brilliant kids who had behavior disorders and an unfortunate habit of killing people. Every day was different and unpredictable. I saw some of my students succeed in the community. And I saw some of them fail. The successes lit up my heart, but I am still haunted by my failures.

Trying to become a better transition specialist, I went back to Purdue to get my Masters in Vocational Technical Special Needs Education. I also became a coordinator of a transition program. Being in administration exposed me to various state and federal policies governing the transition field.  In many cases, I saw how these policies inhibited our ability to work effectively with our students.  Wanting to learn more about such policies, and how to change them, I went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I studied at the Transition Research Institute and eventually earned my Ph.D.

Since then, my areas of emphasis and research tend to involve public policy regarding the employment of people with disabilities. I often study the monetary aspects of employment programs. For example, I try to determine how policymakers should spend the taxpayers’ money. I also attempt to find strategies that make transition programs more effective and efficient.

To date, I have a little more than 60 publications, including 7 books—one of which apparently was a best seller in South Korea--and three novels (published under the name Robert Evert). I have presented throughout the world, including to Congressional subcommittees. However, I receive the greatest joy from being with my wonderful wife and two incredible sons.  My favorite animal is a palomino, because any palomino is a pal-of-mine-o.

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Dr. Richard Cowan

Associate Professor 405 White Hall


I completed my doctoral training in the NASP-approved and APA-accredited school psychology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This training included an APA-accredited internship in pediatric psychology within the Department of Psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation (University of Nebraska Medical Center). Since my arrival at KSU in 2003, I have been involved in a number of research projects, publications, presentations, and grants focusing on both autism and positive behavioral supports. My primary line of inquiry focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of educational and treatment programs for students with autism. My scholarly pursuits also focus on the implementation and evaluation of positive behavioral supports across the universal, targeted and intensive levels of intervention for a variety of students in educational settings. Within the context of this domain, I have developed an interest in further investigating bullying prevention and intervention efforts related to students who may be at an increased risk for experiencing bullying (e.g., students with disabilities, LGBT students, and ethnic/racial minority students). As part of my role as a faculty member in the school psychology program at KSU, I remain actively engaged in a variety of scholarly endeavors with local, regional and national organizations whose missions align with enhancing the academic and behavioral success of students in educational settings.

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Dr. Jane Cox

Associate Professor 310 Kent State University


Jane Cox completed both her master’s degree in Community Counseling and doctoral degree in Counseling and Human Development Services at Kent State University. Prior to coming to KSU, Dr. Cox was an Associate Professor and department chair in the Counselor Education and School Psychology department at the University of Toledo. Dr. Cox also worked as a faculty member and part time staff clinician in a counseling center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her areas of scholarly interest include the use of: social construction concepts to counseling practice and the training of counselors; narrative and solution-focused therapies with individuals, couples, and families; and collaborative methods for supervision.  Dr. Cox currently serves as the coordinator of the doctoral program in Couseing and Human Development Services.

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Dale Curry

Professor 136 Nixson Hall


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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, serving as Chair of the Trainer Certification and Ethics Committees, Co-Chair of the Evaluation and Research Committee 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.

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Dr. David Dalton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 405 White Hall


David Dalton is an associate professor of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology in the College of Education at Kent State University. He has served on the faculty at KSU since 1990. Prior to his arrival at Kent, he was a faculty member at Florida State University and Indiana University.

He holds Master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Educational Psychological Studies, with an emphasis in Educational Computing. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Kent State University and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Chemistry, and Kent State University in Studio Art.

He has taught secondary math and science and served as a district-level curriculum specialist. Currently, his major interests lie in electronic portfolios, problem-based learning and K12 technology integration.

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Mary Dellmann-Jenkins

Professor 405 White Hall


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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.

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Dr. Richard Ferdig

Professor 321 Moulton Hall


Richard E. Ferdig is the Summit Professor of Learning Technologies and Professor of Instructional Technology at Kent State University. He works within the Research Center for Educational Technology and also the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University. He has served as researcher and instructor at Michigan State University, the University of Florida, the Wyzsza Szkola Pedagogiczna (Krakow, Poland), and the Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy). At Kent State University, his research, teaching, and service focus on combining cutting-edge technologies with current pedagogic theory to create innovative learning environments. His research interests include online education, educational games and simulations, the role of faith in technology, and what he labels a deeper psychology of technology. In addition to publishing and presenting nationally and internationally, Ferdig has also been funded to study the impact of emerging technologies such as K-12 Virtual Schools. Rick was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Gaming and Computer Mediated Simulations, is the current Associate Editor-in-Chief of theJournal of Technology and Teacher Education, and also serves as a Consulting Editor for the Development Editorial Board of Educational Technology Research and Development and on the Review Panel of the British Journal of Educational Technology.

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Dr. Larry Froehlich, Ed.D.

Associate Professor A110a Classroom Building


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I graduated from Kent State University with a BS degree in Secondary Ed and MEd in Instructional Technology. Upon graduation I accepted the position as Director of a resource center for the West Virginia Department of Education, serving Adult and Technical Education teachers. The Center developed and in-serviced instructional material that was disseminated statewide. I attended West Virginia University as a full-time doctoral student and completed an EdD with a major in Education Administration and a minor in Educational Psychology. After the completion of my doctorate, I became a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Services at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia. I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Adult and Technical Education and Instructional Technology. After being promoted and tenured, I became the Associate Dean for Academic Services in the College of Education and Human Services at Marshall, and then served as Dean of the School of Education at the West Virginia Graduate College. I went back to Marshall as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and then to Kent as Dean of the East Liverpool Campus. Now after 15 years of serving in administration, I am pleased to return to the classroom as a full-time faculty member on the Regional Campuses.

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Dr. Lynne Guillot-Miller

Associate Professor 310 White Hall


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Lynne earned her Ph. D in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans. She is a member of the American School Counselor Association, American Counseling Association, Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), and the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors as well as various regional and state counseling associations. Her teaching, professional, and research interests include school counseling, counseling children, counselor preparation, legal and ethical issues, and political advocacy. 

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Lisa Hallaman

Area: FLA

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Sanna Harjusola-Webb, Ph.D

Associate Professor 405 White Hall



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I received my Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Early Childhood Special Education.  I came to Kent State University in 2006, and I currently serve as an Associate Professor of Special Education. During my time at KSU, I have taught master’s and doctoral level courses in research methods, child development, practicum in early intervention, evidence based practices, intervention methods, implementation science, family professional collaboration, among others.

The overarching themes for my research interests include early intervention and prevention, enhanced involvement with parents, and training future professionals to work with young children and their families.  My lines of inquiry also pertain evidence-based practices to foster communication and language development in young children, single-subject research/applied behavior analysis, technology applications (e.g., cyber supervision, tele health, LENA), and community-based advocacy efforts to foster optimal child and family outcomes.  I maintain collaborative partnerships with multiple community and state agencies and have received grant funding from several sources, including the U.S. Department of Education (Office of Special Education Programs).  

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Julee Henry

Assistant Director, Technology and Distance Education 212 White Hall

Area: IRC - ITEC

Julee A. Henry manages the Instructional Resources Center and assists with distance learning for the College of Education, Health, and Human Services.  In addition, Julee teaches Instructional Technology workshops relating to social networking in education and 21st Century skills for educators.  She earned both her bachelor's degree and master's degree from Kent State University.

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Dr. Albert Ingram

Associate Professor 300 White Hall

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Albert L. Ingram, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at Kent State University, where he is responsible for teaching, advising, research, and service in Instructional Technology. He teaches a variety of courses in instructional design and technology. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Arizona State University in 1984. Along the way, Dr. Ingram has taught at Governors State University and Kent State University and worked at a variety of other organizations including Digital Equipment Corporation, The American College, the Software Engineering Institute, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Ingram is co-author of Exploring Current Issues in Educational Technology with Drew Tiene and of FrontPage 2002: An introduction to Web design for educators and trainers with Ruth Watson. He has published papers in a variety of journals, including Educational Technology, the Journal of Educational Technology Systems, Educational Technology Research and Development, the Journal of Educational Computing Research, Performance and Instruction, and Computers in the Schools. His research interests include using computer-mediated communication to facilitate collaborative learning and problem solving, developing Web-based instruction, usability of instructional Web sites, and others. He has served as Faculty Associate in Kent State University's Faculty Professional Development Center and also as the Interim Director of that Center.

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Dr. Marty Jencius

Associate Professor 310 White Hall

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I received my B.A. in Biology and my M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I earned my Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina. My sixteen years of clinical experience includes work as an addictions counselor, as a general mental health counselor, coordinating services for severely emotionally handicapped children and as a counselor in a private practice serving business and industry. Prior to coming to Kent, I had a faculty appointment at Columbus State University. While at Kent State my scholarly interest emerged in international aspects of counseling and counselor training. That interest has provided me the opportunity to teach counseling and to make multiple trips to Turkey, the Bahamas and Singapore. My other interests include multicultural counseling training and the use of technology in counseling. I am founder and list manager of CESNET-L a professional listserv for counselor educators. I am co-founding editor of The Journal of Technology in Counseling, a web-based, peer reviewed journal, and founder/ediutor of, a podcast series for counselors. Currently, my technology interests include virtual worlds as co-founder of Counselor Education in Second Life I am on the editorial boards of The International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling and the Counselor Education and Supervision Journal. I act as section editor of the Couples Enrichment and Education section of The Family Journal, and writer/editor of a monthly column, The Digital Psyway, in Counseling Today, the monthly publication of The American Counseling Association (50,000 members). I am currently interested in international issues with counseling and counselor education and technology applications in teaching counseling. 

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Dr. Karen Kritzer

Assistant Professor 405 White Hall


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Karen L. Kritzer, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor within the Deaf Education Program at Kent State University.  She has a B.A. as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped with a minor in Secondary Education from Hofstra University, a M.A. in Deaf Education specializing in Early Childhood education from Gallaudet University, and a Ph.D. in Special Education specializing in Deaf Education from the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Kritzer has participated in a variety of non-degree granting educational programs.  She has certification in Family Math instruction from Rutgers University, has completed the Leadership Training Program in Discrete Mathematics at Rutgers University, completed an aeronautic education program workshop for teachers offered through NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, successfully completed the ASL/English Bilingual Professional Development program at the Center for ASL/English Bilingual Education and Research (CAEBER), and completed Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment Cognitive Instruction training program at the Early Childhood level. Dr. Kritzer has experience teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing students from preschool to upper elementary grade levels; she also has experience working as an early intervention specialist doing home visits for families with infants and toddlers with newly identified hearing loss. At the university level she has taught a variety of courses including those related to Deaf Studies, Language Development and Curriculum Design for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Dr. Kritzer’s research agenda is focused on mathematics education for young deaf children and family/home-related factors that contribute to early learning opportunities for this population. She has a variety of publications and has presented nationally and internationally on related topics.

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Dr. Chia-Ling Kuo, Ph.D

Associate Professor 300 C White Hall


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Chia-Ling Kuo received her master's in Computer Education and Technology and doctorate in Instructional Technology from Ohio University. Dr. Kuo joined KSU in 2005. Currently, she teaches Educational Technology, Portfolio Review, and Advanced Practicum. Her research interests include the integration of technology into curriculum, online learning and teaching, electronic portfolio development and assessment, wireless technology in education, and issues surrounding to educational technology.

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Dr. Pamela Luft, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 405 White Hall

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Pamela Luft is an Associate Professor of Special Education (Deaf Education and Moderate/Severe Disabilities) at Kent State University in Ohio. She received her M.S. in Technology for Persons with Disabilities from the Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Special Education. She worked in a variety of school settings for 15 years before getting her doctorate. Her research and grant focus is on transition services and has an OSEP transition grant and an RSA rehabilitation for the deaf grant. She has published on issues related to transition, technology employment of persons with disabilities, special education policy and instructional practices.

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Dr. Jamie McCartney

Assistant Professor 401-O White Hall


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Jamie L. McCartney is an Assistant Professor in LDES, where she is responsible for coordinating the ASL/ English Interpreting Program.  Her B.S.E.D. and M.S.E.D. are in Technical Education and her Ph.D. is in Secondary Education.  She has national certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf: Certificate of Transliteration (CT), Certification of Interpretation (CI), and National Interpreter Certification- Master Level (NIC-M).  She has interpreted in a variety of settings since getting her A.A.S. in Interpreting/ Transliterating in 1993.  She has worked in postsecondary, platform, Deaf/Blind, Video Relay Service, social services, medical, and employment settings.  Her research was on interpreter burnout and Demand Control Theory. 

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Dr. Jason McGlothlin

Associate Professor 310 White Hall


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Jason McGlothlin earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Ohio University and is currently a Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory endorsement (PCC-S) in Ohio. Prior to joining the KSU faculty (in 2001), he practiced in community mental health, private practice, and suicide prevention/hostage negotiation facilities. Dr. McGlothlin has had a variety of local, state, and national leadership positions in the counseling profession. His current areas of teaching, publication, and research include the assessment, prevention, and treatment of suicide; and counselor education accreditation. Dr. McGlothlin also serves as the coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs along with being the liaison to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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Dr. Caven Mcloughlin

Professor 507 405 White Hall

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Caven S. Mcloughlin is a credentialed school psychologist serving Ohio's largest school psychology preparation program. Formerly, he was a special education classroom teacher and administrator, and a school counselor. At KSU he provides instruction in early childhood school psychology. Dr. Mcloughlin has been involved in federally funded training of interdisciplinary leadership personnel working with toddlers, infant, and newborns for 25+ years. He has authored, edited or contributed to ten books, and over 100 published research articles and chapters. He is the Editor of School Psychology International Journal.

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Jason Miller

Clinical Director 325 White Hall


I received my Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans shortly after acquiring a M.Ed. in Community Counseling and a B.A. in Psychology. I began my career at Mississippi State University as a visiting assistant professor before moving to Kent State to my current position. Throughout my career thus far, I have focused on a variety of research interests. However, my primary interests now involve specialized accreditation issues and mental health trends on college campuses. Over the past few years I have come to take more of a pure existentialist approach to counseling (and possibly life in general). I find few things more rewarding than working with a client and helping him or her to face those issues that we all deal with but never like to talk about. It is for this reason that I am continually becoming more involved with the mental health needs of the students on campus. I am a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the American College Counseling Association.

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Bradley Morris

Associate Professor 412A White Hall


Bradley J. Morris is a Developmental Cognitive Scientist whose research program includes basic research in cognitive development and its application in designing effective PreK-12 STEM instruction. His research focuses on three domains: Scientific and Mathematical reasoning, Formal reasoning, and Motivation. The goal of his research program is to identify the mechanisms underlying children’s reasoning (e.g., strategy acquisition and selection) and motivation (e.g., praise type) using a variety of experimental methods (e.g., eye tracking) and computational modeling.

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Becky Morsefield

Instructor 405 White Hall

Area: TLC - SPED

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I graduated from Kent State University in with a degree in secondary education- comprehensive science. I enjoyed teaching chemistry, physics, environmental science and biology for ten years. When our first child was born, she was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after birth. Our family was suddenly introduced the world of special education. I returned to Kent State to pursue a master's degree in special education. I received a training fellowship in early intervention and worked at the Family Child Learning Center providing direct services for families, training and supervising students. I graduated in 1997 with a master's degree in special education. After graduation I worked for the Portage County Early Intervention Collaborative as a service coordinator. I began teaching at Kent State in 1998 in the special education and early childhood departments and supervising student teachers. I bring to teaching a family perspective on early intervention, assessment as it relates to the IEP process, inclusive education, transition and family and professional partnerships. I have served on the Portage County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities for the past tweleve years.

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Dr. S Mostade

Assistant Professor 310D White Hall


Jeffrey Mostade is a counselor, supervisor and trainer with 18 years of experience locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Mostade holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, a Master's Degree in Counseling & Human Services from John Carroll University and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Jeffrey returned from three years working in Mumbai, India in 2012; where worked as the elementary school counselor for the American School of Bombay as well as providing training to a local domestic violence project.  Published in the areas of LGBT identity development; identities of diversity and counseling; and the use of reflecting teams in group work, Dr. Mostade teaches graduate coursework in Counseling Theories, Individual Counseling Procedures, Psychopathology, Practicum and Internship. Dr. Mostade has served the counseling profession locally and nationally through Chi Sigma Iota International and other organizations providing leadership as well as chairing the American Counseling Association Restructuring Taskforce in 1996. He identifies as a strong human developmentalist and believes in intentional change. Stop by and introduce yourself.

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Dr. Cynthia Osborn

Professor 310 White Hall


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Cynthia Osborn earned her Ph.D. degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Ohio University in 1996 after serving in pastoral ministry for several years. She joined the Counseling and Human Development Services (CHDS) faculty at Kent State University in 1997. She is licensed in Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor (with supervisory endorsement; LPCC-S) and as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC), and her clinical background is with persons with co-occurring disorders (substance use disorders and mental illness). She routinely teaches graduate courses in addictions counseling, case conceptualization and treatment planning, and counseling practicum and internship. Research activity, publications, and presentations are in the areas of addictive behaviors (including college alcohol misuse, and counselors’ perceptions of addiction), motivational interviewing, solution-focused counseling, leadership in counseling, and counselor supervision.

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Dr. Betsy Page

Associate Professor 310 White Hall


My education includes a B.S. from the University of Maine in Education, an M.A.P.E. in Physical Education from the University of Florida, an M.S. in Counseling from the University of Southern Maine, and an Ed. D. in Counselor Education from the University of Maine. My early career (1972-1988) as a teacher included classroom instruction for students from K-12 and undergraduates in the U.S. and Australia. Most often I taught science, physical education, or seventh and eighth grade. I served as a school counselor at a high school and later at a K-8 elementary school. While finishing my dissertation, I worked as a counselor and clinical supervisor at an agency that provided care for foster children I also served as the counselor for students at a therapeutic kindergarten run by the agency. I came to KSU in 1996. My interests include group work, supervision of counseling, and the construction of instruments. I am currently coauthoring a book on leader skills and planning in group work. I am active in ASGW, ACA, and ACES.

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Alicia Pieper

Assistant Professor

Area: FLA - FCS

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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.

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Dr. Steve Rainey

Assistant Professor 310 White Hall


I began my career, following the completion of a Master of Arts degree in physical education at Southern Methodist University (1987), as a high school health and physical education teacher and swimming coach in the Dallas, TX area. I then completed my Master of Science degree in school counseling at Texas A&M University – Commerce (1996) and began work as a school counselor in a discipline-based alternative school. I continued my education in the Ph.D. program at Texas A&M University – Commerce and completed the degree while working as an Assistant Professor – ad interim in 2001. I began my work at Kent State University in the fall of 2002 where I have worked as an assistant professor, the school practicum and internship coordinator, and the advisor to the Kappa Sigma Upsilon chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, International. My research interests are in the areas of school counselor preparation, school counselor identity, and counseling sexual minority clients.

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Rhonda Richardson

Professor 406E White Hall


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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.

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Dr. Phillip Rumrill

Professor 413 White Hall


Phillip Rumrill, Ph.D., CRC, is a Professor and Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program and Director of the Center for Disability Studies at Kent State University.  He is also the Founding Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Employment Assistance Service, which provides vocational services and supports to people with multiple sclerosis across the United States. A nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Dr. Rumrill received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Keene State College in New Hampshire and his doctorate from the University of Arkansas.  Since completing his doctorate in 1993, he has authored or co-authored more than 173 professional journal articles; 31 book chapters, monographs, measurement instruments, and training manuals; and 11 books entitled The Sandwich Generation's Guide to Elder Care, New Directions in Rehabilitation Counseling, Employment Issues and Multiple Sclerosis (2 Editions), Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Rehabilitation and Health Care Professionals, Research in Rehabilitation Counseling (2 Editions) Research in Special Education (2 Editions), Occupational Neurology, and Emerging Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling He has also guest-edited 17 special issues of professional and academic journals in the fields of education and rehabilitation. Dr. Rumrill is a highly sought speaker at national and international conferences in health care, social sciences, rehabilitation, and education. He has delivered 311 addresses to consumer, professional, academic, and policymaking audiences over the past two decades. 

Dr. Rumrill's direct service experience includes substance abuse counseling, academic advising, and accommodation planning with postsecondary students with disabilities, vocational guidance and career counseling with a variety of disability populations, and vocational expert services in civil litigation.  He has extensive experience writing and administering funded projects; he has had management roles on 28 Federal and private foundation grants whose total budgets exceed $16 million. From 2006-2011, he served as Co-Principal Investigator and Research Director of the Coordination, Outreach, and Research Center for the Americans with Disabilities Act National Network, funded by the National Institute and Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Among Dr. Rumrill's current grants are a NIDRR-funded Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project that examines th euse of Cognitive Support Technology among postsecondary students with traumatic brain injuries and a National Multiple Sclerosis Society-funded project examining the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the employment concerns of people with multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Rumrill has received honors and recognition for his work from such organizations as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the National TRIO Foundation, and the National Federation of the Blind. He has held Distinguished Lecturer or Visiting Scholar appointments at the Ohio State University, the University of Hawaii, the University of Pittsburgh, the National Federation of the Blind, The University of Leeds Medical School in England, the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and the Arla Institute of Finland.  In 2005, Dr. Rumrill was named Rehabilitation Researcher of the Year by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. In 2007, he was selected as a Delegate to the By the People Convocation sponsored by the Jim Lehrer Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia. This forum brought together 47 national leaders from various disciplines to deliberate and discuss the rights and responsibilities that citizens have as participants in the American Democracy, and it resulted in a documentary film that aired nationally on PBS in 2008. Dr. Rumrill was also the recipient of the 2010 Kent State University Distinguished Scholar Award, the 2011 University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions Distinguished Alumni Award, and the 2012 Keene State College Alumni Achievement Award. His Sandwich Generation's Guide to Eldercare won the Gold Medal in the Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards in the Family and Relationship Books category.

Dr. Rumrill’s research interests include issues facing students with disabilities in higher education, assistive technology and reasonable accommodations, chronic illness, the career development implications of disability, workplace discrimination, program evaluation, research design and methodology, and self-advocacy strategies for people with disabilities. In his role as a faculty member at Kent State University, he teaches courses such as Occupational Aspects of Disability, Research in Disabilities, Introduction to Rehabilitation, Adjustment and Training Groups, Disability Management, Measurement and Appraisal, Individual Counseling Techniques, Practicum, Internship, Psychosocial Impact of Disability, Medical Information for Rehabilitation Counselors, and Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation.

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Dr. Frank Sansosti

Associate Professor 405 White Hall


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After receiving my B.S. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, I began my professional career working at the Autism Center located at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. After several years of assisting with research and working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in both clinical and summer camp settings, I enrolled in the School Psychology Program at the University of South Florida. There, I received my Ph.D. in School Psychology with an emphasis in pediatric health issues. Prior to joining the faculty at Kent State University, I worked as a school psychologist and autism consultant for the District School Board of Pasco County in West Central Florida. While working as a school psychologist, I provided coaching and technical assistance for inclusion practices for children with ASD, behavioral disorders, and other severe and low-incidence disabilities. As an applied school psychologist and researcher, I focus on the use of a problem-solving model that takes a contextual/systems approach for the identification of and program planning for children with disabilities. Currently, my research and professional interests include the development and implementation of behavioral and social skills interventions for young children with ASD and for individuals with severe and low-incidence developmental disabilities, behavior management, data-based service delivery systems, and systemic educational reform (i.e. Response to Intervention). 

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Greg Smith

Professor 100 Nixson Hall


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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).

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Kimberly Steele

Academic Program Director, HST/HDFS 104 S Main Building


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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. 

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Joan Steidl

Area: LDES

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Dr. Cassandra Storlie

Assistant Professor 310 A White Hall


Cassandra A. Storlie earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of Iowa and is currently licensed as a LMHC (IA), LCPC (IL) and RN (IL). Dr. Storlie has held a variety of leadership positions at state and regional levels in the counseling profession.  She teaches Individual Counseling Procedures and Internship I to graduate students majoring in clinical mental health counseling. As a committed advocate for diverse individuals, she presently chairs the ACES Advocacy Network and the Counselor Community Engagement Committee for CSI, International. Her research lines of inquiry center on issues of career development among marginalized populations, particularly individuals with disabilities and those from minority cultures. As a Latina, she is focused on social justice and career development of undocumented Latino youth.  She is equally interested in salient topics in counselor development and counselor education.  

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Dr. Melody Tankersley

Professor 405 White Hall


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Melody Tankersley, PhD, is a professor of special education at Kent State University. After earning her doctorate degree from the University of Virginia, she was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a program affiliated with the University of Kansas. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Dr. Tankersley taught students with emotional and behavioral disorders, a population of students who continue to be the focus of her instructional and scholarly endeavors. Dr. Tankersley focuses her scholarship on issues related to identifying and using evidence-based practices, positive behavioral programming, the prevention of emotional and behavioral disorders, and parent interventions. She has published more than 70 professional journal articles, chapters, and texts and addressed more than 200 national and international audiences. Dr. Tankersley and her colleague from the University of Hawaii, Dr.  Bryan Cook, were recently awarded the James M. Kauffman Publication Award, presented by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education for a scholarly work that results in knowledge leading to exemplary special education practices

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Dr. Drew Tiene

Professor 405 White Hall


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Drew Tiene is a Professor of Instructional Technology at Kent State University in Ohio. Originally from Long Island, he received both undergraduate and Master's degrees from the University of Michigan. He taught children at a private school in New York City for six years and then returned to graduate school, receiving his Doctorate in Instructional Technology from the University of Texas. Upon graduation, he took a position at Kent State University and is now a full Professor. He has worked with instructional technology both locally and in other countries, including Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and Pakistan He has been a consultant for a number of international organizations, including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development.. Dr. Tiene has also written extensively about educational television, including the "Instructional Television" entry in the International Encyclopedia of Education. Some of his own television productions have won awards, been distributed nationwide, and shown overseas in translation. The documentary entitled "The Story of the Kent State Shootings" includes interviews with ten people who witnessed that event in 1970. Dr. Tiene has also served as a juror at the Japan Prize, the world's most prestigious educational television contest. His book entitled Exploring Current Issues in Educational Technology, co-authored with colleague Albert Ingram, examines a series of important issues associated with how to most effectively use new technologies to improve instruction.

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Dr. Scott Tobias

Assistant Professor 131C Fine Arts


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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.

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Dr. Steven Toepfer

Associate Professor 99 2491 State Route 45 South


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.

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Dr. Russell Toomey

Assistant Professor 406H White Hall


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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. 

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Dr. Courtney Vierstra

Assistant Professor 405 White Hall


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I earned my Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling from Kent State University in 2006. Prior to joining the Kent State Rehabilitation Counseling program, my professional background included direct service and managerial experience in working with people with developmental disabilities and traumatic injuries, job development and placement, case management, and vocational evaluation. My research interests include issues facing students with disabilities in higher education, emerging disabilities and rehabilitation implications, psychosocial and vocational implications of multiple chemical sensitivity, issues facing people with chronic illnesses, and disability legislation and policy.

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Dr. Kathleen Walker

Associate Professor 406C White Hall


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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.

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Christopher Was, Ph.D

Associate Professor 405 White Hall


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I arrived a Kent State University in the Fall of 2005as an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology. I began my career working in a residential treatment facility for adjudicated youth as a teacher and research coordinator for the Odyssey Project, sponsored by the Child Welfare League of America. My Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Education were both awarded by Indiana University. In August of 2005 I received my Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in learning, memory and cognition. At the University of Utah I spent time as the director of the Laboratory for Cognition and Development. My research interests are in the areas of models of memory and complex cognitive processes, as well as classroom motivation.

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Dr. John West, Ed.D.

Professor 310 White Hall


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I am a faculty member in the Counseling and Human Development Services (CHDS) Program. Prior to moving to Kent State University, I was on the faculty at Louisiana State University. I have been at Kent State for about 17 years and also serve as the coordinator of the CHDS Ph.D. program. My scholarly interests have included the study of narratives that guide our understandings of issues in education, mental health, individual and family life, and practices of leadership. Most recently, along with colleagues and students from the CHDS Program, I have been working at completing a study on leadership using a Q methodology design. This past spring semester Cynthia Osborn, Ph.D. and I became Co-Editors-Elect for Counselor Education and Supervision. I attempt to remain an active member in the American Counseling Association.

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Dr. Andrew Wiley

Assistant Professor 405 White Hall


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Dr. Andrew Wiley is an Assistant Professor of special education at Kent State University. He received his doctorate in special education from the University of Virginia. Before coming to Kent State, Dr. Wiley directed a research project in Boston focusing on the characteristics and special education experiences of students with emotional and behavioral disorders attending low income and high income schools. His K-12 experience includes working as a behavior specialist, an autism resource teacher, and a crisis resource teacher in an intensive special education program for elementary students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Dr. Wiley has conducted preservice and inservice training in response to intervention, research-based academic and behavioral interventions, functional behavior assessment, and issues related to providing special education to students with high-incidence disabilities. His research focuses primarily on how contextual factors (SES, public perceptions, school organizational characteristics) relate to the provision of special education to children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders.

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Dr. Matthew Williams

Assistant Professor


Matthew Williams is an Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology at Kent State University. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Instructional Technology from Kent State University in 2012.  Prior to coming to Kent State, he earned a Bachelor’s in Technology Education from Eastern Michigan University, a Master’s degree in Career and Technical Education from Wayne State University, and taught a wide variety of technology courses in K-12 schools for ten years.
He currently teaches graduate courses including Managing Technological Change, Teaching Online Courses, Networking Basics for Educators, Computer Applications, Instructional Design, and Technology and Learning. His research interests include multimedia & cognition, experiential learning through simulation, and online/distance education.  
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Sonya Wisdom, Ph.D.


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Sonya Wisdom, Ph.D., entered the teaching profession twenty-nine years ago as a middle school science teacher in Athens, Georgia.  She then moved to Nassau, The Bahamas, and after eleven years as a classroom science teacher there, she taught science education courses in the School of Education at the College of The Bahamas for fifteen years.  She also served as the first Director of Graduate Programmes at the College of The Bahamas until 2012.  As Director of Graduate Programmes at The College of The Bahamas, she coordinated collaborative master’s programs in School Counseling, Educational Administration, and Special Education with Kent State University, as well as with other institutions in the U.S., including North Carolina Central University, the University of South Florida, Ashford University, and Wheelock College.  She was later responsible for developing and coordinating the first two master’s programs offered entirely at The College of The Bahamas.

Dr. Wisdom received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, a Master of Education degree in Science Education from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University.

Her research interests include the curriculum decisions of pre-service teachers in science education, with a particular focus on environmental education.  She is currently collaborating with urban high school science teachers in Cleveland, Ohio to design and enact action research projects in environmental education.  She is also interested in the development of co-teaching opportunities between teachers in Special Education and Science Education.

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