College of Arts & Sciences - Faculty Profiles

Titus Asbury, Ph.D.

Titus Asbury, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Core Undergraduate Psychology Faculty

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Texas Christian University; M.A., East Tennessee State University; B.A., University of Tennessee

Interests

Cyberpsychology; Human-Techology Interface; Social Networking; Technology and Boundary Management; Construct Validation and Assessment

Dayna L. Averitt, Ph.D.

Dayna L. Averitt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director of the Vivarium

Biology

Education

Ph.D., Georgia State University; M.S., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; M.S., Georgia State University; B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Interests

Neuroscience; Neuroanatomy; Sensory Systems; Pain Mechanisms; Pain Management; Opioid and Non-opioid Analgesia; Inflammation; Sex Differences; Trigeminal System; Animal Models

Agatha Beins, Ph.D.

Agatha Beins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies

Education

Ph.D., Rutgers University; M.F.A., Eastern Washington University; M.A., University of Arizona; B.A., Carleton College

Interests

Histories of Feminism; Women's and Gender Studies in Higher Education; Social Movements; Print and Material Cultures; Cultural Studies; Art and Activism; Pedagogy; Food Studies

Christina Bejarano, Ph.D.

Christina Bejarano, Ph.D.

Professor

History & Politica Science

Education

Ph.D., University of Iowa; M.A., University of Iowa; B.A., University of North Texas

Interests

U.S. Electoral Politics: Racial/Ethnic Minorities and Women; Latina Politics and Leadership

William Benner, Ph.D.

William Benner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

English, Speech & Foreign Languages

Education

Ph.D., Tulane University; M.A., University of South Carolina; B.S., College of Charleston

Interests

Memory Politics; Human Rights Activism in the Southern Cone; Post-Dictatorship Literature and Film; Women's Studies in Latin America

Michael Bergel, Ph.D.

Michael Bergel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Biology

Education

Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; M.S., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; B.S., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Interests

Molecular Biology; Cell Biology; Genetics; Chromatin Remodeling in Cellular Stress Response; Cancer

Mandy Biggers, Ph.D.

Mandy Biggers, Ph.D.

Lecturer II

Biology

Education

Ph.D., The University of Iowa; M.Ed., Texas A&M University; B.S., Texas Tech University

Interests

Elementary and Secondary Science Teaching; Science Education; Engineering Education; Science Teacher Preparation

Paul D.C. Bones, Ph.D.

Paul D.C. Bones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Sociology

Education

Ph.D., University of Oklahoma; M.A., University of Oklahoma; B.A., University of Oklahoma

Interests

Disability and Crime; Environmental Criminology; Rural Crime; Victimology; Stigma and Victimization; College Deviance; Cultural Sociology; Race and Crime; Domestic Terrorism

Christopher Brower, Ph.D.

Christopher Brower, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Biology

Education

Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; M.S., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; B.S., Northeastern State University

Interests

Protein Degradation; Ubiquitin Proteasome System; Autophagy; Gene Expression; Neurodegeneration; Metabolism

Ann M. Davis, Ph.D.

Ann M. Davis, Ph.D.

Lecturer I

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Biology

Education

Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; B.A., Rice University; B.A., Rice University

Interests

Undergraduate Biology Education; Undergraduate Curriculum Design; Pre-Health Professions Advising

Diana Elrod, Ph.D.

Diana Elrod, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Student Research

Lecturer II

Biology

Education

Ph.D., University of North Texas; M.S., University of Memphis; B.S., University of Arkansas - Little Rock

Interests

Program Development and Assessment; STEM Education; First Generation Students; Student Access and Success; Cultural Competency; Evolutionary Biology; Genetics

Jessica Smartt Gullion, Ph.D.

Jessica Smartt Gullion, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research, College of Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor

Sociology

Education

Ph.D., Texas Woman's University; M.A., Southwest Texas State University; B.A., Texas Tech University

Interests

Ethnography; Qualitative Inquiry; Post-Humanism; Health and Environment

Amy Jo M. Hammett, Ph.D.

Amy Jo M. Hammett, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor

Biology

Education

Ph.D., Texas A&M University, College Station; B.S., Texas Woman's University

Interests

Microbiology; Botany; Ecology; Environmental Biology

Brian Harding, Ph.D.

Brian Harding, Ph.D.

Professor

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Fordham University; M.A., Fordham University; B.A., University of Dallas

Interests

Medieval Philosophy; Phenomenology and Existentialism; Ethics; History of Philosophy; Moral and Political Philosophy; Phenomenology; Existentialism

Dannica Harris, Ph.D.

Dannica Harris, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Texas Woman's University; M.A., Texas Woman's University; B.S., Texas Woman's University; Associate Degree, Collin County Community College

Interests

Intimate Partner Violence; Sexual Assault, Racial Trauma; Vicarious Trauma; Cultural/Acculturation Trauma; Developmental and Attachment Trauma; Trauma-Related Diagnoses; Trauma-Informed Care; Intersectionality; First-Generation College Students; Gender & Masculinity; Identity Development (Particularly For Those Who Identify As Women); Social Class And Class Privilege; Language

Christian L. Hart, Ph.D.

Christian L. Hart, Ph.D.

Professor

Director of Master's in Psychological Science Program

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Texas Christian University; M.S., Texas Christian University; B.A., University of North Texas

Interests

Deception; Suspicion; Trust; Evolutionary Psychology; Forensic Psychology; Physiological Psychology; Developmental Psychology

Jacquelyn E. Hoermann-Elliott, Ph.D.

Jacquelyn E. Hoermann-Elliott, Ph.D.

Director of First-Year Composition

English, Speech & Foreign Languages

Education

Ph.D., Texas Christian University; M.A., Iowa State University; B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Interests

Embodied Writing Pedagogy; Embodied Cognition; First-Year Composition; Professional Writing; Editing and Publishing; Writing Program Administration

Wendi Leigh Bauman Johnson, Ph.D.

Wendi Leigh Bauman Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Practicum and Internship Coordinator

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Texas Woman's University; M.A., Western Carolina University; Other, University of North Carolina - Wilmington; B.A., Bryan College

Interests

Video Self-Modeling Interventions Targeting Social, Behavioral, and Functional Deficits for Children and Adolescents with Autism; Intellectual Deficits; Emotional Disturbance; ADHD; Traumatic Brain Injury

Nila N. Ricks, Ph.D., LCSW

Nila N. Ricks, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor

Chair

Social Work

Education

Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington; M.S.W., University of Oklahoma; B.S., Oklahoma State University

Interests

Samuel Kim, Ph.D.

Samuel Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Core School Psychology Faculty

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Georgia State University; Other, Georgia State University; Other, Georgia State University; M.Ed., Georgia State University; B.A., Emory University

Interests

Peer Victimization, Positive Psychology; Self-Efficacy; Social Cognitive Theory

Noah Lelek, Ph.D.

Noah Lelek, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Music and Theater

Education

Ph.D., University of Missouri; M.A., Missouri State University; BS.Ed., Southwest Missouri State University

Interests

Theatre; Theatre History; Diversity; Communications

Yunxiang Li, Ph.D.

Yunxiang Li, Ph.D.

Lecturer I

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Education

Ph.D., Texas Tech University; B.S., Tianjin University

Interests

Bioenergetics; Structrural Biology; Protein Biochemistry; Tryptophan Fluorescence

Julie U. Libersat, M.F.A.

Julie U. Libersat, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor, Studio Art

Visual Arts

Education

M.F.A., University of North Texas; M.A., University of North Texas; B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art

Interests

Space Perception; Architecture Intervention; Interactive and Participatory Environments; Visual Art; Transportation Art; Travel Art; Structure Art

Celia C. Lo, Ph.D.

Celia C. Lo, Ph.D.

Chair

Professor

Sociology

Education

Ph.D., University of Alabama; M.A., University of Alabama

Interests

Alcohol and Drugs; Mental Health; Disparities in Health-Risk Behaviors and Health; Health and Illness; Deviance and Crime; Victimization

Denise E. Maricle, Ph.D., LP-MN, NCSP, ABSNP

Denise E. Maricle, Ph.D., LP-MN, NCSP, ABSNP

Professor

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado; M.A., University of Notre Dame; B.A., University of Minnesota

Interests

School Neuropsychology; Neuropsychological Assessment with Children; Executive Fuctioning and Working Memory in Children; Cognitive Assessment; Role and Function of School Psychologists; Child Psychopathology

Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, Ph.D.

Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Education

Ph.D., University of Tennessee; M.S., Bowling Green State University; B.S., University of Tehran

Interests

Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering; Interaction of Anticancer Drugs with DNA; Negative Ions; Radiation Damage to DNA; Spectroscopy Techniques

Debra Mollen, Ph.D.

Debra Mollen, Ph.D.

Professor

Core Counseling Psychology Faculty

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Indiana State University; M.A., University of Denver; B.A., Adelphi University

Interests

Women's Sexuality; childree Women; Reproductive Justic; Multicultural Counseling; Training/Teaching Issues; Professional Development

Della Molloy-Daugherty, Ph.D.

Della Molloy-Daugherty, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Music Therapy

Program Coordinator

Music and Theater

Education

Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City; M.M.E., University of Kansas; B.M.E., University of Kansas

Interests

Ilana Morgan, Ph.D.

Ilana Morgan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dance

Education

Ph.D., Texas Woman's University; M.A., Texas Woman's University; B.F.A., Ohio University

Interests

Dance Education; Dance; Community Dance Practices; Action Research; Juvenile Justice; Arts Advocacy; Dance Pedagogy

Michael Morris, Ph.D.

Michael Morris, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., The University of Iowa; Postdoctoral Studies, UT Southwestern Medical Center; B.A., Winona State University

Interests

Neurobiology of Learning and Memory; Synaptic Transmission; Communication Between Heart and Brain; Effects of Cardiovascular Disease on Cognition and Affect; Physiological and Behavioral Mechanisms of Body Fluid and Sodium Balance

Elisa Na, Ph.D.

Elisa Na, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Core Undergraduate Psychology Faculty

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Doctors Degree or Equivalent, The University of Iowa; B.S., University of Washington

Interests

Using Transgenic Mouse Models; Epigenetic and Neurobiological Bases of Obesity; Behavioral Food Response

Shamsun Nahar, Ph.D.

Shamsun Nahar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Social Work

Education

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Arlington; M.S.W., The University of Texas at Arlington; M.Soc.Sci, University of Dhaka

Interests

Disasters and Women's Health; Women's Reproductive Health; Health Disparities; Gender Equality; Intimate Partner Violence; International Social Work

Ronald S. Palomares, Ph.D.

Ronald S. Palomares, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychologist

Assistant Executive Director, Governance Operations

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Texas A&M University System : College Station; M.A., Lesley College; B.S., Texas A&M University

Interests

Telepractice; Psychology; The Military; Military-Connected Children; Legislative & Public Policy; Clinical Psychological Practice

Sheli Petersen

Sheli Petersen

Associate Professor of Art: Graphic Design

Visual Arts

Education

M.F.A., Savannah College of Art and Design; B.F.A., Missouri State University

Interests

Children's Book Design and Illustration; Character Design; Art Direction; Typography; Print and Web Design; Animation; Mythology; Multiculturalism; Social Justice; Western and Non-Western Art History; Literature; Music; Wildlife and Natural History

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D.

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies

Education

Ph.D., Rutgers University; B.A., Spelman College

Interests

Domestic Work; African American Women's History; Irish Immigrant Women's History; Women's Labors; Women's Migrations; Labor Activism; Diversity Issues In Higher Education

Claudia Porras Pyland, Ph.D.

Claudia Porras Pyland, Ph.D.

Professor

Core Counseling Psychology Faculty

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Oklahoma State University; M.S., Oklahoma State University; B.A., Texas Tech University

Interests

Emotional Intelligence: Negative Self-Schemas; Romantic Attachment Styles; Intimate Parter Violence

Emarely Rosa-Dávila, Ph.D., MSW

Emarely Rosa-Dávila, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor

Social Work

Education

Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus; M.S.W., University of Puerto Rico; B.A., University of Puerto Rico

Interests

 Mental Health; Community Mental Health; Diversity; Culturally Competent Practice; Emerging Technologies

Lisa Rosen, Ph.D.

Lisa Rosen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director of Undergraduate Psychology Program

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., University of Texas System : Austin; M.A., University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Rice University

Interests

Peer Relations Across The Lifespan; Aggression and Victimization; Attractiveness and Weight Stereotyping; Psychology of Women; Developmental Psychology;

Linda Rubin, Ph.D.

Linda Rubin, Ph.D.

Professor

Faculty Ombudsperson

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas; M.S., University of Kansas; B.S., University of Kansas

Interests

Relational Violence; Domestic Violence; Dating Violence; Sexual Assault; Sexual Harassment; Bullying; Stalking; Traumatic Stress

Gustavo A. Salazar, Ph.D.

Gustavo A. Salazar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Education

Ph.D., University of North Texas; M.Sc., University of North Texas; B.Sc., Autonomous University of Coahuila

Interests

Environmental Chemistry; Analysis of Particulate Matter in the Troposphere, Studies of Microplastics in Water and Soil; Chemical Recycling of E-waste; Green Chemistry; Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences; Structural Chemistry

Shannon Scott, Ph.D.

Shannon Scott, Ph.D.

Interim Associate Dean

Professor and Co-Chair

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Tufts University; M.A., Tufts University; B.A., Stephen F. Austin State University

Interests

Peer Victimization; Sizism; Anti-Fat Attitudes; Body Image; Eating Dysfunction; Women’s Leadership; Cognitive Psychology; Cognition And Emotion; Physiological Psychology; Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience; Seminar In College Teaching; Research Team

Gabrielle P.A. Smith, Ph.D.

Gabrielle P.A. Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Core Undergraduate Psychology Faculty

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., The University of Alabama; M.A., University of Alabama; M.A., University of Alabama; B.A., Spelman College

Interests

Racial Identity; Stereotype Threat; Intersecting Social Identities

Juliet V. Spencer, Ph.D.

Juliet V. Spencer, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Biology

Education

Ph.D., University of Virginia; B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Interests

Herpesviruses; Virus-host Interactions; Viral Immune Modulation; Virus Evolution

Sally Stabb, Ph.D.

Sally Stabb, Ph.D.

Professor & Acting Co-Chair

Director of Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas; M.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University; B.A., The Pennsylvania State University

Interests

Couples; Attachment; Women's Emotion; Diversity (Gender; Sexuality; Disability; Class; Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Concerns; Intersectionality); Training; Qualitative Research Methods

John Anthony Terrizzi, Jr., Ph.D.

John Anthony Terrizzi, Jr., Ph.D.

Professor

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., West Virginia University; Other, Virginia Commonwealth University; M.A., The College of William & Mary; B.S., Juniata College

Interests

Disgust; Behavioral Immune System; Prejudice; Social Psychology; Evolutionary Psychology; Political Attitudes; Religious Beliefs

Marlene G. Williams, Ph.D.

Marlene G. Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Psychology & Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville; M.A., Stephen F. Austin State University; B.S., University of Texas at Austin

Interests

Intersectionality Theory; Gendered Racial Microaggressions; Gendered Racial Identity Development; Black Woman's Health and Well Being; Social Justice Advocacy; Equity

Mary Williford-Shade, M.F.A.

Mary Williford-Shade, M.F.A.

Chair and Co-Coordinator

Professor

Dance

Education

M.F.A., The Ohio State University; B.Ed., University of Arkansas

Interests

Performance Process; Collaborative Dance Making; Body Therapy and Movement Patterning; Bartenieff Fundamentals; Movement Analysis; Performance Coaching; Dance/Theater Solo Performing