Psychology - Faculty

PROFESSORS

Mary Dzindolet, Chair

Mary Dzindolet, Chair

B.A., Skidmore College; M.A.S., Louisiana State University; Ph.D., University of Texas.
marydz@cameron.edu
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phone: (580) 581-2380


Mary Dzindolet earned a BS in Psychology in 1984 from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, a Masters in Applied Statistics in 1987 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a PhD in Experimental Psychology in 1992 from the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas. She has been a full-time faculty member at Cameron University since 1993.

She regularly teaches Social Psychology, Applied Quantitative Methods, Experimental Psychology, and Introduction to Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences.

Her research interests include group creativity, improving group performance, and reliance on automation. For more information about these research topics and a list of current publications and presentations, please see her webpage.

 
John Geiger

John Geiger

B.S., Northeast Missouri State University; M.A., Ph.D., Northern Illinois University.
johng@cameron.edu
Nance Boyer 1037
phone: (580) 581-2940

John Geiger earned a B.S. in Psychology from Northeast Missouri State University in 1989, a M.A. in Cognitive Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1993, and a Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1996.  His dissertation focused on the comprehension of procedural text and the effects of text structure and reader’s goal.  After graduation, he taught at Cameron University for one year (1996-1997) before teaching at Marycrest International University in Davenport, IA for 4 years (1997-2001).  He then returned to Cameron University in 2001 and has taught here ever since.

Some of the courses he regularly teaches include Cognitive Psychology, Psychological Research, Advanced Human Cognition, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology of Aging.  He has also taught workshops on Parapsychology and Personality Disorders.

His research interests include working memory, text comprehension, the situational models formed during reading, how people conceptualize and define insanity, and how personality affects computer usage.

 

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS

Joanni Sailor

Joanni Sailor

B.A. and M.A. Midwestern State University,
Ph.D. Capella University
jsailor@cameron.edu
Nance Boyer 1058
phone: (580) 581-2854

Joanni Sailor earned a B.A. in Psychology in 1984 and a M.A. in Psychology in 1986 from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas and a Ph.D. in Family Psychology in 2006 from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her master’s thesis was a quantitative research project entitled, “Self-handicapping: A protective view”. Her doctoral thesis was a qualitative research project entitled, “A Phenomenological Study of Falling out of Romantic Love as Seen in Married Couples”. She has taught as an adjunct at Cameron off and on since 1991. She has been a full-time faculty member at Cameron University since 2009.

Dr. Sailor has practiced as a mental health professional since 1986, became a licensed marital & family therapist (LMFT) in 1991, and has experience with both inpatient and outpatient mental health services. She served on the Oklahoma State Licensed Marital & Family Therapist Advisory Board for the state of Oklahoma, during her tenure from 2009-November of 2013, she held the office of member, secretary, and chair. She also serves on that same board’s testing sub-committee and participated in administering the oral exam for LMFT licensure candidates.

In 2013, Dr. Sailor was appointed to the Executive Transition Team by the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Terry Cline, to serve as the LMFT representative in creating and developing the new state board and agency, State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure. Dr. Sailor was later appointed by Governor Mary Fallin and confirmed by the Senate to serve on the State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure. Dr. Sailor has held the office of vice chair and chair of the Board.

In addition, Dr. Sailor is an Oklahoma state approved LMFT supervisor and an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor. Dr. Sailor has also served for several years as the Oklahoma State Delegate for the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Review Board (AMFTRB). She has served as the Elections Chair and is currently the President-Elect.

As full-time faculty, Dr. Sailor has taught Systems Theory, Theoretical Foundations of Marital & Family Systems, Assessment of Marriage & Family, Marriage & Family Therapy, Theories of Marriage & Family Therapy, Crisis Intervention, and Ethical Principles in Counseling.

In the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Sailor has won the Teaching Award (2009-2010), Service Award (2011-2012), Above and Beyond (2012-2013), and Scholarship Award (2013-2014). Dr. Sailor was awarded the Hackler Award for teaching excellence 2012-2013.

Her research interests include marital & couple issues, effects of divorce on family, and various relational dynamics including dyads and larger systems.

 
Thom Balmer

Thom Balmer

B.A. Howard Payne University, M.Div. Southern Seminary, M.A. Hardin-Simmons University, Ph.D. Capella University
tbalmer@cameron.edu
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phone: (580) 581-2567


Thom D. Balmer earned a B.A. in Sociology and Biblical Studies in 1979, a M.Div. in Psychiatric Chaplaincy in 1984, a M.A. in Family Therapy in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Studies in 2011. His doctoral thesis was a qualitative research project entitled, “A Phenomenological Study of Spiritual Values in Secular-Based Marriage and Family Therapists.” He has taught for over 18 years at several universities including East Central University, Southeastern State University, Southern Nazarene University, and Cisco Junior College. He joined the faculty at Cameron January 2012.

Dr. Balmer has practiced as a mental health professional since 1982, became a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in 1986 and a licensed marital & family therapist (LMFT) in 1991, and has experience with both inpatient and outpatient mental health services. He has served on the Licensed Marital & Family Therapist Advisory Board for the state of Oklahoma, and provides consultation and trainings on ethical issues. Dr. Balmer is an Oklahoma State approved LPC and LMFT supervisor, and holds credentials as a clinical fellow and approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

As full-time faculty, Dr. Balmer has taught professional counseling courses, marriage and family therapy courses, general and advanced psychology courses, ethics courses, crisis intervention courses, human sexuality courses, and practicum throughout his career.

He has extensive experience working with couples, families, and military personnel suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. He enjoys assisting fellow veterans in attaining proper compensation and medical services from the Veterans Administration. He served with the 82nd Airborne as a 4.2 Mortar man from 1973 to 1975.

His research interests include trauma resilience, trauma recovery, and marital and family wellness among military and civilian personnel, and spirituality and secular-counseling. 

 
Jeff Seger

Jeff Seger

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
jseger@cameron.edu
Nance Boyer 1043
phone: (580) 591-8035

Dr. Jeff Seger earned a B.S. in Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2003, a M.S. in Lifespan Developmental Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2007, and a Ph.D. in Lifespan Developmental Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2011.

Dr. Seger’s research interests include adult retrospective reports of early television viewing and psychological flow states in videogame play.

In the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Seger has won the Scholarship Award (2011-2012).

Dr. Seger teaches General Psychology, Applied Quantitative Methods, Experimental Psychology, Psychological Research, and Introduction to Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Seger is also faculty advisor for Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, an avid member of the Department of Psychology's research club, and a faculty research mentor in the Randell-Seger Research Lab.

 

ASSISTANT PROFESSORS

Adam Randell

Adam Randell

B.S. East Central University, M.A., Ph.D.
Texas Tech University 
jrandell@cameron.edu
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phone: (580) 581-2252


Adam Randell earned his B.S. in Psychology from East Central University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Texas Tech University. Adam’s specialization is in Social Psychology. His research areas include motivation and person perception. Adam joined the Psychology faculty at Cameron University in 2013 and teaches Sensation and Perception, Biopsychology, and Advanced Social Psychology. 

 
Shaun Calix

Shaun Calix

B.S. University of Alabama; M.S. University of Southern Mississippi; Ph.D. University of Missouri - Columbia
scalix@cameron.edu
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phone: (580) 581-2931

Dr. Shaun Calix earned a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Alabama, a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri - Columbia. His dissertation focused on paternal involvement in the treatment and care of children with type-1 diabetes. He is continuing that line of research, including a study on parents' relationships with their children's school teachers and administrators regarding their children's diabetes treatment needs, and pursuing pedagogical research.

Shaun is currently an Assistant Professor at Cameron University, and is collaborating with the Education department on an effort to strengthen the major in Family and Child Studies. Dr. Calix teaches Current Issues in Family Diversity, Psychology of Early Childhood, Crisis Management and Resources, and graduate-level Human Development.

 
Elisabeth Ponce-Garcia

Elisabeth Ponce-Garcia

B.S., University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma;
M.S., Oklahoma State University;
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

eponcega@cameron.edu
Nance Boyer 1018
phone: (580) 581-7946

Elisabeth Ponce-Garcia earned a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in 2010, a M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2012, and a Ph. D. in Developmental Psychology form Oklahoma State University in 2014. 

As an Assistant Professor at Cameron University, Dr. Ponce-Garcia's primary research focus is on the protective factors determining resilience in emerging adult and adult populations. Dr. Ponce-Garcia and colleagues developed the Scale of Protective Factors (SPF-24), which measures two social/interpersonal and two cognitive/individual determinants of resilience. Dr. Ponce-Garcia has also published studies investigating emotion regulation and risk behaviors in adolescence and young adults. 

Dr. Ponce-Garcia's research lab, the Science of Protective Factors (SPF LAB), at Cameron University includes 4 undergraduate, 3 graduate, and one post graduate research assistants. Projects under way in the SPF LAB include investigations of the relationship between father/daughter warmth and resilience, ecological risk and resilience, and factors of enculturation, relationship with elders, and resilience in Native American samples. 

In the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Dr. Ponce-Garcia has been awarded research grants funding students in presenting research at professional conferences, bio-medical equipment used in teaching and research, and paid research internships for undergraduate researchers. Dr. Ponce-Garcia is the Faculty Adviser for the national honors society for psychology majors (Psi-Chi), which has achieved 5 star status and been recognized as a rising star chapter in the National Psi-Chi news. 

Dr. Ponce-Garcia currently servers on the assessment committee, faculty committee, and the Partnership for Success within the Native American Health Board. 

When teaching, Dr. Ponce-Garcia encourages reflective understanding, critical thought, and the ability to convey such understanding in an academic and informative manor through writing and presentation. Dr. Ponce-Garcia teaches Psychological Research, Experimental Psychology, Psychology of Learning, General Psychology, and Developmental Psychology in the undergraduate program and may teach Multicultural Foundations and Developmental Psychology in the graduate program. 

 

INSTRUCTORS

Daniel K. Edwards

Daniel K. Edwards

Cameron University, MS, Psychology
Central Washington University, BA, History 
dedwards@cameron.edu
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phone: (580) 581-6732

Mr. Daniel K. Edwards, II., MS, LMFT is a Licensed Marital & Family Therapist in the state of Oklahoma.  Mr. Edwards graduated with his Master’s degree in psychology from Cameron University. Mr. Edwards has served as a Clinical Coordinator and Clinic Director for multiple agencies.  Mr. Edwards has provided counseling to individuals, couples, and families in various settings to include agencies, home-based, and for the incarcerated. 

 
Paul James

Paul James

Southern Nazarene University
MS, Counseling Psychology, and BS, Psychology and Spanish
rjames@cameron.edu
Nance Boyer 1015
phone: (580) 581-5905

Paul James, M.S., LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has completed training as Oklahoma State LPC supervisor. Mr. James is an active member of the Oklahoma Counseling Association and is currently serving as the President-Elect of the Oklahoma Christian Counseling Association.  Mr. James has experience in inpatient, outpatient, and private practice as well as experience working in domestic violence shelters and with military families.

 

 

SUPPORT STAFF

Martiza Santana

Maritza Santana

Department Administrative Assistant
msantana@cameron.edu
Nance Boyer 1023
Phone: 580.581.2360

 

ADJUNCT PROFESSORS

Ms. Jennifer A. Baker

MS, Behavioral Sciences, Cameron University

Email: jabaker@cameron.edu

 

Mrs. Janet Vandever Bristo

M.Ed., Master of Education, Counseling, Midwestern State University

Email:

 

Dr. Shawn Brue

Ph.D., MFT-General Family Therapy, Northcentral University

Email: sbrue@cameron.edu

 

Mr. Patrick Copeland

MS, Behavioral Sciences, Cameron University

Email: pcopeland@cameron.edu

 

Mrs. Eileen Hilliard

M.Ed., Educational Psychology, Texas Tech University

Email: ehilliar@cameron.edu

 

Mrs. Sheila Hodge-Windover

Ph.D., Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine

Email: swindove@cameron.edu

 

Mrs. Umbreen Iqbal

MS, Educational Psychology, Mississippi State University

Email: uiqbal@cameron.edu

 

Mr. Derek Kirby

MA, Marriage and Family Counseling, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

MA, Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

MS, Behavioral Sciences, Cameron University

Email: dkirby@cameron.edu

 

Ms. Lani Malcolm

M.Ed., Master of Education, Community Counseling, University of Oklahoma

Email: lmalcolm@cameron.edu

 

Mr. Robert (Bob) Milan

MHR, Human Relations, University of Oklahoma

Email: bmilan@cameron.edu

 

Mr. William Robinson

MS, Behavioral Sciences, Cameron University

Email: wrobinson@cameron.edu

 

Mrs. Jeryn Romero

MS, Behavioral Sciences, Cameron University

Email: jromero@cameron.edu

 

Mr. Jonathan Schlieper

MS, Behavioral Sciences, Cameron University

Email:

 

Mr. David Schmahl

M.Ed., Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma

Email: dschmahl@cameron.edu

 

Mr. Joe Williams

MS, Behavioral Sciences, Cameron University

Email: joewilli@cameron.edu

 

Contact Information

Dr. Mary Dzindolet
Department of Psychology
School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Nance Boyer, Room 1023

2800 W. Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505
580.581.2380 Voice
580.581.2623 Fax
marydz@cameron.edu