Psychology - Faculty
Mary Dzindolet, Chair
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.
In the last year, she taught Social Psychology, Applied Quantitative Methods, Experimental Psychology, Advanced Social Psychology, Psychology of Interpersonal Communications, Group Dynamics, and Using Psychology to Promote Happiness.
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.
B.S., Northeast Missouri State University; M.A., Ph.D., Northern Illinois University.
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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. My dissertation focused on the comprehension of procedural text and the effects of text structure and reader’s goal. After graduation I taught at Cameron University for one year (1996-1997) before teaching at Marycrest International University in Davenport, IA for 4 years (1997-2001). I then returned to Cameron University in 2001 and have taught here ever since.
Some of the courses I regularly teach include Cognitive Psychology, Psychological Research, Advanced Human Cognition, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology of Aging. I have also taught workshops on Parapsychology and Personality Disorders.
My 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.
B.A., Texas Christian University; M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
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phone: (580) 581-2860
Dr. Ralph Alexander is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. He joined the department in 1984. He earned a B. A. from Texas Christian University, and his M.Ed. and Ph.D from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Alexander often teaches Abnormal Psychology, Personality, Counseling and Clinical Psychology, and Advanced Psychology of Personality.
Ricardo A. Jerez
Ric Jerez earned a BS in Psychology in 1991 from Cameron University, a Masters in Behavioral Sciences in 1992 from Cameron University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1999 from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. He has been a full-time faculty member at Cameron University since 1999. In the last year, he has taught Counseling Theories, Individual and Group Counseling, Basic Counseling Skills, Psychology of Divorce, Human Sexuality, Career Counseling & Lifestyle Development, & Practicum. His research interests include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, clinical supervision, teacher-student relationships, and faith development. Dr. Jerez dedicates much time to the promotion of appropriate teaching skills for children with ADHD.
B.A. and M.A. Midwestern State University,
Ph.D. Capella University
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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.
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
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phone: (580) 581-8035
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.
B.A. Howard Payne University, M.Div. Southern Seminary, M.A. Hardin-Simmons University, Ph.D. Capella University
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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 is a state certified services officer with the American Legion Post #72, and is in the process to become a national certified services officer with the Vietnam Veterans of America Post 751. 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.
B.S. East Central University, M.A., Ph.D.
Texas Tech University
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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.
B.S. University of Alabama; M.S. University of Southern Mississippi; Ph.D. University of Missouri - Columbia
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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.
B.S., Utah State University; M.Ed., University of
Oregon; Ph.D., Kansas State University
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phone: (580) 581-2315
Kevin C. Garrett earned a B.S. in Psychology from Utah State University in 2003, a M.Ed. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Oregon in 2006, and his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kansas State University in 2014. He also earned a Post-degree Certificate in Medical Family Therapy in 2009 while completing his doctoral internship in Medical Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His dissertation is a qualitative study titled, “Sickle Cell Disease and the Family: A Phenomenological Study.” He is passionate about teaching and about seeing others benefit from clinical interventions. He hopes to instill this passion for the behavioral sciences in budding therapists that he will be teaching and training.
Before moving to Oklahoma, Dr. Garrett provided clinical services at Fremont Counseling Center, a community mental health center in Riverton, Wyoming, for five years. He enjoyed helping clients, who ranged from young children to aged adults, and seeing them grow and make positive changes in their lives. He provided individual, couples, and family therapy, as well as a myriad of other services to the clients and the community. Also, he greatly appreciated working with his colleagues at the community mental health center. While at Fremont Counseling Center, Dr. Garrett was recipient of the Employee of the Year Award in 2012, and was awarded Employee of the Month multiple times, as well as nominated for this award several times.
While providing clinical services to clients and the community in Riverton, WY, Dr. Garrett also taught Psychology for a semester at Central Wyoming College in Wyoming. While in Wyoming, he gave presentations to members of local churches and to staff at a local correctional facility on such topics as self-care to prevent burnout; the differences between the blues, burnout, and depression and knowing when to seek professional help; conflict resolution; and effective communication skills.
While Dr. Garrett is excited about teaching, he has several research interests. These include the following: chronic illness (specifically sickle cell disease and cancer) and its effects on patients and families; self-care and preventing clinician burnout; and trauma and its effects on couples and families. He has given poster presentations and a round table discussion on these and related topics at professional conferences.
Dr. Garrett joined the faculty at Cameron University in the fall of 2014 and is excited to be at such a wonderful institution!
B.A., The College of William and Mary;
Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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phone: (580) 581-5912
Dr. Cindy J. Kao earned a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology in 2008 from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 2013 she earned her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. Dr. Kao completed her dissertation on “Determining Factors of Marital Satisfaction among Wives of Recently Deployed Veterans”.
Dr. Kao has a wide range of clinical experiences including: children/adolescents, developmentally disorders, the severely mentally ill, substance abuse, court-mandated, domestic violence (victims and perpetrators), in-patient, group therapy, community outreach, as well as community mental health.
Dr. Kao’s interests include mental health concerns of military personnel and their families, the importance of prevention and wellness in mental health, as well as collaborative research in integrative fields across mental health and psychology.
B.S., University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma;
M.S., Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
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phone: (580) 581-7946
Elisabeth Ponce-Garcia earned a B.S. in Psychology 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, 2 graduate, and one post graduate research assistants. Projects under way in the SPF LAB include investigations of differences among resilient individuals in biological stress indicators during social and cognitive tasks, validation of the SPF-24 in clinical samples, and the development of a culturally sensitive substance abuse prevention and intervention program for Native American adolescence and emerging adults.
In the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, 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) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-student chapter).
Dr. Ponce-Garcia currently servers on the assessment committee, faculty committee, and the Board of Directors for the Wichita Mountains Prevention Network. Additionally, Dr. Ponce-Garcia works closely with the Lawton-Fort Sill Community Coalition and has served on the Committee for Children of Incarcerated Parents.
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, Cognitive Psychology, and Developmental Psychology.
B.S., Metropolitan University; M.S., University of Oklahoma
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phone: (580) 581-2322
Bob Milan has spent the majority of his career as a counselor, consultant and trainer in the alcohol/drug treatment field. He is a past Oklahoma and national alcohol/drug counselor of the year awardee. In 1992 he began being an adjunct instructor here at Cameron University in addition to maintaining his private practice. Today he is happy to have been accepted as a full-time instructor in the Psychology Department as of fall semester 2012.
B.S. Cameron University, M.Ed. University of Oklahoma
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phone: (580) 581-2360
Kerri Stephens earned a B.S. from Cameron University in 1996 and an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology (2000) and an M.H.R. (Human Relations, 2014) from The University of Oklahoma. Her work experience includes social work, special education and school counseling. She teaches General Psychology and Human Sexuality. Kerri is a member of AASECT – American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists – has additional training in sexology and is working toward certification as a sex therapist.