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.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.
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.
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.
Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
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Phone: (580) 581-5574
Jenel Cavazos earned a Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2009 from the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation focused on cognitive style and approach/avoidance motivation. Her current research is in the relationship between need for structure and terror management theory, looking at variables that might predict different responses to TMT manipulations. She spent one year as the Introductory Psychology coordinator at the University of Oklahoma before becoming an Assistant Professor and General Psychology Coordinator at Cameron University in the Fall of 2010.
Dr. Cavazos teaches General Psychology, Lifespan Development, and Social Psychology. She also serves as Faculty Advisor for Psi Chi/Psychology Club.
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 currently serves on the Licensed Marital & Family Therapist Advisory Board for the state of Oklahoma, on which she has held the office of secretary, chair, and currently member. She also serves on that same board’s testing sub-committee and has participated in administering the oral exam for LMFT licensure candidates. In addition, Dr. Sailor is an Oklahoma state approved LMFT supervisor. She is currently under supervision for the credential of AAMFT Approved Supervisor which should be completed in December 2013.
As full-time faculty, Dr. Sailor has taught Theoretical Foundations of Marital & Family Systems, Assessment of Marriage & Family, Marriage & Family Counseling, Theories of Marriage & Family Therapy, Crisis Intervention, and Ethical Principles in Counseling. A new course, Systems Theory has been developed and is now part of the Marriage & Family required course work. 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.
Dr. Seger teaches General Psychology, Applied Quantitative Methods, and Human Development.
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. 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. 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., 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., M.S. Virginia Tech, Doctoral Candidate Virginia Tech
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phone: (580) 591-8076
Emily Cheshire earned two BS degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Virginia Tech in 2008. She then continued at Virginia Tech to earn her M.S. in Human Development with a focus in Child and Adolescent Development in 2011. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in the same track and expects to graduate by May 2014. Emily is teaching Human Sexuality, Lifespan Human Growth and Development, and Experimental Psychology. Her research interests concern young adult sexual and reproductive health, specifically contraceptive use in romantic dyads and unintended pregnancy.
B.S. Cameron University, M.Ed. University of Oklahoma
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phone: (580) 581-2360
Kerri Stephens earned a B.S. in Human Ecology/ Family Science from Cameron University in 1996, an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from The University of Oklahoma in 2000 and is working on a master’s in Human Relations that will be completed by May 2014. Her work experience includes social work, special education and school counseling. She first worked as an adjunct at CU in 2001 teaching Lifespan Human Growth and Development and since spring 2012 teaching Family Relations & Human Sexuality. Since joining as a full-time faculty member in August 2013, Kerri teaches General Psychology in the fall semesters and General Psychology and Human Sexuality in the spring semesters. She is a member of AASECT – American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists - is working toward certification as a sex therapist and will pursue a Ph.D. in psychology after finishing her M.H.R.