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Graduate Psychology Faculty & Staff

Graduate Psychology Faculty

  • Dr. Marcia Pasqualini

    Marcia Smith Pasqualini Ph.D.

    Professor and Chair of Psychology
    Director of Faculty-Student Research
    Office: Foyle 1008
    Phone: 816.501.3661
    marcia.pasqualini@avila.edu

    Dr. Pasqualini is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in Clinical Neuropsychology.

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    Dr. Pasqualini is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in Clinical Neuropsychology. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in biopsychology, applied research methods, and motivation and emotion. Dr. Pasqualini heads the Emotions Laboratory, and her research interests relate to the neuropsychology of emotion and emotion regulation.  Together with undergraduate and graduate students, she is currently investigating public speaking anxiety, including examination of facial expression, psychophysiological responses, and affect. 

  • Amy Bucher, Ph.D.

    Amy Bucher Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Office: Foyle 1022
    Phone: 816.501.2468
    amy.bucher@avila.edu

    Dr. Bucher is a licensed psychologist who maintains a small private practice working with individuals and couples.

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    B.A., University California Irvine
    Ph.D. University of Missouri-Kansas City

    Dr. Bucher is a licensed psychologist who maintains a small private practice working with individuals and couples. She teaches courses related to communication skills, personality psychology, and theories of counseling and addiction. Dr. Bucher heads the Laboratory for the Study of Language Use and Behavior Change, where she is collaborating with students interested in linguistic indicators of deception, and motivation to make changes related to health.

  • Shanda Curiel, Psy.D.

    Shanda Curiel Psy.D.

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Director of Clinical Education and Training
    Office: Foyle 1016
    Phone: 816.501.3662
    shanda.curiel@avila.edu

    Dr. Curiel is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders in her private practice.
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    B.S., University of Texas at San Antonio
    M.A., Psy.D., The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute

    Dr. Curiel is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders in her private practice. As the Clinical Director in Avila's graduate program in counseling psychology, she oversees clinical training and supervision. She teaches Psychology of Gender and clinically oriented courses for undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Leah K. Gensheimer, Ph.D.

    Leah K. Gensheimer Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Director of Program Assessment for Psychology
    Office: Foyle 1024
    Phone: 816.501.3698
    leah.gensheimer@avila.edu

    Dr. Gensheimer is a Community Psychologist who emphasizes an integrated systems-level, strengths-competencies approach to psychology.
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    B.S., University of New Haven
    M.A., Adelphi University
    Ph.D., Michigan State University

    Dr. Gensheimer is a Community Psychologist who emphasizes an integrated systems-level, strengths-competencies approach to psychology. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in developmental psychology, orientation to psychology, and undergraduate practicum. Her current interests include enhancement and assessment of student learning, children and youth development, and academic service learning.

  • Dominick Scalise, Ph.D.

    Dominick Scalise Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Office: Foyle 1018
    Phone: 816.501.2447
    dominick.scalise@avila.edu

    Dr. Scalise is a licensed counseling psychologist, specializing in the integration of spiritual and religious themes in counseling, counseling process and outcome, romantic attachment, and career development.
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    B.A., M.A., Truman State University
    Ph.D., University of Missouri - Kansas City


    Dr. Scalise is a licensed counseling psychologist, specializing in the integration of spiritual and religious themes in counseling, counseling process and outcome, romantic attachment, and career development. He has worked in diverse settings clinically (universities, hospitals, and outpatient settings) and enjoys teaching clinically oriented courses in the graduate program.  In addition, he has current research projects related to the integration of spiritual issues in counseling as well as career development among early career psychologists (ECPs). Dr. Scalise is past chair and serves on the ECP committee for the Society of Counseling Psychology.

  • Regina Staves, Ph.D.

    Regina Staves Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Office: Foyle 1020
    Phone: 816.501.3665
    regina.staves@avila.edu

    Dr. Staves is a mental health counselor specializing in psychological trauma, vicarious trauma, attachment in children and adults, family systems, and ethics.
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    B.A., University of Kansas
    M.S., Avila University
    Ph.D., Capella University

    Dr. Staves is a mental health counselor specializing in psychological trauma, vicarious trauma, attachment in children and adults, family systems, and ethics. Her interests include child development, specifically emotional and brain development, social issues impacting children and society, and psychopathology. Dr. Staves is active in our community as an advocate to prevent child abuse and neglect and also to support restorative justice throughout our justice system. She currently serves on the board of the Missouri Children's Trust fund, where she is a former board chair. She has worked in residential treatment, psychiatric hospitals, and private practice; and has also mentored adults reentering society post incarceration. Dr. Staves currently teaches undergraduate and graduate classes and facilitates workshops in her areas of expertise.

  • Jordan Wagge, Ph.D.

    Jordan Wagge Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Office: Foyle 1021
    Phone: 816.501.2964
    jordan.wagge@avila.edu

    Dr. Wagge teaches courses in cognition, research methods, cultural psychology, drugs and behavior, and general psychology in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

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    B.S., Northern Kentucky University
    Ph.D., Miami University (Oxford, OH)

    Dr. Wagge teaches courses in cognition, research methods, cultural psychology, drugs and behavior, and general psychology in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her research interests include visual perception, psychophysical methods, and pedagogy. She runs the Cognition Laboratory and is excited about working with students in a research setting. Dr. Wagge's current research involves examining environmental contributions to shifts in belief as well as the effects of current states and motivations on eating behaviors and choices.

  • Stephen Sirridge, Ph.D.

    Stephen Sirridge Ph.D.

    Professor Emeritus
    stephen.sirridge@avila.edu

    Dr. Sirridge is a Licensed Psychologist, and has been a teacher and psychotherapist for thirty years.
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    B.A., M.S., Ph.D., University of Kansas

    Dr. Sirridge is a Licensed Psychologist, and has been a teacher and psychotherapist for thirty years. He is currently the President of the Kansas City Association of Psychoanalytic Psychology (KCAPP) which is the local chapter of Division 39 Psychoanalysis of APA. He completed a two year advanced training program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

  • Sue Ellen McCalley, Ph.D.

    Sue Ellen McCalley Ph.D.

    Professor of Education
    Professor of Psychology
    Phone: 816.501.2433
    sueellen.mccalley@avila.edu

    Dr. McCalley is Professor of Education and Psychology at Avila.

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    B.S. Northwestern University
    M.A. University of Missouri-Kansas City
    Ph.D. University of Kansas

    Dr. McCalley is Professor of Education and Psychology at Avila. 

Graduate Psychology Staff

  • Cindy Bratcher M.A.

    Office Manager
    Department of Psychology
    Office: Foyle Hall 1010
    Phone: 816-501-3661
    Cindy.Bratcher@avila.edu

  • Aaron Coffey M.B.A.

    Aaron Coffey M.B.A.

    Director of Graduate Psychology Enrollment Management
    Office: Foyle Hall
    Phone: 816.501.3661
    gradpsych@avila.edu

    As the Director, Mr. Coffey is available to assist all current students with questions they have while in the program.

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    M.B.A. - Missouri State University

    B.S. - Missouri State University

    As the Director, Mr. Coffey is available to assist all current students with questions they have while in the program.  He serves as the administrative advisor for all students pursuing graduate degrees in psychology.  

  • Tamika Doolin

    Tamika Doolin M.S.

    Graduate Admission Advisor
    Office: Foyle Hall 1009
    Phone: 816.501.3661
    Tamika.Doolin@avila.edu

    Assist graduate school applicants with questions and procedures regarding program admission.

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    B.S. in Psychology w/ Emphasis in Business & Technology - Pittsburg State University

    M.S. in Human Resource Development - Pittsburg State University

    M.S. in Family Studies – Concordia University – Wisconsin

     

    Primary Role: to assist graduate school applicants with questions and procedures regarding program admission. I also coordinate orientation and initial course sequencing and enrollment for new students.

     

Adjunct Faculty

  • Barry Berglund M.S.

    barry.berglund@avila.edu

    Mr. Berglund is a detective for the Kansas City Missouri police department, a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, and a former Special Agent for US Army Criminal Investigations.
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    B.S. University of Missouri-Columbia
    M.S. Avila University

    Mr. Berglund is a detective for the Kansas City Missouri police department, a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, and a former Special Agent for US Army Criminal Investigations. His specialties include criminal investigation and international terrorism investigations. Mr. Berglund began teaching at Avila in 2006.

  • Heather Noble, Ph.D.

    Heather Noble Ph.D.

    Dr. Noble is a licensed psychologist in the state of Missouri. Since 2002, she has worked full-time at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Counseling, Health, and Testing Center.
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    B.A., Baker University, M.S., Ph.D. University of North Texas

    Dr. Noble is a licensed psychologist in the state of Missouri. Since 2002, she has worked full-time at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Counseling, Health, and Testing Center. There, she provides individual, couples, and group therapy, along with assessment services and supervision to graduate student trainees. Dr. Noble was an adjunct instructor at Avila 2004-2009. She resumed this position in 2011.

  • Karyn Bentley Ph.D.

    Dr. Perry began teaching at Avila in 2005.
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    B.A., Washington University
    M.A., Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
    Ph.D., University of South Carolina-Columbia

    Dr. Perry began teaching at Avila in 2005.

  • Timothy Streitwieser, Psy.D.

    Timothy Streitwieser Psy.D.

    timothy.streitwieser@avila.edu

    Dr. Streitwieser is a licensed psychologist and works on an interdisciplinary primary care team at the Kansas City VAMC.
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    B.A., Hastings College
    M.A, Psy.D., Spalding University

    Dr. Streitwieser is a licensed psychologist and works on an interdisciplinary primary care team at the Kansas City VAMC. His areas of interest have a holistic/behavioral medicine approach, such as intervening with chronic pain, insomnia, lifestyle health behaviors, and acceptance of chronic pain and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Streitwieser began teaching at Avila in 2009.

  • John Wade Ph.D.

    Dr. Wade began teaching at Avila in 2005.
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    B.A., University of Dallas
    M.A., University of North Texas
    Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

    Dr. Wade began teaching at Avila in 2005.

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