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Graduate Psychology Staff

 

Aaron Coffey, M.B.A.
Director of Graduate Psychology Enrollment Management
Office: Foyle 1014, 816.501.3661
gradpsych@avila.edu

B.S., M.B.A., Missouri State University

As the Director, Mr. Coffey is available to assist all current students with questions they have while in the program.  He directly oversees the the creation and implementation of policies as they relate directly to graduate psychology students. 

Metra Augustin
Graduate Admissions Advisor
Office: Foyle 1013, 816.501.3661
gradpsych@avila.edu

B.A. University of Missouri - Kansas City

Ms. Augustin oversees the admission and rectruiment processes for graduate psychology at Avila University. She coordinates the application and admission process for all graduate psychology students.  In addition, Ms. Augustin actively representents Avila University through her efforts in networking and collegetiate recruitment events. She is the primary point of contact for all person intersted in attending the graduate psychology programs at Avila.

Rhyannon Pioletti
Psychology Office Manager
Office: Foyle 1010, 816.501.3661
rhyannon.pioletti@avila.edu

B.S. Kansas State University

Ms. Pioletti provides primary support for both the graduate and undergraduate sides of the Department of Psychology.  She connects faculty, staff, and students and helps ensure a smooth and effecient office is maintained.


Graduate Psychology Faculty

 

Amy Bucher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: Foyle 1022, 816.501.2468
amy.bucher@avila.edu

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 human relations 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 researching the relationship between motivation for healthy behavioral change as reflected through written language.

   

Shanda Curiel, Psy.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology; Director of Clinical Education & Training
Office: Foyle 1016, 816.501.3662
shanda.curiel@avila.edu

B.S., University of Texas at San Antonio
M.A., Psy.D., The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institue

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 at Avila, she oversees the clinical training and supervision of counseling psychology graduate students and teaches clinically oriented courses for graduate and undergraduate students including counseling practicum, internship, and advanced abnormal psychology. Dr. Curiel's areas of interest include evidence-based treatments for psychiatric disorders, cognitive-behavioral therapies for anxiety disorders, supervision and training, and factors that influence the therapeutic relationship.

   

Maria Hunt, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology; Director of Avila's Mindfulness Program
Office: Foyle 1018, 816.501.2447
maria.hunt@avila.edu

B.S., Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Dr. Hunt is the Director of Avila's Mindfulness Program, and teaches, advises and mentors both graduate and undergraduate students. Her specialties include positive psychology, intuition, and mindful wellbeing.  She consults with selected profit and non-profit organizations in the area and her areas of interest include the "train the brain" research in the neurosciences. Dr. Hunt conducts research in her Laboratory for the Study of Mindfulness, Well-being and Related Phenomena.

   

Marcia Smith Pasqualini, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Psychology; Professor of Psychology
Office: Foyle 1008, 816.501.3664
marcia.pasqualini@avila.edu

B.S., Tulane University
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Pasqualini is a licensed psychologist with a specialty in Clinical Neuropsychology. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in social psychology, biopsychology, and motivation and emotion. Dr. Pasqualini's research interests relate to the neuropsychology of emotion and emotion regulation.  Together with undergraduate and graduate students, she is currently investigating public speaking anxiety and procrastination, including examination of facial expression, psychophysiological responses, and affect. 

   

Regina Staves, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office: Foyle 1020, 816.501.3665
regina.staves@avila.edu

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 emotion 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 hospital, 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 expertise.

   

Jordan Wagge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office: Foyle 1021, 816.501.2964
jordan.wagge@avila.edu

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

Dr. Wagge advises Master's level students in the general psychology program and teaches courses in cognition, research methods, 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 believe as well as the effects of current states and motivations on eating behaviors and choices.

   

Leah K. Gensheimer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: Foyle 1024, 816.501.3698
leah.gensheimer@avila.edu

B.A., University of New Haven
M.S., 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, writing in psychology, and undergraduate practicum. Her current interests include enhancement and assessment of student learning, children and youth development, professional development, and academic service learning.

 

Specialized and Clinical Psychology Faculty

 

Barry Berglund, M.S.
barry.berglund@avila.edu

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.

 

Margo Fallon, Ph.D.
B.S.E., Theatre/Speech
M.A., Northeast Missouri State University
Ph.D., Indiana State University-Terre Haute

Dr. Fallon began teaching at Avila in 1990.

 

Nekita Fuller, Ed.D.
B.S., Park University
M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Ed.D. , Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Fuller began teaching at Avila in 2009.

Fred Geer, Ph.D.
Office: Foyle 1027, 816.501.3669
fred.geer@avila.edu

B.S.E., M.S., Emporia State University
Ph.D. University of Kansas

Dr. Geer is Professor of Education and Psychology at Avila. His specialty area is psycho-educational assessment. See Dr. Geer's Faculty Spotlight here.

David Longstreet, M.B.A.
B.S., Texas A & M University
M.B.A., Avila University

Mr. Longstreet began teaching at Avila in 2003.

Sue Ellen McCalley, Ph.D.
Office: Foyle 1008, 816.501.2433
sueellen.mccalley@avila.edu

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. See her Faculty Spotlight here.

 

Lawrence Nieters, Ph.D.
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., St. Louis University

Dr. Nieters began teaching at Avila in 1998.

Heather Noble, Ph.D.
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 Perry, Ph.D.
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.

Stephen Sirridge, Ph.D.
Professor Emiritus
stephen.sirridge@avila.edu


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.

Dean Skadeland, Ph.D.
dean.skadeland@avila.edu

B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A., Abilene Christian University
Psy.D., Florida Institute of Technology

Dr. Skadeland is the Chief Psychologist and Director of a Neuropsychology Clinic at a local medical center.  In addition to teaching assessment related courses at Avila University he also holds academic appointments in multiple graduate psychology departments and medical schools.  His specialties include neuropsychological and personality assessment, psychodiagnosis, and personality theory.  In addition to being a licensed psychologist, he is also an ordained minister and is interested in spiritual factors associated with mental health. Dr. Skadeland began teaching at Avila in 2005.

Timothy Streitwieser, Psy.D.
timothy.streitwieser@avila.edu

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.
B.A., University of Dallas
M.A., University of North Texas
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Wade began teaching at Avila in 2005.

Anne Wagner, M.S., R.N.
anne.wagner@avila.edu

R.N., St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing
B.S., University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.S., Avila University

While working as an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation nurse, Ms. Wagner was referring many of her patients to therapists for counseling. After 20 years of doing so, she decided to return to school and become a therapist herself. She quit her beloved job and attended UMKC full-time to get her B.S. in Psychology, and then attended Avila University to get her Master's in Counseling Psychology. She is now an Adlerian therapist with a full-time private practice, and began teaching at Avila University in 2004. She says, "I can't imagine a more perfect blend of careers!"

David Wissmann, Ph.D.
Office: O'Rielly A, 816.501.3643
david.wissmann@avila.edu

B.A. University of Puget Sound
M.A., Ph.D. University of Arizona

Dr. Wissmann is Professor of Sociology and Chair of Law and Justice Studies at Avila. See his Faculty Spotlight here.