Dr. Pasqualini is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty
in Clinical Neuropsychology. She teaches undergraduate
and graduate courses in biological psychology, applied research methods, and emotion. She is also the faculty advisor for Psi Chi/Psychology Club. Dr. Pasqualini runs the
Emotions Laboratory and invites interested Avila
undergraduate and graduate students to join. Her current
research interests include cognitive and psychophysiological
aspects of emotion regulation, bio/neurofeedback, and facial expressions.
See her Faculty Spotlight here.
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A., University California Irvine
Ph.D. University of Missouri-Kansas City
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.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Director of Clinical Education and Training
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.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director of Program Assessment for Psychology
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.
Assistant Professor of Psychology B.A., M.A., Truman State University
Ph.D., University of Missouri - Kansas City
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.
Staves, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology
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.
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.
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