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.

  • 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: 816.501.0491
    regina.staves@avila.edu

    Dr. Staves is a licensed professional counselor, specializing in psychological trauma, attachment in children and adults, family systems, counselor ethics and compassion fatigue.

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    B.A., University of Kansas
    M.S., Avila University
    Ph.D., Capella University

    Dr. Staves is active in the community as an advocate to prevent child abuse and neglect and also to support restorative justice. She is a counselor specializing in psychological trauma, attachment in children and adults, family systems, counselor ethics and compassion fatigue. Her professional interests include the social and emotional development of children and social issues impacting children and society.  She has served on several local and state boards, including The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund, where she was former board chair.

  • 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. 

  • Heather Noble, Ph.D.

    Heather Noble Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Office: Foyle 1013
    Phone: (816) 501-2969
    heather.noble@avila.edu

    Dr. Noble is a licensed psychologist in the states of Missouri and Kansas. She specializes in counseling and assessing diverse individuals, along with training and supervising graduate students in their clinical work. 

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    B.A., Baker University, M.S., Ph.D. University of North Texas

    Dr. Noble is a licensed psychologist in the states of Missouri and Kansas.  She specializes in counseling and assessing diverse individuals, along with training and supervising graduate students in their clinical work.  She maintains a small clinical practice in geropsychology and health psychology.  The courses she teachers are related to understanding personality and social behavior, assessing for cognitive abilities, and applying foundational counseling and helping skills.  Her research interest is in the development of psychological tests.

Staff

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.

  • 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.

  • 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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