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Your passion is psychology and here you'll learn from faculty and staff who are just as passionate as you. We will support you while challenging you to understand new practices, ideas, and theories. Our team also enjoys working closely with you – through collaborative research, exploring new interests, and guiding you through your degree. No matter where you're at in your college journey, we're here for you.

Because psychology is such a popular major, professors are very busy keeping up with so many students, but they know who each and every one of us are and are willing to give us their undivided attention to help answer any questions or offer advice.

Jessie Beckett | psychology minor

Our team

Doug Matthews
  • Ph.D. - Miami University
Teaching Interests
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Psychology of Addictions
  • Neuroscience
Research Interests
  • biochemical and behavioral consequences of alcohol use and abuse 
Michael Axelrod
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Creighton University School of Medicine (Clinical and Pediatric Psychology)
  • Predoctoral Internship, Father Flanagan's Girls and Boys Town (Professional Psychology) - APA Accredited
  • Ph.D., Indiana University - Bloomington (School Psychology) - APA Accredited
  • M.Ed., St. Lawrence University (Counseling Psychology &Human Development)
  • B.A., St. Lawrence University (English &Sociology) 
  • Licensed Psychologist, State of Wisconsin)
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist (National Association of School Psychologists)
Teaching Interests
  • Evidence-based Practices
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology
  • History of Psychology
Research Interests
  • Behavioral Pediatrics (the intersection of primary care pediatrics and behavioral psychology)
  • Pseudoscience in Psychology and Child Development
  • Solving academic and behavior problems presented at home and school
  • Director, Human Development Center
  • Chair, Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects

I am currently a Professor in the Psychology Department, Director of the Human Development Center, and Chair of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects. In the Psychology Department, I teach courses in the graduate School Psychology Program involving developmental psychopathology and evidence-based interventions, and supervise the school psychology internship. I teach undergraduate courses in child and adolescent development and the History of Psychology, and supervise independent studies in child clinical and pediatric psychology. I am a licensed psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. My clinical and research interests involve an area of psychology referred to as behavioral pediatrics. Behavioral pediatrics is the intersection of primary care pediatrics and behavioral psychology. I specifically address routine problems of childhood and adolescence that have potentially negative consequences including enuresis (bedwetting), temper tantrums, and childhood anxiety. I'm also interested in helping parents and teachers solve problems involving Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), delinquency, and learning.

As Director of the Human Development Center (HDC), I oversee the clinical training of undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines including psychology. Students working in the HDC provide clinical services to children, adolescents, and families in the region under the direct supervision of faculty and staff. Many undergraduate students from the Psychology Department gain valuable clinical and research experiences in the HDC providing academic (e.g., reading, math) assessments and interventions to children with identified learning and behavioral problems.

I received a BA in English and Sociology and an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and Human Development from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. I received a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. I have formal clinical training through Father Flanagan's Girls and Boys Town and Creighton University School of Medicine, both in Omaha, NE. Prior to coming to UWEC in 2008, I held clinical, research, training, and administrative positions at Girls and Boys Town and the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME.

Lori Bica
  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • M.A., The Ohio State University
  • B.A., Michigan State University
Teaching Interests

 I teach three courses for our campus: Introduction to Psychology (Psyc 100), Human Development (Psyc 230), and Psychology of Women (Psyc/Wmns 336/536). I am delighted to have my fall semester sections of Introduction to Psychology included in UW-Eau Claire's First Year Experience program. I am also very fortunate to teach multiple sections of Human Development as components of Liberal Education Bundles. Bundled classes afford the opportunity for me to collaborate closely with faculty from Biology, English, and Nursing as we team teach students co-enrolled in our courses. My connection to the Women's Studies Program is the Psychology of Women course---a class shared by the Psychology Department and the Women's Studies Program that serves as an elective for the Certificate in LGBTQ Studies .

Research Interests

 I enjoy working with a diverse team of undergraduate student research collaborators. The majority of students on the team have chosen to continue working with me on projects that often span several years. I view these long-term, highly individualized learning experiences as extremely important components of both my scholarship and my teaching. As a faculty research mentor, my goal is to advance students' understanding of the fundamentals of research design: conducting a literature search;forming hypotheses;submitting IRB proposals;collecting, entering, and analyzing data;conforming to APA-style;and preparing results for conference presentation and/or publication. In addition to recruiting student researchers for projects in my own areas of expertise, I work with many students on research projects rooted in their own interests. For example, students in Psychology of Women are required to write a proposal for a research proposal. As the semester ends, I invite them all to follow up on this proposal as a collaborative research project with me, aiming at presenting their findings at a professional conference.

Tammy Bednar
April Bleske-Rechek
Melissa Coolong-Chaffin
Mickey (Marie) Crothers
Jeffrey Goodman
Christopher Hagan
  • Ph.D., Florida State University (Clinical Psychology)
  • M.S., Florida State University (Clinical Psychology)
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine (Psychology &Social Behavior)

Teaching Interests
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Suicide & Self-Injury
Research Interests
  • Suicide
  • Non-suicidal Self Injury
  • Hopelessness
  • Emotion Dysregulation
  • Cultural Differences as related to Psychopathology and Suicidality
Emily Herwig
  •  B.S., American Studies-Working in a Global Economy, UW- Stevens Point
  • Support for students, faculty and staff.
  • Oversee all Departmental Events.
  • Assist the Department Chair.
Jarrod Hines
  • Ph.D., The Georgia Institute of Technology (Psychology)
  • M.A., Appalachian State University (General Experimental Psychology)
  • B.A., Maryville College (Psychology)
Teaching Interests

I love teaching because it offers me the opportunity to convey my passion for the field to students, whether they are already declared majors or minors or are taking an elective course.

My teaching interests focus on many aspects of human development and I most often teach courses such as Lifespan Human Development and the Psychology of Adulthood and Aging.

I also greatly enjoy teaching Introductory Psychology, which offers the opportunity to expose new students to the field and show them how an understanding of scientific methodology and psychology can be very useful in their own lives, regardless of their chosen life paths.

Recent opportunities have also allowed me to discover the joy of teaching research methods in psychology. Although methods is a challenging course, it is wonderful to be able to guide student projects from initial conception to completion at the end of the semester and watch students grow throughout the process.

Research Interests

My research interests relate broadly to developmental psychology and, more specifically, to cognitive aging and metacognition. I study adult age differences in the development and usage of learning strategies, memory confidence, and how these relate to memory performance. It is well-known that memory ability declines with age, so it is in our best interest to understand the context surrounding these changes and determine what means may be available to either lessen the degree of decline (e.g., exercise) or compensate for it (e.g., use effective learning and remembering strategies).

One of the best opportunities I have to engage students is through one-on-one interaction in my adult cognition lab. I involve students in every aspect of the research process in which they find interest, including discussing current literature, designing new studies, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting our findings to a broader audience. These experiences offer the potential of growth beyond that which is afforded by the classroom and can be foundational for those who are considering a graduate program in the social sciences. Students who are interested in this opportunity may email me or drop by my office to chat. 

  • Faculty sponsor of the UWEC Psychology club
  • Administrator of UWEC's SONA system, which helps facilitate research with human subjects on campus 
Stacey Jackson
  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin (Counseling Psychology)
  • M.A., The University of Texas at Austin (African and African Diaspora Studies)
  • M.S., Florida A &M University (Community Psychology)
  • B.A., South Carolina State University (Psychology)
Teaching Interests
  • Black Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Multicultural Counseling
Research Interests
  • Race-related stress and African American mental health (depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress)
    • Racism and racial discrimination
    • Images of police brutality and Black bodies
  • African American identity development
  • African American academic achievement
  • Impostor Phenomenon
  • Pan-African mental health

My research is heavily geared towards the social justice and empowerment of students of African descent on college campuses. As such, implications from my research projects aim to address psychosocial, environmental and political structures within academic institutions and the greater community which may be problematic for this student population.

David C. Jewett
Kevin P. Klatt
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Psychology)
Carla Lagorio
  • Postdoctoral, University of Michigan (Behavioral Pharmacology)
  • Ph.D., University of Florida (Experimental Psychology)
  • M.A., University of Florida (Experimental Psychology)
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Psychology - Behavior Analysis Emphasis)
Teaching Interests
  • Principles of Learning
  • Behavior Analysis
  • Introduction to and History of Psychology
Research Interests
  • Experimental Behavior Analysis
  • Behavioral Pharmacology
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Increasing Adoptability Potential of Canines at the Humane Association
  • Social and Environmental Sustainability Issues: Reducing food waste, increasing composting efforts, increasing appropriate recycling
  • President: Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Board Director and Treasurer: Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior
  • Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuroscience Program Coordinator: Association for Behavior Analysis International
  • Editorial Board: The Behavior Analyst
  • Board Member: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Faculty Advisor: Food Recovery Network
  • Faculty Advisor: Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology
  • Faculty Advisor: Psychology Club 
Mary Beth Leibham
  • Ph.D., Indiana University (Educational Psychology)
  • M.A., Miami University (Developmental Psychology)
  • B.A., Loras College (Psychology)
Teaching Interests
  • Educational Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Psychology of the Exceptional Child
  • Adolescent Development
  • Applications of Psychology in Educational Settings
Research Interests
  • Academic Motivation
  • Disability Studies (attitudes and perceptions of disabilities in Higher Education)
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-Compassion
  • Children's developing interests in math and science
David Leland
Jennifer Muehlenkamp
Teaching Interests
  • Introduction to Psychology (incl. Honors Intro Psych)
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Honors Colloquia: Understanding Suicide
  • Counseling I (graduate course)
Research Interests

My research broadly focuses on understanding suicidal behavior and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in youth and young adults. Specifically, I examine psychological and sociocultural factors that may increase, or reduce, an individual's vulnerability for engaging in NSSI and/or suicidal behavior. I also examine the complex and inter-related connections between NSSI, suicide, and body image disturbances. Recently my research has evolved to focus on suicide prevention program develop and evaluation. I utilize predominantly cross-sectional, survey-based methodologies but incorporate behavioral-based assessment and experimental designs into my work as well. I am a consulting editor for the journal, Archives of Suicide Research and regularly contribute scholarly reviews for a variety of clinical journals.

In addition to my research expertise area, I have begun to develop a small, secondary line of research examining the potential effectiveness of different pedagogical techniques at the college level. I'm particularly interested in how different approaches that use active and student-centered techniques impact student engagement, motivation, and course mastery relative to traditional methods.


I received my PhD in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2005 after completing a 1-year pre-doctoral internship at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and joined the faculty at UWEC in the fall of 2009.

The aspect of my faculty position that I enjoy the most is working alongside and mentoring students! I work with students in a wide variety of experiences including my research, program development and evaluation, service learning opportunities, and independent studies. The majority of my research is conducted in collaboration with undergraduate students who have been able to present our work at local, regional, national and international conferences. Students with an interest in the topics of suicide and self-injury or closely related content areas are encouraged to contact me about possible experiences.

Jennifer Parker
  • Psy.D., Minnesota School of Professional Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
  • M.A., Minnesota School of Professional Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Psychology)
Teaching Interests
  • Mental health disorders, stigmas, and advocacy
  • The diverse changes in development across the lifespan
  • Exploring connections between the larger social group and the individual, particularly in the areas of mental health, discrimination, and prejudice
Research Interests
  • The multidirectional impact of chronic pain and mental health
  • The impact of interactions between chronic pain patients with healthcare providers on mental health, level of pain, trust in medical establishments, and likelihood of seeking out prompt medical care
  • Teach classes such as: Human Development across the Lifespan, Adolescence, Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychology as a Discipline &Profession, and Introduction to Psychology
  • Committee member of Psychology Department EDI Committee
Mary Tusing
Catya von Karolyi
  • Ph.D. Boston College (Psychology)
  • B.P.S. Granite State College (Educational Psychology, self-design)
Teaching Interests
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
Research Interests
  • Creativity
  • Giftedness and talent
  • Visual spatial abilities
  • Mood repair 
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Advising
  • Service
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