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Dr. Tyronn Bell, Associate Professor, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Tyronn Bell

Associate Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 216
317-788-3479
tbell@uindy.edu 

Areas of Expertise
counseling psychology, subspecialty – multicultural psychology

Background
I have been full time at UIndy since 2001, teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Research Interests
African American college student adjustment, biracial identity development

Education
PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois
MS, Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois
BA, Psychology, University of Notre Dame

Fun fact
I used to be a big Days of Our Lives fan.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The relationships with students and colleagues.

Contact Information
Health Pavilion 216
317-788-3479
tbell@uindy.edu

Dr. Kathryn Boucher, Assistant Professor, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Kathryn Boucher

Assistant Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 240
317-788-5003
boucherk@uindy.edu 

Areas of Expertise
social psychology

Background
While a graduate student at Indiana University, I studied stereotype threat and attitude change. For two years as a postdoc at IU, I implemented large-scale social psychological interventions at several universities to improve the well-being and achievement of their students. I hope to continue these efforts at UIndy. 

Research Interests
stereotype threat, well-being of stigmatized group members, achievement of at-risk students, implicit measurement, and social psychological interventions

Education
PhD, Social Psychology, Indiana University
BA, Psychology, University of Kentucky

Fun fact
I love all things sports. I also enjoy art museums and being a severe weather spotter.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The sense of community.

Contact Information
Health Pavilion 240
317-788-5003
boucherk@uindy.edu

Dr. David Downing, Professor & Director of Graduate Programs, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. David Downing

Professor 
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 219
317-788-6162
ddowning@uindy.edu 

Areas of Expertise
psychoanalysis, clinical psychology

Background
Dr. Downing is active in professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA) where he is a representative of the Division of Psychoanalysis to the APA Council of Representatives. He is on the board of directors and the executive committee of APA's Divison 39 (Psychoanalysis) and is the current past president of Section V (Applied Psychoanalysis), Division 39 of the American Psychological Association. He is also the co-chairperson of the division's Committee on Graduate and Undergraduate Education and Training. Dr. Downing is past president of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis, a specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is the current president of the Chicago Open Chapter for the Study of Psychoanalysis (Section IV, Local Chapters, Division of Psychoanalysis (39), American Psychological Association). Dr. Downing was the former dean of the Center for Psychoanalytic Study in Chicago. He is on the editorial board of the journal, Psychoanalytic Psychology. He is the co-author, along with the late Barry J. Weber, PhD, of Object-Relations and Self-Psychology: A User-Friendly Primer, published in 2009. He is co-author of the forthcoming book along with Jed Yalof, PsyD, ABPP, and Marc I Lubin, PhD, Teaching, Training, and Administration in Graduate Psychology Programs: A Psychoanalytic Perspective; and is co-editor, along with Jon Mills, PsyD, PhD, ABPP and a contributor to the volume, The Out-Patient Treatment of Psychosis: Psychodynamic Approaches to Evidence-Based Practice. Dr. Downing began his professional career in the community mental health movement in the 1970s, and was, for a time, a coordinator of a partial hospitalization program. For over 25 years he was director of clinical training and program director at three different APA-accredited doctoral programs in clinical psychology, and advanced to the rank of professor in two of them. He maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis, psychoanalytical psychotherapy, consultation and supervision in both Chicago, Ill. and Indianapolis, Ind.

Research Interests
psychoanalytic treatment of severe psychopathology such as the psychoses and borderline personality organization; integrative psychoanalytical theories including Freudian-Lacanian-Object Relations; psychoanalytical perspectives on the arts and humanities; applied psychoanalytical analyses of culture; professional trends such as professional identity development and the psychodynamics of organizations; emerging trends in accreditation, licensure, teaching/supervision of professionals-in-training and health care policy

Education/Certification
Fellow: American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis (ABAPsa)
Board Certified in Psychoanalysis: American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
Certified in Theory and Practice of Psychoanalysis, Center for Psychoanalytic Study
PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Wright State University

Favorite thing about UIndy
The required psychotherapy curriculum of the doctoral program in clinical psychology is generalist and comprehensive, including all of the major orientations: psychoanalytical, humanistic/existential, cognitive-behavioral, behavioral-learning, and conjoint/family systems theories and psychotherapies, preparing graduates for a multitude of professional opportunities.

Contact Information
Health Pavilion 219
317-788-6162
ddowning@uindy.edu

Dr. Lisa Elwood, Assistant Professor, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Lisa Elwood

Assistant Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 263
317-788-3473
elwoodl@uindy.edu 

Areas of Expertise
clinical psychology

Background
Dr. Elwood is a licensed psychologist in Indiana. She was trained from a cognitive-behavioral approach with broad interests in anxiety and mood disorders, with a specific interest in trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She completed a predoctoral internship at the Charleston Consortium in Charleston, S.C. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Indianapolis, she completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship participating in treatment outcome research examining Cognitive Processing Therapy, an empirically supported treatment for PTSD.

Research Interests
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), additional reactions following traumatic experiences, treatment outcomes, interpersonal violence and human trafficking, risk and vulnerability factors, anxiety and disgust.

Education
PhD, Psychology, University of Arkansas
MA, Psychology, University of Arkansas
BA, Psychology, St. Louis University

Fun fact
I am a vegetarian and nature lover.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The wonderful people!

Contact Information
Health Pavilion 263
317-788-3473
elwoodl@uindy.edu

Dr. William Essman, Associate Professor, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. William Essman

Associate Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 215
317-788-2197
wessman@uindy.edu 

Dr. Erin Fekete

Assistant Professor, Research Coordinator & Director of Behavioral Sciences
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 218
317-788-8030
feketee@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
social and health psychology

Background
My research program focuses on how social interactions, including negative or stigmatizing interactions, influence health and well-being. I am also interested in how different types of social interactions may help to explain health disparities in illnesses such as HIV and type 2 diabetes.

Research Interests
stigma, interpersonal relationships, health, chronic illness, health disparities, sexual minority stress, health behavior change, gender, stress

Education
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Health Psychology, University of Miami
PhD, Social and Health Psychology, Kent State University
MA, Experimental Psychology, Cleveland State University
BA, Psychology, Cleveland State University

Fun fact
I love to travel, and I especially love to go on cruises.

Favorite thing about UIndy
My colleagues and the campus community.

Contact Information
Health Pavilion 218
317-788-8030
feketee@uindy.edu

Dr. Samantha Gray, Assistant Professor, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Samantha Gray

Assistant Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 233
317-788-2053
graysl@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
individuation, attachment, identity development, and technology use among emerging adults

Background
Prior to starting at UIndy in 2015, I spent the previous year completing a Harvard Medical School, clinically-oriented fellowship in child and adolescent psychology at Cambridge Hospital. I am the lead author on an encyclopedia chapter titled, ‘Adolescence,’ and have presented research at numerous nationally-recognized conferences. In addition to my clinical and research experiences, I have always thoroughly enjoyed teaching and mentoring students.

Research Interests
individuation and identity development in emerging adulthood (with special interest in how technology interacts with these processes)

Education
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Clinical Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Intern in Clinical Psychology, Indiana University School of Medicine
PhD, Psychology, University of Tennessee
BA, Psychology, Purdue University

Fun fact
I enjoy walking labyrinths.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Cheering on the athletic teams. Go Greyhounds!

Contact Information
Health Pavilion 233
317-788-2053
graysl@uindy.edu

Dr. Jackie Hess, Assistant Professor, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Jackie Hess

Assistant Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 242
317-788-3484
jhess@uindy.edu

Dr. Aaron Kivisto, Assistant Professor, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Aaron Kivisto

Assistant Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 257
317-788-3541
kivistoa@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
clinical and forensic psychology

Background
I'm an academic forensic and clinical psychologist with particular interests in violence risk assessment and management, intimate partner violence and psychological assessment. I completed my pre-doctoral internship in the forensic specialty track at NYU School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City and my post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston.  In addition to my teaching and research I maintain a part-time private practice of clinical and forensic psychology.

Research Interests
violence risk assessment and management; domestic violence perpetration;, forensic psychology

Education
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
BA, Psychology, Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)

Favorite thing about UIndy
The opportunities to blend teaching, research and clinical practice on a daily basis.

Contact Information
Health Pavilion 257
317-788-3541
kivistoa@uindy.edu

Dr. Katie Little Kivisto, Assistant Professor, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Katie Kivisto

Assistant Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 217
317-788-3790
kivistok@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
clinical, developmental and family psychology

Background
I strive to integrate research, teaching and clinical work within my professional activities. My published research reflects questions that were inspired by my clinical work with adolescents, families, individuals and couples. I was nominated for the SoPS Teacher of the Year Award in 2014-15, which I believe in partly due to the use of my clinical and research experiences to enrich the classroom experience.

Research Interests
adolescent emotion regulation – both typical and pathological – including antecedents (family and peer relationships); consequences (psychopathology and substance use) and treatment (CBT/DBT, motivational interviewing, relational psychoanalysis and family systems); program evaluation

Education
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brown University for Alcohol and Addictions
Clinical Internship in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania/Pennsylvania Hospital
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Tennessee
BA, Psychology, University of Virginia

Fun fact
I enjoy internet cat memes and spending time with horses.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Wonderful students, staff and fellow faculty members.

Contact Information
Health Pavilion 217
317-788-3790
kivistok@uindy.edu

 

Dr. Melissa Loria

Assistant Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Areas of Expertise
cognitive psychology, behavioral neuroscience

Background
As a psychopharmacology/behavioral neuroscience M.A. student, I studied the behavioral effects of a variety of botanicals as well as a novel model of anxiety/depression. As a doctoral student, I studied stereotypes and memory failure.

Research Interests
memory, memory failure, models of false memory, stereotyping, evolution of language and semantic change

Education
PhD, Psychology, The University of Mississippi
MA, Psychology, The University of Mississippi
BA, Psychology and Gender Studies, The University of Mississippi

Favorite thing about UIndy
Spending time with the students and faculty

Contact Informationloriam@uindy.edu
Health Pavilion 2nd Floor
317-788-3353

Dr. John McIlvried, Professor, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. John McIlvried

Professor & Director of Clinical Programs
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 214
317-788-3274
jmcilvried@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
clinical psychology

Background
Licensed Health Service Provider in Psychology (Clinical Psychologist) listed on the National Register and hold Certificate of Professional Qualification from Association of State and Provincial Licensing Boards (ASPPB). Served as Chief Psychologist and Director of Intern Training, Chair of Psychology Department, Dean of School of Psychological Sciences, Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate School. Served on Board of Directors for Mental Health Association, Indiana Psychological Association, State of Indiana Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Board, Volunteers of America, and Indianapolis Monumental Marathon.

Research Interests
graduate training and professional development, program development, ethics and legal issues, consultation

Education
PhD, Clinical Gerontology, University of Akron
MA, Clinical Gerontology, University of Akron
BA, Psychology and Philosophy, Muskingum University

Fun fact
I have three wonderful daughters and enjoy traveling, photography and Far Side cartoons.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Outstanding students and faculty colleagues.

Contact Information
Health Pavilion 214
317-788-3274
jmcilvried@uindy.edu

Dr. Michael Poulakis, Assistant Professor, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Michael Poulakis

Assistant Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 260
317-788-6141
poulakism@uindy.edu

Background
Dr. Poulakis was born in Greece and immigrated to the United States in 1992. He received his PsyD from the University of Indianapolis in 2002 and has been teaching at UIndy since 2005. Dr. Poulakis teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Research Interests
multiculturalism and diversity, South Asian psychology, LGBT issues, interracial relationships, addictions

Education
PsyD, Clinical Psychology, University of Indianapolis

Fun fact
I enjoy watching movies, reading books on my Kindle and refurbishing computers.

Favorite thing about UIndy
I love that I am able to mentor my students, help them live better lives, and be part of their commencement. In a rather philosophical way I am honoring my ancient ancestors through my mentorship to students.

Contact Information
Health Pavilion 260
317-788-6141
poulakism@uindy.edu

Dr. Nicole Taylor, Director of Psychological Services Center

Dr. Nicole Taylor

Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 221
317-788-6161
ntaylor@uindy.edu

Anita Jones Thomas, Dean and Professor, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Anita Jones Thomas

Dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences
Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 253
317-788-6126
ajthomas@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
counseling psychology, multicultural psychology, marriage and family therapy, child and adolescent psychotherapy

Research Interests
social identities, racial identity and racial socialization of African Americans, critical consciousness, stereotypical roles of African American women, resilience

Education
PhD, Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
MA, Community Counseling, Loyola University Chicago
BA, Education, Northwestern University

Fun fact
I went to a performing arts high school and started as a music major.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The community.

Contact Information
Health Pavilion 253
317-788-6126
ajthomas@uindy.edu

Dr. Kendra Thomas, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Kendra Thomas

Assistant Professor of Psychology
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 241
317-788-5016
thomaskj@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
educational psychology, human development

Background
I grew up in the Brazilian school system and came to the USA for post-secondary education. My experiences fuel my curiosity to understand cultural and educational influences on development. My research is primarily on Brazilian and Kenyan adolescents' perceptions of justice and how these influence behaviors and worldviews. 

Research Interests
world beliefs on justice; adolescents' perceptions of justice; teacher-efficacy development; women's health and hygiene in Kenyan schools, outcomes of study abroad experiences, cross-cultural research on adolescent development

Education
PhD, Educational Psychology, Ball State University
MA, Educational Psychology, Ball State University
BA, Psychology, Taylor University

Fun fact
I am a dual citizen of Brazil and the United States and I love watching the World Cup.

Favorite thing about UIndy
UIndy's mission to serve the surrounding community while fostering international partnerships. 

Contact Information
Health Pavilion 241
317-788-5016
thomaskj@uindy.edu

Dr. Jordan Sparks Waldron, Assistant Professor, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Jordan Sparks Waldron

Assistant Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 239
317-788-8052
waldronj@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
clinical psychology, behavior genetics

Background
I worked at the Department of Justice for two years on public health litigation. This experience helped cultivate my interest in the genetic and environmental influences on behavior, which I pursued in my graduate work at the University of Minnesota. I joined UIndy after finishing my clinical internship at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Research Interests
Familial influences on externalizing behavior and externalizing psychopathology, trajectories of substance use and  substance use disorders, long-term consequences of adolescent substance use, impulsive decision-making and cognitive functioning in externalizing, trajectories of romantic partnerships in individuals with substance use disorders.

Education
PhD, Psychology, Clinical Science & Psychopathology Research track, University of Minnesota
MA, Psychology, University of Minnesota
BA, Philosophy and Psychology, Wheaton College

Fun fact
I can’t whistle and I won a tri-state cooking competition.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Talking with students!

Contact Information
Health Pavilion 239
317-788-8052
waldronj@uindy.edu

Dr. Debbie Warman, Associate Professor, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Debbie Warman

Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Health Pavilion 220
317-788-2102
dwarman@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
clinical psychology, cognitive and behavioral therapy

Background
My education and training have focused on empirically supported treatments, with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in (CBT). My research is influenced by my interest in CBT, as I have done numerous studies on cognitive biases and how people make sense of their own and others’ experiences. I am Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology and also a Certified Cognitive Therapist. 

Research Interests
cognitive biases, delusions, intrusive thoughts, stigma of mental illness

Education
PhD, Psychology, The University of Memphis
MS, Psychology, The University of Memphis
BA, Psychology, Rutgers College

Fun fact
My family and I are big Harry Potter fans, and we have been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios numerous times.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The great students, wonderful faculty and warm atmosphere.

Contact Information
Health Pavilion 220
317-788-2102
dwarman@uindy.edu