Profiles of the 2019 Spring Semester's Part-Time Instructors

2019 spring Semester Part-Time Instructors

Gretchen Anderson, M.A. Lucas Hamilton, M.A. Matthew Nordlund, Ph.D.
Teresa Andreani, M.A. Marco-Antonio Hartmann, M.A. Barbara Oswald, Ph.D.
Tobin Anselmi, Ph.D. Elliott Jardin, M.A. Maria Rowlett, M.A.
Kimberley Bogan, M.D. Wendy Jovan, Psy.S. Jaime Shuster, Ph.D.
David Bruner, Psy.D. Steven Karaiskos, M.A. Stephen Slane, Ph.D.
William Carter, M.A. Anne Kotynski, M.A. Katharine Sroka, M.A.
Maria Donaldson-Misener, Ph.D. Stephanie Miller, M.A. Eman Tadros, M.S.
Ben Feldman, Ph.D. Tiffany Monroe, Ph.D. SamanthaTuft, Ph.D.
Eulalio Gonzalez, Ph.D. Mira Narouze, M.A. Brian Woodside, Ph.D.
Raghavan Gopalakrishnan Ph.D. MBA Ashley Nemes, Ph.D.  



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Gretchen Anderson, M.A.

Gretchen is a dynamic, results-driven human resources professional with more than 25 years of experience in employee relations, organizational development and talent selection practices. Affectionately known as “The Velvet Hammer,” Gretchen has a powerful and direct manner of delivering executive and employee performance coaching. She has particular expertise designing and delivering training for the retail, manufacturing, education and service industries.

Gretchen earned her B.A. in psychology and her M.A. in psychology (diversity management/organizational development) from Cleveland State University. She is a Gestalt Professional Certified Coach (Gestalt Institute of Cleveland) and a Certified Diversity Professional.

As a performance consultant Gretchen has worked with many key executives in entrepreneurial family-owned business enterprises to develop strategies for succession planning, growth initiatives and engaging stakeholders. She is an instructor in the Department of Psychology at Cleveland State University, and at Lorain County Community College where she teaches the capstone courses for the Success Coaching and Mentoring certificate program.

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Teresa C. Andreani, MA, GPCC
Teresa Andreani, M.A.

Teresa has more than 25 years of experience in business and nonprofit leadership. She is an instructor in the Department of Psychology at Cleveland State University, and teaches the capstone courses in Lorain County Community College’s Success Coaching and Mentoring Certificate program. 

Teresa works with executives seeking to improve personal and employee performance, leaders seeking better work-life balance, mid-career professionals facing uncertainty in their employment, and young professionals discerning career direction. 

Teresa holds an M.A. in psychology (organizational development and diversity management specialization) from Cleveland State University and a B.S. in management from Case Western Reserve University. Her master’s thesis, Alcoholics in Recovery: Factors Informing the Decision to Self-Disclose Alcoholism in the Workplace, together with her personal experience as a woman in long-term recovery, motivate her work to reduce the stigma around alcoholism and addiction and to create supportive workplaces for affected employees. She has particular expertise coaching executives and key employees in recovery from, or dealing with problems associated with, alcohol and other substances.

Teresa Andreani was designated a Gestalt Professional Certified CoachTM through the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, and is Board Certified by the Center for Credentialing and Education.

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Tobin V. Anselmi, Ph.D.
Tobin Anselmi, Ph.D.

Research Keywords: Validity Generalization, Personnel Selection, Employee Attitude/Engagement Surveys, 360 Feedback, Performance Management, Organizational Commitment, Job Satisfaction, Job Characteristics


B.G.S., University of Michigan, 1985 

M.S., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1988 

Ph.D., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1994

After completing his education, Dr. Anselmi worked at a consulting firm (Aon Consulting) for many years (his clients included Motorola, GM, Ford & Chrysler) and then he went internal, working for firms such as Frito-Lay, Dell Computer, and Microsoft. He moved to the Cleveland-Area in 2012 and began his part-time teaching relationship with the Department of Psychology and PDC in the business school at Cleveland State University in 2016. 

As a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), Dr. Anselmi is active in his professional community. He has also served as reviewer at the SIOP conference for many years. As an I/O Psychologist he applies psychological principles to the work world.

Research Interests:

  • Design, development and validation of selection tools 
  • Performance Management 
  • Use of assessment tools in the identification and development of High-Potential Talent 
  • Measure and use of employee attitudes to influence change and improvement of corporate culture

Teaching Areas: 

PSY 312 (Research Methods) 

PSY 593 (Advanced Organizational Psychology Seminar: “Word Attitudes”)

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Kimberley Bogan, M.D.

Mental Health Executive Leadership program [MHELP], Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, 2008
Fellowship, Community Psychiatry, 2007
Psychiatry Residency, University Hospitals/ Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, 2006  
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, MetroHealth Medical Center/ Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, 1997
M.D., Medical College of Ohio, 1993
B.S., Biology, Cleveland State University, 1983

Teaching Areas:
PSY 353 Health Psychology

Professional Experience:
Part-time Instructor, Cleveland State University
Instructor, University Hospitals Psychiatry Residency Program
Psychiatrist, Mental Health Outpatient clinics

Professional Service:
Current Psychiatry Reports
Psychiatry News

Brief Bio:
Dr. Bogan's education began in the Cleveland Public School system where she became interested in science. Later, she received a B.S. in Biology from Cleveland State University.  After extensive travel, she went on to receive a Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Ohio. Thereafter she completed residencies in both Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and, later, in Psychiatry, during which time she completed a fellowship specializing in Community Psychiatry. She has worked at Murtis Taylor and Center for Families and Children.

Currently Dr. Bogan is transitioning into more professorial pursuits as she has had a life-long passion for teaching. Her extracurricular interests include mentoring inner city youth, and coaching healthy lifestyles in inner city communities using mental wellness techniques, physical fitness and healthy nutrition. Her hobbies include singing jazz and gospel and playing golf. In the summer, she works with the Greater Cleveland Junior Golf Scholarship Fund, teaching youth core values and the game of golf.

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David C. Bruner, Psy.D.
David Bruner, Psy.D.  

Dr. Bruner received his B.A. (cum laude) from Princeton University where he majored in History. He then enlisted in the United States Navy where he served in the Medical Service Corps during a time of international conflict. Following military service he pursued a post-bac curriculum in Biochemistry-Genetics-Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His program included independent research in cellular metabolism at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. 

He then accepted a paid position with the National Institute of Mental Health at their regional satellite center in Chicago – Rush University medical Center. He received training in clinical interviewing and clinical research methodologies. He was involved in research on the family/biological transmission of psychiatric disorders. While working for NIMH he earned a Master’s degree (cum laude) from Roosevelt University in collaboration with Rush University Medical Center. 

Dr. Bruner then entered the doctoral program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago (APA Accredited). Within his program he specialized in Clinical Neuropsychology and Health Psychology. His training in Neuropsychology took place at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and the Southern Illinois College of Medicine. His training in Health Psychology took place at the University of Chicago Medical Center – Department of Behavioral Medicine. During this period he gained valuable experience in psychotherapy through paid employment with Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Institute of Psychiatry and the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy – Chicago. 

He completed a clinical internship at the Cleveland VA Medical Center. He accepted a paid position in the Neuropsychology specialty track which met APA DIV40/INS standards for training in Neuropsychology. His program enabled him to do research on seizure disorders at the Cleveland Clinic. He completed a doctoral dissertation entitled “Non-Epileptic Seizures: a Meta Analysis and Conceptual Model for Explaining Diverse Clinical Presentations.” His dissertation was supervised by Faculty in the Neuropsychology section – Cleveland Clinic. 

His research interests are broadly focused in three areas: 1) traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome – psychological issues in recovery and programs for recovery of function; Coronary bypass surgery – psychological, neuropsychological, and medical issues in recovery outcomes. Dr. Bruner has established research affiliations with centers focused on Cardiovascular Disease; 3) The role of lifestyle issues in recovery from major medical illness.

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William Carter
William Carter, M.A.  

Mr. Carter has been an instructor in the Department of Psychology at Cleveland State University since 2014, having taught Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Personality Theory, and Adolescent Psychology. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from CSU. He has been a practicing School Psychologist for over 10 years, and has worked with at-risk youth for over 15 years. This work has included children in rural, urban, and suburban communities, as well as residential facilities, detention centers, and other alternative educational placements.  He regularly supervises field experiences for School Psychology practicum students and interns.  He has hosted students from CSU, University of Dayton, and University of Toledo. 

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Maria Donaldson-Misener
Maria Donaldson-Misener, Ph.D.

Dr. Donaldson-Misener received her B.S. in psychology from John Carroll University prior to pursuing the Experimental Research M.A. program, and later the Adult Development and Aging Ph.D. program at Cleveland State University. She has been involved in the Social Psychology and Spatial Cognition and Navigation labs, and is presently conducting research in the Aging Cognition and Emotion Laboratory at CSU. She has also collaborated with the Language Research Laboratory. 

Dr. Donaldson-Misener’s research generally focuses on what captures our attention in the environment and why? Does attentional capture/ change detection ability alter as a function of age? What other factors (emotional salience, size/ location of object) influence our ability to be vigilant of our surroundings? Dr. Donaldson-Misener is interested in various paradigms and methodologies to explore these areas of attention research. 

Research Keywords: 

Attentional capture, change detection, aging, emotion, eye tracking 


Ph.D., Adult Development and Aging, Cleveland State University, 2017 

M.A., Experimental Psychology, Cleveland State University, 2011 

B.S., Psychology, John Carroll University, 2009

Teaching Areas:

2018-2019 Academic Year: 

PSY 368 (Perceptual Processes- Spring 2019) 

PSY 345 (Abnormal Psychology- Fall 2018) 

PSY 412 (Psychology Lab- Fall 2018/Spring 2019)

Professional Affiliations: Association for Psychological Science and Psi Chi

Reviewer: Emotion, PLoS ONE

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  Ben Feldman, Ph.D.
Ben Feldman, Ph.D.

Currently, I am starting my third year working as a School Psychologist in the Cleveland, OH area.  This position is allowing me to accumulate supervision hours necessary for a doctoral level Psychology license in Ohio.  I am also an on-line Psychology instructor for Grand Canyon University.  I spent one year doing autism policy research at the National Institute of Mental Health.  My Ph.D. is in Experimental Psychology, which I completed at Case Western Reserve University, in 2015, specializing in autism and developmental disabilities research.  My research has focused on social skill deficits in autism as measured by face-processing skills and milder autistic like traits found in unaffected relatives of people with autism (termed the broader autism phenotype). Prior to my Ph.D. work, I had completed a Masters in Developmental Psychology at Teachers College-Columbia University and worked for about 10 years as a Masters level psychologist providing services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York. I earned my BA at St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. 

I am married and have two children, a daughter age 6 and a son age 3. 

In my free time, I enjoy exercise (P90X), cycling, reading, spending time with my family, listening to music (very eclectic interests), following sports, and religious learning and prayer. 

I am excited to be back at Cleveland State University, where I taught courses from 2013 to 2015.  

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Eulalio G. Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Eulalio Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Instructor Biography

Education:  Ph.D. in Psychology. -University of Akron 

                   Applied Developmental Psychology

Professional Experience: 

  • Lorain County Community College-1991 to present
  • Cleveland State University (Instructor)-2013 to present  
  • Baldwin-Wallace University---1988-1991 
  • Walsh University---1987-1988 
  • University of Akron---1983-1987 

Professional Associations: 

  • American Psychological Association 
  • Association of Psychological Science 
  • Autism Society of America 
  • Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental & Learning Disorders 
  • Psi Beta National Honor Society (faculty advisor) 

Areas of Interest: 

  • Marriage and Family Issues 
  • Parenting 
  • Child Development 
  • Adoption 
  • Personality Psychology 
  • Psychology of Adjustment 
  • History of Psychology 
  • Christian Psychology

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Raghavan Gopalakrishnan Ph.D. MBA

Research Keywords: Pain, Stroke, Sensorimotor, Neurophysiology, EEG, Perception, Pain Affect, Pain anticipation


Doctoral – Applied Biomedical Engineering, 2015

Masters – Healthcare Business Administration, 2011

Masters – Biomedical Engineering, 2004

Bachelors – Biomedical Instrumentation, 2002

Brief Bio/Research Interests:

I am a Researcher/Neurophysiologist at the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute with a special interest in understanding sensorimotor abnormalities, especially chronic pain and stroke, and help inform the development of novel neuromodulation based therapies to alleviate disability induced by these conditions. I was a co-investigator on a cutting edge NIH funded clinical trial that studied the effects of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) on the affective component of post-stroke chronic pain. The project was based on the premise that pain is not merely a sensory phenomenon, but modulated significantly by psychological (affective and cognitive) spheres as well.

Pain anticipation is a psychological process that significantly modulates the perception of sensory stimuli and categorize the stimuli as either painful or non-painful. My research found a strategic role of visual cortex (V1) in pain avoidance and chronification. V1 that has long been thought to simply process objects without contextual thinking, differentially responded to cues that signaled pain vs. same cues that signaled non-painful stimulus. Further, I researched with this feature was shared by auditory (A1) and somatosensory (S1) cortices. While A1 and S1 did not show the same responses as V1, when the threat of pain was signaled by a visual cue, A1 and S1 became concurrently active along with the V1, suggesting that the V1 promotes cross-modal facilitation. These finding represents an evolutionary gain in human sensory cortices aimed at priming the body to a state of “readiness” for pain-related cues during flight-or-fight states. These findings are important for the development of new clinical approaches aimed at modulating pain expectations at the very early stages of cortical processing, before information regarding the salience of a cue is passed on to associative cortical areas.

Currently, I am involved in a clinical trial to study the effects of DBS on dentate nucleus in promoting motor recovery. Overall, my research goals are to come up with novel neurophysiological solutions to assist in the development of diagnostic and therapeutic tools. Currently, I am also working on extending my prior research on chronic pain to investigate oscillopathies using multivariate functional connectivity approach.

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Lucas Hamilton, M.A.

Mr. Hamilton received his B.A. in psychology from Central College in Pella, IA and his M.A. in Psychology from Cleveland State University. Now in the Adult Development and Aging Ph.D. program at Cleveland State University, he has been conducting research in the Aging Cognition and Emotion Laboratory at CSU. His research generally focuses on social and emotional cognition in older adulthood, drawing links to biological factors related to aging. He is currently investigating links between physiological (i.e. autonomic arousal, biofeedback) and psychological (i.e. emotional memory, negative life events, emotion regulation) phenomena across the lifespan.

Research Keywords:
Socioemotional development, physiology, mind-body connectivity, emotional aging

Ph.D., Adult Development and Aging, Cleveland State University, Expected 2021
M.A., Psychology, Cleveland State University, 2018
B.A., Psychology, Central College, 2016

Teaching Areas:
PSY 429 – Psychology of Aging

Professional Affiliations:
American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and Psi Chi

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Marco-Antonio Hartmann
Marco-Antonio Hartmann, M.A.


M.A., Case Western Reserve University 

B.S., Florida State University

Research Keywords:

Pediatric psychology, clinical psychology, parenting, children, acceptance, psychological flexibility, experiential avoidance, chronic illness, sleep, obesity, food allergy.  

Brief Bio: 

Previously a clinical social worker in his native Germany, Mr. Hartmann received a Bachelors in Psychology from Florida State University where he graduated top of his class. Currently, Mr. Hartmann is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology specializing in Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology at Case Western Reserve University. He is the recipient of the 2018 Denny Drotar Research Award for Pediatric Psychology Research Excellence at CWRU and a 2018 recipient of the Research Scholar Award at the Society of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics. Additionally, he also provides therapy services at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s GI clinic.  

Research Interests:

Mr. Hartmann is interested in psychological practice in medical settings. Specifically, his research is exploring the role of family functioning, parenting behaviors, acceptance, psychological flexibility/experiential avoidance in the behavioral and emotional adjustment of families and children with and without chronic or complicated medical conditions. His most recent work focuses on children with obesity, food allergy, and sleep disorders.

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Elliott Jardin
Elliott Jardin, M.A.

Elliott Jardin completed his B.S. in Psychology at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon and completed his M.A. in Psychology at Cleveland State University.  In addition to teaching classes, he is completing his dissertation to fulfill the final requirements for a Ph.D. degree in Adult Development and Aging.  His research is in the field of Cognitive Aging, with a focus in affective neuroscience, memory, attention and Chiari Malformations.

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Wendy Jovan, Psy.S.

Wendy Jovan is a Project Manager with the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Northeast Ohio where she is currently working with a team to develop and coordinate the Student Leadership Academy, a program to empower inner ring high school students using Youth Participatory Action Research. Past projects include developing and managing the Virtual Intervention Project to provide virtual coaching in behavior management and social skills to parents and teachers. Wendy previously served as a Special Education Supervisor and district School Psychologist, co-authoring grants in the areas of transition and literacy intervention. She began her career in the private sector conducting business to business research and marketing intelligence.

Wendy received her Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree from Grand Valley State University, her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University, and obtained her Master of Art (M.A.) and Educational Specialist (Psy.S.) degrees in School Psychology from Cleveland State University. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Steven Karaiskos
Steven Karaiskos, M.A.

Steven Karaiskos is a veteran educator and psychologist with almost 20 years of experience in both independent and public schools supporting and working with learners of all ages.   Steven’s breadth and depth in education includes teaching Pre-Kindergarten and adult learners as well as every age group in between.   He has also trained and mentored teachers in reading, behavior management, classroom management, emotional intelligence, and the support of students with learning differences.   Prior to becoming an educator, he spent 8 years as project/process manager in the corporate world.  With a Masters and Ph.D. in Psychology (ABD), Steven has led professional development opportunities nationwide to provide learning and support for parents, educators and students on topics such as stress & anxiety, social & emotional development, academic growth, learning differences, gender diversity, and GLBTQ topics. Steven is also a passionate advocate and activist for suicide prevention work providing awareness and support to those struggling. Steven is currently an educator, psychologist, writer, and flaneur in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Anne Kotynski
Anne Kotynski, M.A.

Research Keywords: Emotion, motivation, cognition, attention, perception, and goal pursuit.


Ph.D.,  Experimental Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, Expected 2019 

M.A., Experimental Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, 2016 

M.A.,    Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2011 

B.S.,     Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 2009

Brief Bio:

Anne Kotynski fell in love with the study of the mind during an AP Psychology class in high school. After that, she took every Psychology class she could afford at Loyola University Chicago. Immediately after graduating from Loyola with her B.S., Anne obtained her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She then spent 3 years working clinically before deciding to make the transition to the more research-focused Experimental Psychology. Currently, Anne is in her 5th year of the Ph.D. Program in Experimental Psychology at Case Western Reserve University and is working feverishly to complete her dissertation. 

Anne is a researcher because she enjoys learning new things; she is an enthusiastic teacher because she loves sharing information with others. Anne is delighted to be a member of the Part-Time faculty at Cleveland State University and looks forward to continued semesters educating young Vikings!

Research Interests:

Anne considers research an opportunity to gain new knowledge. Her primary interest is learning more about highly motivating positive emotions like hedonistic pleasure and how higher order cognitive processes interact with basic desires. She is passionate about understanding what drives people’s passion. More generally, Anne typically studies cognitive and emotional processes and how these two seemingly disparate processes interact. A recent research study was an examination of how desire is impacted differently by broad (Global) versus narrow (Local) visual attention. Anne’s dissertation focuses on attention more broadly and asks whether perceptual attention is best understood as cross-modal or modality specific.  Some of Anne’s other various research projects have included examinations of exploring versus exploiting decision making, personality and food behavior, motivations for alcohol use, and evaluations of diagnostic measures for developmental disorders. Anne is always open to collaboration and considering exciting new research questions.

Teaching Areas: 

  • PSY 317 Inferential Statistics 
  • PSY 339 Social Psychology
  • PSY 368 Perceptual Processes
  • PSY 487 Brain & Cognition

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Stephanie Miller, M.A.
Stephanie Miller, M.A.

Mrs. Miller received her Bachelor of Psychology from Kent State University in 2010, and graduated from the Experimental Research Masters Program at Cleveland State University in 2012. Her thesis, under the direction of Dr. McLennan, examined the relationship between attachment style and reaction time to physically and relationally aggressive words using both the Emotional Stroop Test (EST) and the Visual Lexical Decision Task (VLDT). She currently resides in Colorado Springs with her daughter, husband and two goldendoodles.

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Tiffany Monroe, Ph.D.

Tiffany Monroe, Ph.D. is an experienced clinician, working primarily with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Her clinical practice includes work in areas of trauma, emotional dysregulation (e.g., depression, anxiety), ADHD, conduct and oppositional behaviors, aggression, para-suicidal and self-injurious behaviors, co-occurring substance-use, gender-identity issues, and sexual-offending behaviors. Although she is experienced in various treatment interventions, she specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Play Therapy. She currently serves as a Clinical Counselor for several school districts in Northeast OH, and is an adjunct professor at Notre Dame College and Part-time Instructor at Cleveland State University. Her areas of academic expertise include forensic, child, and developmental psychology.


Tiffany Monroe is a native of South Euclid, OH. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She went on to obtain a Master's in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, as well as a Master's in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University in New York City. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Fordham in 2011. She is a proud mom of a 5-year old angelmonster, and actively serves her community as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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Mira Narouze, MA, Psy.S.
Mira Narouze, MA,

Mira Narouze has practiced as a school psychologist in elementary, middle and high school public school settings since 2006. Some of her responsibilities as a school psychologist are completion of  psycho-educational evaluations for students grades PK-12 to identify developmental, learning, behavioral, and/or mental health problems. She also facilitated counseling groups to improve on- task behavior and listening skills inside the classroom, conflict resolution, and other social skills, worked with staff to monitor intervention efficacy, and consulted and collaborated with regular and special education teachers to develop evidence based behavior plans.

She teaches a variety of psychology courses including General Psychology, Lifespan Development and Adolescent Psychology at multiple programs including Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State university. 

Mira obtained her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and a Psychology Specialist degree at Cleveland State University. She is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists.

Mira is broadly interested in studying issues of microaggression against marginalized populations. Her current research focuses on studying the impact of microagressions on LGBTQ youth’s perceptions of school climate

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Ashley Nemes, Ph.D.

Dr. Nemes completed her Bachelor of Science degree from Baldwin-Wallace University with a dual major in neuroscience and psychology. She has extensive experience with both clinical and basic research throughout internships and academic training. Dr. Nemes conducted research on cellular and molecular changes in Epilepsy at Cleveland Clinic and graduated with her Ph.D. from Kent State University. She also worked at the University of Pennsylvania for a short period of time investigating electrophysiological changes after traumatic brain injury. She is now studying cellular interactions involved in brain development and refinement as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Lerner Research Institute at Cleveland Clinic. 


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Matthew Nordlund, Ph.D.
Matthew Nordlund, Ph.D.

Dr. Nordlund received his B.A. from Hamline University in 2002 and his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The University of Akron in 2009.  He has since taught psychology at a number of schools, including The University of Akron, Kent State, Stark State, Ashland University and Cleveland State University. His primary research interests include the effect of priming on self-perceptions of personality and obstacles to the accurate measurement of personality.

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Barbara B. Oswald, Ph.D.
Barbara Oswald, Ph.D.

B.A., Psychology, Cleveland State University 

M.A., Experimental Psychology, Cleveland State University 

Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina

A proud graduate of Cleveland State University, Dr. Oswald earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina with a focus on behavioral pharmacology.  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Neurotoxicology at Duke University prior to returning to South Carolina where she served as a professor and research scientist at the VA Medical Center for many years, investigating the neurobiology of addiction, learning, and memory.  Recent research is investigating the cognitive, behavioral, and rewarding effects of prescription stimulants, used alone and in combination with alcohol, in both human and animal models, and the role that stress plays in risky behavior. Dr. Oswald relocated to Ohio to start a family, and joined CSU as an instructor in 2009. 

Online Teaching: PSY 221 Lifespan Development; PSY 352 Human Sexuality; PSY 371 Psychology of Consciousness; PSY 482 Biological Basis of Behavior; PSY 661 Clinical Psychopharmacology

Professional Affiliations: American Psychological Association, Divisions 2 (Teaching) & 28 (Psychopharmacology)

Select Recent Research: (*denotes undergraduate student, ** graduate student)

Oswald, B. B., *Beck, K., *Fernandez, G. M., *Raker, E., & *Sciaccotta, F. (accepted, May 11, 2018).  Effects of drug-ethanol combinations on ethanol self-administration, motor coordination, and cognition in C57BL/6J mice.  Psychology & Neuroscience  

Ward, R. M., Oswald, B. B. & **Galante, M. (2016). Prescription stimulant misuse, alcohol use, and disordered eating among college students.   Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 60(2), 59-80.  

Oswald, B. B., *Maddox, S. A., *Herbst, M. R., & Powell, D. A. (2015).  Muscimol infusions to infralimbic cortex impair extinction but not acquisition of a trace conditioned eyeblink conditioned response in rabbits.  Psychology & Neuroscience, 8, 114-129. 

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Maria Rowlett
Maria Rowlett, M.A.

Maria has been a part-time instructor at Cleveland State University since August of 2008.  Maria specializes in the area of survey/questionnaire construction, statistical analysis, research design and interpretation, as well as report writing.  She brings expertise based on academic research and professional experience.  Maria has published numerous journal articles in the Behavioral Sciences, and has supervised many students in the completion of research projects, journal articles, theses, and dissertations. She has also been selected as a disciplinary mentor for the McNairs Scholar Program numerous times.   In addition, Maria has been involved in project-based data coding, analysis and summarization for presentation to clients for a mid-west based research company serving for profit and not-for-profit companies.  

Research Interests:

Extensive research experience on Job Satisfaction, Vocational Interests, Time Perception, and Personality. Additional skills include survey questionnaire construction, scoring, report writing, and data analysis.  

Teaching Areas:

PSY 217/317: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 

PSY 312: Research Methods 

PSY 412: Psychology Lab 

PSY 415: Evaluating Psychological Research

Professional Affiliation:

Midwest Psychological Association

Recent Professional Presentation:

“Time Perception and Personality.” Midwest Psychological Association (Chicago, IL; May, 2015).

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 Jaime Shuster, Ph.D.
Jaime Shuster, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Public Health, Health Policy Management, Kent State University, 2018 

M.P.H., Public Health, Health Policy Management, Kent State University, 2012 

M.A., Experimental Psychology, Cleveland State University, 2011 

B.A., Psychology, Kent State University, 2008

Dr. Shuster received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Kent State University followed by her masters in Experimental Psychology at Cleveland State University. She then returned to Kent State University to complete her Master’s and Doctorate in Public Health with a focus in Health Policy Management.  Her research interests include traumatic brain injury, sleep deprivation, distracted driving, injury prevention and the public policy governing these public health issues.  

Dr. Shuster has been teaching for a number of years and is employed as an instructor in psychology, statistics, research methods and public health for several local colleges and universities. She also consults for the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio State Patrol as a legislative policy writer. In addition, Dr. Shuster serves as a subject matter expert for psychology, statistics, research methods and health curriculum development for a number of educational textbook publishers and curriculum development organizations.

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Stephen D. Slane, Ph.D.
Stephen Slane, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Department of Psychology

Areas of Interest/Specialization

Social Psychology, Statistics, Research Design

Research interests: Time perception and behavior


University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Ph.D. (Psychology)

Idaho State University, B.S., M.S. (Experimental Psychology)

Employment and Positions Held at Cleveland State University:

Previous Interim Director School of Health Sciences

Previous Interim Director, School of Social Work

Previous Associate Dean (for faculty), College of Science

Interim Chair, Department of Speech and Hearing, 2005-2006

Interim Chair, Department of Health Sciences, 2003 to 2006

Chairperson, Department of Psychology, 1988 to 1995

Peer Reviewed Publications (select recent):

Rosman, J., Slane, S., Dery, B., Vogelbaum, M., Cohen-Gadol, A., & Couldwell, W. (2013). Is there a shortage of neurosurgeons in the United States? Neurosurgery 73(2), 354-366.

Sikand, K., Slane, S., & Shukla, G. (2009). Intrinsic expression of host genes and introns miRNAs in prostate carcinoma cells. Cancer Cell International, 9: 21.

Rakos, R., Steyer, K., Skala, S., & Slane, S. (2008). Belief in free will: Measurement and conceptualization innovations. Behavior & Social Issues, 17, 22-30.

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Katharine Sroka, M.A.

Katharine graduated from the University of Toledo with her Bachelor’s degree in 2011, double majoring in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies.  She received her Master’s Degree and Psychology Specialist degree from Cleveland State University in 2015.  She is a licensed school psychologist and has worked in preschool, elementary, and high school settings within the Cleveland area for the past four years.  She has experience in crisis response, coordinating academic and behavioral interventions for at-risk youth, and completing comprehensive psychological evaluations. She is enthusiastic about having the opportunity to provide instruction at her alma mater.


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Eman Tadros, M.S.

Eman Tadros is a Ph.D. Student at The University of Akron’s Counselor Education & Supervision: Marriage and Family Counseling/ Therapy program. Eman is an Part-time Instructor at Cleveland State University as well as an online instructor at Middlesex County College. Eman’s primary research interests are the parent/child relationship, incarceration, and multiculturalism. Eman has recently published in multiple scholarly journals such as Family Journal, International Journal of Social Science Studies, and International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Additionally, Eman is a marriage and family therapist who has clinical experience in incarcerated, inpatient hospital, clinical mental health, school, and private practice settings.

Eman has also been acknowledged for her work as she won The New York Knick’s The Community Playmaker Award and has won the Doctoral Student of the Year award. She hopes she will be able to contribute to Cleveland State University by conducting research that will promote the awareness and utilizations of systemic treatments as well as teach courses that enhance mental health counseling skills. Eman is in pursuit of a position where she can become more involved in her field; therefore, she is honored to be teaching at Cleveland State University.

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 Samantha E. Tuft, Ph.D.
Samantha Tuft, Ph.D.

Dr. Tuft graduated from the Ph.D. program in Adult Development and Aging at Cleveland State University in May 2018.  Dr. Tuft's research focuses on both basic and applied research in how attention might affect spoken language perception and memory, second language acquisition and attention to emotional words, foreign-accented speech perception, attention to emotional words across the adult lifespan, and password security.

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Brian Woodside, Ph.D.

B.A., University of Akron, 1995
Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences/Neuroscience, Kent State University, 2002

My research interests concern synaptic plasticity and its role in learning and memory processes. Although my major focus is on teaching, I am developing protocols for two research projects. The first is a virtual reality replication of a study on memory and context, and the second deals with evoked potential enhancement resulting from intense practice of a serial pattern task.


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