David Bruner, Psy.D. Elliott Jardin, M.A. Kristen Nowak, Ed.S.
Maria Donaldson-Misener, Ph.D. Matthew Nordlund, Ph.D. Maria Rowlett, M.A.
Laura Gabel, M.A.    




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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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 for the 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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Laura Gabel, M.A.


Laura Gabel has been a part-time instructor in the School Psychology Program at Cleveland State University since 2008.  She is a school psychologist in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District where she works providing services to urban students.  Mrs. Gabel has trained hundreds of school psychologists in the National Association of School Psychologists PREPaRE school safety and crisis preparedness curriculum.  Mrs. Gabel has been active in professional organizations previously serving as president of the Cleveland Association of School Psychologists.  She has held many roles on the Ohio School Psychologists Association Executive Board, including Public Relations Chair, Regional Representative and most currently, Membership Chair.  Mrs. Gabel has received the Ohio School Psychologists Association Crisis Award, The Cleveland School Psychologist of the Year Award and The Ohio School Psychologist of the year award.  She has had many interns and practicum students from Cleveland State and Kent State Universities.  Mrs. Gabel is a passionate advocate and mentor for those school psychologists new to the field.   

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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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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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Kristen Nowak
Kristen Nowak

Kristen Nowak currently serves Summit County as a Student Services Coordinator through the Summit Educational Service Center (SESC).  In this administrative role, Kristen oversees student services and special education programs and staff (e.g., teachers, intervention specialists, school psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, etc), supervises the county-wide preschool special education program, and provides support and technical assistance to area school districts in Summit County, as well as throughout Northeast Ohio, in the domains of early childhood, child development, special programs, program development, and data analysis of student progress and achievement.  Kristen initially started out as a school psychologist, and her role in that capacity led her to the administrative world.  Data-based decision-making, problem solving skills, and daily practices are grounded in her foundation as a school psychologist.

Kristen received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology from Ashland University and obtained her Master's of Education (M.Ed.) and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees in School Psychology from Kent State University.  She went back to complete my administrative coursework through Ashland University. 

Outside of SESC and CSU, Kristen enjoys gardening and designing her house.  She loves fashion and vintage/antique items/collectibles.  She is quite active and engages in a variety of activities from hiking, cycling, circuit training, and kickboxing to name a few.  As a native Clevelander, she loves the Tribe, Cavs, and Browns!

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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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