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Nick Jackson, PhD
Department Chair
135 Martin Hall, Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.6227
fax: 509.359.4366

Faculty & Staff

  • Nick Jackson, Ph.D.
    Nick Jackson, Ph.D.
    Department Chair/Professor
    228 Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.4302
    Fax: 509.359.4366

    Degrees Earned

    • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Concentration in Gerontology, The University of Kansas (1994)

    • Master of Science Human Development; The University of Kansas (1991)
    • Bachelor of Arts, Classical Antiquity University of Kansas (1988)

    Research Interests

    • Applied Behavior Analysis of development
    • Life-span Development
    • Adult Development
    • Theories of Development
    • Educational Psychology
    • Adult Learning

    About me

  • Lynn Burks-Herres
    Lynn Burks-Herres
    Secretary Senior
    135M Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2478
    Fax: 509.359.4366
  • Melody Marlow
    Melody Marlow
    Program Coordinator
    151D Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7439
    Fax: 509.359.4366
  • Maria Szep
    Maria Szep
    Program Support Supervisor
    135N Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6886
    Fax: 509.359.4366
  • Dennis Anderson, M. S.
    Dennis Anderson, M. S.
    M.S. in Psychology Director, Senior Lecturer
    151J Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2087
    Fax: 509.359.4366
    MS - 1982, Psychology, Eastern Washington University 
    BA - 1975, Psychology, Gonzaga University

    Areas of Professional Focus:
    Cognitive & Behavior Therapy; Individual and Couples Counseling; Stress and Coping; Behavioral Medicine

    Areas of Academic Focus:
    Abnormal Psychology; Theories of Personality; Stress and Coping; Psychology of Intimate Relationships

    Work Experiences:
    9 years - Mental health therapist in private practice
    1 year - Behavioral Health Consultant - Spokane Falls Family Clinic
    3 years - Clinical Specialist - Deaconess Medical Center
    6 years - Behavior Therapist - St. Luke's Rehabilitation Center
    5 years - Behavioral Therapist - Sacred Heart Medical Center
    3 years - Behavioral Therapist - Medical Psychology Associates
    5 years - Specialist in Behavioral Medicine - Group Health Northwest 

  • Jonathan W. Anderson, Ph.D.
    Jonathan W. Anderson, Ph.D.
    Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology
    135 Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6707
    Fax: 509.359.4366


    • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Emphasis in Neuropsychology, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington,  2005
    • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Seattle Pacific University, 2000 

    Licensures and Certifications

    • Licensed Clincal Psychologist (Washington)

    Research Interests

    Cognitive Psychology, Time Estimation

    (Dr. Anderson is not taking new Thesis students at this time)

    About me

    Family first, everything else second.

  • Alan Basham
    Alan Basham
    Senior Lecturer
    135 Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7879
    Fax: 509.359.4366

    Degrees Earned

    • Counselor Education Studies
      • University of Washington (1993)
      • ABD
    • Marriage Family and Child Counseling
      • Biola University (1977)
      • Master of Arts (M.A.)
    • Psychology
      • Biola University (1975)
      • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

    Research Interests

    • Integration of spirituality into the counseling process
    • Existential issues and the construction of belief


    • Backpacking and wilderness photography
    • Exploring my Cherokee heritage
    • Writing (first allegorical novel completed)
    • Maintaining a quiet, reflective way of life
  • Jamie Chaffin, Ed.D.
    Jamie Chaffin, Ed.D.
    Assistant Professor - Director, School Psychology Respecialization Program (EdS)
    151J Martin Hall
    Phone: 509-359-4736
    Fax: 509.359.4366

    Degrees Earned:

    • Ed.D., University of Idaho, 2013 

    Research Interests:

    • Effective Practices in School Psychology Respecialization Training
    • Educational Leadership in Special Education
    • Behavior Intervention Planning and Programming
    • High School Transitional Services
    • Multi-tiered Systems of Supports in Secondary Schools

     Licensures and Certifications:

    • Nationally Certified School Psychologist
    • Licensed Professional Counselor (Idaho)
    • Program Administrator Certification (Washington)
    • Special Education Director Certification (Idaho)
    • School Counseling Certification (Idaho and Washington)
    • Special Education Certification (Idaho and Washington)
    • Psychology Certification (Idaho)

    About Me:

    I am the Director of Eastern Washington University’s Ed.S. in School Psychology Respecialization Program. The program is a cohort-based hybrid model that is delivered through Eastern Online’s Canvas System and is NASP aligned.  I continue to work with local school districts as a school psychologist while directing the School Psychology Respecialization Program. Please review the program website at:


  • Charalambos C. Cleanthous, Ph.D.
    Charalambos C. Cleanthous, Ph.D.
    114B Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2816
    Fax: 509.359.4366

    Degrees Earned

    • Developmental and Child Psychology

      • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
      • The University of Kansas (1996)
    • Clinical Psychology
      • Master of Science (MS.)
      • Fort Hayes State University (1984)
    • Behavioral Science
      • Bachelor of Arts (BA.)
      • Sterling College (1981)

    Research Interests

    • Applied Behavior Analysis of development
    • Risky behavior across the lifespan
    • Human factors with particular interest in aviation
    • Family systems
    • Behavioral dynamics theory
    • Philosophy of science
    • History and systems of psychology
  • Shanna Davis, Ph.D.
    Shanna Davis, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    135G Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.4630
    Fax: 509.359.4366


    Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2002

    B.A., University of Colorado at Denver, 1995

    Areas of Specialization:

    Early Childhood Assessment and Intervention, Assessment of Functional Academic and Behavioral Skills, Instructional Coaching and Consultation

    Research Areas:

    Development of academic and social-emotional skills in early childhood environments, Assessment, Instructional coaching, Supervision

  • Dr. Amani El-Alayli
    Dr. Amani El-Alayli
    151G Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7088
    Fax: 509.359.4366


    PhD, Michigan State University, 2002

    MA, Michigan State University, 2000

    BA, University of Michigan, Dearborn, 1996

    Areas of Specialization:

    Social and Personality Psychology

    Areas of Research:
    Self-perception biases, stereotyping and discrimination

  • Raphael Guillory, Ph.D.
    Raphael Guillory, Ph.D.
    135F Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2274
    Fax: 509.359.4366


    2002 Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.

     Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education

     Dissertation Topic:  Factors Related To Native American Students' Persistence In Higher Education:  A Comparative Analysis of Student and State and University Officials' Perceptions.

     Dissertation Chair:  Dr. Mimi Wolverton, Retired Professor of Higher Education

    1999 Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.

     Master's Degree in Education: emphasis in Counseling Psychology

    1994 Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington.

     Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.

    1991 Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, Washington.

     Associate of Art's Degree.


  • Heidi Hillman
    Heidi Hillman
    Assistant Professor
    141E Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6864
    Fax: 509.359.4366
  • Keely Hope, Ph.D.
    Keely Hope, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor - Director, Counselor Education (Mental Health Counseling MS and School Counseling MS)
    141A Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2439
    Fax: 509.359.4366


    • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Mental Health Counseling Concentration. University of Florida (2009).
    • Master of Science in Counselor Education, Community Counseling Emphasis. Mississippi State University (2003).
    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Louisiana State University (2000).

    Licensures and Certifications

    • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Washington and Florida)
    • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (Ohio)

    Research Interests

    • Mental Health Counseling, Education and Supervision
    • Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
    • Disaster Mental Health Response and Training
    • College student development and mental health disorders
    • College students and peer attachment relationships
    • Reasons to Live
    • Attachment relationship and importance across the lifespan
    • Exercise and mental health
    • Neuroscience applications in counseling

    About me

    Since coming to EWU and Spokane, I have become a runner.  I have always loved to travel and listen to music, so now... if there is a race I can travel to and hear a band on the same trip  - that's pretty much something I will do.  I enjoy trying new things and will always be open to hearing about new music.

  • Dr. Kayleen Islam-Zwart
    Dr. Kayleen Islam-Zwart
    151E Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2380
    Fax: 509.359.4366


    PhD, Idaho State University, 2001

    MS, Idaho State University, 1998 

    BS, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1996

    Areas of Specialization:
    Clinical psychology, forensic psychology, and cognitive and neuropsychological evaluation

    Research Areas:
    Women in prison, adjustment to incarceration, forensic populations, cognitive and neuropsychological evaluation, alcohol expectancy and trauma history

  • Dr. Russell L. Kolts
    Dr. Russell L. Kolts
    249 Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6663
    Fax: 509.359.4366

    Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 1999 

    M.S., University of Mississippi, 1996

    B.S., Oklahoma State University

    Areas of Interest:

    Dr. Kolts current research and professional work is focused upon Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and the application of CFT in working with emotional difficulties, particularly anger and attachment disturbances.

  • Dr. Theresa J. Martin
    Dr. Theresa J. Martin
    141G Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2431
    Fax: 509.359.4366

    Ph.D. Psychology, Iowa State University 1993 

    M.S., Psychology, Iowa State University, 1988 

    B.A., Psychology, Iowa State University, 1983 

    Research Areas:

    Social Psychology-Classic theory areas; specific focus on social comparison
    Health Psychology-attitudes, perceptions
    Cross-Cultural Psychology-basic theory areas
    Human Sexuality- basic theory areas; specific focus on sexual orientation and gender

    Recent Studies:
    Friends with Benefits
    Digit Span Differential Study
    Baby Momma, Baby Daddy
    Coming Out models
    Fooling Ourselves About Fooling Around

  • Dorie Munson, Ph.D.
    Dorie Munson, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    135J Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2530
    Fax: 509.359.4366

    Degrees Earned

    • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

    Research Interests

  • Geshe Phelgye
    Geshe Phelgye
    135 Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6147
    Fax: 509.359.4366
  • Dr. Susan Ruby
    Dr. Susan Ruby
    Professor - Director of School Psychology Program
    135L Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6050
    Fax: 509.359.4366

    Hello!  I am the Director of Eastern Washington University's specialist level School Psychology Program.  The program has been approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (see and involves three years of full time study and field experiences.  I received my B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1990 and M.S. and Ed.S. degrees from the College of William and Mary in 1993/1994.  I worked as a school psychologist in Virginia, Texas, Hawaii, and California before returning to school to obtain my Ph.D. in Education with specialization in School Psychology in 2005 at the University of California, Riverside. My family relocated to the northwest to enjoy being close to family in Montana, and I initially worked as a school psychologist in Coeur d'Alene, ID, before coming to Eastern Washington University.

    My research interests involve practices associated with Multi-tiered Systems of Support and development and delivery of academic and social-behavioral interventions for students at-risk in PreK-12 settings. 

    I am currently serving as half-time Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Letters & Education

    I teach in both the Residential (on campus) Ed.S. School Psychology Program and in the Respecialization Ed.S. School Psychology Online Program.  I teach:

     PSYC 533 Single Case Design and Program Evaluation,

    PSYC 526 Academic Assessment for School Psychologists,

    PSYC 560 School Psychology Consultation, and

    PSYC 523 Multi-tiered Systems of Support

    I also teach Continuing Education Courses:

    I am also active in the Washington State Association of School Psychologists:

    For more information about becoming certified as a school psychologist in the state of Washington, see the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's website at: 



  • Rebecca Rudd, Ph.D.
    Rebecca Rudd, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    141C Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2070
    Fax: 509.359.4366

    Degrees Earned:

    • Ph.D. Counseling and Educational Psychology, emphasis in counselor education and supervision - University of Nevada, Reno 2010     
    •  M.A. Counseling and Educational Psychology, emphasis in Marriage and Family therapy - University of Nevada, Reno 2005      
    • B.S. Applied Developmental Psychology - Eastern Washington University, 2003  

    Licenses & Professional Certifications:     

    • Licensed Mental Health Counselor     
    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist      
    • Registered Play Therapy - Supervisor  
    • National Certified Counselor  

    Research Interests:  

    • Parental Bereavement       
    • Play Therapy
    • Counseling Skills
    • Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Parent Training

    About Me:

    I have over nine years of clinical experience working in a variety of mental health settings: private practice, schools, college campus, for-profit agencies and community mental health settings. My clinical area of interest includes play therapy and mental health counseling. I have been a long-time advocate for play therapy and has served as a board member and President for both the Washington and Nevada Association for Play Therapy.  I maintains a strong line of research on parental bereavement due to a sudden and unexpected death. I have presented on parental bereavement and play therapy at universities, agencies, regional and national conferences. I am a native Washingtonian and has lived in several cities across the state. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my two beautiful children, gardening and engaging in creative activities such as painting, scrap booking or writing.

  • Jillene Seiver, Ph.D.
    Jillene Seiver, Ph.D.
    Visiting Assistant Professor-Bellevue
    House 1 Bellevue Campus
    Phone: 425-564-5100


    Ph.D., Cogntive Psychology, Empahsis in memory and language, University of New Mexico, 1995

    M.A.,Psychology, California State University, Sacramento, 1990

    B.A., Psychology, University of California, 1988

    Research Interests

    • Memory - incidental learning; levels of processing
    • Language: cognitive benefits/deficits of bilingual processing
    • Effective teaching strategies
    • Optimisim and religiosity and political orientation

    About me

    I am at the Bellevue campus.  Students are the main focus of my work, and I enjoy advising and leading students in directed studies and as research assistants (after they've completed all of the required core courses). I'm very enthusiastic about student success, and am always happy to chat with students about their goals and how to achieve them. 

  • Danielle Sitzman, Ph.D.
    Danielle Sitzman, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    151H Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2000
    Fax: 509.359.4366

    Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, Colorado State University, 2013
    M.S., Cognitive Psychology, Colorado State University, 2011
    B.A., Psychology, Alfred University, 2007

    Areas of Specialization:
    Cognitive Psychology, Human Memory

    Areas of Research:
    Metamemory, Enhancing Memory, Feedback & Memory, Classroom application of memory research

  • Paul Spurgeon
    Paul Spurgeon
    Senior Lecturer
    135 Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.4499
    Fax: 509.359.4366
  • Kurt Stellwagen, Ph.D.
    Kurt Stellwagen, Ph.D.
    153E Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7038
    Fax: 509.359.4366


    • Ph.D., School Psychology., Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006 
    • Doctoral internship in clinical psychology, University of Tennessee College of Medicine (training rotations: school mental health clinic, couples counseling, pediatric neuropsychology).
    • M.Ed.School Counseling., Northeastern University,1992
    • B.A., Univ. of Massachusetts, 1985

    Areas of Research Specialization:

    • Childhood Aggression and Victimization 
    • Mechanisms Linking Trauma and Developmental Psychopathology
    • Psychopathy in Youth
    • Mechanisms Linking Social Intelligence to Antisocial Behavior.

    About Me:

    As a developmental psychopathologist, I focus on the many cascading risk factors (e.g., biogenetic, cognitive, familial, social) that contribute to the development of psychopathology.  On the other hand, I place equal importance of the examination of resiliency: that is, why do some individuals manage to thrive in life despite being exposed to a multitude of serious risk factors?

    I have scheduled office hours but I also leave my office door open over 50% of the time I am at EWU.  Any and all students are free to drop in and chat-about any topic-anytime my door is open.  

    Outside of work I enjoy fencing (my #1 passion), any type of skiing, hiking, biking, and walking my two blue heelers. 

  • Karrie Swan Ph.D
    Karrie Swan Ph.D
    Assistant Professor
    141D Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6880
    Fax: 509.359.4366

    Degrees Earned:

    • Ph.D. Counseling, University of North Texas, 2011
    • M.Ed Counseling, emphasis in School Counseling - University of North Texas, 2006      
    • B.S. Philosophy, Politics, & Economics- Eastern Oregon University, 2000  

    Licenses & Professional Certifications:     

    • Licensed Professional Counselor
    • Certified School Counselor (K-12)    
    • Certified Animal Assisted Therapist
    • Certified Special Education Teacher

    Research Interests:  

    • Play Therapy
    • Teacher-Child Relationship
    • Dream Therapy
    • Training School Counselors

    About Me:

    I have over 10 years of experience in schools, treatment centers, and private practice. My primary passion and research interest is play therapy and how play therapy can be utilized in school settings. In my spare time, I enjoy running, antiquing, and spending time with my family. 

  • Jessica Urschel
    Jessica Urschel
    Visiting Assistant Professor
    EWU at Bellevue
    Phone: 425.564.5103

    PhD, Western Michigan University, 2015

    MA, Western Michigan University, 2009

    BA, Indiana University, South Bend, 2007

    Areas of Specialization:
    Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Behavior Analysis

    Research Areas:
    Experimental design, experimental analyses of goals and feedback, applied performance management projects

  • Elizabeth Willis, M.S., Ed.S, NCSP
    Elizabeth Willis, M.S., Ed.S, NCSP
    135 Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6227
    Fax: 509.359.4366

    -Bachelors in Psychology from Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
    -M.S. in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology from University College London, UK
    -Ed.S in School Psychology from Seattle University  

    -I have been a practicing school psychology for 11 years, 3 years in Coeur d'alene, Idaho and the rest in Spokane, WA (Central Valley School District). I did my internship in Spokane Public Schools based primarily in alternative schools and programs for students with behavioral disorders.
    -I am a member of WSASP (Wa state assoc of school psychology) and NASP (national association)
    -I am a member of the EWU PEAB  

    -Interests include: developmental psychology, social-behavioral disorders and assessment, and supervision of graduate students.  

    I grew up in Spokane and am happy to live here near my family with my husband. I am so excited to be part of EWU and School Psychology program!

  • Philip Watkins, Ph.D.
    Philip Watkins, Ph.D.
    255C Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6174
    Fax: 509.359.4366

    Degrees Earned:

    • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (emphasis adult psychopathology), Louisiana State University, 1990
    • M.A., Psychology, Louisiana State University, 1987
    • B.S., Psychology,  University of Oregon, 1980

    Professional Associations:

    • Association of Psychological Science
    • Society of Personality and Social Psychology
    • Western Psychological Association
    • Western Positive Psychology Association

    Research Interests:

    • Gratitude:
    • How gratitude enhances happiness and well-being
    • Relationship of gratitude and humility
    • Relationship of gratitude and spirituality

    About Me:

    I love being outside, I love a good wine, and I love my Ducks!

  • Dr. William (Bill) Williams
    Dr. William (Bill) Williams
    237 Martin Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7946
    Fax: 509.359.4366

    PhD - 1973, Experimental Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
    MS - 1966, Psychology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash.
    BA - 1965, Psychology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash.

    Awards & Honors:
    National Re-Design Scholar, NCAT, 2007 - 2008
    Century Tel Teaching Award, 2005
    Jeffers Chertok Dean's Honor Award, 2005
    Edmund J. Yarwood Dean's Honor Faculty, 2006
    Edmund J. Yarwood Dean's Honor Faculty, 2002
    Edmund J. Yarwood  Dean's Honor Faculty, 2000

    Areas of Interest:
    Human psychophysiology with and emphasis on emotion, attention and the psychophysiology of personality and personality disorders

    Professional Organizations:
    The Society for Psychophysiological Research


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