Program Alumni Testimonials

Deniz Canel Cinarbas, Ph.D., 2008
Deniz Canel Cinarbas is an assistant professor at the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada. She was born in Turkey. She received her bachelor’s degree from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. She obtained her master’s degree in clinical psychology and Ph.D. degree in counseling psychology from Ball State University, Indiana, U.S.A. She is interested in cross-cultural psychopathology, Turkish indigenous healing methods and multicultural counseling. Dr. Canel-Çýnarbaþ conducted research projects on intergroup anxiety and intergroup contact, cross-cultural construct equivalence of depression, anxiety and somatization, bias and translation in cross-cultural research, and racial microaggressions.

Chris Newton, Ph.D., 2008
"I am working as a case manager through a state mandated position (i.e. a "state job") at a facility for individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses (e.g. schizophrenia). I am also working as an adjunct lecturer at the Univ. of Wisconsin-LaCrosse psychology department. This is the same department where my wife (also a BSU doc graduate-EDPSY, not CPSY) works full time as a professor. I have taught this undergraduate course as an adjunct since Jan 2009 (one class Spring 2009 Term; and one class currently), and I have been asked to teach again in the Spring of '10. There is a possibility of teaching 2 courses in the Spring of '10. Lastly, I recently completed my post-doctoral hours so I am now eligible to sit for the EPPP. As I recently bought the study materials, I will begin studying for this soon."

Jui Shankar, Ph.D., 2007
"I have been working with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) since January 2008 as a mental health supervisor. I worked in the eastern State of Manipur, in India, at an integrated HIV/TB and basic health care project. I developed the project's mental health, and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) program.

Currently, I am working at an MSF project in Lae, Papua New Guinea. The project focuses on providing medical and psychosocial care to survivors of domestic and sexual violence."

Marci Barton, Ph.D., 2006
“I worked from 2001-2006 as the Director of the Cancer Patient Support Program at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia. I am now a stay at home mom to two beautiful daughters.”

Stacy Blankenbuehler, Ph.D., 2006
"After completing my internship at the Northwest Ohio Consortium, I accepted a position as a Psychology assistant at Children’s Safe Harbor, a subsidiary of Harbor Behavioral Healthcare, which was part of the consortium. Soon after becoming independently licensed as a psychologist, I accepted a position as a child psychologist at Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana. I specialize in working with children and adolescents, particularly young children, and in identifying children who have Pervasive Developmental Disorders."

Rosalyn D. Davis, Ph.D., 2006
"I am currently a staff psychologist working at a college counseling center. In that role, I split time between individual and couple's therapy, training of graduate students, doing outreach, diversity training and running therapy groups."

Georgios K. Lampropoulous, Ph.D., 2006
Georgios K. Lampropoulos is an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Florida State University, where he teaches in the M.S./Ed.S. Program in Mental Health Counseling and the Combined Ph.D. Program in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology. He is coordinator of the M.S./Ed.S. Program in Mental Health Counseling. His professional and research interests include the use of homework in psychotherapy, counseling process and outcome, eclecticism and psychotherapy integration, counselor training and development, and the scientist-practitioner model. He has over 30 publications on various psychotherapy topics, and serves on the editorial board of the journal “Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training.”

Angela Schaffner, Ph.D., 2005
"I did my pre-doc internship at Emory University counseling center and then a post-doc at Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders, an intensive outpatient treatment center where I'm now on staff and have been for the past 4 years. I do individual and group therapy and conduct outcome research."

Larra Petersen, Ph.D., 2004
Larra Petersen, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist at the Nebraska Medical Center in the Dept. of Psychology. She recently completed a specialized fellowship at Mayo Clinic in health psychology with an emphasis on chronic health conditions. Dr. Petersen has an interest in chronic disease self-management and health behavior change. She has worked with clinical populations and has research interests in areas of transplant, oncology, renal disease, obesity, diabetes, and cardiac conditions. She also has ongoing research in effectiveness of motivational strategies for health behavior change, adjustment to medical diagnosis; patient-provider communication after diagnosis; preventative health behaviors with individuals at risk for breast cancer; exercise self efficacy with advanced stage cancer patients; medical decision making processes for cancer patients; and projects related to smoking cessation and weight management. Her most recent publications focus in the areas of adjustment and quality of life after diagnosis, impact of social support on adjustment to chronic illness, chronic illness self-management, and patient-provider communications. She has recently been involved in program development projects which improve chronic illness self management and use of motivational interviewing strategies through the The Nebraska Medical Center.

Marci Barton, Ph.D., 2001
"I worked from 2001-2006 as the Director of the Cancer Patient Support Program at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia. I am now a stay at home mom to two beautiful daughters."

Misty Hook, Ph.D., 2000
After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Hook was an assistant professor of psychology at Texas Woman’s University for 5 years where she taught both undergraduate and graduate students. Following her time at TWU, she built a successful full time private practice in which she sees families, couples and individuals. She is active in professional organizations, serving as co-chair of the Mothering Caucus within the Association for Women in Psychology. In addition to her counseling and organizational work, Dr. Hook writes essays for a Popular Psychology book series, published a textbook chapter on working with families dealing with addiction, and is an adjunct professor for Southern Methodist University where she teaches graduate courses in family therapy.

Naijian Zhang, Ph.D., 1999
Professor/Acting Chair and licensed psychologist, Naijian Zhang received his doctoral degree in 1999. Currently he teaches graduate courses in counseling and student affairs in the Department of Counselor Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include cross-cultural counseling, race and gender difference, acculturation, personality, college student development, and racial identity. He frequently publishes articles and books and presents at national and international conferences.

Tony Naidoo, Ph.D., 1993
“After completion of my doctorate, I was director of the Institute for Counseling at the University of the Western Cape and was involved in the development of the first credentialed counseling training program at this historically black university in South Africa. In 2000 I took up an academic position of full professor in Community Psychology at Stellenbosch University where I am now departmental chair. We have another Ball State Counseling Psychology graduate, Ashraf Kagee, as full professor on our staff. Ashraf and I have hosted Counseling Psychology graduate students from BSU in our department. We have also recently contributed a chapter to Larry [Gerstein's] International Handbook for Cross-cultural Counseling.”

Pamela Streicher, Ph.D., 1993
"I am a Licensed Psychologist in PA and NJ. I have owned my own successful practice since 1999. I am on staff at my local hospital, am a frequent speaker for civic, community, and private organizations. I am a leader in the business community here in Doylestown, PA."

Kelsey Backels, Ph.D., 1992
[Kelsey did a] pre-doctoral internship at [the] University of Virginia Counseling Center (1991-92); [was] appointed as Associate Professor/Counseling Psychologist in Department of Counseling and Human Development at Millersville University (1992-present); [was] appointed Department Chair and Director of Center of Counseling and Human Development (2001-present); [and was] promoted to Full Professor [in] 2007.

Ari Gleckman, Ph.D., 1992
"It is so very difficult to believe that it has been 17 years. Although I still believe to this day that my true "calling" was for teaching and mentoring, and although I loved this work while at BSU and continue to stay involved with professional training, my life took me down the practitioner pathway. My first position as a post-doctoral fellow allowed me to work under an NIMH grant and develop a wonderful knowledgebase for working with those with serious mental illnesses. I was directly involved in the "deinstitutionalization" of Connecticut's state mental hospitals and learned a great deal during that time. Furthermore, it was during this period of time that I was afforded the opportunity to attend a two week DBT training under the guidance of Marsha Linehan.....again.....a life changing and career impacting experience. From here I entered the world of medical/rehabilitation/behavioral medicine psychology and I never looked back. My career has provided me with numerous opportunities to work within multidisciplinary treatment models in an attempt to treat those with head injuries, spinal cord injuries, coma, chronic pain, somatization, personality disorders, serious mental illness, bariatrics, and those with rare and/or life-threatening illnesses. My care has been both treatment oriented and palliative at times. I have had the great fortune of working with many talented and compassionate clinicians from many health care disciplines which has made my work as a psychologist that much more fulfilling. I have participated in several other initiatives during my career, including; research, working with the media, mentoring students from BSU, The University of Indianapolis, and Butler, teaching, providing workshops to the community, and volunteering with several not for profit agencies. The bottom line, BSU and its faculty are amongst the many people and systems that have saliently impacted my professional development in a positive direction and I thank them for it."

Steve Backels, Ph.D., 1991
"My responsibilities and titles have evolved throughout my time here, but in essence I have served as Director of Counseling at Penn State Harrisburg since completing my internship at the University of Virginia Counseling Center. I have helped get counseling programs off of the ground at two other Penn State campuses. I have also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Millersville University and am a member of the graduate faculty at Penn State Harrisburg."

Carol Hagans, Ph.D., 1991
“I interned at the University of Delaware Center for Counseling & Student Development; first professional job (ABD though) at Ohio University as a staff psychologist with a role of ¾ treatment and ¼ teaching annually; hired at Butler University as Associate Director and Training Director to secure first APA accreditation for the pre-doctoral psychology internship; tenure track faculty and Training Director at Western Michigan University charged with securing initial accreditation through APA for their internship; Director of the Student Counseling Center at Indiana State; Assistant Dean of Students in Student Affairs and Director of the Counseling & Consultation Services; and currently the Associate Provost for Student Academic Affairs in the Provost’s Office at Butler University. I have served as a Board Member (2 terms) for the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, presented nationally at conferences, serve as a consultant and speaker in my independent consulting venture (carolhagans.com).”

Gregory Bayer, Ph.D., 1987
"As chief executive officer for OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions, I oversee behavioral health and wellness clinical programs that are integrated with medical care to improve treatment results and lower medical costs. These programs include mental health and substance abuse full-care management, integrated employee assistance and work-life, disability solutions and consumer-driven behavioral health.

I joined United Health Group in 2005, after more than 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field. My career includes senior roles in business, clinical and network operations with industry-leading companies and health care institutions. I served as executive vice president of operations and president of the employer division for Magellan Health Services. I also held the position of senior vice president of clinical and network operations at Human Affairs International, a division of Aetna. Prior to serving at Human Affairs International, I was regional clinical director and Ohio area director with Merit Behavior Care.