Psychology Faculty

Dr. Melissa Fortner
  • Dr. Melissa Fortner
  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University, 2004
    M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University, 2000
    B.A., Psychology and Philosophy, Transylvania University, 1996
Dr. Mark Jackson
  • Dr. Mark Jackson
  • Associate Professor of Psychology and Program Director
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1999
    M.A., University of Kentucky, 1996
    B.A., University of Memphis, 1993
Dr. Bethany Jurs
  • Dr. Bethany Jurs
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, Indiana University, 2009
    B.A., Psychology, Purdue University, 2004
Dr. Iva Katzarska-Miller
  • Dr. Iva Katzarska-Miller
  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2009
    M.A., University of Kansas, 2005
    B.A., University of Kansas, 2003
Martha Meehan
Dr. Margaret Upchurch
  • Dr. Margaret Upchurch
  • Professor of Psychology;
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1984
    B.S., Michigan State University, 1977
Dr. Todd Van Denburg
  • Dr. Todd Van Denburg
  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1988
    M.A., Experimental Psychology, Hollins College, 1983
    B.A., Psychology and Philosophy, Drury College, 1982
Interpersonal assessment, diagnosis, and psychotherapy
Adult attachment processes
Culture (global citizenship)
Stereotyping and prejudice (self-stereotyping)
Social comparison
Negative social emotions (e.g., humiliation, shame, envy, Schadenfreude)
Status-based privilege and power (e.g., based on gender, race, and class) as an organizing feature of identity development and relationship functioning
Feminist analysis of family relationships National Council on Family Relations: member of the Feminism and Family Studies section and the Race and Ethnicity section
The neural correlates of learning, specifically as it relates to visual stimuli
How fingerprint examiners adapt to the visual demands of their jobs
Possible drug treatments for cognitive changes during normal aging
Neurodegenerative disorders and drug treatments