Teresa Andreani, M.A. James Jordan, M.A. Jaime Shuster, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Benninger, Ph.D. Stephanie Miller, M.A. Stephen Slane, Ph.D.
William Carter, M.A. Mira Narouze, M.A. Samantha Tuft, Ph.D.
Sammie L Davis-Dyson, M.Ed., Ed.S. Kristi Ninnemann, MA, MPH Stephanie Henley-Weigel, Ph.D.
Amie J. Dunstan, MA, MSW, LSW, CDCA, CCTP Kristen Nowak, Ed.S. Joshua Wilt, Ph.D.
Raghavan Gopalakrishnan Ph.D. MBA David Paulik, M.A. Brittany Wishart, M.A.
Alan Ho, Ph.D. Maria Rowlett, M.A. Kevin Young, Ph.D.
Amanda MacNeil, M.A. Sabrina Scott, M.A.  





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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Portrait of Dr. Elizabeth Benninger

Elizabeth Benninger, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Benninger is a part-time psychology instructor at Cleveland State University and a postdoctoral scholar at Case Western Reserve University’s school of medicine in Cleveland, OH.  She completed her M.A. in Psychology with a specialization in Community Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles and her doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. Trained as a community, clinical and social psychologist, her research contributions are focused on promoting individual and community health and wellness through innovative and collaborative research designs and approaches. Within this focus, her research specifically addresses health inequities that connect to community need and which are inclusive of diverse populations.  In addition to her role as a researcher and instructor, Dr. Benninger has been involved in a number of community health initiatives. This includes providing psychoeducational groups in the school and after-school sector, teacher and youth-care worker trainings related to child mental health, spearheading a coalition for children who live and work on the street, providing entrepreneurial support for youth in Cleveland’s high schools, and the developing an after-school health promoting surfing program led by community youth.  


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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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Portrait of Ms. Davis-Dyson

Sammie L Davis-Dyson, M.Ed., Ed.S.

Ed. D.     Studies begun Fall 2017, Liberty University, (Community Care & Pastoral Counseling), expect completion in Spring 2022
(ABD)     Cleveland State University, 2002:  class work completed for Ph.D. in Counseling, dissertation not completed
Ed. S.      Cleveland State University, 1998:  Education Specialist degree in Psychometrics
M.Ed.    Cleveland State University, 1995:  Master of Education in Community Agency Counseling
B.A.    Oberlin College, 1991:  Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Religion

Professional Experience

  • Cleveland State University, Part-time Intructor for Research Methods PSY312
  • Cleveland State University, Part-time Intructor for Introduction to Psychology PSY 101, & Research Lab PSY 412
  • Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Social Sciences, Lorain County Community College (Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth & Development, Child Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology
  • Assistant Professor of Counseling/Tenure Track, Associate of Arts degree program
  • Assistant Professor of Counseling/Tenure Track, Focus on Retention, Lorain County Community College
  • Assistant Professor and teacher of “Creating Strategies for College Success”
  • Supervised internship for Master’s degree student at Cleveland State University, employed by Early College High School, (Jenifer Johnson)
  • Coordinator of Special Advising, Student Academic Services, Oberlin College
  • Teacher in the Oberlin College Experimental College (EXCO) program on various topics related to the Bible 

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Portrait of Ms. Amie Dunstan
Amie J. Dunstan, MA, MSW, LSW, CDCA, CCTP

Amie Dunstan practices as a dual-diagnosis counselor, working with teenagers and adults at community mental health agency. Some of her responsibilities as a counselor include completing diagnostic assessments with adults seeking outpatient mental health treatment and/or substance use treatment to determine diagnosis, identify client needs and associated services. She is also trained in and practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy. Amie is the head of her agency's cultural diversity and competency program and facilitates a Juvenile Drug Court psychoeducation group on a weekly basis.

She teaches a variety of psychology courses including General Psychology, Lifespan Development, Child Development, Aging & Adulthood, Adolescent Psychology, and Psychology of Adulthood at multiple programs including Lorain County Community College and Cleveland State University. 

Amie obtained a Master's degree in Consumer/Industrial Research Psychology and a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work, and a Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate at Cleveland State University.  She is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified clinical trauma professional.

Amie is broadly interested in studying issues related to trauma, gender and sexual orientation.

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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, 200

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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Alan Ho
Alan Ho, Ph.D.

Teaching Philosophy: The purpose of higher education should not solely be to obtain a job, but should also be about self-betterment and personal growth. I want students to have the intellectual curiosity to not only learn the course material, but to also motive and challenge those around them to keep exploring, analyzing, and evaluating intellectual ideas. Education is the ticket to autonomy; education helps people make informed decisions about their personal lives and gives confidence to people to challenge the status quo. Thus, students should take ownership of their educational journey and embrace the challenges which they will face. When faced with challenges, students should not let it define who they are but should take something away from it which will make them more resilient and a better person. I will use my education and my experiences as a student to foster an environment that will allow you to thrive in your educational journey. 

Teaching:  This will be my sixth year teaching undergraduate courses in psychology at Cleveland State University. I teach all levels of psychology courses from Introduction to Psychology to 400 level courses. Teaching is a rewarding and exciting job. It is always a tremendous feeling when students come back years later and tell me how they remember my stories from class and how they learned from these stories. To be a part of someone else's success and happiness, no matter how small a part I played, is a great feeling. 

Personal: Besides my love for teaching, I enjoy rooting for my Pittsburgh sports teams. Growing up in Pittsburgh, I do bleed Black and Gold. However, I do love the city of Cleveland. I enjoy trying out new recipes, new foods, and thoroughly love the restaurants Cleveland has to offer. Cleveland is truly a diverse culinary delight!

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Portrait of James Jordan
James Jordan, M.A.

Mr. Jordan’s primary focus is teaching. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Youngstown State University and completed his graduate studies in psychology at Ball State University. Mr. Jordan’s research interest is in mental illness in individuals with intellectual disabilities. He also has over 30 years of clinical experience in this field. Mr. Jordan enjoys teaching a wide variety of Psychology courses including Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Human Sexuality, Careers in Psychology, Quantitative Methods in Psychology, and Research Methods. Mr. Jordan has taught Clinical Assessment and Research Methods in the Graduate Counseling Program at John Carroll University and teaches a variety of courses at Lorain County Community College where he has been a professor for 30 years.

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Portrait of Ms. Amanda MacNeil

Amanda MacNeil, M.A.


Ph.D., Psychology, Cleveland State University, Expected 2023
M.A., Psychology, Cleveland State University, 2021
B.S., Psychology, Gannon University, 2014

Brief Bio:

Amanda MacNeil received her B.S. in Psychology from Gannon University (Erie, PA) in 2018. Upon graduation, Amanda moved to Cleveland to start in the Adult Development and Aging Ph.D. program, a joint program between Cleveland State University and the University of Akron. Currently, Amanda is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the program. Amanda is passionate about dementia and family caregiving research as well as other issues surrounding the population of older adults. She is a member of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging Young Professional Council.

Research Interests:  

Amanda’s research focuses on understanding the illness experience of individuals with dementia, namely how this population copes and manages with the cluster of symptoms that presents in dementia. Specifically, Amanda is passionate about the inclusion of individuals with dementia in the research process and using self-reported data and measures that address the individual’s perceptions of their illness. The goal of Amanda’s research is to paint a holistic picture of what it is like to live with dementia from the individual’s perspective so that we may move forward in alleviating negative experiences (i.e., depressive symptoms) and bolster positive experience (i.e., quality of life) through interventions for this population. Amanda is specifically interested in understanding sense of self in individuals with dementia and special populations including veterans with dementia.

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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. She has been a part-time instructor at CSU for 8 years. 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). Mrs. Miller currently lives in Colorado with her two children, her husband and two goldendoodles.  

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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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Portrait of Kristi Ninnemann
Kristi Ninnemann, MA, MPH

Kristi Ninnemann is a part-time psychology instructor at Cleveland State University. She is a Ph.D. Candidate at Case Western Reserve University and works as a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry of a local hospital system. In 1999, Kristi earned a master’s degree in Community Counseling. She worked as a mental health practitioner from 1997-2008, specializing in diagnostic and ER-based crisis assessment. Kristi has specialized training and experience in forensic psychology, and she has worked as a Critical Incident Response Team member trained to conduct hostage negotiations and debriefings. Out of a desire to broaden her impact on the care and treatment of persons with mental illness, Kristi returned to graduate school in 2008. She graduated in 2014 with a Master of Public Health from CWRU. She will soon graduate with a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology. Her dissertation research explores how prior and immediate experiences with psychiatry, psychiatric paradigms, and cultural representations of psychiatry and its treatments intersect and shape the experiences of individuals currently receiving electroconvulsive therapy. In all of her work, she strives to understand patient-identified micro and macro-level factors impacting psychiatric illness and care outcomes, working to elevate the voices, experiences, and priorities of those with mental illness.  Kristi has taught courses and lectured at numerous institutions and is passionate about sharing the complexities and nuances of psychiatric illness, disease, healing, and care with others.

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Kristen Nowak
Kristen Nowak, Ed.S.

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 Researc

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, statistician and epidemiologist. In addition, Dr. Shuster serves as a subject matter expert and ghost writer for psychology, statistics, research methods and health curriculum and test bank 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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 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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Portrait of Dr. Joshua Wilt

Joshua Wilt, Ph.D.

Dr. Wilt received his B.S. in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 2005, his M.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2007, and his Ph.D. in Personality Psychology from Northwestern University in 2014. He is currently a Senior Research Associate at Case Western Reserve University where he studies predictors and consequences of religious/spiritual struggles (i.e., tensions, concerns, and conflicts regarding religious/spiritual issues) and supernatural attributions of events (i.e., attributing specific events to supernatural agents such as God or gods or impersonal forces such as karma or fate). Another line of Dr. Wilt’s research is broadly concerned with investigating affective, behavioral, cognitive, and desire (ABCD) components that are relevant to personality structure and function. His current research examines ABCDs within the context of personality traits and life-story episodes.

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Brittany Wishart
Brittany Wishart, M.A.  

Brittany Wishart is a 2006 graduate of the University of Dayton, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She went on to Walsh University and in 2010 graduated with two Masters of Arts degrees-one in Mental Health Counseling and the other in School Counseling. She received licenses in both disciplines and began her career as a Child and Adolescent therapist at the Nord Center in Lorain, Ohio. After two years, she moved to Denver, Colorado and started a private practice of her own. For 5 years she treated children and adults who struggle with mental and emotional disorders. She also worked part-time as a subject matter expert for the Univeristy of the Rockies. Brittany created 9 graduate courses to meet CACREP standards in order to revitalize the graduate counseling program.  Brittany enjoyed creating courses so much that in 2017, she moved back to Ohio and began to pursue a teaching career in the field of Psychology. Brittany currently holds instructor positions at Cleveland State Univeristy and Lakeland Community College, and she is currently a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of Ohio.

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Kevin Young
Kevin Young, Ph.D.

Post-Doc Fellowship: Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC, Addictions Track, 2008 
Ph.D. : Central Michigan University, 2008 
M.A. : Central Michigan University, 2005

Dr. Young is a practicing Clinical Psychologist specializing in the assessment of personality and psychopathology, as well as the treatment of substance and behavioral addictions. He currently holds a position as a psychologist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affair Medical Center. He has a wide variety of research interests, including the measurement of competencies in professional and pre-professional psychologists, the role of personality and psychopathology in the effective delivery of opiate replacement substance abuse treatment, and the effective measurement of psychopathology in veteran populations.

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