University of the Rockies Catalog - Faculty

University of the Rockies Catalog - Faculty

Section Twelve: Faculty

The faculty of University of the Rockies are dedicated to ensuring the integrity of our graduate programs. You'll find that University of the Rockies faculty members are well educated, highly credentialed, and committed to involvement in the professional community through writings, publications, and presentations. Your faculty members all have earned doctorates and have recent experience practicing what they teach. At University of the Rockies, both the theory and its practical application are taught. Your instructors will enliven your discussions and enhance your feedback with real-world lessons from their workplace experience.


Core/Ranked Faculty

The Core/Ranked Faculty form the academic foundation of University of the Rockies. Its members design and recommend course curriculum, provide instruction in the classroom and advise, mentor, and supervise students in the Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Psychology, and Master of Arts programs. Members of the Core/Ranked Faculty are practicing professionals in the fields of psychology, mental health, organizational leadership, education, human services, consulting, business, or research. All Core/Ranked Faculty members hold earned Doctorates. Most have taught at the graduate level for many years, and all hold professional licensure, certification or memberships in professional organizations appropriate to their disciplines.


Allen E. Cornelius

Education: BA, Franklin and Marshall College; M-Forensic Sciences, George Washington University; MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Professional: Member, American Psychological Association.


Specializations: Research Methods, Statistics, Counseling, Sport Psychology, Youth Development through Sport.


Robert "Bob" Edelbrock

Education: BA, National University; MS, National University; EdD, United States International University.


Professional: Member, American Association for Higher Education; American Council on Education; American Society for Training and Development; International Council for Open and Distance Education; The Retired Officers Association; Golden Key Honor Society.


Specializations: Learning Theory; Educational Leadership; Instructional Technology; Distance Learning; Online Teaching and Learning; Career and Human Development; Higher Education Accreditation; Instructional Systems Design; Financial Management; Cognition, Learning and Assessment; Information Systems in Education; Faculty Development.


Marilynn Force

Education: BS, Regis University; MBA, Regis University; PhD, Capella University.


Professional: Member, Professional Organizational Development Network; International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning; American Association for Higher Education; Digital Commons; Member, Institute for Learning Styles; Higher Education in Teaching and Learning; Faculty Trainer, Colorado Veteran Incubator; Board Member, Denver Metro Chamber Small Business Development Board, and Entrepreneurship Faculty Lead, Jesuit Commons.


Specializations: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Teaching and Learning, Organizational change, PTSD in the classroom, and critical thinking environments.


Julie Frese

Education: BS & MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MA, Regis University; PhD, University of Denver.


Professional: Member, Phi Delta Kappa, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.


Specializations: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Curriculum Leadership; Instructional Technology; Literacy; Special Education; K-12 Education; Instructional Design


Camea Gagliardi-Blea

Education: BA, University of Colorado; MEd, Arizona State University; PhD, Arizona State University.


Professional: Member, American Psychological Association; Member, National Education Association; Member, Text and Academic Authors Association; Fellow, Foundation for Excellence in College Teaching; Grant-funded research.


Specializations: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Adolescent Psychology; Neuropsychology.


Doug Gilbert

Education: BS, Southwestern College (Valedictorian), JD, University of Iowa (with distinction), MBA, IMD / Université de Genève, Switzerland (with distinction), DBA, University of Phoenix.


Professional: Admitted to the practice of law—Iowa (inactive), Nebraska (inactive), Arizona (inactive), and Colorado (active). Member, Academy of Management; Member, Western Academy of Management; Site Evaluator, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; Site Examiner, Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence (state Baldrige program); Member, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).


Specializations: Management Education, International Management, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and Marketing.


Paige Graham

Education: BA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; MA, George Mason University; PhD, George Mason University;


Professional: Member, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP); Member, Society of Consulting Psychology, Division 13, of American Psychological Association (APA); Member, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).


Specializations: Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Assessments for Selection and Development, Training.


Gina Hernez-Broome

Education: BA, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; MS, Colorado State University; PhD, Colorado State University.


Professional: Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP); American Evaluation Association (AEA); American Psychological Association (APA); Society for Human Resource Professionals (SHRM); American Society for Training and Development (ASTD); International Coaching Federation (ICF).


Specializations: Industrial/Organizational Psychology; Evaluation, Testing, Research, and Measurement; Executive Coaching; Leadership Development, Human Resources; and Instructional Systems Design.


Amy Kahn

Education: BA, Clark University; MBA, Thunderbird School of International Management; MA & PhD, Fielding Graduate University.


Professional: Mi Casa Resources Center (Board Member); Society for Human Resources Management, Organizational Development Network.


Specializations: Diversity Management; Organizational Systems; Organizational Development; Organizational Leadership; Educational Leadership; International Leadership; Distance Learning.


Dianne L. Lefly

Education: BA, University of Northern Colorado; MA, University of Colorado, Denver; PhD, University of Denver.


Professional: Member, American Educational Research Association (AERA); Member, American Evaluation Association (AEA); Member, National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME).


Specializations: Research Methodology, Statistics, Psychometrics, Child Development, College Remediation, English Learners, and processes underlying reading skill in normally and abnormally developing readers.


Gary Mears

Education: BS, Texas A & M University; MS, Texas Christian University; PhD, University of Northern Colorado; PsyD, Forest Institute; MS (Pharmacology), California School of Professional Psychology.


Professional: Diplomate, American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABPN) (Board Certified Neuropsychologist); Colorado Licensed Psychologist; Texas Licensed Psychologist; Missouri Licensed Psychologist; Texas Psychological Association; Missouri Psychological Association; Member, American College of Professional Neuropsychology; Member, National Academy of Neuropsychology; Member, American Psychological Association; Member, Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region. Private Practice, Professional Forensic Evaluations.


Specializations: Forensic Neuropsychology; Assessment of Competency of Criminal Defendants; Psychopharmacology.


Deborah Pardee

Education: BS, State University of New York-Corlund; MSW, University of Kentucky; PhD, Northern Arizona University.


Professional: Arizona Licensed Psychologist; Colorado Licensed Clinical Social Worker;


Specializations: Professional Counseling; Employee Assistance; Clinical Supervision.


Tina Parscal

Education: BA, Regis University; MSS, University of Colorado, Denver; PhD, Capella University.


Professional: Executive Editor, Journal of Psychology Issues in Organizational Cultures; Executive Editor, University of the Rockies Press; Member, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education; Charter Member, Association of Chief Academic Officers; and Member, Professional and Organizational Development Network.


Specializations: Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instructional Design, Cognitive Apprenticeship, Higher Education Administration, Accreditation, Online and Distance Learning, Faculty Development and Instructional Innovation.


Nicole J. Peak

Education: BS, Cornell University; MA, Case Western Reserve University; PhD, Case Western Reserve University.


Professional: Colorado Licensed Psychologist; Editorial Board Member, Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy; Member, American Psychological Association; Member, Academy for Eating Disorders.


Specializations: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Eating Disorders, Depression and Suicide.


Peter K. Pintus

Education: BA, Iowa State University; MS, Texas A&M at Commerce; PhD, University of Colorado at Denver.


Professional: Member, American Society for Training and Development; Member, Society for Human Resource Management, Member, Association of Leadership Educators; Society of Consulting Psychologists; Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists; Academy of International Business; Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality; Institute for Life Coach Training; Certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; Social Styles; Denison Leadership and Cultural Survey; Pro-Scan/Team Scan (PDP-Professional DynaMetric Programs); Firo-B; Emotional Intelligence - EQi (Individual and Team).


Specializations: Leadership and Management Assessment and Development; Organizational Assessment and Development; Executive Coaching; Human Resources; Talent Management, Retention and Engagement: Organizational and Leadership Deep Change.


Charlita L. Shelton

Education: BS, Western Michigan University; MS, National University; MS, Fielding Graduate University; PhD, Fielding Graduate University.


Professional: Executive Editor, Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture; Member, Society for Human Resource Management; Member, Executive Women International; Member, Soroptomist International – La Mesa.


Specializations: Human Development, Issues in Human Diversity, Diversity in Organizational Leadership, and Structural Inequality and Diversity.


Ronald L. Smith

Education: BLS, Bowling Green State University; MRC, Bowling Green State University; PhD, University of Toledo.


Professional: Colorado Licensed Psychologist; Ohio Licensed Psychologist; Ohio Licensed Professional Counselor; Listed, National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology: Member, American Psychological Association; Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; Member, Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region; Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology.


Specializations: Counseling/Psychotherapy, Family Violence, Health Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Ethics, Social Psychology/Criminal Justice, and Diversity.


David C. Solly

Education: BA, West Virginia University; MA, Radford University; CAGS, EdD, Virginia Tech.


Professional: Licensed Psychologist, Colorado, North Carolina; Nationally Certified School Psychologist; Member, American Psychological Association; Member, Phi Kappa Phi; Member, The Global Consulting Partnership; Founder and Senior Executive Consultant, Peak Organomics.


Specializations: Psychological Assessment and Psychometrics; Industrial-Organizational Psychology; Business and Career Consulting; Employee Selection; Leadership Development; Organizational Change Management; Strategic Talent Management; Organizational Climate and Job Satisfaction; Human Growth and Development; Career Development and Career Management; and Psychological Issues in the Workplace.


David J. Stephens

Education: BS, John Brown University; MA, Denver Seminary; PsyD, University of Denver.


Professional: Colorado Licensed Psychologist; Wyoming Licensed Psychologist; Member, American Psychological Association; Member, International Association of Correctional and Forensic Psychology.


Specializations: Co-Occurring Disorders, Correctional Mental Health, Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Healthcare Administration, Substance Abuse, Neuropsychology, Traumatic Brain Injury, Forensic Psychology, Grant Writing.


George D. Thomson

Education: BA, Wheaton College; MS, Indiana University; EdD, Western Michigan University.


Professional: Colorado Licensed Psychologist; North Carolina Licensed Psychologist; Member, American Psychological Association; Member, American Society for Training and Development; Member, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Certified in the following: Myers Briggs Indicator, Change Style Indicator, Firo-B, Reina Trust Inventory, Work Place Big Five, Social Styles, Benchmarks, 360 by Design.


Specializations: Leadership and Management Development; Organizational Development; Executive Coaching; Human Resources; Industrial/Organizational Psychology; and Assessment and Selection.


H. Luis Vargas 

Education: BA, Bethel College; MA, Bethel University; PhD, Loma Linda University.


Professional: Licensed Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT).


Specializations: Marital and Family Therapy, Supervision.


Ian Wickramasekera II

Education: BS, University of Illinois; PsyD, Illinois School of Professional Psychology.


Professional: Member, American Psychological Association; Member, Society of Psychological Hypnosis; Member, Society for Humanistic Psychology.


Specializations: Consciousness Studies, Empathy, Health Psychology, Humanistic Psychology, Hypnosis, Meditation, Pain Management, Psychophysiology, Spirituality, Sport Psychology, and Transpersonal Psychotherapy.


Associate Core Faculty

Associate Core Faculty are appointed from among Adjunct Faculty who have taught with high degrees of success online, on campus, or both, and provide important supplemental support to the University’s programs and to the Core Faculty. In addition to their teaching duties, Associate Core Faculty serve as content area coordinators, peer reviewers, new faculty mentors, student mentors, doctoral dissertation committee members, academic governance committee members, clinical supervisors of students in practica and internships (for licensure track programs) and are voting members of School Faculty Councils. Associate Core Faculty members, like Core/Ranked Faculty, play significant roles in course, curriculum and program development and governance, supporting the achievement, assessment and improvement of student learning, and advancing the scholarship of the University.


Denise Antoon

Education: BA, University of North Carolina; MS, Capella University; JD, McGeorge School of Law.


Professional: Member, California Association of Licensed Investigators; Member, American Society of Trial Consultants; Member, National Criminal Justice Association; Member, American Psychology and Law Society; Member, American Judicature Society; Member, Association for Criminal Justice Research; Member, Society for Human Resource Management, Member, Ladies Who Launch.


Specializations: Criminal Justice, Professional and Business Ethics, Conflict Resolution, Forensic Research, Legal Investigations and Research, Mediation and Jury Research.


Kristin Ballard

Education: BA, University of Maryland; PhD, Capella University.


Professional: American Psychological Association; Society for Military Psychology; Sigma Mu Psychology Honor Society.


Specializations: Human Services: Lifespan Development; Qualitative Research; Non-Traditional Student Development; Social Psychology; Development and Learning.


Justin Carter

Education: BA, University of Akron; MA, University of Phoenix; PhD, Capella University.


Professional: Over 10 years experience in administration of higher education. Currently serves as the Associate Vice-President for Student Life at a South Carolina university; Member, Cambridge’s Who’s Who Professional Network, Member, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), Member, Association of Student Conduct Administration.


Specializations: Educational Leadership, Research, Statistics.


Jim Castleberry

Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin; Master of Science, Minnesota State University; PhD, Cappella University; JD, William Mitchell College of Law.


Professional: American Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, member; Arizona Bar Association, member; Maricopa County Bar Association, member; Veterans Administration Community Advisory Board, member; Naval Academy Information Officer Program, reserve officer; US Department of Agriculture, mediator; Mental Health Commitment Hearings, hearing officer; consultant and pro bono counsel to the regional housing coalition; 20 years experience in labor law, regulatory law, and administrative law; served as a legal officer (JAG) for the Coast Guard.


Specializations: Human Services Administration, Crisis Intervention ,Social Problems, Criminology, Ethics and Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution.


Ronald J. Curtis, Jr.

Education: BSM International College, Fort Myers, Florida; MPA, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida; Ed.D, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida; Certified law enforcement officer in the State of Michigan; Certified correctional officer in the State of Florida; Certified law enforcement officer in the State of Florida.


Professional: 29 year law enforcement veteran, who has served with the Arenac County Michigan Sheriff’s Office, the Sarasota County Florida Sheriff’s Office; Currently a captain with the Lee County Florida Sheriff’s Office commanding the Eastern District.


Specializations: all aspects of criminal investigation, crime scene investigation, correctional operations, organizational leadership and behavior, conflict resolution. Research interests include organizational development and behavior, higher education and its relationship to law enforcement officer misconduct, and use of psychological autopsy in death investigation.


Deborah Elliott-DeSorbo

Education: BS, Rutgers College; M.Phil, George Washington University; Ph.D., George Washington University.


Professional: Colorado Licensed Psychologist; Past President, Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region; Member, American Psychological Association. Former Air Force Psychologist.


Specializations: Health Psychology, Military Psychology, Trauma, GLBT.


Andrea Goldstein

Education: BA Florida Atlantic University; MS Nova Southeastern University; MS Miami Institute of Psychology; PsyD Miami Institute of Psychology; Certification in Education Florida Atlantic University.


Professional: Member, American Psychological Association.


Specializations: Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Forensic Psychology, Neuro-Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Criminal Justice, Student Success.


Amy Hakim

Education: BA, Florida International University; MS, PhD, Florida International University.


Professional: Member, Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology; Member, American Psychological Association.


Specializations: Business Psychology, Organizational Leadership, and Organizational Consulting.


Eric Muenks

Education: BA, Stetson University; MS, Troy State University; PhD, Capella University.


Professional: Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Florida.


Specializations: Counseling and Human Development, Mental Health Administration, Executive Coaching, Performance Enhancement and Motivation, Health and Wellness, Non-traditional Student Development, LGBT Issues.


Rena M. Palloff

Education: BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MSW, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; MA, Organizational Development, Fielding Graduate University; PhD, Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University.


Professional: State of California, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Member, Sloan-C; Member, Advisory Board, Distance Teaching and Learning Conference, Madison, WI.


Specializations: Distance Learning; Online Teaching and Learning; Online Community Building; Assessment; Educational Technology; Learning Theory; Faculty/Professional Development; Organizational Development; Group Process; Substance Abuse and Addiction; Action Research; Qualitative Research.


Georgia Pappas

Education: BS, University of Wyoming; MS, Regis University; MA & PhD, Fielding Graduate University.


Professional: International Leadership Association.


Specializations: Leader Development, Curriculum Development, Non-profit Management, Executive Coaching, Adult Human Development, Facilitation, Qualitative Research.


Debora Scheffel

Education: BA, Bob Jones University (with honors), MA, University of Denver; PhD, Northwestern University.


Professional: Elected Official, Colorado State Board of Education, 6th Congressional District Seat (R); Special Assistant to the Colorado Commissioner of Education; Director, Competitive Grants and Awards/Literacy Grants and Initiatives, Colorado Department of Education; Director of Academic Assessment, University of Northern Colorado; Special Education Due Process Hearing Officer, Kansas; Board, The Book Trust; Invited Reviewer, Journal of Research in Childhood Education; Advisory Board, Global Media Journal; Editorial Board, Colorado Reading Council Journal; Editorial Board, Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition; Editorial Board, Learning Disabilities Research in Practice; Member, International Dyslexia Society, International Neuropsychological Society, Council for Exceptional Children; post-doctoral fellow, University of California, San Diego, Laboratory for Comparative Human Cognition; visiting scholar, United States Air Force Academy.


Specializations: Education Policy and Reform; Literacy/Oral Language Disabilities; Higher Education Accreditation; Neuropsychology; Education Leadership Development and Training; Higher Education and Cognitive Assessment; Research Design and Evaluation.


Irene F. Stein

Education: BA, Bucknell University; MS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; MA, Colorado State University, Ph.D. Fielding Graduate University.


Professional: Board Member, Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching (GSAEC); Host, International Coach Federation (ICF) Research Community of Practice; Member, International Coaching Federation; Member, Institute of Coaching Professionals Association; Editorial Board, Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice; Certified Hudson Institute Coach.Specializations: Coaching, Coaching Research, Communication, Organizational Leadership, Adult Development, Transformational Learning, Qualitative Research.


Distinguished Visiting Faculty

A variety of distinguished academicians from the fields of psychology, medicine, and human sciences participate in the academic life of University of the Rockies. These persons teach courses, provide lectures, and offer supervision of psychotherapy.


The following are Distinguished Visiting Faculty of University of the Rockies:


David Campbell, PhD, PsyD

William Glasser, MD

Robert Hare, MD

Stanley Krippner, PhD

Ed Mendelowitz, PhD

Paul Nelson, PhD, PsyD

Jerome Sattler, PhD

Kirk Schneider, PhD

Bruce Wampold, PhD

Danny Wedding, PhD

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