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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 Cornelius, PhD

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

Professional
Member, American Psychological Association (APA)

Specializations
Statistics, Counseling, Sports Psychology, Youth Development through Sport

Publications
Headley, S. A., Germain, M. J., Milch, C. M., Pescatello, L. S., Coughlin, M. A., Cornelius, A. E., Sullivan, S., & Wood, R. J. (2009, October). Lifestyle Modifications and the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease. Presentation accepted at Renal Week 2009 of the American Society of Nephrology, San Diego, CA.

Buman, M. P., Brewer, B. W., & Cornelius, A. E. (2009). A discrete-time hazard model of hitting the wall in recreational marathon runners. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10, 662-666.

Petitpas, A. J., Cornelius, A., & Van Raalte, J. L. (2008). Youth development through sport: It's all about relationships. In N. L. Holt (Ed.), Positive Youth Development Through Sport (pp. 61-70). New York: Routledge.

Cornelius, A. E., Brewer, B. W., & Van Raalte, J. L. (2007). Applications of Multilevel Modeling in Sport Injury Rehabilitation Research. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 5, 387-405.

Robert "Bob" Edelbrock, EdD

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 E. Force, PhD

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

Professional
Member, Professional Organizational Development Network; Member, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning; Member, American Association for Higher Education; Member, Digital Commons; Member, Institute for Learning Styles; Member, 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 S. Frese, PhD

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 J. Gagliardi-Blea, PhD

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

Professional
Member, American Psychological Association; Member, American Psychological Association Division 17 - Counseling Psychology; Member, National Education Association; Member, Text and Academic Authors Association; Fellow, Wakonse Foundation for Excellence in College Teaching

Douglas Gilbert, DBA, JD

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, PhD

Education
BA, University of Tennessee; MA and PhD, George Mason University.

Specializations
Leadership, Adaptability, E-Teams and E-Leadership, Generations, Developmental Work Experiences, Team Mental Models, Job Performance and the Service Industry.

Gina Hernez-Broome, PhD

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

Professional
Member, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP); Member, American Evaluation Association (AEA); Member, American Psychological Association (APA), Member, Society for Human Resource Professionals (SHRM); Member, American Society for Training and Development (ASDT); Member, International Coaching Federation (IDF).

Specializations
Organizational Consulting, Leadership Development, Coaching

Publications
Hernez-Broome, G. , Mclaughlin, C. , Trovas , S. (2010). The Truth About Sucking Up: How Authentic Self-promotion Benefits You and Your Organization, Greensboro, NC: Center for Creative Leadership ISBN: 1604910674 DDC: 658 Edition: Paperback; 2009-09-15

Boyce, L. A. & Hernez-Broome, G. (in press). E-Coaching: Consideration of Leadership Coaching in a Virtual Environment. In D. Clutterbuck & A. Hussain (Eds). Virtual Coach/Virtual Mentor.

Ely, K., Boyce, L. A., Nelson, J. K., Zaccaro, S. J., Hernez-Broome, G., & Whyman, W. (in press).Evaluating Leadership Coaching: A Review and Integrated Framework. The Leadership Quarterly.

Hernez-Broome, G, McLaughlin, C., & Trovas, S. (2007, March). Take credit where it's due. The South China Morning Post.

Hernez-Broome, G., McLaughlin, C., & Trovas, S. (2007). Spreading the word: How to self-promote with integrity. Leadership in Action, 26 (6), 12-16.

Amy Kahn, PhD

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, PhD

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

Recent Publications & Presentations
Pennington, B.F. & Lefly, D.L. (2001). Early Reading Development in Children at Family Risk for Dyslexia. Child Development , 72 (3), 816-833.

Lefly, D.L., Lovell, C. D., O'Brien, J. McF. (2011). Shining a light on remediation: the predictive utility of the ACT for Colorado and the Colorado student assessment program (CSAP). ERIC database (ED519768).

Lefly, D.L.,(2011). Multiple Ways to Measure Student Growth: the Colorado Context. National Conference on Student Assessment, Orlando, FL, June, 2011.

Lefly, D.L.,(2011). Measuring Student Growth: the Colorado Model. National Council of State Legislatures Legislative Summit, San Antonio, TX. August 2011.

Lovell, C.D., Lefly, D.L. & O'Brien, J Mc. (2012) An analysis of one state and two educational systems. Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Las Vegas, November 2012.

Scheffel, D., Lefly, D. & Houser, J. (2012) Predictive utility of the DIBELS reading assessment for reading comprehension among third grade English language learners and English speaking children. Reading Improvement, 49(3), 75-92.

Lefly, D., Scheffel, D. (2013, April). Building bridges for English learners in Colorado, Center for Scholastic Inquiry Academic Research Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Gary Mears, PhD, PsyD

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

Professional
Texas Licensed Psychologist; Missouri Licensed Psychologist; Texas Psychological Association; Missouri Psychological Association; Board Certified Neuropsychologist, American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, Diplomat (ABPN); Member, American College of Professional Neuropsychology; Member, American Psychological Association; Member, Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region. Private Practice, forensic evaluations.

Specializations
Forensic neuropsychology; Assessment of Competency of criminal defendants; Psychopharmacology.

Deborah Pardee, PhD

Education
BS, SUNY Cortland; MSW, University of Kentucky; PhD, Northern Arizona University

Professional
Member, American Psychological Association

Specializations
Psychology, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Crisis Mangement

Tina J Parscal, PhD

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, PhD

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

Professional
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Member, Academy of Eating Disorders, Member, American Psychological Association

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

Publications
Peak, N.J. & Overholser, J.C. (2010). Development of the Screener for Assessing Depression Scale: Why do we need another depression scale? International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 14(3), 174-181.

Overholser, J.C. & Peak, N.J. (2009). Treatment of clients who are struggling with depression. In W.O. Donohue & S. Graybar (Eds.), Handbook of contemporary psychotherapy: Toward an improved understanding of effective psychotherapy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Peak, N.J., Overholser, J.C., DeJong, T., & Zaccariello, M. J. (2007). A psychometric investigation of the Daily Emotion Report in a sample of depressed inpatients. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 63(9), 835-841.

Peter K. Pintus, PhD

Education
BS, Iowa State University; MA, Texas A&M at Commerce; PhD, University of Colorado at Denver.

Professional
Professional Human Resources (PHR), qualified in Meyers Briggs Type Indicator, Emotional Intelligence (EQI) for individuals and team, Pro/Team PDP, and Denison Leadership and Organizational Survey.

Specializations
Organizational Change, Innovation, Leadership Development, and Ethics

Charlita L. Shelton, PhD

Education
BS, Western Michigan University; MS, National University; MS, 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, PhD

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; National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology

Specializations
Domestic Violence, Health, Psychology Prerequisites

David C. Solly, EdD

Education
B.A., West Virginia University; M.A. Radford University; EdD, Virginia Tech

Professional
Colorado Licensed Psychologist; National Certified School Psychologist; Member, American Psychological Association; Member, Phi Kappa Phi; founder and senior executive consultant-Peak Organomics; Colorado Career Consultants.

Specializations
Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Career Consulting, Human Growth and Development

David J. Stephens, PsyD

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.

Recent Publications/Presentations
Stephens, D.J. (2011). Substance abuse and co-occurring disorders among criminal offenders. In T.A. Axe and T.J. Fagan (Eds), Correctional mental health: From theory to best practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Stephens, D.J. (2012). Prisoner Re-entry. Keynote Presentation to the Washington State Mental Health Conference, Spokane, WA

George Thomson, EdD

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

Professional
State of Colorado Licensed Psychologist, State of N. Carolina Licensed Psychologist, Member, American Psychology Association (APA), Member, American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) , Member, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP); Member, Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region (PSPPR).

Specializations
Organizational Consulting, Organizational Leadership, International Leadership, Recruitment & Selection, Coaching

H. Luis Vargas, PhD

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

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

Specializations
Marital & Family Therapy, Supervision

Publications
Vargas, H.L. & Wilson, C.W. (2011): Managing Worldview Influences: Self-Awareness and Self-Supervision in a Cross-Cultural Therapeutic Relationship, Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 22:2, 97-113.

Ian Wickramasekera, PsyD

Education
BS, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; PsyD, Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Professional
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association's Division 30 - Psychological Hypnosis, American Psychological Association's Division 32 - Humanistic Psychology, Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

Specializations
Hypnosis, Health Psychology, Humanistic Psychology, Psychotherapy, Diversity, Supervision, Research

 

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