Psychology Department Chairperson
Hillary Heinze, Ph.D.
Research Interests: My work focuses on positive developmental supports and resources and adaptive functioning within settings that provide services to vulnerable youth. Many of these youth emerge from families, schools, and communities characterized by discord, tension, and/or limited support or resources. Youth programs and services can provide structure and opportunities for new relationships, resources and experiences that facilitate personal growth and skill building.
Dr. Heinze began teaching at UM-Flint in 2006.
Karen Bedell, Ph.D.
Research Interests: My research interests are in educational psychology and technology. I am interested in social influences on learning and motivation, particularly outcomes associated with cooperative learning. I study synchronous and asynchronous cooperative processes, social exclusion (ostracism), and student engagement.
Personal Interests: Dr. Bedell is an avid bargin-hunter, reader, walker, and boater. She also enjoys fall football, cider mills, hot weather, and eating out.
Dr. Bedell began teaching at UM-Flint in 2015.
Allen Bellamy, Ph.D.
Research Interests: My general research interest is within the discipline of applied personality assessment as it relates to leadership and organizational behavior. Specifically, Neurotic Styles of Leadership and Culture Assessment. Additional interest relate to the development and validation of psychometric measures for Forensic Evaluations in Adolescents: Executive Functioning, Emotional Intelligence, Juvenile Adjudicative Competency Interview (JACI).
Clinical Interests: Forensic Assessment; Reforms of Juvenile Competency to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility (e.g., restoration, testing procedures).
Dr. Bellamy began teaching at UM-Flint in 2005.
Julie Broadbent, Ph.D.
Research Interests: My research focuses on the neuropharmacological bases of addiction to drugs and the impact of excessive use of technology (cell phones, the internet, social networking websites etc.).
Dr. Broadbent began teaching at UM-Flint in 2009.
Susan Gano-Phillips, Ph.D.
Research Interests: My earlier research focused on marital relationships and gender roles in marriage. More recently my primary research interests include pedagogy, institutional change, and leadership in higher education.
Terrence Horgan, Ph.D.
Research Interests: My research focuses on nonverbal communication and gender differences in social cognition. I am a coauthor of the textbook Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction, and an associate editor of the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. For more information about my research lab and recent publications, click here.
Dr. Horgan began teaching at UM-Flint in 2004.
Tracy Juliao, Ph.D.
Dr. Juliao is a fully licensed health psychologist specializing in mind body and integrative health care approaches. She owns Total Health & Wellness Associates, PLLC originally of Farmington Hills, Michigan. Research interests include integrative medicine, weight management, pain management, lifestyle change, and micronutrients as related to physical and mental health.
Dr. Juliao begain teaching at UM-Flint in 2008.
William McKibbin, Ph.D.
Research Interests: My research focuses on the evolutionary foundations of sexual conflict and relationship conflict.
Dr. McKibbin began teaching at UM-Flint in 2009.
Nathaniel Miller, Ph.D.
Research Interests: My research focuses on human timing, specifically rhythm perception and production. My recent work examines rhythmic impairments in Parkinson's disease (PD) and how they might underlie certain symptoms of the disease, such as speech and gait. Another line of my research investigates how exercise mitigates Parkinson's Disease symptoms.
Dr. Miller began teaching at UM-Flint in 2014.
Peter Molinaro, Ph.D.
I am an experimental psychologist focusing on applying principles of cognitive and social psychology to legal and forensic contexts. More specifically, I’ve done work in studying deception, investigative interviewing, eyewitness memory, and most recently lone offender terrorism.
Dr. Molinaro began teaching at UM-Flint in 2016.
Yael Sela, Ph.D.
I am an experimental psychologist focused on applying an evolutionary perspective to the study of romantic relationships, sexual conflict, and religiosity.
My recent peer-reviewed publications include topics such as mate retention, mate value, infidelity, May-December relationships, oral sex, orgasm, the Big-Five dimensions of personality, and childhood religious experiences. For example:
- Otterbring, T., & Sela, Y. (2020). Sexually Arousing Ads Induce Sex-Specific Financial Decisions in Hungry Individuals. Personality and Individual Differences, 152. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2019.109576
- Tratner, A. E., Sela, Y., Lopes, G. S., Shackelford, T. K., McDonald, M. M., Weekes-Shackelford, V.A., & Abed, M.G. (2020). Childhood religious experiences with peers and primary caregivers: Associations with individual differences in adult religiosity. Personality and Individual Differences, 158, 109802.
- Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Atari, M., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2019). Romantic attachment and mate retention behavior: The mediating role of perceived risk of partner infidelity. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36, 940-956.
- Sela, Y., & Brewer, G. Women pretending orgasm. (2018). In T.K. Shackelford and V.A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New-York: Springer.
- Sela, Y., Pham, M. N., Mogilski, J. K., Lopes, G. S., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2018). Why do people disparage May-December romances? Condemnation of age-discrepant romantic relationships as strategic moralization. Personality and Individual Differences, 130, 6-10.
- Atari, M., Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., & Chegeni, R. (2017). The Big Five personality dimensions and mate retention behaviors in Iran. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 286-290.
- Lopes, G. S., Sela, Y., Cataldo, Q., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2017). Sex differences in performance frequency of online mate retention behaviors. Personality and Individual Differences, 114, 82-85.
- Sela, Y., Mogilski, J. K., Shackelford, T. K., Zeigler-Hill, V., & Fink, B. (2017). Mate value discrepancy and mate retention behaviors of self and partner. Journal of Personality, 85, 730-740. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12281
For a complete list of recent publications and presentations, click here.
Dr. Sela began teaching at UM-Flint in 2015.
Amanda Smith, M.A., L.L.P.
My educational background and interests revolve around various aspects of clinical psychology. I have practiced psychology since 2003 by providing psychological and neuropsychological assessment, as well as psychotherapy to various populations including combat veterans, prison inmates, hospitalized patients with substance addictions, and college students. I served UM-Flint as a campus counselor from 2008- 2015 where I provided crisis intervention services, therapy services, and learning disability assessments.
My professional passions revolve around social justice and equity, especially their impact on the health and wellness of communities. I have particular interests in the intersection between health and psychology; particularly how personal characteristics and behaviors impact long-term physical and mental health outcomes.
Ms. Smith began teaching at UM-Flint in 2007.
Jeannette Stein, Ph.D.
Research Interests: My primary research interests include functions of the right hemisphere, asymmetry in decision making, belief updating and handedness. I am also interested in language processing and gender differences in memory. My current research involves studying how brain differences (particularly differences in access to the right hemisphere) affect acceptance of BS.
Dr. Stein began teaching at UM-Flint in 2005.
Amanda Taylor, M.S., L.L.P.
Clinical Focus: The bulk of my clinical practice revolves around implementing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder. In addition, I use other second and third wave behavioral, evidence-based treatments such as CBT, ACT, MBSR, and MBCT to help improve the functionality of people who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, Specific Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Trauma Related Disorders.
Research Interests: My research interests surround Relational Frame Theory and Functional Contextualism. I use these perspectives to better understand the emotion regulatory functions of deception and other avoidance focused behaviors. In addition, I am interested in the interaction between emotion regulation and mindfulness.
Mrs. Taylor began teaching at UM-Flint in 2013.
Thomas Wrobel, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Psychological assessment including response set detection and test development/validation, trauma, bereavement, grief and grieving, forgiveness, psychopathology, and assessment of teaching and learning.
Clinical Interests: Psychological assessment, neuropsychology, and rehabilitation psychology.
Dr. Wrobel began teaching at UM-Flint in 1986.
Nicole Altheide, M.S.
Nicole Altheide is the Academic Advisor for face-to-face psychology students (Flint, LCC, & SC4 campuses).
Nicole is a 2006 graduate of the University of Michigan–Flint, where she obtained her B.S. in Clinical/Community Psychology. She earned her M.S. in Academic Advising at Kansas State University in 2019.
Nicole has joined the University of Michigan-Flint in 2015.
Therasa Martin, B.B.A.
Therasa Martin is the Academic Advisor for fully online psychology students.
Therasa earned a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a major in marketing from the University of Michigan-Flint. She has worked in Higher Education since 2007.
Therasa has joined the University of Michigan-Flint in 2020.