Behavioral Sciences Faculty

Rita L. Barrett, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Head
  • B.A.: Psychology, Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • M.A. and Ph.D.: General~Experimental Psychology - Behavioral Neuroscience, University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
  • Postdoctoral research - Harvard (Southborough, MA) and Yale (New Haven, CT)  Medical Schools
  • rita.barrett@uafs.edu
  • 479-788-7532
  • Vines 102

Courses taught/offered at UAFS: General Psychology, Research Methods, Experimental Psychology, Statistics I, Advanced Methods, Conditioning and Learning, Physiological Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Senior Seminar, Psychology Capstone

 

Research interests: Behavioral Pharmacology-CNS stimulants in basic and applied research designs

 

 

Dr. James Benjamin

James Benjamin, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • B.A.: Psychology and Philosophy (double major), California State University (Fullerton, CA)
  • M.A.: Experimental Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
  • Ph.D.: Social Psychology, University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
  • james.benjamin@uafs.edu
  • 479-788-7573
  • Gardner 130

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include: General Psychology, Research Methods,  Experimental Psychology, Statistics I and II,  Advanced Methods, Social Psychology, Conditioning and Learning, Senior Seminar (Human Aggression), Psychology, concurrent General Psychology (FSPS)

 

Research interests: Human Aggression

 

 

Daniel Maher

Daniel Maher, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • A.S.: Highland Community College  (Freeport, IL)
  • B.S. and M.S.: Sociology, Illinois State University (Normal, IL)
  • Ph.D.: Anthropology, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • daniel.maher@uafs.edu 
  • 479-788-7572 
  • Gardner 226

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include : Cultural Anthropology,  Introduction to Sociology, Sociology Honors, North American Indians,  Death and Dying, Interdisciplinary courses (including Theory, Global Challenges, a diversity of Senior Seminar/Special Topics-Race and Ethnic Relations, Gender, Family, Religion),  concurrent Introduction to Sociology (FSPS,  River Valley regional area high schools), Maymester courses

 

Research Interests:  The American Prairie; Bass Reeves US Marshal and Historical Tourism in Fort Smith, AR, American Indians

 

 

Nicha Otero

Nicha Otero, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • B.Sc.: Psychology, Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Ph.D.: Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
  • nicha.otero@uafs.edu
  • 479-788-7659
  • Gardner 131

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include:  Psychology Orientation, General Psychology, Research Methods, Experimental Psychology, Learning, Physiological Psychology, Sensation and Perception,  Interdisciplinary courses (including Senior Seminar - Drugs and Behavior, Health Psychology), concurrent General Psychology (River Valley regional area high schools online )

 

Research Interests: Behavioral Pharmacology, Epigenetics

 

 

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Gregory D. Roberts, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology 
  • A.A.: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (Miami, OK)
  • B.A.: Communications, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • M.S.: Applied Behavioral Studies, Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK)
  • Ph.D.:  Counseling Education, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • L.P.C., A.A.D.C. licensures
  • gregg.roberts@uafs.edu 
  • 479-788-7261
  • Gardner 220

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include:  Psychology Orientation, General Psychology, Psychology Honors, Research Methods, History and Systems, Developmental Psychology: Lifespan, Cognitive Psychology, Learning, Personality, Human Sexuality, Psychology Capstone, Interdisciplinary courses (including Senior Seminar), Maymester courses

Research Interests:  Human Addictions, Workplace Boundaries

 

 

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Lisa Topp-Manriquez, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • B.A.: Psychology, University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada)
  • M.A. and Ph.D.: Applied Experimental Psychology – Legal Psychology Track, University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, TX)
  • lisa.topp-manriquez@uafs.edu
  • 479-788-7567
  • Vines 163

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include:  Psychology Orientation, General Psychology, Psychology Honors, Research Methods, Statistics I/II, Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Senior Seminar (including Psychology of Law),  concurrent General Psychology (WATC,  River Valley regional area high schools online)

 

Research Interests:  Eyewitness Testimony, Psychology and Law

 

 

Svetla Dimitrova, Ph.D.

Svetla Dimitrova, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • B.S.: Sociology, Sofia University, “St. Kliment Ohridski” (Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • M.A.: Economy and Society, University of Lancaster (Lancaster, UK)
  • Ph.D.: Sociology, Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
  • svetla.dimitrova@uafs.edu
  • 479.788.7531

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include:  Introduction to Sociology, Sociology Honors, Social Problems, Interdisciplinary courses (including, Global Challenges, Senior Seminar and  Special Topics), concurrent Introduction to Sociology (FSPS), Maymester course 

 

Research Interests:  Human Migration, Gender Studies, Volunteerism, Social Change and Development

 

 

Part-time Faculty

Sam Brown

Sam Brown, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Instructor, Sociology
  • Undergraduate degree, Library Science, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • M.A.:  Library Science, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • M.A.: Sociology, University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
  • Ph.D.: in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
  • sam.brown@uafs.edu
  • 479-788-7670

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include: Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems

Research interests:

 

 

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Linda Gibbons, M.S.

  • Adjunct Instructor, Psychology
  • Retired UAFS Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Master Teacher
  • B.S. and M.S.: Psychology, Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK)
  • linda.gibbons@uafs.edu
  • 479.788.7670

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include: General Psychology, History and Systems, Personality, Abnormal Psychology

Research interests:

 

 

Sheena Johnson, M.A.

  • Adjunct Instructor, Sociology
  • B.A. and M.A: Sociology, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • Previous Visiting Instructor-Sociology
  • sheena.johnson@uafs.edu
  • 479-788-7670

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include:  Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Sociology of the Family,  Interdisciplinary courses (including, Senior Seminar/ Special Topics: Pop Culture, Social Deviance),  concurrent Introduction to Sociology (WATC and River Valley regional area high schools online )

Research Interests: Social Deviance, Pop Culture, Social Media

 

 

Sam Kimbley, M.A.

  • Adjunct Instructor, Psychology
  • B.A.: Psychology, UAFS Class of 2012
  • M.S.: Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • C.R.C. licensure 
  • Interim A.D.A. Director
  • sam.kimbley@uafs.edu
  • 479.788.7577
  • Vines 210

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include: Psychology Orientation, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology: Life Span, Adolescent Psychology, concurrent General Psychology  (FSPS, River Valley regional area high schools online)

 

Research Interests:Rehabilitation Counseling

 

 

Dr. Paulette Ann Meikle

 

Paulette A. Meikle, Ph.D.

  • Professor and Associate Dean, CLASS
  • B.A. (Honors): Geography and Social Sciences, University of the West Indies (Kingston, JA)
  • M.Phil.: Geography, University of the West Indies (Kingston, JA)
  • PhD.: Sociology, Mississippi State University (Mississippi State, MS)
  • paulette.meikle@uafs.edu
  • 479.788.7247

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include:  Introduction to Sociology, Sociology Honors, Community Development, concurrent Introduction to Sociology, Interdisciplinary courses (including Global Challenges, Theory)

 

Research Interests: Gender Equity, Resource Management, Asset Accumulation, Community Development

 

 

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Tara Mishra, Ph.D.

  • Director, UAFS Instructional Support
  • B.S.: Agriculture Engineering, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (Odisha, India)
  • M.S.: Entomology, South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD)
  • M.S.: Industrial Engineering/Computer Science (Brookings, SD)
  • Ed.D.: Education Leadership and Technology, Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, LA)
  • tara.mishra@uafs.edu
  • 479.788.7002

Courses taught/offered at UAFS: Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Research interests:

 

 

Susan Mixon

Susan Mixon, M.S.

  • Adjunct Instructor, Psychology
  • B.S.: Psychology, Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK)
  • M.S.: Clinical Psychology; Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK)
  • J.D.: University of Oklahoma-College of Law (Norman, OK)
  • susan.mixon@uafs.edu
  • 479-788-7670

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include: Psychology Orientation, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology: Life Span, Adolescent Psychology

 

Research interests:

 

 

Tim Mulvihill

 Tim Mulvihill, M.A.

  • Adjunct Instructor, Anthropology
  • B.A.: Anthropology, Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
  • M.A.: University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • Station Archeologist, University of Arkansas-Arkansas Archaeological Society
  • tim.mulvihill@uafs.edu 
  • 479-788-7812
  • Echols 204 

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include: Introduction to Archaeology

 

Research Interests: Archaeological Survey

 

 

Richard Russell

Richard D. Russell, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Instructor, Psychology
  • B.A.: Psychology University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • M.A. and Ph.D.: Experimental Psychology, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • rich.russell@uafs.edu
  • 479-788-7670
  • Gardner 206

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include: General Psychology, Learning, Interdisciplinary course (Industrial/Organizational Psychology)

 

Research interests:

 

 

Janet Sanders

 Janet Sanders, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Professor, Psychology
  • Retired (10+ years) UAFS faculty as Assistant Professor
  • B.A.: Economics, California State University (Sacramento, CA)
  • Ph.D.: Developmental Psychology, Higher Education Academic Administration, Union Institute and University (Cincinnati, OH)
  • janet.sanders@uafs.edu
  • 479-788-7670

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include:  Psychology Orientation, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology: Lifespan, Social Psychology, Applied Psychology,  Adolescent Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology

                           

Research interests:

 

 

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Jackie Scarborough, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Instructor, Psychology
  • B.S.: Psychology, Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR)
  • B.S.: Sociology, Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR)
  • M.S.: Community Counseling, University of Central Arkansas (Conway, AR)
  • Ph.D.: Counselor Education and Supervision, Regent University (VA Beach, VA)
  • L.P.C. licensure
  • jackie.scarborough@uafs.edu
  • 479.788.7670

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include: General Psychology

Research interests:

 

 

Lucy Shaeffer, M.A.

  • Adjunct Instructor, Psychology
  • B.A.: Math, Texas A&M Commerce (Commerce, TX)
  • M.S.: Criminal Justice, University of Texas-Tyler (Tyler, TX)
  • M.S.: Psychology, University of Texas-Tyler (Tyler, TX)
  • L.P.C. licensure
  • lucy.shaeffer@uafs.edu
  • (479) 788-7580
  • Gardner 206

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include: Psychology Orientation,  General Psychology, Developmental Psychology: Life Span, Cognitive Psychology, Interdisciplinary courses (Senior Seminar/Special Topics: Psychology of Women, Death and Dying)

 

Research interests:

 

 

Melanie Taylor, M.A.

  • Adjunct Instructor, Psychology
  • B.A.: Psychology, UAFS Class of 2010
  • M.S.: Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • L.P.C. licensure
  • melanie.taylor@uafs.edu
  • (479) 788-7670

Courses taught/offered at UAFS include: Psychology Orientation,  General Psychology, Developmental Psychology: Life Span, Cognitive Psychology

 

Research interests:

 

 

Deborah Hepler

Deborah Hepler

  • Administrative Specialist
  • Electrical Technician, Coyne Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL)
  • deborah.hepler@uafs.edu
  • 479.788.7670
  • Vines 101

Research interests: Criminology, True Crime