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Psychology Department Information

Dr. David Pan, Chair
Lora Magnum Shields Building, Room 249
Phone: 505-454-3375
E-mail: dpan@nmhu.edu


Psychology Department News

2021
Two new faculty have accepted tenure-track positions with the NMHU Department of Psychology! We welcome Dr. Sarah Tracy and Dr. Thomas Brooks!

2018
Three NMHU Master’s Degree in Psychology graduates accepted in Ph.D. programs
Two NMHU Psychology professors earn tenure

2017
NMHU Master’s Degree in Psychology graduate student accepted into PhD program for Counseling Psychology


Mission of the Department of Psychology

The mission of the Department of Psychology is to provide psychological and sociocultural service and expertise for the region, as well as the greater global community, and to contribute to meeting the educational needs in psychology, the career needs in psychological services and research, and the training for careers in education engineering, physical and biological sciences, medicine, and other science fields.


Faculty

Tenure/Tenure-track Faculty*

Dr. Thomas Brooks, Psychology

Thomas Brooks, Ph.D. (Psychology, Experimental Social-Cognition)
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Texas A&M – Commerce
Main Campus – Las Vegas | CV
Email:  trbrooks@nmhu.edu
Research interests: Human sexuality, death and dying, fandom studies, trauma-informed care and education

 

Daniel Chadborn, Ph.D. (Experimental Social Psychology)
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Texas A&M – Commerce
Main Campus – Las Vegas | CV
Email:  dchadborn@nmhu.edu
Research interests: Social identity, internet fan communities, self-categorization, folklore, sense of community

 

 

Lara Heflin, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Southern California
Main Campus – Las Vegas | CV
Email:  lheflin@nmhu.edu
Research interests: Neuropsychology, health psychology, stress and coping, cancer, brain and head injury

Sarah Tracy, Ph.D. (Counseling Psychology)
Assistant Professor of Psychology, New Mexico State University
Email:  stracy@nmhu.edu
Farmington Center & Online | CV
Research interests: PTSD and general trauma, depressive disorders, mindfulness, and psychopathy

David Pan, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Southern California
Email:  dpan@nmhu.edu
Main Campus – Las Vegas | CV
Research interests: Treatment outcomes, anxiety and mood disorders, behavioral interventions, cultural identity, cultural adaptations

 

*Only tenure/tenure-track faculty members can serve as research advisors for Masters students

Contingent/Visiting Faculty

Nariman Arfai, Ph.D. (Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience – Experimental Psychology)
Instructor of Psychology (Undergraduate), University of New Mexico
Email:  narfai@nmhu.edu
Rio Rancho Center & Online | CV

 

 

Mathais Stricherz, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)
Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Texas Tech University
Main Campus – Las Vegas | CV
Email: mstricherz@nmhu.edu
Research interests: disaster mental health, violence in the workplace, death and dying, psychotherapy, and alcohol and drugs

Linda LaGrange, Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology)
Professor of Psychology, University of Alberta
Main Campus – Las Vegas | CV
Email: lagrange_l@nmhu.edu
Research interests: Hepatoprotective and fetoprotective properties of flavonoids in treatment of alcohol abuse; identification of biological markers of excessive alcohol consumption; biochemical correlates of personality traits/pathology

Affiliated Faculty

Leon Bustos, M.S. (General Psychology), Director of Health Education and Wellness, New Mexico Highlands University
Email:  leonbustos@nmhu.edu
Main Campus – Las Vegas | CV

Jean Hill, Ph.D. (Emeriti)

Ian Williamson, Ph.D. (Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs)


Graduate Program Data

Mission

It is the mission of the Master of Science program in psychology at NMHU to train master’s level psychologists who can utilize critical thinking skills, an understanding of the scientific method, and knowledge of major disciplines of psychology to their work as teachers, researchers, or practitioners. The program is designed to prepare students for either work as master’s level clinicians or continued study in psychology at the doctoral level. This mission is achieved through a high level of professor-to-student interaction, ample opportunities for research and practical experience, and exposure to a multicultural community setting.

MPCAC Accreditation

The Clinical/Counseling Track is MPCAC (Masters in Psychology & Counseling Accreditation Council) accredited. The MPCAC accredits programs that have a strong emphasis on science-based and culturally-responsive education and training, consistent with the values and mission of our program at NMHU. The MPCAC also works to ensure its standards are consistent with the requirements for licensure as a master’s-level clinician.

Graduate Program Data (Clinical/Counseling Track)
Academic Year 2020-2021:
Number of applicants: 15
Number of students admitted: 9
Number of students admitted who accepted offer of admission: 6
Total number of students enrolled in the program/track: 15
Number of students who graduated: 2

Graduate Program Data (General Track)
Academic Year 2020-2021:
Number of applicants: 3
Number of students admitted: 3
Number of students admitted who accepted offer of admission: 3
Total number of students enrolled in the program/track: 6
Number of students who graduated: 1