EKU Online Psychology Degree Programs - Psychology Faculty

T. Botts

Dr. Theresa Botts, Assistant Professor

Education: B.S. Eastern Kentucky University, M.S. Eastern Kentucky University Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Counseling Psychology

Email: Theresa.Botts@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Individual and group trauma work
  • Gender related issues affecting mental health
  • Diversity and cultural sensitivity training
  • Treatment of mood disorders
  • Treatment of anxiety disorders

M. B. Bundy

Dr. Myra Beth Bundy, Professor and Licensed Psychologist


B.S. Transylvania University
Ph.D. University of South Carolina, Clinical-Community Psychology
Post-Doctorial Fellowship University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Phone: 859-622-1105 

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Families Built Through Adoption
  • Clinical Psychology


Dr. Bundy's work can be found in several journals including:

  • Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities
  • International Journal on Disability and Human Development
  • Exceptionality

She has also co-authored books and book chapters including:

  • Bundy, M.B. & Ellison, K. (2018). Theory of mind. In The Sage Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders. E. Braaten (Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Kentucky Commission for Children with Special Healthcare Needs Autism Diagnostic Clinics


  • The Arc of Kentucky Ronald J. Cutter Professional Service Award, 2018
  • EKU Ecaps Advocate for Student Success Award Nominee, 2016
  • EKU Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year Award, 2014
  • EKU Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year Award, 2013

D. Florell

Dr. Dan Florell, Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D. Illinois State University, School Psychology

Email: Dan.Florell@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Bullying intervention in schools at all age levels
  • Cyberbullying
  • Adolescent population and their use of technology
  • Affecting learning, executive functioning, and training in school psychology

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Licensed psychologist
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
  • Associate editor of the journal School Psychology Forum
  • Served as president of the Kentucky Association of Psychology in the Schools


  • National Association of School Psychologists Presidential Award

J. Gore

Dr. Jonathan Gore, Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D. Iowa State University, Psychology

Email: Jonathan.Gore@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Goal motivation
  • Self-concept 
  • Culture

J. Henning

Dr. Jaime Henning, Assistant Professor

Education: M.S. Missouri State University, Ph.D. Texas A&M University, Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Email: Jaime.Henning@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Organizational and occupational health psychology
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Focusing on employee volunteerism
  • Environmental sustainability

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Business and Psychology

A. Lawson

Dr. Adam L. Lawson, Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D. OklahomaState University, Psychology


Research/Academic Interests:

  • Higher-order cognitive processes and their underlying brain sources
  • Cognitive mechanisms involved in memory, inhibition, and intentional deception using EEG (i.e., electrical activity produced by neurons in the brain)
  • Adult aging
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Drug abuse vulnerability

Dr. Yoshie Nakai, Assistant Professor

Education: B.A. Truman State University, M.A. University of Akron, Ph.D. University of Akron, Industrial/Gerontological Psychology

Email: Yoshie.Nakai@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Aging workforceSocial movements and resistance
  • Job search behaviors and unemployment among older adults
  • How organizations can effectively and efficiently recruit and retain older workers

T. Norwak

Dr. Theresa (Teri) Nowak, Assistant Professor

Education: B.S. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, M.A. Nicholls State University, Ph.D. University of Kentucky, School Psychology

Email: Teri.Nowak@eku.edu

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Early childhood population
  • Transition of young children to preschool
  • The temperament of preschool children and their teachers
  • Pre- and peri-natal variables that affect behavior
  • Streamlining the early intervention and preschool systems

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Licensed psychologist
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
  • Serves as a member of the Bluegrass Early Childhood Mental Health advisory board 

R. Osbaldiston

Dr. Richard Osbaldiston, Professor and Department Chair

B.CH.E.  Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S.       University of Missouri
Ph.D.     University of Missouri, Social/Personality Psychology


Email: Richard.Osbaldiston@eku.edu
Phone: 859-622-3055

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Motivation
  • Personality
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics


Dr. Osbaldiston's work can be found in several journals including:

  • Journal of Sustainable Development
  • Journal of College Student Development
  • Psychological Reports

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Kentucky Academy of Sciences
  • Kentucky Psychological Association


  • Outstanding Undergraduate Mentor, KPA, 2015
  • Dorothy Mercer Outstanding Advisor Award, 2015