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Dr. Dena Matzenbacher, Ph.D.
Department Head

Dr. Dena Matzenbacher earned the BS and MA degrees in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Texas Christian University. She joined the McNeese Psychology Department in August, 1999, and has served as Department Head since August, 2005. Dr. Matzenbacher's research background is in the field of child & human development, with special interests in socioemotional development, parenting issues, pet interactions, media influences, social support, and the development of psychopathology. She currently teaches Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Child, Adolescent and Lifespan Development. She is a member of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Society for Research in Child Development, and the Society for Research in Human Development. Additional activities include serving on the Board of Directors for the Lake Charles Children's Museum and assisting with Critical Incident Training (CIT) for local law enforcement officers.


McNeese State University
Department of Psychology
Box 91895
4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Phone: 337-475-5434
Fax: 337-562-4115
Email:dena@mcneese.edu
Office Farrar Hall 156


Dr. Denise Arellano, Ph.D.

Denise Arellano received a BS, MS, and PhD degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. She began at McNeese in 2007 as an assistant professor in the Psychology department where she teaches Intro to Psyc in both traditional classroom and online, as well as Research Methods, Statistics, and Behavior Analysis. Her areas of interest include working with individuals with developmental delays, especially children on the autism spectrum. She and several graduate students are currently very excited to be designing a training program for people who work with individuals with developmental delays, a project funded by the state of Louisiana. She worked for several years as a behavioral therapist with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and did extensive research testing schedules and shaping algorithms with rats.


McNeese State University
Department of Psychology
Box 91895
4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Phone: 337-475-5461
Fax: 337-562-4115
Email:darellano@mcneese.edu
Office Farrar Hall 150


Dr. Carl Bartling, Ph.D.

I received my Ph.D. in Cognitive/Experimental Psychology from Kansas State University. I also completed a two-year post doc in clinical/social gerontology and another brief post doc in industrial-organizational psychology. I've taught for over 30 years with the emphasis in teaching being in the areas of research/statistics. I've conducted research in a wide variety of research topics, including human learning and memory, attention deficit disorders, sexual harassment, and program evaluation. I'm the founder and editor of the electronic psychology journal, American Journal of Psychological Research, and I would certainly welcome submissions from McNeese State University students with their faculty mentors.


McNeese State University
Department of Psychology
Box 91895
4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Phone: 337-475-5464
Fax: 337-562-4115
Email:cbartling@mcneese.edu
Office Farrar Hall 140


Dr. Linda Brannon, Ph.D.

Linda Brannon, Ph.D., joined the Psychology faculty at McNeese State University after receiving her doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a Professor of Psychology at MSU, where she teaches a variety of courses in the undergraduate and graduate curricula. In addition to teaching courses, she has authored textbooks for some of those courses. Those texts include Psychology (9th edition, with Lester Lefton), Health Psychology: An Introduction to Behavior and Health (7th edition, with Jess Feist), and Gender: Psychological Perspectives (5th edition). Dr. Brannon is a licensed psychologist in the state of Louisiana and the 1998 recipient of the MSU Alumni Association's Distinguished Professor Award.


McNeese State University
Department of Psychology
Box 91895
4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Phone: 337-475-5460
Fax: 337-562-4115
Email:lbrannon@goexpress.net
Office Farrar Hall 155


Dr. Charlotte Carp, Ph.D.

Charlotte Carp received a BS, MS, and PhD degree in Psychology from Texas Christian University. She began at McNeese in 2012 as an assistant professor in the Psychology department where she teaches Intro to Psyc, Verbal Behavior, and Behavioral Assessment. Her areas of interests include (a) identifying specific learning experiences by which children become more efficient learners and (b)applying this research to advancing language interventions for children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. She is a member of the Texas Association of Behavior Analysis and the Association for Behavior Analysis International.


McNeese State University
Department of Psychology
Box 91895
4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Fax: 337-562-4115
Email:ccarp@mcneese.edu
Office Farrar Hall 156


Dr. Cam Melville, Ph.D.

Dr. Melville earned the BS degree in Psychology from the University of Idaho and the MS and Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Behavior Analysis from Washington State University. He currently serves as the Coordinator of Psychology Graduate Programs, Director of the MSU Project for the Treatment of Problem Gambling, Academic Coordinator for the CIT training, and faculty advisor to the McNeese Autism Program. His research interests include animal models of addictions, addictions treatment, basic processes of behavior change. He teaches courses in Principles of Learning and Behavior, Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis, Laboratory in Behavior Analysis, Addictive Behaviors, and Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders, and History & Systems of Psychology. Dr. Melville is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavior Analysis International.


McNeese State University
Department of Psychology
Box 91895
4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Phone: 337-475-5462
Fax: 337-562-4115
Email:melville@mcneese.edu
Office Farrar Hall 156


Diane Manuel, Department Secretary


McNeese State University
Department of Psychology
Box 91895
4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Phone: 337-475-5457
Fax: 337-562-4115
Email: lmanuel@mcneese.edu