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Dr. Dena Matzenbacher, Ph.D.
Office Farrar Hall 156

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.

Dr. Carl Bartling, Ph.D.
Office Farrar Hall 140
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.

Dr. Linda Brannon, Ph.D.
Office Farrar Hall 155

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.

Dr. Nidal Daou, Ph.D.
Office Farrar Hall 159

Nidal Daou received her Bachelor’s degree from the American University of Beirut and Master’s from Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Learning Processes and Behavior Analysis subprogram at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research is concerned with affective behavior of children with autism, independent engagement in children with autism, and cross-cultural conceptions of autism. Her clinical experience includes developing individualized educational programs and providing behavior analytic services to children and youths with autism. She has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses on a range of topics within behavior analysis and psychology. She is currently teaching graduate courses in the Applied Behavior Analysis program at McNeese, as well as Introduction to Psychology at the undergraduate level.

Dr. Jennifer Gallucci, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Gallucci received her BA from Boston College and her MA and PhD in School Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She is also a doctorate-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Gallucci currently is a research analyst for Development Services Group, Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition, she has experience as a Behavioral and Educational Consultant, providing consultation to school-based teams and autism programs in implementing evidence-based interventions for students with a variety of behavioral, social, and academic needs and administering a variety of behavioral assessments. Her research interests include promoting implementation of evidence-based practices, increasing positive teacher-student interactions, and measuring team meeting process behavior. Dr. Gallucci teaches online courses in Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Assessment.

Dr. Tracy Lepper, Ph.D.
Office Farrar Hall 150

Tracy received her Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University and completed two years of graduate training there before transferring to Texas Christian University. She received her Master’s Degree and Doctoral Degree from Texas Christian University under the advisement of Anna I. Petursdottir. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2013. Her clinical experiences include providing behavior analytic services and/or assessments to individuals with autism (both adults and children), dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and juvenile sex-offenders. Tracy is currently the co-editor of the American Journal of Psychological Research, and is an independent consultant for military families who have children with special needs. Her research interests include, but are not limited to; the assessment and treatment of non-socially mediated problem behavior, the role of conditioned reinforcement in language acquisition, research methodologies, stimulus preference assessments, and prompting strategies. Tracy teaches several graduate courses in the Applied Behavior Analysis Program here at McNeese State University, as well as, Behavioral Research Methods, Senior Thesis, and Introduction to Psychology at the undergraduate level.

Diane Manuel
Office Farrar Hall 151

Dr. Cam Melville, Ph.D.
Office Farrar Hall 156

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.

Dr. Kevin L. Yaudes, Ph.D., PLPC
Office Farrar Hall 150
Dr. Yaudes received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ithaca College. He received his Master’s Degree in Psychology, Counseling Concentration, from McNeese State University and his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor and sees clients at the Kay Doré Counseling Clinic which is housed on the campus of McNeese State University. His research interests include conceptualization of mental health disorders, processes of attitude change regarding mental health disorders, attitude change regarding political and social beliefs, and psycholinguistics and cognitive linguistics, specifically the influence of language on perception and conceptualization of worldview. Dr. Yaudes teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Senior Thesis, Behavioral Assessment, Psychopathology, and is the faculty supervisor for Practicum/Internship students.