Staff Directory

Mark Vosvick, Ph.D.
Director

Mark Vosvick is a behavioral scientist and associate professor of counseling psychology in UNT’s College of Arts and Sciences. Vosvick trained at Yale, Rutgers, Harvard, Stanford and the Medical College of Wisconsin before coming to UNT.  Vosvick mentors both undergraduate and graduate students in research on psychosocial issues related to health and wellness in ethnic, racial, gender and sexual minority communities. Vosvick’s mentoring philosophy is holistic in that in addition to discipline content, he believes professional behavior and identity formation are all part of the educational process. As part of this philosophy, he encourages his students to give back through community engagement. CV

Chwee-Lye Chng, Ph.D.
Co-Director

Dr. Chng is a Regents Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation at UNT. He is also the Chair of the Committee at the Office of AIDS Research in NIH-Research on Ethnic Minorities and serves on the editorial boards of seven health promotion journals. His research interests include: social, cultural, behavioral and psychological constructs vis-a-vis HIV transmission among college students and gay/bisexual men. CV

John Ed Allen, Ph.D.
Board Member

Dr. Allen has been a faculty member of the Mathematics Department at UNT since 1963, a total of 51 years.  For 23 years he served as chair of the Mathematics Department and for ten years as Associate Dean for the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science.  He retired in 2011 but continues to teach for the Mathematics Department and gladly volunteers his time with projects in the Center for Psychosocial Health Research.

Denise E. Catalano, Ph.D., CRC
Board Member

Dr. Denise Catalano is an Assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work & Addictions. She received both her master and doctorate degrees in Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Catalano is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and has worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Wisconsin. Her interests include: psychosocial aspects of disability; adaptation to disability, specifically among individuals with spinal cord injuries and individuals with traumatic brain injury; and professional issues related to the development of rehabilitation counseling students. Faculty Profile

Michael Gates, Ph.D.
Board Member

Michael Gates joined the Center for Psychosocial Health Research in 2009. He completed his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at UNT in November 2011, majoring in statistics and psychometrics. He holds a M.S. in decision science and second bachelors in psychology from UNT, and received his undergraduate B.S. in biology from Texas Tech University. His research interests involve integrating advanced statistical and modeling methodologies in clinical behavioral health research. He served as an intelligence analyst in U.S. Naval Reserves before returning to school to complete his doctorate, and he was recalled to active duty in 2001 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. CV

Doug Henry, Ph.D.
Board Member

Dr. Henry is interested in applied medical anthropology as the interaction of culture, health, society, and illness. He has done research in areas such as sleep and the treatment-seeking behaviors surrounding sleep disorders; violence, refugees, and international relief during conflict and disaster; program evaluation through cost-benefit analyses; structural violence and the public health of young gay and bisexual men; paramedical decision-making; and the "cruising" culture of looking for sex partners in Internet chat rooms. He currently teaches the undergraduate courses Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology, Peoples and Cultures of Africa, and Field Methods, and the graduate courses Medical Anthropology and Quantitative Methods and Analyses.  CV

Ami Moore, Ph.D.
Board Member

Dr. Ami R. Moore joined the faculty at UNT in 2001.  She received her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in 2000. Her research interests include social demography, HIV/AIDS related issues, women’s health, gender and family, and African immigrants in the US.  She teaches courses in demography (both graduate and undergraduate levels) as well as in sociology.  She recently received a Fulbright HIV/AIDS grant to study informal caregiving to children with HIV/AIDS in Togo.  She was in Togo from July to December 2006.

Thomas Parsons, Ph.D.
Board Member

Dr. Thomas D. Parsons is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology. He is Director of UNT’s Clinical Neuropsychology and Simulation (CNS) lab. Prior to joining the UNT faculty, Dr. Parsons was on faculty at the University of Southern California. Dr. Parsons is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and his research focuses on the role of frontal subcortical circuits that underlie neurocognitive and affective regulation following trauma (e.g. brain injury; post-traumatic stress disorder); and/or neurological illness (e.g. HIV/AIDS; Alzheimer's Parkinson's). Much of his research integrates psychology and technology. In addition to his patent for eHarmony's Matching System, he has invented and makes use of virtual environments and artificial neural networks to assess the frontostriatal system's supervisory attentional system and adaptive responding to environmental situations. Faculty Profile

Victor R. Prybutok, Ph.D.
Board Member

Victor R. Prybutok is a Regents Professor of Decision Sciences in the Information Technology and Decision Sciences Department and Associate Dean of the Toulouse Graduate School at the University of North Texas.  He received, from Drexel University, his B.S. with High Honors in 1974, a M.S. in Bio-Mathematics in 1976, a M.S. in Environmental Health in 1980, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Analysis and Applied Statistics in 1984.  Dr. Prybutok is an American Society for Quality certified quality engineer, certified quality auditor, certified manager of quality / organizational excellence, and an accredited professional statistician (PSTAT®) by the American Statistical Association.  Dr. Prybutok has authored over 100 journal articles, several book chapters, and more than 100 conference presentations in information systems measurement, quality control, risk assessment, and applied statistics. CV

Jakob L. Vingren, Ph.D., CSCS.
Board Member

Dr. Jakob Vingren received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in kinesiology from the University of North Texas before pursuing a Ph.D. in kinesiology at the University of Connecticut (currently ranked the #1 doctoral program in the country). During his undergraduate education he was a walk-on on the UNT football team as a tight end and took part in the Developing Scholars Mentor Program within the College of Education. Dr. Vingren’s research interests include resistance exercise and the effect of alcohol on hormones, muscle and athletic performance. One of the more out of the ordinary research projects he has worked on included resistance training of chronically intoxicated rats. CV

Tao Zhang, Ph.D.
Board Member

Dr. Tao Zhang, assistant professor of kinesiology, health promotion and recreation in the College of Education, who joined the UNT faculty in 2009, has made more than 60 research presentations at international and national conferences, published 32 refereed research articles, authored or co-authored more than 45 peer-reviewed research abstracts, conference papers and book chapters, and completed 11 funded research projects in the U.S. and China. His research focuses on supportive physical and social environments, achievement motivation, physical activity, and health outcomes from social, psychological and behavioral perspectives. He was inducted as a Fellow in the Research Consortium of AAHPERD in 2012, and earned the Mabel Lee Award from AAHPERD in 2013.

Since 2010, he has received several grants to incorporate emerging technologies into students’ learning. He has already mentored both undergraduate and graduate students who have received state and national awards for their research. He has been a reviewer for 14 scholarly journals and reviewed abstracts at 15 national conferences. He served as the Editorial Board Members for the Journal of American College Health and Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. He has also served on several committees of professional organizations and received the Outstanding Service Award from the International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health.

Zhang earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Kinesiology from Shanghai University of Sport and a doctoral degree in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University. He was a former lecturer and coach at Shanghai University of Sport and Shanghai Aquatic Sports Center in China, where he led his women’s rowing teams to win two national championships.

Robby Goodhue
Office Manager
Shane Ivey
Office Manager

Shane is a sophomore pursuing a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in English. He plans to graduate in 2018. His research interests pertain to the LGBT communities and marginalized populations. His particular interests include internalized sexual stigma and depression amongst these populations. CV

Cali Kirkham, B.A.
Office Manager

Cali Kirkham graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in General Studies with a focus in Philosophy, Psychology and Anthropology. Her research interests include the effects of stigma and marginalized populations, risky sexual behaviors, addiction, positive psychology and anxiety. She is working towards medical school where she will study infectious diseases. CV

Nicole McKinney, B.A.
Office Manager

Nicole McKinney graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in English with a concentration in Technical Writing, and is currently working on an additional B.A. in Psychology. She plans to pursue a master’s or doctorate in Counseling Psychology after graduation. Her research interests include health psychology, HIV/AIDS counseling and prevention, eating disorders, and LGBT issues. CV

Alex Moozhayil
Office Manager
Mihya Weber
Office Manager
Stacy Bonds, B.A.
Graduate Student

Stacy is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College where she earned a B.A. in Psychology.  Her research interests include LGBT health, sexual risk taking, primary and secondary interventions, LGBT issues, and HIV prevention. CV

Sarah Fritz, B.A.
Graduate Student

Sarah is a 2nd year Clinical Health Psychology doctoral student. In 2011, she conducted research on psychosocial correlates of HIV stigma and LGB-related stress and depression, and presented research at 3 national research conferences including the American Psychological Association. Currently, she is researching coping and quality of life in the LGB communities and hopes to conduct community-based participatory research with the lesbian and HIV+ communities. Upon completing her dissertation and internship, Sarah hopes to provide education, behavioral interventions and psychotherapy to those who are HIV+ or sexual minorities.

Eliot Lopez, M.S.
Graduate Student

Eliot is a 3rd year PhD student in the clinical health psychology program.  His research interests include enhancement of positive coping strategies to improve adherence to medication, particularly within the HIV/AIDS community, as well as interventions aimed at mitigating the effects of stigma on health behaviors.  CV

James Miller, M.S.
Graduate Student

James Miller graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.S. in psychology. He is currently a clinical health psychology doctoral student at the University of North Texas. His research interests include methods of improving self-management programs and treatment outcomes among chronically ill and addiction populations. In the future he hopes to work in a hospital-based practice and teach at the doctoral level. CV

Megan Purser, M.A.
Graduate Student

Megan is a graduate student in the Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine program. She is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University where she earned a B.S. in Psychology, and of Texas State University where she earned her M.A. in Health Psychology. Her research interests include LGBT health, and spirituality and quality of life in people living with chronic illnesses. After graduating from UNT, she hopes to work in an interdisciplinary health setting aimed at helping people cope with chronic illnesses.  CV

Alexandra Wike, M.A.
Graduate Student

Alexandra is a first year doctoral student in the Clinical Health Psychology Consortium program. She spent her undergraduate career at Loyola Marymount University, where she received a B.A. in psychology and was an NCAA Div 1 swimmer and water polo player. Alexandra went on to attain an M.A. in clinical psychology from CSU Dominguez Hills. Her research interests include primary and secondary prevention, and improving quality of life in chronic illness populations.  CV

Jamie Craddock
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Kinsie Dunham
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Tosha Griggs
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Tosha is a sophomore at UNT, pursing a B.S. in psychology with a minor in English. She is an Army Veteran that has served 3 years active duty, one of which she spent deployed to Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She also has experience working as a medical assistant with patients that have been infected with HIV/AIDS virus, and plans to use that experience, and her time as a research assistant, to further her knowledge on the subject. CV

Adriana Rodriguez
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Adriana Rodriguez is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish at the University of North Texas (UNT). In the fall of 2013 she was selected for the Honors College Program at the University of North Texas. Adriana accepted into the McNair Scholars Program in the fall of 2013 and admitted to The Center for Psychosocial Health Research, where she began her research on psychosocial correlates of health in sexual minorities and people living with HIV (PLH) in the Dallas County area. Adriana will present her research at the McNair Conference, Scholars Day at UNT, and national research conferences in the spring of 2015. Her active duty as a citizen in the Denton community has been one of serving and aiding. Adriana joins her sorority in extensive service to the community and has also assisted in the development of new programs in counseling adolescents to pursue academic achievement. After graduation, Adriana plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology to continue her research in chronic disease and behavioral health. CV

Tsipora Smith
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Tsipora is a senior at UNT, pursuing a B.A. in psychology with a sociology minor. She plans to attend graduate school studying counseling psychology with an interest in sport psychology. Her interests include research on coping in LGBT people, internalized homophobia, spirituality in the LGBT community, and performing community service focused on sport and psychological well-being.

Toby Dawg Vosvick, B.S.

Toby has a degree in Animal Psychology with a minor in Pet/Owner Behavior from Stanford University. He’s currently a 3rd year doctoral student in the Animal Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of North Texas. Current research includes: the relationship between the barking response and canine social systems, canine obsession with moving cars, pet allergies, chiropractic care for abandoned animals, and the therapeutic effect of rope tugging.   CV

Steven Hauf
Alumnus

Steven is a Senior at  UNT majoring in psychology with a minor in LGBT studies. Steven currently serves as the office manager for the LGBT studies program at UNT and the Center for Psychosocial Health Research.  He has worked as a senior certified pharmacy technician for 7 years and works as a teaching assistant for Dr. Chng’s human sexuality class at UNT. Steven plans to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology and hopes to continue researching issues regarding the LGBT communities and sexual health. CV

Temi Bada, B.S.
Alumnus

Temi Bada is a second year Graduate Student pursing a Master’s degree in Public health with a concentration in Epidemiology. She currently attends the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from University of North Texas, Denton. She currently works with Morningside Children’s Partnership with the goal to improve lives across the Morningside community of Fort Worth by coordinating with community partners to identify and address areas of need and to develop a plan to improve education and general quality of life. She also tutors, mentors and provides college prep to high school students via AB Christian learning center. Her future educational goal is to earn a DrPH in Public health within the next five years. Her main interest is in Global Health with a focus on infectious diseases. She has a passion for HIV/AIDS research. Temi is an American national who spent nine years in Nigeria and was fortunate to experience the culture and diversity of a developing country, thus, influencing her career choice. She hopes to have an impact in health policy decisions made across the globe.  CV

Jake Bates
Alumnus

Jake Bates is a senior psychology major, minoring in LGBT studies. His research interest includes LGBT studies and sex health. He plans on achieving his B.A. in December 2013. His goal is to get his PhD in psychology and work with the LGBT community. CV

Jim Brown
Alumnus

Jim Brown is a senior at UNT. He is working toward graduating in 2012 with a B.A. in psychology and a Spanish minor. He also hopes to continue his education by pursuing graduate school. His research interests include addiction, depression, and intelligence in minority groups. CV

Michelle Smith
Alumna

Michelle is a senior seeking a B.A.  in psychology with a minor in English. She currently serves as the secretary to UNT’s Mortar Board Honor Society. Michelle has worked in a variety of medical field jobs that include insurance and claims processing, patient records, and facility management. Michelle plans to pursue a Ph. D. in counseling psychology. CV

Sarah Clubb
Alumnus
Sam Deacon
Alumnus

Sam graduated with a B.A. from UNT in psychology. Since graduating he has begun pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. His research interests include treating maladaptive coping behaviors, aggressive behavior and working with sexual minorities. CV

Jordan Fotouhi
Alumnus

Jordan Fotouhi is a senior pursing a B.A. in psychology. He is interested in doing research on positive psychology -especially the relationships between positive thinking and quality of life - and how positive constructs relate to populations with chronic illnesses. He also is interested in abnormal psychology and counseling psychology, and would like to research constructs such as depression, guilt, morality, and stress. He enjoys studying philosophy, theology, sociology, and anthropology and discovering how these different fields of study can contribute to his research in, and understanding of, psychology. CV

Kivon Gaines
Alumnus
Jennifer Garrett
Alumnus

Jennifer's major is Psychology and her interest is in clinical psychology. Jennifer will be applying to graduate school to further her career and become a therapist. She wants to understand more about chronic illnesses, and the impact it can have on not only the person with the illness but those around them as well.

Brooke Gomez, B.S.
Alumna / Former Office Manager

Brooke is a junior seeking a bachelors of science in psychology. Her research interests include chronic illness and marginalized populations. She plans on pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology. CV

Rachel Goodman
Alumna

Rachel graduated from UNT with a B.S. in health promotion with a concentration in study of sexualities. Her research interests include LGBT studies, HIV/AIDS and STD prevention. Future plans include continuing her education to lead to a career related to sex education/human sexuality. CV

AJ Guerrero
Alumnus / Former Office Manager

AJ is a senior at UNT pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a double minor in LGBT studies and Women studies. AJ currently serves as the Assistant Office Manager for the LGBT Studies Program at UNT and Student Ambassador for the Women’s Studies Program in the College of Arts and Science at UNT. Her research includes perceived stress, psychological quality of life, adaptive forms coping in LGBT communities. AJ plans to graduate Spring 2014 and pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and hopes to continue researching issues regarding the LGBT communities and mental health. CV 

Schylar Herrin, B.A.
Alumna

Schylar is a senior seeking to gain a B. A. in psychology. Her research interests include chronic illnesses and psychological adjustment, coping mechanisms and psychological health of underrepresented populations. She plans to attend graduate school to attain a degree for clinical psychology. CV

Jessica Johnson
Alumna
Jason Jones
Alumnus

Jason is a junior at UNT, pursuing a B.S. in psychology with an LGBT studies minor. He plans to attend graduate school studying clinical psychology. His interests include research into the relationships between LGBT people and their medical professionals, internalized homophobia in gay men and spirituality in the LGBT community, and performing freelance graphic design and writing.   

Erica Kim
Alumnus
Wenrui Li
Alumnus
Justin Litvin
Alumnus

Justin is a junior pursuing a B.S. in psychology with minors in Spanish and counseling. His research interests include counseling psychology, marital relationships, family dynamics and parenting styles. Justin intends to pursue a Ph.D. in counseling psychology.  CV

Mark Pierson, B.S.
Alumnus / Former Office Manager

Mark is a senior psychology major at the University of North Texas and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in the spring of 2012.  In the fall of 2010 he joined the Center for Psychosocial Health Research (CPHR) lab and was inducted into the McNair Scholars Program.  Since, he has researched psychosocial issues relevant to the HIV/AIDS population in north Texas.  Mark has presented research at the 13th Texas National McNair Scholars Research Conference February 17-19, 2011, University of North Texas Scholars day April 14, 2011, the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS) Annual Convention in Washington D.C. May 26-29, 2011 and the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual convention in Washington D.C. August 4-7, 2011.  Additionally, he is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Lambda and the international honor society for psychology students: Psi Chi, UNT chapter.  Upon graduation Mark plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Psychology. CV

Vanessa Martinez
Alumna
Sarah Palmer
Alumnus

Sarah is a senior pursuing a B.A. in psychology with minors in social sciences and LGBT studies. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2015 and will go on to pursue a Ph.D. in community health psychology. Her research interests include sexual health, HIV and STD prevention, sexual risk taking, and LGBT health.​ CV

Eddie Parks, B.S.
Alumnus

Eddie received his bachelor of science in psychology with a minor in English from UNT.  His research interests include primary prevention of chronic illnesses, especially HIV/AIDS, and identifying and treating maladaptive coping behaviors with regards to perceived stress in HIV/AIDS populations.  Future plans include a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. CV

Stephen Ramos
Alumnus

Stephen is a fourth-year undergraduate UNT student pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Social Sciences – emphasizing in Economics and Anthropology. He plans to attend graduate school for a PhD in Clinical Psychology and ultimately wishes to become a professor and researcher at the university level. His research interests include substance use/abuse, addictive behaviors, risky behaviors, cardiovascular reactivity, and both mental/physical health disparities in the Latino/Hispanic communities. CV

Chelsea Ricky, B.A.
Alumna

Chelsea is a senior at UNT pursuing a B.A. in psychology with a minor in applied behavior analysis. Her research interests include trauma, ethnic/cultural identity, stress and pain management, coping styles and positive psychology. Chelsea is also interested in individual and familial issues within military and law enforcement populations.  She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in counseling psychology. CV

Alex Ruuska
Alumnus

Alex is a second-year UNT undergraduate in the Pre-Medical and Honors programs. She is double majoring in Psychology and Biology and plans to attend medical school in preparation for a psychiatric practice. Her research interests include cognitive psychology, neuropsychiatry, LGBT communities, holistic medicine, and existential therapy.  CV

Robert Samczuk
Alumnus

Robert is a student at UNT. He is a psychology major and is in the pre-med program. He intends to enter the field of neuro-psychiatry and has a particular interest in abnormal psychology and clinical psychology. He enjoys studying the connections between the biological and psychological aspects of the brain.  CV

Matt Schumacher, M.A.
Alumnus

Matt is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. He is a proud graduate of Washington State University (Go Cougs), where he received a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Human Development. Matt went on to earn a M.A. in Counseling at the University of North Dakota and learned what it’s like to experience -40 degree temperatures. His research interests include health psychology, LGBT issues, sports psychology and social justice and multicultural issues. CV

De'Ron L. Scott
Alumnus

De’Ron is a senior at UNT pursuing a B.A. in psychology and a minor in LGBT studies. His research interests include identifying maladaptive coping techniques as related to stress and stigma, how forgiveness can relate to higher quality of life in LGBT and HIV/AIDS populations and developing community based interventions to reduce health disparities (especially HIV/AIDS) in ethnic, sexual and gender minority communities. His future plans include a master’s degree in public health.   CV

Kelly Stains
Alumna

Kelly graduated with her B.A. in psychology with a minor in philosophy from UNT in December 2011. She is currently working with a research team in the center for psychosocial health and plans to attend graduate school. CV

Wiley Stem
Alumnus

Wiley is a senior pursuing a B.S. in psychology with minors in communication studies, LGBT studies and spanish. He plans to graduate from UNT in the fall of 2013 and to pursue either a master's or Ph.D. program in counseling psychology. His research interests include positive psychology, mindfulness, quality of life and marginalized populations. CV

Krystal Stephen, B.A.
Alumnus

Krystal is a 1st year doctoral student in counseling psychology on the Marriage and Family Track. She is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University where she received a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in General Business. Upon graduation she moved here to Denton Texas to attend UNT. Her research interests include stress, self-efficacy, and spirituality on psychological quality of life. CV

Danielle Vincent
Alumna

Danielle is a graduate student in the Women's Studies M.A. program. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas where she earned a B.A. in psychology. Her research interests include neuroplasticity and resiliency in early and middle adulthood, mechanisms and modes of resilience, post traumatic growth, and complex traumatic stress disorders in victims of human trafficking. Upon graduating from UNT, she aspires to provide counseling services to these victims and continue her activism in fighting modern-day slavery. CV

Beckett Weeks
Alumnus

Beckett is a senior at UNT, pursuing a B.A. in psychology and a minor in photography. They plan to attend graduate school in order to work as an art therapist and their interests include the efficacy of art therapy in different populations, anxiety and depression within LGBTQ individuals, gender identity and gender dysphoria, and post-traumatic stress disorder. CV