Listee Features — Psychology


Holding considerable expertise in child and adolescent therapy, equine-assisted mental health care, play therapy and parenting, counselor supervision, and business consulting, Kay Trotter, PhD, attributes much of her success to being self-driven in addition to being continually inspired to learn. It was this drive to learn that led to her attending college at the age of 35, while she served as president of K. Graphics, which she founded in 1989. Earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in sociology, cum laude, from Texas Woman’s University in 2000, she was inspired to focus her further education on child and adolescent health care following work with teenagers at a youth ministry. Matriculating at the University of North Texas, she

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Patricia Hamilton Shook, PhD, MA, BA, is a writer and clinical psychologist with more than three decades of expertise working with and on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. She has spent much of her career as a psychologist for the Department of Developmental Services, where she administers programming and assesses applications for services and court proceedings for appeals. Her work with the Department of Developmental Services extends to working directly with clients to administer IQ tests and other clinical evaluations as well as provide cognitive behavioral therapy sessions and create treatment plans. Dr. Shook’s initial interest in psychology was driven by her teenage experiences with clinical depression, inspiring her drive to understand the human brain

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Mary Giordano


Dr. Mary D. Giordano is a nationally-certified school psychiatrist, administrator, and educator celebrating more than 50 years of service to the students and community of the Providence Public School District. Initially training to become a nurse, Dr. Giordano was recruited to work in Providence Public School District by a principal who helped convince her of the value of providing a high-quality and forward-looking education to all students. She began teaching in the district in 1967 while continuing her education, graduating from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and social science in 1968 and a Master of Education from Providence College in 1975. Promoted to assistant principal of Nathanael Greene Elementary School in 1976, she earned her Doctor

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Reneau Kennedy


Reneau Charlene Ufford Kennedy, EdD, is a consulting forensic psychologist in private practice with more than 25 years of service within the justice system. Dr. Kennedy describes herself as a “natural public servant,” and she began her career as a teacher and counselor in Australia and Papua New Guinea after earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology, speech, and education from Willamette University in 1975. She began to recognize her calling toward counseling when she found that she often enjoyed helping the students who would linger after class with questions more than she enjoyed teaching the class. Dr. Kennedy continued her education at the University of Oregon, where she was awarded a Master of Science in psychology in 1981 and

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Susan Losh


Holding considerable expertise in survey research, Susan Carol Losh attributes much of her success to her stubbornness. Inspired to her career by a course she took during her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1968. She then continued her academic efforts at the University of Michigan with a Master of Arts in sociology in and a Doctor of Philosophy in sociology in 1973. Following these accomplishments, she joined Florida State University where she remained for the rest of her career. First working as an assistant professor of sociology at Florida State from 1973 to 1978, Dr. Losh became an associate professor of sociology in 1978 and an associate professor of

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Marilyn Immoos


First studying at the New England Conservatory and California State University, Marilyn Sue Immoos, PhD, concluded her early education at Mozarteum University Salzburg in Austria, and embarked on her career as a concert singer in Vienna in 1974. Fascinated with the human voice and the effects of music on human emotion, she decided to involve herself in psychology and joined the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center as a part-time assistant psychologist and trainer and the Fischhof Institute of Managerial Psychology as a part-time managerial psychologist in 1979. This work overlapped with her time as a mezzo-soprano with the City Theater in Luzen, Switzerland, from 1981 to 1984. In 1986, Dr. Immoos worked as a music therapist at the Psychiatric University Clinic in

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Born in Dallas, Texas, Melanie Moore Biggs, PhD, became interested in the field of medicine after a family member was hospitalized when she was 15. She later found her niche in psychology after attending family therapy sessions, volunteering at a suicide and crisis center and spending a summer working at a private psychiatric hospital. Earning a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, she is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in depression, anxiety and chronic co-morbid medical conditions. Over the course of her education, she was motivated and inspired by her maternal grandmother, who was an x-ray technician; her mother, Dorothy H. Moore; her sister, Melinda L. Moore; and her husband, David W. Biggs. She is

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Sharon Telleen


Holding considerable expertise in public health, research psychology and child development, Sharon L. Telleen, PhD, has excelled as a research associate professor emerita for the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2011, where she has also been a faculty affiliate in the Department of Psychology’s division of community and prevention research. Although she is retired, she remains active as a student mentor and gives presentations and lectures through Zoom. She also remains involved in research and has continued to publish articles in her field. First joining the University of Illinois at Chicago as a research associate in the School of Public Health’s division of community health sciences in 1983, Dr. Telleen became a research

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Accruing nearly 40 years of industry experience to her credit, Barbara Ewer Jones worked as a school psychologist in the Monroe County Community School Corp in Bloomington, Indiana, retiring in 2004. She was a Star trainer for in-house teacher training and has been noted for her achievements, qualities, credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. Ms. Jones began her educational career as a primary teacher in Marion, Indiana, and in Decatur Township Schools in Indianapolis, and a contact substitute teacher in San Bernardino City Unified School District in California. Her experience in California led her to a Master of Education in special education. Ms. Jones developed and directed the University Preschool for children ranging from 18 months to

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Shara Sand


The director of counseling services at the Manhattan School of Music since 2012, Shara Sand, PsyD, is renowned for her work in psychology. Having begun her professional journey with the intention of becoming a musician, she eventually accepted a job with a psychotherapy institute in order to support herself. In the course of her affiliation there, Dr. Sand developed a genuine interest in human behavior and in the process behind decisions that either enhance or inhibit life. Dr. Sand decided re-attend school in order to enhance her understanding of the field and her ability to contribute. Since then, she has served in a variety of positions, including as a member of the faculty at Yeshiva University, an adjunct clinical supervisor

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