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Dr. Martin DawsonDr. Martin Dawson
Associate Professor of Psychology
Phone: 325-793-4618
Office: Old Main 305B
Email: dawson.martin@mcm.edu
Dr. Dawson and Dr. John Eric Swenson discuss Freud on the radio show “The Professors

Ph.D., Texas Tech University
M.A., Abilene Christian University
B.A., Trinity University

My passion for Psychology started as a college sophomore when I took a course in child development. I had experience working with children in a summer camp setting, so I knew I enjoyed kids. However, that class opened my eyes to many of the issues and ideas that I still find fascinating today, such as the way nature and nurture work together to shape each person’s unique developmental  path.

Another major passion which has shaped my professional development has been my love for China. Upon graduation from Trinity University in 1986, I went to China for 2 years.  Later as doctoral student in educational psychology at Texas Tech University, I received a Boren Fellowship to study Chinese. And after completing my doctorate, I spent 7 more years in China. In total, I have spent 10 years there doing things ranging from teaching to studying, to running a couple of businesses (including a Chinese restaurant), and engaging in some small scale community development projects.  It has been a few years since I have been back, but I am still looking at possibilities for joint research. I am sure I will find myself back there again.

Here at McMurry, I tend to teach the “normal” courses — things like human development, social psychology, and learning. I also teach courses related to families and parenting (I hold a Masters degree in marriage and family therapy, and two years of my doctorate were actually in family studies).

Currently I am involved in both my own research and with collaborative research with undergraduates. My own work is a joint research and mentoring program at a local middle school here in town. I call that “my own research” — in fact I am being helped by a group of students from McMurry’s servant leadership program. Together we are studying the transition to middle school from the perspective of the students themselves. In addition to this, I am involved with a number of students who are working on developing their own original research projects for their senior theses.

I occasionally manage to have a life away from school — and perhaps it’s no surprise that there is quite a bit of overlap in my professional and personal life. I am happily married to my wife Lucy (for 16 years), and we have 3 children Timothy (11), Philip (9) and Miriam (7). We do all the normal family things such as soccer, cub scouts and family pets (2 dogs, 2 rabbits, 3 fish, and a cat). In addition to this we have a piece of land where I play with my latest toy — a 40 hp Chinese tractor.

Last but not least, as a family we are actively involved in Wylie United Methodist Church. Currently Lucy and I teach the college and career Sunday School class and host a college and career fellowship as well.


Dr. Yelena KoshelevaDr. Yelena Kosheleva
Associate Professor of Psychology
Phone: 325-793-4962
Office: Old Main 306B
Email: kosheleva.yelena@mcm.edu

M.A., Ph.D., University of Nebraska
M.A., Voronezh State University, Russia

Dr. Kosheleva is originally from Russia and she has her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a cognitive scientist whose research includes topics such as memory and language. Dr. Kosheleva’s interests include research in the science of teaching and learning, including effective curriculum design, technology in education, assessment of student learning, and student motivation. She teaches several classes at McMurry University, including Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods (basic and advanced), Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Language Acquisition Theories. She has experience in advising students going to graduate schools in psychology and enjoys helping her advisees with essay, CV, and statement writing.  Kosheleva is also the faculty advisor for Psi Chi (the national honor society in psychology) and Tri Psy, the student psychology club


Dr. Greg SchnellerDr. Greg Schneller
Professor of Psychology and Chair of the department
Phone: 325-793-4619
Office: Old Main 305C
Email: schneller.greg@mcm.edu
radio soundListen to Dr. Schneller on the radio show “The Professors”

M.A., Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Schneller holds the position of Assistant Professor in the McMurry Department of Psychology. He is also a licensed psychologist. He obtained the B.A. in psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1988. He attended the Counseling Psychology graduate program at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, from which he received the M.A. in 1990 and the Ph.D. in 1993. He worked for 12 years as a licensed psychologist at the counseling services of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville prior to coming to McMurry University in 2005.

Dr. Schneller teaches a variety of psychology courses including Introduction to Psychology, Personality Theories, Psychological Tests and Measures, Physiological Psychology, Psychology and Christianity, Senior Seminar, and Psychology Internship. He is interested in the integration of psychology and Christianity and is an active member of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Dr. Schneller’s experience as a Christian psycho-therapist and a Christian college professor has prompted his interest in how the practice of Christian disciplines relates to faith maturity, engagement in prayer, personality, and psychological well-being.

What matters most to me: I strive to always keep God at the center of my life. My love for my family, my service to my church, and my service to the students of McMurry all take on proper perspective when I am in right relationship with Christ.

What I like best about teaching: I love getting to know my students and watching their lives be transformed during their college experience at McMurry. I try to bring an interactive approach to the classroom because I believe learning works best when students are actively engaged rather than passively listening.

My favorite quote: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)


Mr. Tim DunnMr. Tim Dunn
Visiting Instructor of Psychology
Phone: 325-793-3857
Office: Old Main 306A
Email: dunn.tim@mcm.edu

M.Div., Hardin-Simmons University, 2003
M.A., Hardin-Simmons University, 2000
B.B.S., Hardin-Simmons University, 1998

First things should be kept first. While my relationship with God is like any relationship that is full of ups and downs, I strive to keep this relationship and the awareness of the continual presence of God in my life at the forefront of my thoughts each day.

Psychology has always been an interest of mine, although I did not see psychology as a career path until later into my college experience.  After my biological parents were divorced early in my life, my two younger sisters and I went through a failed, abusive adoption before being adopted a second time by separate families. I have often marveled at the different responses to those events of my sisters, myself, our biological family, and the families that adopted us. Our reactions to those events were shaped by many things, including our place in development at the time, our family context, and an infinite number of individual traits. I believe the study of psychology helps unravel such complex situations to reveal the interplay of our mental processes and behaviors.

Yet this unraveling has a greater purpose in my eyes.  While the subject of my educational pursuits has centered on psychology and related concepts, the true focus has always been on helping and serving others.  I am in agreement with the twelfth-century monk, Bernard of Clairvaux, who said: “There are many who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge: that is curiosity. There are others who desire to know in order that they themselves may be known: that is vanity. But there are some who seek knowledge in order to serve and edify others: and that is love.”  While I must admit chiefly to curiosity and hopefully just slightly to vanity, my goal through my educational pursuits and now my teaching endeavors has been and is the love of others.

I have worked in a regional mental health and mental retardation center and in a juvenile detention center; served as a financial aid counselor at the college level; and done duty as a caseworker in a program providing counseling to “at-risk” youth and their families. Most recently, I have maintained a full-time counseling practice for nine years, the last four of which included serving as the managing partner.  I still maintain a small private counseling practice as well, and maintain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. 

I am in the process of obtaining my doctoral degree from Texas Tech University in Human Development and Family Studies. My research interests include adult attachment, married relationships, intimacy, forgiveness, and Christian spirituality.


Adjunct Faculty

Mr. James FinleyMr. James Finley
Email: jfinley@mcm.ed

B.S., M.S., Abilene Christian University

Mr. Finley pursues a private practice treating clients with post traumatic stress disorder when he is not teaching classes at McMurry or conducting workshops for special groups. He is also a state-certified volunteer chaplain at the Robinson Correctional Facility.


 


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Dr. Greg Schneller, Chair
Department of Psychology
McMurry University
1 McMurry University #86
Abilene, TX 79697

Office: Old Main 305C
Phone: (325) 793-4619
Email: schneller.greg@mcm.edu