Faculty

Dr. Dennis J. Trickett Professor, Department Chair
Office:Luecker Annex 160
Phone:606.539.4153
Email:dennis.trickett@ucumberlands.edu

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Dr. Dennis Trickett is an alumnus of Cumberland College, having graduated in 1979 with a B.S. in Psychology. In 1981, he earned an M.R.E. in Religion Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, followed by an Ed. D. in Psychology and Counseling in 1986. Prior to his returning to Cumberland in 1997 as a member of the faculty, Dr. Trickett spent ten years as a therapist and Director of Substance Abuse Prevention at the Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center.

Dr. Trickett is a member of the Society for Teaching of Psychology, the American Counseling Association, and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.

Courses Taught

PSYC 237 Introduction to Counseling
PSYC 238 Psychology of Learning and Exceptionality
PSYC 331 Physiological Psychology
PSYC 333 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 430 Psychology of Religion
PSYC 433 Counseling Psychology
PSYC 435 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 438 History and Systems of Psychology
PSYC 490 Special Topics: Forensic Psychology


Dr. Kiersten Baughman Associate Professor
Office:Leuker Annex
Phone:606.539.4062
Email:kiersten.baughman@ucumberlands.edu

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Dr. Eric Stephens Professor
Office:Luecker Annex 156
Phone:606.539.4594
Email:eric.stephens@ucumberlands.edu

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Dr. Eric Charles Stephens holds a B.A. in Psychology from Berea College, an M.A. in Applied Experimental Psychology from Western Kentucky University, and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kentucky. His interests include sport psychology, human factors psychology, and cognitive psychology.

Courses Taught

Basic Psychology (PSYC 131); Also in Bridge and Lifelong Learning programs
Psychology and Human Development (PSYC 232); Also in Bridge program
Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PSYC 338); Also in Bridge program
Special Topics in Education (EDUC 431)
Psychology of Learning and Exceptionality (PSYC 238)
Research Design and Statistics I (PSYC 234)
Research Design and Statistics II (PSYC 244)
Sport Psychology (PSYC 401)
Adult Development (PSYC 332)
Directed Studies- Readings or Research (PSYC 491)
Senior Seminar (PSYC 499)
Learning and Cognition (PSYC 436)
Principles of Academic and Personal Development (STSK 120)
Research Methods in Education (EDOL 630)
Evaluation, Measurement, and Assessment (EDOL 532)
Research Methods in Counseling (PSYOL 536)
Organizational Behavior (BUOL 532)
INSIGHTS since 2003
Professional Memberships

Association for Psychological Science (formerly the American Psychological
Society)Society for the Teaching of Psychology
Psi Chi
Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA)
Peer-reviewed publications

Stephens, E..C. (2011). Creating musical group names to aid student memory. In H. Blythe & C. Sweet (Eds.). It Works for Me Creatively. New Forums Press.
Higdon, L. G., & Stephens, E. C. (2008). Preferred music genre: The influence of major personality factors. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 13(3), 140-147.
Stephens, E. C., Carswell, C. M., & Schumacher, M. M. (2006) Evidence for an elders’ advantage in the naive product usability judgments of older and younger adults. Human Factors, 48(3), 422-433.
Carswell, M, Rinaldo, S., & Stephens, E. (2005). Representative sampling of users? To the contrary. Ergonomics in Design, 13(4), 25-27.
Peer-reviewed presentations and published abstracts

Stephens, E. C. A common make-up exam policy across faculty: Is it effective? To be presented at the Teaching Institute affiliated with the Association for Psychological Science Convention, Chicago, May 2012.
Stephens, E. C. Group project grades are just not fair!: Perceptions of 360 degree feedback. Presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Petersburg, FL, January, 2011
Stephens, E. C. Make-up Exams: Student Perception and Performance. Presented atthe 22nd Annual Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Atlanta, GA, February 2010.
*Flora, K., & Stephens, E. C. Influence of sports and employment on grade point average. Kentucky Psychological Association Conference in Lexington, KY, March 2009.
* Higdon, L G., & Stephens, E. C. Preferred music genre: The influence of major personality factors. Southeastern Psychological Association Convention in Charlotte, NC, March 2008.
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Dr. Haley Turner Assistant Professor
Office:Luecker Annex 162
Phone:606.539.4163
Email:haley.turner@ucumberlands.edu

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Haley Crisp Turner joined the Cumberland faculty in 2007. She specializes in School Psychology. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from East Tennessee State University and received her Ph.D. in Education with a Concentration in School Psychology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2007. She recently completed an APA-approved internship in School Psychology with a mental health agency in East Tennessee. During this internship, she specialized in diagnosing and intervention planning for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dr. Turner commutes from Knoxville where she and her husband live. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach and lake.


Dr. Jane Whitaker Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office:Luecker Annex 158
Phone:606.539.2529
Email:jane.whitaker@ucumberlands.edu

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Jane Moir Whitaker is a native of Nova Scotia, Canada where she obtained a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1988 from Acadia University. She taught public school and was a clarinetist with Symphony Nova Scotia for the next four years. She moved to Kentucky in 1992, where she obtained a Master of Divinity in pastoral care from Southern Theological Seminary in 1995. She also began doctoral studies in philosophy and religion, with an emphasis in phenomenology and perception. In 1995 she began work in a two year Clinical program as a hospital chaplain at the Alliant Health System in Louisville, KY. She was chaplain to the oncology unit of Kosair’s Children’s Hospital for two years and continued studies in grief therapy with children and their families.

Jane and her husband, Dean moved to Williamsburg in 1997, when he was hired at Cumberland College as the Director of Campus Ministries. Over the last 10 years, Jane has served Cumberland as Director of the Leadership and Community Services Program, Director of Mountain Outreach, and adjunct faculty in Religion and Philosophy. They have three children, Katherine, Caeden and Gavin.