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Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work Faculty

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work

Faculty

Dr. Timothy Atchison

Dr. Timothy Atchison

Associate Professor of Psychology

"Clinical Psychology is a field dedicated to the use of the science of psychology to help individuals and those around them with various problems."

tatchison@wtamu.edu
Dr. Atchison's Bio

Dr. Robert Beckley

Dr. Robert Beckley

Professor of Sociology

"Teaching in sociology allows me to explore scientifically how groups and institutional arrangements influence human behavior in society. Letting others know this information through teaching and writing has remained my passion over the years."

rbeckley@wtamu.edu
Dr. Beckley's Bio

Darla Beaty

Dr. Darla Beaty

Assistant Professor of Social Work

As a practicing MSSW for 25 years, I learned so much from the wisdom of my clients, who came to me because of challenges they faced in dealing with substance abuse, mental health disorders or complications of medical problems. Once I had social work students placed with me in field, I learned the joy of helping others learn about our noble profession. Now as a faculty member at WT, I look forward to each semester and the adventure of knowledge and skill building.

dbeaty@wtamu.edu
Dr. Beaty's Bio

Billy Blodgett

Dr. Billy Blodgett

Assistant Professor of Social Work

My musical hero, George Harrison, once wrote a song entitled “Any Road Will Take You There.” What makes teaching exciting for me is to choose what roads will be most effective in engaging my students to learn and apply knowledge.  

bblodgett@wtamu.edu
Dr.  Blodgett's Bio

Holly Bellah

Holly Bellah

Instructor

“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”
- Chuck Palahniuk

hbellah@wtamu.edu
Holly Bellah's Bio

Dr. Gary R. Byrd

Dr. Gary R. Byrd

Professor of Psychology

"Taking curiosity about the behavior of all organisms and combining it with disciplined scientific methodology -- the result generates NEW knowledge. Don't study yesterday's explanation of human behavior: help create tomorrow's advanced understanding. Come find out how!"

gbyrd@wtamu.edu
Dr. Byrd's Bio
 
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Mo Cuevas

Dr. Mo Cuevas

Assistant Professor of Social Work

"The most enjoyable thing about teaching for me is that is allows me to keep learning every day. With each new student and each new semester, I discover some aspect of the topics we cover that I hadn't considered before, and I discover some part of myself that I hadn't highlighted before. Also, teaching keeps me honest. I can't teach social work without constantly re-evaluating how I live my life and what messages I am sending with my actions, so i have to be real and true and open to whatever is going on around me, and I love that."

mcuevas@wtamu.edu
Dr. Cuevas' Bio

Kenneth Denton

Kenneth Denton

Visiting Instructor of Psychology

“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” -Henry David Thoreau

kdenton@wtamu.edu
Kenneth Denton's Bio

 

Dr. Maxine DeButte

Assistant Professor of Psychology

"The brain is the last and grandest biological frontier, the most complex thing we have yet discovered in our universe. It contains hundreds of billions of cells interlinked through trillions of connections. The brain boggles the mind."- James D. Watson

mdebutte@wtamu.edu  
Dr. DeButte' Bio

 

Lana Fry

Instructor of Psychology

 “The truly great teacher doesn’t merely ‘cover’ subject matter, she creatively ‘uncovers’ it – striving to make subject matter ‘matter’.”  Sue Sheridan

I love teaching and watching excitement for higher learning ignite in my students.”

lfry@wtamu.edu  
Lana Fry's Bio

 Amy Hord

Amy Hord

Instructor of Social Work

 "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." – Jackie Robinson

ahord@wtamu.edu  
Amy Hord's Bio

Dr. Jennifer Kuns

Dr. Jenifer Kunz

Department Head, Professor of Sociology

"Sociology is an awesome field because it applies to everyday life! Everything we do daily involves sociology.  It helps us see the strange in a familiar way. It helps us recognize general patterns in the behavior of people and it helps to explain how society shapes our personal choices."

jkunz@wtamu.edu
Dr. Kunz's Bio

Dr. Melody Loya

Dr. Melody Loya

Assistant Professor of Social Work

"Do not expect to sit and be lectured at when taking my classes. I love interactive, exciting and energetic classrooms and feel that students learn best when they are engaged and challenged."

mloya@wtamu.edu
Dr. Loya's Bio

 Cindy Otter

Cynthia Otter

Instructor

“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” - Maya Angelou

cotter@wtamu.edu
Cynthia Otter's Bio

Kimberli Phillips

Kimberli S. Phillips

Instructor

Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded! ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

kphillips@wtamu.edu
Kimberli S. Phillips Bio

 Henry Poduthase

Dr. Henry Poduthase

Assistant Professor of Social Work

"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions??Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away." (Mahatma Gandhi)

hpoduthase@wtamu.edu
Henry Poduthase's Bio

 

Dr. Keith Price

Dr. Keith Price

Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

"After working for the Texas prison system for thirty years, my parole to West Texas A&M University is like making it to heaven. Students are fairly easy to manage after dealing with robbers, rapists and murderers and a lot more fun. Come take a class in criminal justice or sociology and learn why it is better to be a student than a convict."

kprice@wtamu.edu
Dr. Price's Bio

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Cara Speer

Cara Speer

Instructor of Social Work

"I thoroughly enjoy introducing students to a profession I love - the profession of social work. Ours is a profession that treats people with respect and dignity without asking, 'Does this person deserve respect?' Ours is a profession that values relationships between humans and seeks to enhance those relationships. I want to replenish our profession with dedicated and well-educated, young social workers. That is why I am at WTAMU."

cspeer@wtamu.edu
Cara Speer's Bio

 Claudia Stuart

Claudia Stuart

Instructor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

"I look forward each semester for the opportunity to have new students and former students taking new subject areas from me. I always say, nothing ever means anything to anyone unless and until you show them how much you care.  I believe the students know that I care about their success at this University and will work with them to realize their optimum potential."

cstuart@wtamu.edu   
Claudia Stuart's Bio   
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 Jovana Vukovic

Dr. Jovana Vukovic

Assistant Professor of Psychology

“Nothing is more exciting than making informed predictions about human behavior and then testing them out."

jvukovic@wtamu.edu   
Jovana Vukovic's Bio   

 

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