Areas of Professional Focus:
Cognitive & Behavior Therapy; Individual and Couples Counseling; Stress and Coping; Behavioral Medicine
Areas of Academic Focus:
Abnormal Psychology; Theories of Personality; Stress and Coping; Psychology of Intimate Relationships
9 years - Mental health therapist in private practice
1 year - Behavioral Health Consultant - Spokane Falls Family Clinic
3 years - Clinical Specialist - Deaconess Medical Center
6 years - Behavior Therapist - St. Luke's Rehabilitation Center
5 years - Behavioral Therapist - Sacred Heart Medical Center
3 years - Behavioral Therapist - Medical Psychology Associates
5 years - Specialist in Behavioral Medicine - Group Health Northwest
Cognitive Psychology, Time Estimation
Family first, everything else second.
MS - 1981, Experimental Psychology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
BA - 1978, Psychology, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
30 years of clinical experience providing psychological services in Spokane including 10 years in private practice, 6 years at Behavioral Health Service for St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute (Spokane, WA) and 7 years as a Behavioral Therapist at Behavior Medicine Service for Sacred Heart Medical Center (Spokane, WA)
Areas of Interest:
Attachment Theory, Disorders of Self
I am the Director of Eastern Washington University’s Respecialization Program School Psychology. The program is delivered virtually through Eastern Online’s Canvas System and is NASP aligned. I earned my B.A. in Psychology at the University of Montana. After realizing that I had a passion for education and working with students, I went back to school to earn a master’s degree in special education with teaching certification. I taught (special education, dual credit psychology) for 7 years while I worked on my counseling and school psychology programs. I had the opportunity to work with students in preK through age 21 in resource, extended resource and transition programs and also taught in a magnet behavior intervention program in Boise, Idaho. I continued my education to earn my administration and special education director certifications and a doctorate in education with a focus on special education and leadership through University of Idaho. My husband and I moved back to my hometown of Coeur d’Alene in 2006. I have worked in the Spokane area as a special education teacher and school psychologist since 2006. I joined EWU in the fall of 2012. I continue to work with local school districts as a school psychologist.
Developmental and Child Psychology
Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado, 1989
M.S., Utah State University, 1974B.S., Utah State University, 1970
Areas of Specialization:
School Psychology, cognitive/behavioral change, social skills training, and self directed change.
Peace psychology,attributional styles in pessimism and optimism, and cognitive behavioral factors in school achievement.
PhD, Michigan State University, 2002
MA, Michigan State University, 2000
BA, University of Michigan, Dearborn, 1996
Areas of Specialization:
Social and Personality Psychology
Areas of Research:
Self-perception biases, stereotyping and discrimination
2002 Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education
Dissertation Topic: Factors Related To Native American Students' Persistence In Higher Education: A Comparative Analysis of Student and State and University Officials' Perceptions.
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Mimi Wolverton, Retired Professor of Higher Education
1999 Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.
Master's Degree in Education: emphasis in Counseling Psychology
1994 Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington.
Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.
1991 Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, Washington.
Associate of Art's Degree.
PhD, Washington State University, 1974
MS, Washington State University, 1971
BS, Michigan State University, 1967
Diversity issues, Gestalt, Jung, latent language, psychology of women, child therapy, group therapy.
Since coming to EWU and Spokane, I have become a runner. I have always loved to travel and listen to music, so now... if there is a race I can travel to and hear a band on the same trip - that's pretty much something I will do. I enjoy trying new things and will always be open to hearing about new music.
PhD, Idaho State University, 2001
MS, Idaho State University, 1998
BS, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1996
Areas of Specialization:
Clinical psychology, forensic psychology, and cognitive and neuropsychological evaluation
Women in prison, adjustment to incarceration, forensic populations, cognitive and neuropsychological evaluation, alcohol expectancy and trauma history
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Concentration in Gerontology, The University of Kansas (1994)
Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 1999
M.S., University of Mississippi, 1996
B.S., Oklahoma State University
Areas of Interest:
Dr. Kolts current research and professional work is focused upon Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and the application of CFT in working with emotional difficulties, particularly anger and attachment disturbances.
I enjoy spending time with family, especially overseeing swimming competitions or participating in music recitals involving my two girls. As a researcher I am focused on addressing health disparities, particularly relating to promoting health and wellness and this includes work in cancer prevention and control.
Ph.D. Psychology, Iowa State University 1993
M.S., Psychology, Iowa State University, 1988
B.A., Psychology, Iowa State University, 1983
Social Psychology-Classic theory areas; specific focus on social comparison
Health Psychology-attitudes, perceptions
Cross-Cultural Psychology-basic theory areas
Human Sexuality- basic theory areas; specific focus on sexual orientation and gender
Friends with Benefits
Digit Span Differential Study
Baby Momma, Baby Daddy
Coming Out models
Fooling Ourselves About Fooling Around
Hello! I am the Director of Eastern Washington University's specialist level School Psychology Program. The program has been approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (see www.nasponline.org) and involves three years of full time study and field experiences. I received my B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1990 and M.S. and Ed.S. degrees from the College of William and Mary in 1993/1994. I worked as a school psychologist in Virginia, Texas, Hawaii, and California before returning to school to obtain my Ph.D. in Education with specialization in School Psychology in 2005 at the University of California, Riverside. My family relocated to the northwest to enjoy being close to family in Montana, and I initially worked as a school psychologist in Coeur d'Alene, ID, before coming to Eastern Washington University.
My research interests involve practices associated with Response to Intervention and development and delivery of academic and social-behavioral interventions for students at-risk in PreK-12 settings.
I teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, including:
Undergraduate: PSYC 314 Tests and Measurement, PSYC 490 Senior Capstone
Graduate: PSYC 510 Professional School Psychology I, PSYC 558 School Psychology Practicum, CEDP 522 Academic and Behavioral Interventions, PSYC 560 School Psychology Consultation.
I am also active in the Washington State Association of School Psychologists: www.wsasp.org
For more information about becoming certified as a school psychologist in the state of Washington, see the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's website at: http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/ESA/NotCertified.aspx
I have over nine years of clinical experience working in a variety of mental health settings: private practice, schools, college campus, for-profit agencies and community mental health settings. My clinical area of interest includes play therapy and mental health counseling. I have been a long-time advocate for play therapy and has served as a board member and President for both the Washington and Nevada Association for Play Therapy. I maintains a strong line of research on parental bereavement due to a sudden and unexpected death. I have presented on parental bereavement and play therapy at universities, agencies, regional and national conferences. I am a native Washingtonian and has lived in several cities across the state. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my two beautiful children, gardening and engaging in creative activities such as painting, scrap booking or writing.
Ph.D., Cogntive Psychology, Empahsis in memory and language, University of New Mexico, 1995
M.A.,Psychology, California State University, Sacramento, 1990
B.A., Psychology, University of California, 1988
I am at the Bellevue campus. Students are the main focus of my work, and I enjoy advising and leading students in directed studies and as research assistants (after they've completed all of the required core courses). I'm very enthusiastic about student success, and am always happy to chat with students about their goals and how to achieve them.
As a developmental psychopathologist, I focus on the many cascading risk factors (e.g., biogenetic, cognitive, familial, social) that contribute to the development of psychopathology. On the other hand, I place equal importance of the examination of resiliency: that is, why do some individuals manage to thrive in life despite being exposed to a multitude of serious risk factors?
I have scheduled office hours but I also leave my office door open over 50% of the time I am at EWU. Any and all students are free to drop in and chat-about any topic-anytime my door is open.
Outside of work I enjoy fencing (my #1 passion), any type of skiing, hiking, biking, and walking my two blue heelers.
I love being outside, I love a good wine, and I love my Ducks!
PhD - 1973, Experimental Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
MS - 1966, Psychology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash.
BA - 1965, Psychology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash.
Awards & Honors:
National Re-Design Scholar, NCAT, 2007 - 2008
Century Tel Teaching Award, 2005
Jeffers Chertok Dean's Honor Award, 2005
Edmund J. Yarwood Dean's Honor Faculty, 2006
Edmund J. Yarwood Dean's Honor Faculty, 2002
Edmund J. Yarwood Dean's Honor Faculty, 2000
Areas of Interest:
Human psychophysiology with and emphasis on emotion, attention and the psychophysiology of personality and personality disorders
The Society for Psychophysiological Research
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