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Meet the Faculty

Faculty notes

  • **Payne, J. S.** (2020, May). *More than the blues: Dealing with COVID-19 *[Virtual colloquia session]. Mental Health Awareness Month, Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel), Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Alpha Psi Zeta Chapter, Los Angeles, California. **Payne, J. S.** (2019, November).* Breaking cycles, the desire to be whole *[Devotions session speaker]. North American Association for Christians in Social Work (NACSW) International Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.​
    Jennifer Shepard Payne, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor, MSW Program, Department of Social Work
  • Xiao, Z. H., & **Yu, C. H.** (2020, June). *Machine learning and big data analytics identify important predictors of students’ science academic achievement globally* [Poster presentation]. American Psychological Society Virtual Conference.​
    Chong Ho (Alex) Yu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Whitney, W. B., **Lehmann, C. S.**, Payne, J. S., Hamilton, S., & Worku, T. (2020, March). *Addressing mental health in ethnically diverse religious communities and congregations* [Paper presentation]. Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS) Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.​
    Curtis Lehmann, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • **Whitney, W. B.**, Lehmann, C. S., Payne, J. S., Hamilton, S., & Worku, T. (2020, March).* Addressing mental health in ethnically diverse religious communities and congregations* [Paper presentation]. Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS) Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.​
    William Whitney, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • **Schrum, E. **(2020, April). *The instrumental university* [Presentation]. Department of History and School of Education Joint Seminar, University of California, Irvine, California. (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19) **Schrum, E.** (2020, April). *The instrumental university* [Presentation]. 2020 Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, Virginia. (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)​
    Ethan Schrum, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History and Political Science
  • Clarkson-Hendrix, M., & **Payne, J. S.** (2019, October). *Translating research to prepare social workers supporting people with disabilities* [Panel presentation]. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 66th Annual Program Meeting, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado. **Payne, J. S.**, Clarkson-Hendrix, M., Kohn, R. M., & Morton, L. G. (2019, October). *Social work faculty with disability: Aligning social work values and education* [CONNECT session]. CSWE Council on Disabilities and Persons with Disabilities, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 66th Annual Program Meeting, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado. **Payne, J. S.** (2020, February).* Using acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to treat anxiety & trauma in black Christians from urban areas* [Workshop presentation]. North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW-CA) State Conference, Cal Baptist University, Riverside, California. **Payne, J. S.** (2019, November). *What MSW students learned from their denomination about mental illness *[Workshop presentation]. North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) National Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana. Whitney, W. B., Lehmann, C. S., **Payne, J. S.**, Hamilton, S., & Worku, T. (2020, March). *Addressing mental health in ethnically diverse religious communities and congregations* [Paper presentation]. Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS) Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.​
    Jennifer Shepard Payne, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor, MSW Program, Department of Social Work
  • **Waters, K. L.** (2020). Humility. In R. D. Branson (Ed.), *Global Wesleyan encyclopedia of biblical theology* (pp. 189-190). The Foundry Publishing.​
    Kenneth L. Waters Sr., Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Theology; Professor, Department of Biblical and Religious Studies
  • **López Medel, I. **(2020). Maradona: The bad God of soccer. In J. C. Lamothe and D. J. Barie (Eds.), *Athletes breaking bad: Essays on transgressive sports figures.* McFarland Press.​
    Ismael Lopez Medel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
  • Hays, K., &** Payne, J. S.** (2020). Lived experience, transparency, help, and humility: Four characteristics of clergy responding to mental and emotional problems. *Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, 74*(1), 4-11. **Payne, J. S.** (2020, June). The curb – A poem in reflection of George Floyd. *Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/The Association of Contextual Behavioral Science. *​
    Jennifer Shepard Payne, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor, MSW Program, Department of Social Work
  • Ceja, S., & **Kranzow, J.** (2020). Autism on campus: Supporting students on the spectrum. *Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention, 27*(1).​
    Jeannine Kranzow, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Higher Education