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(From left to right, Sam Peter, Dr. Andrew Meyers, Rimsha Majeed, Abby Armstrong, Qian Li, Molly Peacher-Ryan, Rory Pfund, and Dr. James Whelan)

People

Who We Are

James P. Whelan, PhD (Memphis State University, 1989) is faculty member in the Department of Psychology, Director of the Psychological Services Center, and Co-director of The Institute for Gambling Education and Research at The University of Memphis. In 1996, Dr. Whelan was named Psychologist of the Year by the Tennessee Psychological Association. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Research Award for Engaged Scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences and later received the University of Memphis Award for Distinguished Research in Engaged Scholarship in 2007. Dr. Whelan has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Applied Sports Psychology, Tennessee Psychological Association, and Division 37 of the American Psychological Association. He also served on the Tennessee Board of Examiners in Psychology from 1996 to 2001, including two years as chair of the licensing board. For the last 15 years, Dr. Whelan’s primary research interest is on gambling behavior and pathology. In addition to numerous publications in the area, he was the lead author on the book, Problem and Pathological Gambling (2008). Email: jwhelan@memphis.edu

Andrew W. Meyers, PhD (Pennsylvania State University, 1974) is currently Vice President for Research at The University of Memphis and Executive Director of the University of Memphis Research Foundation. In this dual role, Dr. Meyers leads the University’s efforts to build research capacity and support research endeavors across campus. He is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology where he served as department chairman from 1990 through 2002. Dr. Meyers’ primary research interest is on the assessment, prevention and treatment of problem gambling behavior and he has over 130 publications in the areas of self-regulation, gambling, smoking, eating disorders, exercise and sport.  He is a three-time winner of The University of Memphis’ Superior Performance in Research Award, was the winner of the 1995-96 University of Memphis, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Award in the Social Sciences and in 2003 was named the college’s Meritorious Faculty Award winner. Dr. Meyers is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, where he also served a 3-year presidential term from 1998 to 2001. Email: ameyers@memphis.edu

Rory A. Pfund, MS is a fourth year student in the clinical psychology program at The University of Memphis. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Scranton in 2013. His research interests center on processes and mechanisms for improving treatment outcomes. Email: rapfund@memphis.edu

Samuel C. Peter, BA is a third-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at The University of Memphis. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Louis University in 2015. His research interests center on broadening the accessibility of psychological science to disadvantaged populations. Email: scpeter@memphis.edu

Qian Li, BA is a second-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at The University of Memphis. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY in 2015. Her research interests center on understanding the interaction of gambling and gaming. Email: qli3@memphis.edu

Rimsha Majeed, BS is a first-year student in the masters in general psychology program at The University of Memphis. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Foundation University Islamabad in 2016. Email: rmajeed@memphis.edu

Alumni

Matthew T. Suda, PhD (graduated 2017) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.

Meredith K. Ginley, PhD (graduated 2016) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center.

Walter R. Winfree, PhD (graduated, 2015) is a staff psychologist at the Portland VA Medical Center in Portland, OR.

Andrea Watson, PhD (graduated 2012) is a licensed clinical psychologist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She started her career as an intern at the US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners (Springfield, MO), then as staff psychologist at the Federal Transfer Center (Oklahoma City, OK). She is now the Drug Abuse Program Coordinator for male and female inmates at FCI, Greenville, IL.

Don Yorgason, PhD (graduated 2011) is the PTSD/SUD specialist on the PTSD Clinical Team at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno, NV.

Emerson M. Wickwire, PhD (graduated 2007) is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine and Director of the Insomnia Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Kim Sunderland (Floyd), PhD (graduated 2005) is a Major in the United States Air Force, currently serving at Scott AFB. In addition to providing therapy services, she oversees 40 personnel in three clinic areas focusing on mental health, substance abuse, family maltreatment, and prevention

Jeremiah Weinstock, PhD (graduated 2004) is an associate professor of psychology at Saint Louis University.

Timothy A. Steenbergh, PhD (graduated 2001) completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology at Michigan State University in 2003. He is currently Professor of psychology at Indiana Wesleyan University and co-founder of LifeData, which provides software for smartphone-based research.