Faculty | Department of Psychology


Joshua N. Hook, Ph.D.

My research focuses broadly on positive psychology, and specifically on humility, forgiveness, and religion/spirituality. Regarding multicultural issues, my research focuses primarily in two areas. First, I conduct research on the role of religion/spirituality in mental health and well-being, as well as the role of religion/spirituality in counseling and psychotherapy. Second, I teach the graduate multicultural counseling course, and am interested in how counselors develop and foster multicultural competence with their clients. Specifically, I have begun a research program examining the role of cultural humility, defined as an awareness of one's limitations to understand another individual's cultural background and experiences, as well as an openness to explore cultural differences, in the development of multicultural competence. Early research supports the hypotheses that cultural humility is an important factor in developing a strong working relationship with a counselor, and that cultural humility also contributes to symptom improvement in clients.

All doctoral students working with me are expected to be actively involved in my Positive Psychology Research Lab. My research style is actively engaged and developmental in nature, with more hands-on training with earlier projects, and increasing independence for more advanced students. I usually take one new doctoral advisee each year. Students that would be a good fit with my research lab will have at least one area of overlap with my research interests, and have future career goals that include research and writing.

Patricia "Trish" L. Kaminski, Ph.D.

I use a student-centered and developmental supervisory style with my clinical and research advisees. My hope is that we assist one another in professional and personal growth while my supervisee/advisee develops into an ethical, competent, multiculturally sensitive, productive, and happy scientist-practitioner. I appreciate collaborative and collegial research teams and actively expect a team-oriented approach from every student. While each student has her/his own clients or project, gaining skills and experience by assisting teammates is highly encouraged.

My research projects are united by a curiosity to understand the contextual and relational factors that add risk or promote resilience as individuals navigate stressors with the potential to influence important outcomes (e.g., self-esteem, positive parenting, relationship satisfaction, aggression, and psychopathology). Given my particular interest in understanding factors that promote and prevent the transmission of inter-generational family violence, I typically assess parent-child relationships, parenting practices, child abuse, intimate partner violence, psychosocial stressors, and related factors. The complexity of developmental psychopathology has led me to statistical modeling as a primary analytic approach for identifying points of prevention and intervention so that my research can have direct implications for practice.

Trent A. Petrie, Ph.D.

Trent A. Petrie, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Psychology at UNT, and has served as the Director of the Center for Sport Psychology since its inception in 1998. Dr. Petrie has worked in the field of sport psychology since 1987, beginning when he was a doctoral student at The Ohio State University (he graduated from OSU in 1991). He has worked with athletes, coaches, and sport teams at all competitive levels, and currently oversees UNT's sport psychology services. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of Texas, a Certified Sport Consultant, Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, and a member of the 2012-2016 United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. Dr. Petrie also is an accomplished athlete, having been the co-captain of the 1984-1985 Ohio State University Men's Volleyball Team while an undergraduate. Since that time, he has competed as a triathlete and runner, and coached at the college level. His research, which has been funded by grants from the NCAA, AASP, and NASPE, has focused on developing a Champion Mindset in performers, psychological antecedents and consequences of athletic injury, eating disorders and body image, professional training issues in sport psychology, and developing positive youth sport environments. Dr. Petrie has published over 100 articles and book chapters, given over 150 presentations at national and international conferences. His 2010 book, coauthored with Dr. Doug Hankes and Dr. Eric Denson, is entitled "Academic and Life Skills for College Student-Athletes" (3rd edition) and is published by Wadsworth/ITP. He is the current past-president of Division 47 (Exercise & Sport Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, and a Fellow in both the American Psychological Association and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.

Shelley Riggs, Ph.D.

My professional identity integrates the two specialties of counseling psychology and family psychology. I teach practicum and the family course sequence as part of our program's Child and Family Elective Cluster, which meets American Psychological Association's (APA) criteria for an "emphasis" in Family Psychology when students complete an additional semester of counseling practica working with children, couples, or families. I am actively involved in APA and the Texas Psychogical Association (TPA), and in 2014 was honored to be selected as a Fellow in APA Division 43, Society for Family Psychology, and also recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Education by TPA.

As the Director of the UNT Family Attachment Lab (FAL; https://psychology.unt.edu/family-attachment-lab ), I have developed a program of research investigating psychological risk and resilience in relation to attachment and family processes, as well as relational trauma and loss. Assisted by university and private foundation grants, my research has utilized clinical and non-clinical samples of high school and college students, adults, couples, and families. More recently, I have been pursuing a long-standing interest in military families, which has resulted in several theoretical papers and a study involving college student veterans (see FAL webpage for further information).

I typically take 1-2 graduate students each year. FAL members regularly present at state and national conventions and are required to contribute actively to any major FAL research project with ongoing data collection. Typically, FAL students also use these data for their thesis/dissertation research. When FAL is not engaged in data collection, some students elect to pursue their specific interests with independent research within my area of expertise, while other students develop projects in small teams (e.g., 3-4 FAL members) and still others negotiate with me to utilize archival data for their theses and/or dissertations.

Mark Vosvick, M.B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.

Mark Vosvick is a behavioral scientist and associate professor of counseling psychology in UNT's College of Arts and Sciences. Vosvick trained at Yale, Rutgers, Harvard, Stanford and the Medical College of Wisconsin before coming to UNT. As a health psychologist, he directs the Center for Psychosocial Health Research (http://cphr.unt.edu.) Vosvick mentors both undergraduate and graduate students in research on psychosocial issues related to health and wellness in ethnic, racial, gender and sexual minority communities. Vosvick's mentoring philosophy is holistic in that in addition to discipline content, he believes professional behavior and identity formation are all part of the educational process. As part of this philosophy, he encourages his students to give back through community engagement and advocacy. His research Center participates in LifeWalk, a 3 kilometer walk/fundraiser in Dallas that provides funding to local people and families living with HIV/AIDS. The Center also marches in the Dallas Pride Parade each year to demonstrate support for communities in which it conducts research.

Vosvick helps students gain the skills necessary to succeed while at UNT, but also to succeed in their careers once they graduate. Vosvick's graduate students have won national awards for their work and regularly present research at national and international conferences. Graduate students in the Center are trained as rigorous researchers who use quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methodologies, but also to be sensitive to and interested in a wide range of diversity issues. His Center collaborates with minority communities in the DFW Metroplex on Community Based Participatory Research, an innovative methodology that empowers community members to actively participate in and set the research agenda around health research in their own communities.

Vosvick typically elects to work with 1-2 new doctoral students each year. Doctoral students are expected to conduct research for their theses and dissertations through the Center and are encouraged to create a team of Center members to assist in the process.

Chiachih DC Wang, Ph.D.

Chiachih DC Wang is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of UNT's APA-accredited Counseling Psychology PhD Program in UNT's College of Arts and Sciences.

My research focuses on three areas: attachment theory and cross-cultural variation of attachment behavior, acculturation and adjustment of immigrant and ethnic minority individuals and families, and multicultural and diversity issues. There is a clear connection between my research interests and the topics that I feel passionate about in life. I am a people person, who places a great deal of importance on family influences, self-identity development, and interpersonal relationships. My research interests in multicultural issues and minority wellness are rooted from my personal experiences in the US (e.g., as an immigrant, ethnic minority yet with the privileged status of a heterosexual male). Reflecting my background, I value international collaboration and partnership. I have collaborated with international researchers in Taiwan, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and U.K. on various cross-cultural attachment research projects.

All of my doctoral advisees are expected to be actively involved in my Cross-Cultural Attachment Research Lab. We usually have 2-3 on-going research projects at any given time and many of them require lab members to reach out to the community and interact with minority and immigrant individuals and families. My mentoring style is engaging, strength-focused, and goal-oriented with consideration of students' needs at various professional development stages. I usually take 1-2 new doctoral advisees each year and am looking forward to recruiting candidates with good multicultural awareness and strong interests in doing research and social advocacy to join my team.

Clifton "Ed" Watkins, Ph.D.

My primary professional interests focus on psychotherapy supervision and psychoanalytic theory, practice, and research. I am editor of the Handbook of Psychotherapy Supervision, co-editor of the Wiley International Handbook of Clinical Supervision, and a Fellow in Divisions 29 (Psychotherapy) and 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

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