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Psychology - Mental Health Concentration

Dorella L BondDorella L. Bond | Bio
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Ph.D., Boston University
M.Div., Yale University
B.A., Baldwin-Wallace University
734-432-5735, 1217
Kenneth J. ThielKenneth J. Thiel | Bio
Assistant Professor
B.S., Wayne State University
Ph.D., Arizona State University
734-793-2467, 1223

Dorella L. Bond

Throughout my lifetime I have been devoted to the creative process, initially as a musician then as an active supporter and dedicated listener. More recently that interest has extended into curiosity about the expression of creativity by those outside the arts, most notably through the study of the creative personality in technology. Conference presentations based on that research helped me value the struggle faced by those with creative vision. Not only do they encounter their own difficulty expressing that vision, but at the same time they need to overcome resistance from others to the pursuit of new ideas and directions. This work has informed both my teaching and my practice.

In addition to Personality Theory, I teach courses in applied psychology and conduct the seminar for students completing their field placement in the Mental Health Concentration. Advising for undergraduate students is a central part of my work on campus. As Department Chair, I oversee all departmental activities and serve on the Chairs Council and the Academic Technology Committee.

Robert P. Cohen

Since arriving at Madonna University in 1994, I have been committed to teaching students the theories and practices of clinical psychology so they can provide compassionate and effective care to those suffering with psychological difficulties. In 2001, I took the lead in creating the Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology Program, and a year later, helped establish the Madonna University Psychological Services training clinic. My clinical training has been in contemporary psychoanalytic training. Following my post-doctoral training, I began psychoanalytic training at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Since then, I have recognized the importance of a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic background for effectively making use of other theoretical approaches, such as ACT, CBT, DBT, family systems and emotion focused therapies. I am an active member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration and a strong advocate of bringing together effective clinical approaches from various therapeutic traditions to provide maximal help for those seeking relief from psychiatric and psychological problems.

Currently I am Director of both the Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology Program and the Madonna University Psychological Training Clinic. I am also a member of the Graduate School Committee.

Kenneth J. Thiel

Early in my career I investigated the neural mechanisms of drug addiction, primarily through the use of lab rats. Following my time in the world of animal research, I decided to take a position as a Research Psychologist with the U.S. Army. I spent several years traveling across the country to many of our outstanding military installations and working with Soldiers suffering from some of the "invisible" wounds of the war (i.e., posttraumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury). I was also part of a longitudinal study in which we administered neurocognitive test batteries and drew blood for genetic/proteomic testing from hundreds of Soldiers prior to their first deployment with the hope that this information might better help us identify some key behavioral and neurochemical predispositions to developing combat-related psychological disorders.

I am currently Chair of Madonna's Institutional Review Board, and I am the Faculty Advisor for Psychology Club and Psi Chi (Psychology's Honors Society).