Faculty and Staff

Full-Time Faculty


  • Teena Johnson, Adjunct Instructor


Our students and faculty members keep busy with a variety of scholarly activities. Here are some recent examples of our faculty members' accomplishments from this decade. This is NOT an all-inclusive list. These are just examples because otherwise some of these lists would be impractically long.

Professional Organization Recognition

Dr. Aneeq Ahmad served as President (2013) and Past-President (2014) of the Southwestern Psychological Association. He was the Distinguished Foreign Speaker at the International Conference on Health and Wellbeing held at Lahore College for Women University in Pakistan (2017).

Dr. Travis Langley was a featured speaker at the Southwestern Psychological Association's annual meeting (2015) and Trauma-Con (2017), among others. 

Dr. Paul Williamson received the Distinguished Service Award (2013) from the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (American Psychological Association Division 36).

Books Authored

Previous Examples

Langley, T. (2012). Batman and psychology: A dark and stormy knight. New York, NY: Wiley.

Williamson, W. P., & Hood, R. W., Jr. (2016). Psychology and spiritual transformation in a substance abuse program: The Lazarus Project. Lanham, MD: Lexington.

In Progress

Langley, T., & Blunt, C. (in progress). Insanity unraveled. New York, NY: Sterling.

Williamson, W. P. (in progress). A reappraisal of religious fundamentalism (Brill research perspectives in religion and psychology series). Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV.

Examples of Journal Articles

Bejarano, R., & Foltz, A. (2013). Function transfer in human operant experiments: The roles of stimulus pairings and covert verbal mediation. Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin, 29(1), 8-11.

Silver, C., Hood, R. W., Jr., & Williamson, W. P. (2013). The differential evaluation of religious risk rituals involving serpents in two cultures. Studia Relicologica, 46(1), 7-21. DOI: 10.4467/20844077SR.13.001.12.   

Williamson, W. P., & Ahmad, A. (2019). Invited article: The Bi-Directional Spirituality Scale: Construction and initial evidence for validity (Invited Research Article). Spiritual Psychology and Counseling, 4, 7-23. DOI 10.12738/spc.2019.4.1.0057 

Williamson, W. P., Hood, R. W., Jr., & Chen, Z. J. (2019). The God-mysticism Scale: A brief version. Pastoral Psychology, 68, 345–356.

Williamson, W. P. (2018). The experience of Muslim prayer: A phenomenological investigation. Pastoral Psychology, 67, 547-562. DOI: 10.1007/s11089-018-0831-3

Williamson, W. P., & Hood, R. W., Jr. (2018). The Lazarus Project: A response to Jindra. Pastoral Psychology, 67, 453-460. DOI: 10.1007/s11089-018-0827-z

Wittig, S. M. O., & Rodriguez, C. M. (2019). Emerging behavior problems: Bidirectional relations between maternal and paternal parenting styles with infant temperament. Developmental Psychology55(6), 1199-1210.

Wittig, S. M. O., & Rodriguez, C. M. (2019). Interaction between maternal and paternal parenting styles with infant temperament in emerging behavior problems. Infant Behavior & Development57, Article 101323. doi:

Rodriguez, C. M., Wittig, S. M. O., & Christl, M. (2019). Psychometric evaluation of a brief assessment of parent’s discipline alternatives. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 28(6), 1490-1501.

Rodriguez, C. M., & Wittig, S. M. O. (2019). Predicting child problem behavior and maternal/paternal parent-child aggression: Identifying early prevention targets. Journal of Applied Developmental, 60, 76-85.    

Latest Chapters

Hood, R. W., Jr., & Williamson, W. P. (in press). An indigenous Appalachian faith tradition. In A. Dueck (Ed.), Indigenous psychologies of religion: History, current approaches, and prospects. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillon.

Langley, R. M. (2018). Mother superior, feeling inferior: Post-partum depression and the mother he didn't know. In T. Langley, (Ed.), Daredevil psychology: The devil you know (pp. 125-137). New York, NY: Sterling.

Langley, T. (2016). A dark and stormy knight: Why Batman? In D. Barnard (Ed.), Sparks: A reader to energize writing (4th ed.) (pp. 122-130). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Langley, T. (2017). Psychology/psychiatry. In R. Duncan & M. Smith (Eds.), The secret origin of comics studies (pp. 164-174). New York, NY: Routledge.

Madrid, M., & Langley, R. M. (2017). A mother's magic: Parenting issues in paradise. In T. Langley & M. Wood (Eds.), Wonder Woman psychology: Lassoing the truth (pp. 125-137). New York, NY: Sterling.

Books Edited

Langley, T. (2015). Star Wars psychology: Dark side of the mind. New York, NY: Sterling.

Langley, T. (2015). The Walking Dead psychology: Psych of the living dead. New York, NY: Sterling.

Langley, T. (2016). Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, security, psychology. New York, NY: Sterling.

Langley, T. (2016). Doctor Who psychology: A Madman with a box. New York, NY: Sterling.

Langley, T. (2016). Game of Thrones psychology: The mind is dark and full of terrors. New York, NY: Sterling.

Langley, T. (2017). Star Trek psychology: The mental frontier. New York, NY: Sterling.

Langley, T. (2018). Daredevil psychology: The devil you know. New York, NY: Sterling.

Langley, T. (2019). The Joker psychology: Evil clowns and the women who love them. New York, NY: Sterling.

Langley, T., & Goodfriend, W. (2018). Westworld psychology: Violent delights. New York, NY: Sterling.

Langley, T., & Simmons, A. (2019). Black Panther psychology: Hidden kingdoms. New York, NY: Sterling.

Langley, T., & Wood, M. (2017). Wonder Woman psychology: Lassoing the truth. New York, NY: Sterling.

Langley, T., & Zubernis, L. S. (2017). Supernatural psychology: Roads less traveled. New York, NY: Sterling.

Examples of Presentations

Ahmad, A., Williamson, W. P., & Hassan, S. (2018, January). Bi-Directional Spirituality Scale: Validity, reliability, and cross-cultural comparisons. International Conference on Gender, Religion, & Culture: Issues, Challenges, & Prospects, Lahore, Pakistan.

Langley, R. M. (2019, November). Using the filter of fiction to enhance rapport and client self-disclosures in therapeutic relationships. Arkansas Counseling Assocciation, Hot Springs, AR.

Langley, T. (2016, July). Navigating the borders between narrative and psychological science. International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature, Chicago, IL.

Robles, E., Schafer, M., Wilson, R., Scarpati, F., & Bejarano, R. (2009). Degree of delay discounting as predictor of outcome of methamphetamine abuse treatment. Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior, Phoenix, AZ.

Rodriguez, C. M., Silvia, P. J., & Wittig, S. M. O. (2018, September). Using theory to predict maternal and paternal physical parent-child aggression risk longitudinally. International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Prague, Czech Republic.

Rodriguez, C. M., & Wittig, S. M. O. (2018, July). Predicting maternal and paternal parent-child aggression: Identifying potential early targets. Paper presented in C.M. Rodriguez (Chair), Parent-Child Physical Aggression: Predictors, Effects, and Interventions. Symposium conducted at the World Meeting of the International Society for Research on Aggression, Paris, France.

Wittig, S. M. O. (2018, January). “Write, cite, double-check”: Guiding students through the challenges of APA style. National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Ongoing Online Activities

"Beyond Heroes and Villains"  - Psychology Today column by Dr. Travis Langley.