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Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Rita Barrett, Associate Professor of Psychology, Department Chair

  • B.A.: Psychology, Winston-Salem State University (North Carolina)
  • M.A. and Ph.D.: Experimental Psychology-Behavioral Pharmacology, University of South Carolina, Columbia

Office: Vines 121

Phone: 479-788-7532

Email: rita.barrett@uafs.edu

Courses taught include: General Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Behavioral Statistics, Conditioning and Learning, Physiological Psychology, Senior Research Seminar

Dr. James Benjamin, Assistant Professor of Psychology

  • B.A.: Psychology and Philosophy (double major), California State University, Fullerton
  • M.A.: Experimental Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
  • Ph.D.: Social Psychology, University of Missouri - Columbia

Office: Gardner 130

Phone:  479-788-7573

Email:  james.benjamin@uafs.edu

Courses taught include:: General Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Social Psychology, Conditioning and Learning, Senior Seminar (Human Aggression)

Dr. Daniel Maher, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

  • A.S.: Highland Community College (Freeport, Ill.)
  • B.S.: Sociology, Illinois State University
  • M.S.: Sociology, Illinois State University
  • Ph.D.: Anthropology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Office: Gardner 226

Phone: 479-788-7572

Email: daniel.maher@uafs.edu

Courses taught include: Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, North American Indians

Dr. Nicha Otera, Assistant Professor of Psychology

  • B.Sc.: Psychology, Morgan State University, Baltimore
  • Ph.D.: Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina, Columbia

Office: Gardner 131

Phone: 479-788-7659

Email: nicha.otero@uafs.edu

Courses taught include:

Mr. Gregory D. Roberts, M.S., L.P.C., A.A.D.C., Instructor of Psychology

  • A.A.: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (Miami, Okla.)
  • B.A.: Communications, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • M.S.: Applied Behavioral Studies, Oklahoma State University
  • Doctoral Student Ph.D. Program, University of Arkansas Counseling Education Program

Office: Gardner 220

Phone: 479-788-7261 (office)
            479-285-6268 (cell)
            479-478-0211 (alternative number)

Emailgregg.roberts@uafs.edu

Courses taught include: General Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology: Lifespan, Conditioning and Learning, Psychology of Personality, History and Systems of Psychology, Psychology of Human Sexuality, Senior Seminar, and Psychology Capstone

Dr. Lisa Topp-Manriquez, Assistant Professor of Psychology

  • B.A.: ______, University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada)
  • M.A. and Ph.D.: Applied Experimental Psychology – Legal Psychology Track, University of Texas at El Paso

Office: Vines 163

Phone: 479-788-7567

Email: lisa.topp-manriquez@uafs.edu

Courses taught include: General Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Behavioral Statistics, Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice System