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Course Descriptions:
Faculty

Susan Bates Susan Bates
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office: 1424
Phone: 307-382-1778
E-Mail: sbates@westernwyoming.edu

MS, Counseling, University of Wyoming
BA, Psychology, University of Wyoming
AA, Western Wyoming Community College

Susan Bates has been teaching Psychology courses at WWCC for almost twelve years. Prior to joining our full-time psychology faculty, she worked as a student services office administrator and had not seriously considered teaching as her life's work. She realized her passion for instructing and advising students when she was asked to teach a study skills course in the mid-1990s. She subsequently earned her BA and MS degrees through the University of Wyoming. In addition to being an instructor, Susan is a nationally certified counselor.

Susan is involved in the community and volunteers for several non-profit, people-oriented organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YWCA, the Wyoming Council for Women's Issues and the Wyoming Education Association. She enjoying hiking and gardening in the summer. In the winter, she stays mostly indoors, watching movies with her husband, Chris Kennedy. Her favorite film of all time is Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Susan and Chris have traveled throughout much of the U.S., Europe, and Central America. Every year they make it a priority to visit somewhere new in the U.S. and try to visit a different country often.



Marissa Vishnu-Mack Marissa Vishnu-Mack
Instructor of Psychology
Office: 1454
Phone: 307-382-1759
E-Mail: mvishnumack@westernwyoming.edu

Marissa Vishnu-Mack is an Instructor of Psychology in the Social Science Division at Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC). Marissa was born in Trinidad and Tobago and migrated to the United States to further her educational studies. Mack currently has attained her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from Monmouth College, IL and her Master's Degree in Human Development Counseling from Bradley University in IL. Marissa is currently working toward her PhD in International Psychology (Trauma Concentration) from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, in IL.

Marissa published a book chapter entitled "The Utilization of the Biopsychosocial Model for Disease Prevention and Global Health Promotion" in the publication Why Global Health Matters in 2016. She also co-authored an article published in Advances for Research Psychology (Vol. 121) entitled "To Eat or Not to Eat: An Overview of Food Cravings," in 2016.

Mack has a passion for international travel and has participated in two field experiences, traveling to South Africa (specifically working with HIV-patients, and children who have experienced trauma through violence and abuse) and Berlin, Germany (offering psychosocial support to refugees) through her PhD program. Mack is currently working on her dissertation entitled "A Narrative Study Exploring Acculturation and Resiliency Factors Among Canadian Rohingyas."



Concurrent and/or Adjunct Faculty:

Dustan Blair Dustan Blair, Ed.S
Adjunct/Concurrent Instructor of Psychology
Evanston, WY Campus/Evanston High School
Phone: 307-789-7571
E-Mail: dblair@westernwyoming.edu

Ed.S, School Psychology, Northern Colorado University, 2014
BS, Psychology, Brigham Young University, 2009

Dustan Blair was born in Roosevelt, Utah and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado (the western slope of Colorado). Dustan earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Brigham Young University and an Educational Specialist degree in school psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. Dustan works as a School Psychologist in Evanston Wyoming and teaches General Psychology for Western Wyoming Community College. He is on the board for the Wyoming School Psychologist Association. Dustan has always wanted to work in a position to help others and has a passion to help children with behavioral, emotional, and academic difficulties. He is married with four children that keep him very busy. His family and the outdoors are two of his favorite adventures. View Dustan Blair's curriculum vita.



Adjunct Faculty:

Kelly Heenan Kelly Heenan, PhD, LMFT, LPC
Phone: 307-315-1347
E-Mail: kheenan@westernwyoming.edu

PhD, Family Therapy, Texas Woman's University, 2008
MS, Family Therapy, Texas Woman's University, 2005
BA, Psychology, University of Montana, 2002

Kelly Heenan, a.k.a. Dr. H, is a Wyoming native, born and raised in Casper. In 2000, she moved to Montana where she received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Montana. After graduating, she spent two additional years in Montana as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer. She then moved to Texas to attend graduate school at Texas Woman's University (TWU). While at TWU, she completed both her Masters and Doctorate in Family Therapy. She returned to Wyoming in January of 2009, and has worked for local mental health organizations, owned her own private practice and worked as a DOD contractor with the military. However, for the past four years, she has worked as a school counselor/social worker in Natrona County School District. In addition, to working and teaching part time at WWCC, she also works part time in the graduate counseling program at Capella University. In 2015-2016, Dr. Heenan was honored as Western Wyoming's Distance Educator of the Year. She has also had the honor of serving on the Wyoming Mental Health Licensing Board as the Marriage and Family Therapy representative since 2013. Currently, she serves as the Vice Chair of the Board. View Dr. Heenan's curriculum vita.



Cindy Fouhy Cindy Fouhy, PhD

Dr. Cindy Fouhy (rhymes with joy) has a rich background in Psychology, Counseling, Integrated Wellness and Education. With a PhD in Psychology, a Masters in Counseling and an undergraduate degree in Education. She has professional experience working with youth and adults in counseling, education and community service venues. Moreover, she has in depth experience facilitating extensive graduate and undergraduate courses including Research Methods, Counseling Ethics, Counseling skills, Abnormal Psychology, Graduate Capstone, Counseling Methods and Theories, Stress Management and Integrated Wellness, etc. She also facilitates integrated wellness education and community assistance programs with a passion for supporting the growth of others. View Dr. Fouhy's curriculum vita.



Daniel Mayer Daniel Mayer, EDS
Adjunct Instructor of Psycology
Phone: 307-679-2194
E-Mail: dmayer@westernwyoming.edu

Dan Mayer will be teaching General Psychology. This is a survey course that introduces a variety of psychological topics. The emphasis is on a basic understanding of the physiology, the environment and the intrapsychic factors contributing to human behavior.

Dan and his family live in Evanston. Currently, Dan Mayer is an Executive Director with Region V BOCES in Wilson, Wyoming. He is also a nationally certified School Psychologist. The majority of his undergraduate training was as a double major in Special Education for the Deaf and Elementary Education, which gives him a strong background in psychology, special education, general education, audiology and child development.

The majority of his undergraduate training was as a double major in Special Education for the Deaf and Elementary Education, which gives him a strong background in special education, general education, audiology and child development. He pursued a graduate degree in School Psychology. Lastly, I recently finished my certificate in School Principalship through the University of Wyoming. My academic studies and subsequent work in special education have provided me opportunities to work successfully with many different administrators, teachers, and children.

Dan has taught General Psychology through Eastern Wyoming College in Douglas, WY and Western Wyoming College for several years now. Dan enjoys the opportunity to teach General Psychology, it has been a great experience for him professionally and personally. View Dan Mayer's curriculum vita.

For more information, contact Susan Bates at (307) 382-1778 or sbates@westernwyoming.edu.
 
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