Meet the Applied Psychology Faculty

Klamath Falls

Alishia Huntoon, Ph.D.

Alishia Huntoon, Ph.D., Associate Professor

OfficeSemon Hall 101

Dr. Alishia Huntoon, Associate Professor of Psychology, is the Program Director of Applied Psychology for the Klamath Falls and Oregon Tech Online programs. Her undergraduate coursework was completed at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where she double majored in Biology and Psychology and minored in Natural Sciences. It was at Washington State University that she earned her MS in Psychology and PhD in Experimental/Social Psychology.

It is the interaction with the students here at Oregon Tech that she enjoys the most. Along with the fascinating field of Psychology, she finds that people are interesting! She equally enjoys her online and on campus students and is inspired by seeing applied experience gained, in addition to academic success. She has first-hand observation in these student experiences as Externship Coordinator and the Youth Mentorship Program Director. She enjoys working with a variety of organizations throughout the Klamath Basin, including the Klamath Promise

Her interests, outside of work life include spending time with her family, traveling, hiking or biking the beautiful outdoors, and taking advantage of the local ski resorts in winter.

Kristen Konkel

Kristen Konkel, Assistant Professor

Kristen Konkel joined the talented team of HSS professors in Fall 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology. As an undergraduate, she studied both Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Akron in Ohio. In 2009 she moved out West to attend graduate school and studied Applied Social and Health Psychology at Colorado State University. There, she gained extensive experience in prevention program design and evaluation, innovative methodology and research design, and adolescent health behaviors. Her specific interests include how to utilize psychological principles and prevention theory to change behaviors and improve health outcomes. She focuses on health-related needs of her own community and is excited about the opportunities to work with Oregon Tech faculty and students as well as different entities in Klamath Falls. Kristen is a passionate teacher and enjoys teaching Health Psychology classes, Research Methods, and Applied Statistics. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys skiing, cycling, camping, backpacking, and being with her dog, Evie.
Trevor Petersen, Ph.D.

Trevor Petersen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

OfficeSemon Hall 106
Dr. Petersen earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ohio University. He teaches the more clinically focused courses within the applied psychology program. These classes include Basic Counseling Techniques, Advanced Counseling Techniques, Abnormal Psychology, Abnormal Behavior in Children and Adolescents, and Psychoactive Drugs I & II. Dr. Petersen is an advisor to the Psych Club/Psi Chi and a director of the Relationship Building/Community Engagement program. His research interests include studying the outcomes of secondary prevention for at-risk college student populations.

Maria Lynn Kessler, Ph.D.

Maria Lynn Kessler, Ph.D., Professor

OfficeWilsonville 435
Dr. Kessler earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University. Go Noles! She is an excellent instructor and has won many awards and honors. Her academic training is primarily in behaviorism, but she would never hurt a pigeon. Dr. Kessler is the program director of the Applied Psychology program on the Wilsonville campus, which offers a B.S. and minor in Applied Psychology, as well as a new BCABA certificate and an Master's in Education with an emphasis in ABA and autism. She is also a co-director of the Oregon Tech Relationship Building Program, which trains students to work with families in the DHS system.

Dr. Kessler loves living in the Pacific Northwest, and her time here has served her well in her athletic pursuits, which include lots of running, skiing, and hiking. She has completed the Boston Marathon three times.