Meet the HSS Faculty

Professors in Klamath Falls

Kathleen Adams

Kathleen Adams, Associate Professor


Dr. Adams is the Director of Oregon Tech’s new grad program in Marriage and Family Therapy. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University, her MS in Counseling at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and her BS in Secondary Education Social Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. A practiced therapist, clinical supervisor, consultant, university professor and administrator, Dr. Adams brings a broad and deep skill set to all of her work.

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Ben Bunting

Ben Bunting, Assistant Professor of the Humanities


Once on a path to a promising career in computer science, Ben was led astray by the siren song of the humanities and thus received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Kent State University in 2003. After a few years of using the powers granted him by said degree to make burritos for hungover college students, he traveled via rusted-out pickup truck to the Palouse prairie in eastern Washington state to attend graduate school at Washington State University.

He earned his M.A. in English Literature in 2007 and his Ph.D. in 2012. He began teaching at the Oregon Institute of Technology in 2013, and is currently working on developing new humanities courses for the ALPs minor.

When not teaching and researching, Ben likes to walk, hike, or run long distances, especially in the snow. He's recently discovered the physical and metaphysical joys of climbing mountains, a habit that will likely lead to his demise eventually (or at least to really bad knees when he gets older). He also plays a lot of video games (for research purposes only, really!).

Mark Clark

Mark Clark, Professor of History


Dr. Mark Clark has taught at Oregon Tech since 1996. His childhood was spent following his Army officer father around the world, which inspired Mark's continued interest in both history and international travel. Originally trained as a mechanical engineer at Rice University, he went on to earn a Doctorate in the History of Technology from the University of Delaware. His teaching centers around the relationship between technological development and social change, sustainability, and energy use. He has published books about the history of magnetic recording, the American dye industry, and the inventor Semi Joseph Begun, and is currently working on a book about the history of nerd culture.

Mark is currently the director of the Oregon Tech Honors Program. He is a member of a number of local non-profit boards, including the Klamath County Museum Foundation and the Klamath Lake Land Trust, and is a co-founder of Discover Klamath Visitor and Convention Bureau. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, traveling to Europe (especially Denmark), and restoring old British cars.

Kristen Konkel, Ph.D.

Kristen Konkel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor


Dr. 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 and the University of Akron in Ohio. In 2009 she moved out West to attend graduate school and received her Master's and Ph.D. in 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 interests include using psychological principles and theory to change behaviors and improve health outcomes. She focuses on health-related needs of her own community and works with students, faculty, and community leaders within Klamath Falls. Currently, she is working on projects to help improve adolescent health, reduce adolescent substance use, and evaluate active transportation attitudes and habits in town.

Kristen is a passionate teacher and enjoys teaching Health Psychology, Research Methods, and Applied Statistics. She is the co-advisor of the Psych Club, Circle K, and Psi Chi, and serves as an Honors Mentor. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys skiing, cycling, camping, backpacking, and being with her dog, Evie.

Sophia Lyn Nathenson

Sophia Lyn Nathenson, Assistant Professor of Medical Sociology


Sophie Nathenson is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, Director of the Population Health Management Program, and the Director of the Population Health Management Research Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Tulsa. She also studied history and Spanish at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, as well as psychology at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

After working in the Czech Republic, she attended the University of Utah, earning a Master of Science in Sociology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sociology. Dr. Nathenson has been involved in numerous projects related to community service, health research, and cultural enrichment. She has served as a youth mentor, patient mentor, and enrichment program educator. Trained in quantitative statistics methods, her research has focused on coping with cancer, religion and health, alternative medicine, and preventative medicine. Dr. Nathenson loves being in nature, teaching yoga, and exploring the wonders of Klamath County.

Trevor Petersen

Trevor Petersen, Assistant Professor of Psychology


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.

Yasha Rohwer

Yasha Rohwer, Assistant Professor of Philosophy


Dr. Rohwer earned his PhD from the University of Missouri in 2012. He then went on to be the Postdoctoral Fellow for the Mizzou Advantage One Health/One Medicine Initiative at the University of Missouri, where he researched the ethics of cognitive enhancement and developed a new course on that topic. Dr. Rohwer specializes in philosophy of science, applied ethics, and epistemology. He has developed many new philosophy courses for the students at Oregon Tech—including philosophy of science courses, logic courses and courses in applied ethics. Dr. Rohwer is the faculty advisor for Oregon Tech’s Philosophy Club.

Dr. Rohwer is currently working on research projects in environmental ethics, bioethics, and, of course, the philosophy of science. He has published in Philosophy of Science, Synthese, and The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. When he is not working, Dr. Rohwer loves to explore the abundant natural beauty of the Klamath Falls area with his family.

John Borgen

John Borgen, Assistant Professor


John Borgen earned his Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 2015. He started his education with a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and then worked in and supervised a unit at a residential treatment center for boys demonstrating aggressive or sexual acting out behavior. John obtained his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University and wrote his thesis on the academic implications of stereotype threat and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. John completed his predoctoral internship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Omaha, completing rotations in Pediatric Feeding Disorders and Early Intervention. John completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

John is excited to teach psychology and behavior analysis courses at Oregon Tech! He has utilized applied behavior analysis clinically for over six years, and worked in outpatient, day treatment, and intensive settings. Beyond behavior analysis, John is interested in sports, health, and social psychology. John is an avid Packers fan, and also enjoys taking his Norwegian Elkhound for long walks both in and outside of Klamath Falls.

Kyle Chapman

Kyle Chapman, Assistant Professor


Kyle Chapman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Population Health Management. Before coming to Oregon Tech in 2016, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Dr. Chapman also holds a Master’s degree in Sociology as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Mass Communications from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Chapman is actively working to expand the relatively new program of Population Health Management. The program provides students with a health-specific sociological education that is applicable to the fields of public health and health care. He teaches courses in medical sociology, research methods, and social inequality at Oregon Tech. Dr. Chapman has also conducted a range of research on the role of social factors in physical and mental health conditions at both community- and population-levels. His specific interests are in chronic disease, educational disparities, and health behaviors. He is currently developing a study focused on experiencing diabetes over the life course, diabetes education, and the educators themselves. His work has been featured in Rural Sociology and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. When he is not teaching and conducting research, Kyle enjoys exploring the attraction of the Pacific Northwest with his family.

Alishia Huntoon

Alishia Huntoon, Associate Professor of Psychology


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.

Stephanie Machado

Stephanie Machado, Instructor and Research Coordinator


Stephanie Machado is an instructor and research coordinator in the Population Health Management program at Oregon Institute of Technology. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Middlebury College in Vermont. She then attended the University of Arizona and earned a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Promotion.

Stephanie’s research interests include nutrition, physical activity, and care management, especially for low-income populations. She has experience in grant writing, program design, and qualitative research. Stephanie has been involved in many public health projects; she has helped establish a community paramedicine program in rural Arizona as well as worked on tobacco, nutrition, and health equity initiatives in Klamath County. Stephanie was born and raised in Klamath Falls and is excited to continue population health work in her hometown!

Mark Neupert

Mark Neupert, Department Chair, Professor of Anthropology


Dr. Neupert earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1999. He has conducted archaeological, ethnoarchaeological, and applied ethnographic fieldwork in the western U.S., the Philippines, and the Netherlands. His interests include traditional pottery production, urban planning, and ethnographic filmmaking. At Oregon Tech he teaches introductory course on archaeology, cultural anthropology, and film, along with courses on globalization and the built environment. Dr. Neupert also has a YouTube channel.​

Professors in Wilsonville

MariaLynn Kessler

MariaLynn Kessler, Professor of Psychology

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.

Ryan Madden

Ryan Madden, Assistant Professor of History

OfficeWilsonville 436

Dr. Madden has his Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in American History, a master's degree from University of Vermont and a bachelor's degree from UC Davis. He is the author of a book on the history of Alaska as well as numerous articles on Alaska Natives.

Dr. Madden is a former History Professor at Western Washington University, Sheldon Jackson College, and Linfield College. Currently, he is the General Education coordinator for Oregon Tech’s Wilsonville campus and is member of Oregon Tech’s Social Science faculty. He teaches Globalization and the PNW, Introduction to Film, US History Survey courses and Pacific Northwest History. He recently had an encyclopedia entry on the Oregon Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program published, and you can read it here.

Dr. Madden's interests outside of work include fly fishing and birding.


Carlos Becerra


David DeRoche

Laura DeVito

Laura DeVito


Laura DeVito is an artist, educator, and collaborative designer. She earned a bachelor's in graphic design from the University of Kansas, and two master's degrees from OSU and Pacific Northwest College of Art, which focused on international education and tackling complex problems through art and design. She paints wildlife and maps, takes photos, and designs environmental education materials. DeVito teaches Design Arts and Aesthetics at OIT.  She is also very interested in biomimicry, and she would love to support interested students in the next Biomimicry Design Challenge.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking Silver Falls, hunting for chanterelles, and collecting oak galls for ink.

Leo Dubray

Leo Dubray


Eva Lund


Stephen O'Neal


Jeffrey Robo