Meet the Applied Psychology Faculty

Klamath Falls

Dawn Bailey

Dawn Bailey, Associate Professor

 SE106
 541.885.1520

Dr. Bailey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) with over 20 years of experience designing behavioral & learning programs for a variety of populations, including persons with emotional/behavioral disorders, autism and other developmental disabilities.  She received her graduate training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Florida State University (Go Noles!) under Dr. Jon S. Bailey, where she was awarded her Ph.D. in 2008.  Dr. Bailey is a frequent presenter at behavior analysis conferences and gives workshops to teachers, parents, and staff on a variety of topics related to the practice of behavior analysis.  Dr. Bailey serves on the Georgia Behavior Peer Review Committee to assist the state with policy development and implementation regarding behavior analytic services provided in the state. She was a consultant to school districts, private families and state agencies in Florida, New Jersey and Delaware between 1998 and 2017 and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Florida State University and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  She was President of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) in 2014 and held a position on the Executive Committee of FABA for many years. Dr. Bailey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) with over 20 years of experience designing behavioral & learning programs for a variety of populations, including persons with emotional/behavioral disorders, autism and other developmental disabilities.  She received her graduate training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Florida State University (Go Noles!) under Dr. Jon S. Bailey, where she was awarded her Ph.D. in 2008.  Dr. Bailey is a frequent presenter at behavior analysis conferences and gives workshops to teachers, parents, and staff on a variety of topics related to the practice of behavior analysis.  Dr. Bailey serves on the Georgia Behavior Peer Review Committee to assist the state with policy development and implementation regarding behavior analytic services provided in the state. She was a consultant to school districts, private families and state agencies in Florida, New Jersey and Delaware between 1998 and 2017 and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Florida State University and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  She was President of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) in 2014 and held a position on the Executive Committee of FABA for many years.
John Borgen

John Borgen, Psy.D., Assistant Professor

 SE112
 541.885.1520
Dr. John Borgen earned his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 2015, specializing in applied behavior analysis (ABA) in intensive settings.

He started his education with a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology from the
University of Minnesota. After graduation he worked in and supervised a unit at a residential
treatment center, working primarily with boys demonstrating aggressive or sexual acting out
behavior. Dr. Borgen 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. At Nova Dr. Borgen worked in the Severe Behavior Disorders
Program under the supervision of Bud Mace. Dr. Borgen 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 as well as conducting evaluations
in the Autism Diagnostic Clinic. Dr. Borgen completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the
Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital
in Baltimore. His responsibilities included supervising day treatment and inpatient cases,
conducting outpatient therapy, and completing assessments of new clients as part of an
interdisciplinary team.

Dr. Borgen is grateful to teach at Oregon Tech! Since the Fall of 2016, he has taught courses
ranging from Introduction to Psychology (PSY 201), to undergraduate ABA courses (PSY 334,
335, 434, 435, and 456), and graduate courses in the Master of Science in Applied Behavior
Analysis (MS-ABA) and Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy programs. Dr.
Borgen is constantly looking for students to lead and integrate into projects based in ABA,
interdisciplinary projects within Oregon Tech, and collaborations with colleagues across the
nation. Currently, Dr. Borgen is integrating mindfulness practice into the courses he teaches,
supervising the JOBS program, providing therapeutic services for active duty military and
veterans, developing dog training protocols, assessing the behavioral factors that contribute to
renewable energy adoption, and developing a behavioral skills training package for training
therapists to treat pediatric feeding disorders. Additionally, Dr. Borgen is a lead behavior analyst
at the Behavior Improvement Group (BIG) clinic in Klamath Falls that supports the MS-ABA
program and specializes in the treatment of pediatric feeding disorders.

Dr. Borgen is also interested and active in organizational behavior management, sport
psychology, and gamification in instruction. During his downtime he enjoys walking his
Norwegian Elkhound, cooking, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers (with season tickets!).
Please feel free to reach out by email to open a conversation or learn more!
Alishia Huntoon, Ph.D.

Alishia Huntoon, Ph.D., Professor

 541.885.1520

Dr. Alishia Huntoon is primarily an online instructor and the Program Director of Applied Psychology for the Oregon Tech Online program. 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, both online and in person. Along with the fascinating field of Psychology, she finds that people are interesting! She 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 Peer and Youth Mentorship Programs Director. She also enjoys working with a variety of organizations throughout the Klamath Basin.

 

Trevor Petersen, Ph.D.

Trevor Petersen, Ph.D., Associate Professor

 Semon 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.
Portland-Metro

Maria Lynn Kessler, Ph.D.

Maria Lynn Kessler, Ph.D., Professor

 Wilsonville
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 MS in Applied Behavior Analysis Program and BS in Applied Psychology program on the Portland-Metro campus. 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.
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