Meet the Faculty

Department Chair

Mark Neupert

Program Directors 

Applied Behavior Analysis MariaLynn Kessler
ABA Supervision Coordinator Dawn Bailey
Applied Psychology Trevor Petersen
Applied Psychology (Online) Alishia Huntoon
Marriage and Family Therapy Kathleen Adams
MFT Clinical Director Kevin Garrett 
Population Health Management Sophie Nathenson 

Klamath Falls



Kathleen Adams

Kathleen Adams, Associate Professor

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Kathleen M. Adams, PhD, LMFT, is the Director of Oregon Tech’s graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy. Kathleen is an experienced therapist, clinical supervisor, consultant, university professor and administrator. She has many years of practice in community mental health care and in MFT training, and has a keen interest in the development of therapists and in Clinical Supervision.

Grounded in humanistic, experiential and relational ways of knowing, Dr. Adams mentors students from “Self of the Therapist” and “Person of the Therapist” clinical training approaches, approaches imbued throughout the MS MFT curriculum. First embraced by Virginia Satir and Harry Aponte, these approaches recognize that therapy is about relationships ~ that profound human connection between therapist and client. She strongly believes that the single most effective tool that therapists bring to therapeutic relationships is themselves. Dr. Adams is deeply rewarded by her relationships with students and supervisees as they learn to embrace themselves, and learn to make intentional use of themselves in clinical practice

Dr. Adams earned her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University, her MS in Counseling at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and her BS in Social Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She is credentialed by the state of Oregon as an approved Clinical Supervisor for MFTs and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). In addition to her current licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Dr. Adams was previously credentialed as a Chemical Abuse Drug Counselor III (CADC III), an Independent Clinical Social Worker, LPC, and a state approved Clinical Supervisor in Hawaii and Minnesota.

“We create and hold spaces for people to feel pain and discomfort that isn’t safe to feel outside of therapy. And, the single most effective tool we bring into creating that sacred space is our self.”

Dr. Adams' work with MS MFT grad students: Family Therapy Magazine: Helping MFT Graduate Students Develop Mindfulness

Dawn Bailey

Dawn Bailey, Associate Professor

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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.

Casey Bennett

Casey Bennett, Instructor

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Casey started her career in food security as the program manager for a large food bank serving San Diego County. She then went on to receive her Master’s of Public Health from Oregon State University, where she worked for five years as the program coordinator for the Healthy Youth Program, a health promotion outreach branch of the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU.

Casey is jointly employed with OHSU and works for the Campus for Rural Health - Klamath and Integrated Programs in Community Research. In those roles she works to promote rural interprofessional education and enhance community research. When she is not at work, you’ll find her spending time at home with her husband and two little ones who keep her on her toes!

John Borgen

John Borgen, Assistant Professor

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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!

Ben Bunting

Ben Bunting, Associate Professor of the Humanities

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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!).

Kyle Chapman

Kyle Chapman, Assistant Professor

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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.

Mark Clark

Mark Clark, Professor of History

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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.

Kevin Garrett

Kevin Garrett, Clinical Director, M.S. Marriage & Family Therapy Program, Assistant Professor

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Kevin Garrett gladly joins the Oregon Institute of Technology faculty as Clinical Director of the M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy master’s degree program. Prior to teaching at Oregon Tech, Kevin taught for three years in southwestern Oklahoma at Cameron University in the Department of Psychology. He served as one of the clinical faculty in the Psychology Department and as a Practicum Supervisor while at Cameron University. He worked full-time in community mental health as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Wyoming for five years before teaching at Cameron University. Kevin completed his Ph.D. in the Marriage and Family Therapy specialization at Kansas State University in 2014, earned his master’s degree in the Marriage and Family Therapy specialization at the University of Oregon in 2006, and received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Utah State University in 2003. He completed a Medical Family Therapy-focused doctoral internship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska in 2009, and earned a post-degree certificate in Medical Family Therapy while completing his doctoral internship.

Kevin holds the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor designation. He looks forward to giving presentations in the community, region, state, as well as nationally. He is excited to be returning to his home state of Oregon, and to bring his clinical experience, passion for teaching, and community-focused orientation to Oregon Tech!

Alishia Huntoon

Alishia Huntoon, Professor

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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.

Sophie Nathenson

Sophie Nathenson, Associate Professor of Medical Sociology

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Sophie Nathenson is an Associate 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's degree and a Ph.D. 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.

Mark Neupert

Mark Neupert, Department Chair, Professor of Anthropology

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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.​

Trevor Petersen

Trevor Petersen, Associate Professor of Psychology

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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, Associate Professor of Philosophy

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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.

Chelsey Torgerson

Chelsey Torgerson, Instructor

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Chelsey Torgerson graduated with a Ph.D. in Human Ecology with a Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy from Kansas State University in 2018. She earned a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University and also completed the coursework required to earn a certificate in Addictions Counseling. Having graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. in Sociology, you can typically find her cheering for the Bison on game day.

Dr. Torgerson has provided therapy in community mental health clinics, public school systems, and residential treatment facilities in rural communities. As a researcher, Dr. Torgerson focuses on risk and resiliency factors of substance use, misuse, and abuse, trauma, recovery and prevention. Specifically, she examines the ways in which belonging to positive systems, and the role of human connection, can create alternative ways of coping with life’s stressors, thus reducing the need for substances and other potentially harmful mechanisms to cope.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, college football, traveling, and spending time outside. Dr. Torgerson looks forward to training the next generation of trauma-informed and culturally competent family therapists.

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MariaLynn Kessler

MariaLynn Kessler, Professor of Psychology

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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.

Ryan Madden

Ryan Madden, Associate Professor of History

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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 Portland-Metro 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.

Instructors


Carlos Becerra

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David DeRoche

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Laura DeVito

Laura DeVito

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Laura DeVito earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, and her graduate degrees include an MA from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR and an MFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. Her graduate work focused on international education, the built environment, and tackling complex problems through art and design. She has a background in sustainable development and social entrepreneurship with B-Corp and LEED certification experience. DeVito teaches ART 215 Design Arts and Aesthetics, and ART 315 Design Thinking at OIT. She has mentored students for the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

Leo Dubray

Leo Dubray

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Eva Lund

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Stephen O'Neal

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Jeffrey Robo

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