Faculty & Staff




Roberto Abreu

Roberto Abreu, Ph.D.       

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Research Interests: LGBTQ people of Color well-being; Latinx LGBTQ people and family relations; Culturally appropriate interventions to increase acceptance of LGBTQ people in communities of Color. 

Office: 305D Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5149
Email: rabreu@tnstate.edu  
Faculty CV


 Dr. James Brooks

James Brooks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign    

B.S., Illinois State University

Research Interests: Interracial Relationships and Multiracial Families; Romantic Relationships; Topics of Diversity; 

Phone: (615) 963-5345
Email: jbrook42@tnstate.edu 
Faculty Webpage


James Campbell

James Campbell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
M.S., Oklahoma State University
B.A., Central State University

Research Interests: Male gender role socialization; marriage and couple issues; children and adolescents.

Office: 305B Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5144
Email: jcampbell21@tnstate.edu 
Faculty CV


Lisa de la Mothe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
M.A., Vanderbilt University
B.S., University of Tennessee at Martin

Research Interests: Neuroanatomical and neurochemical organization of the auditory system. What happens in the brain when we do something?

Office:      305D Clay Hall
Phone:      (615)963-1390
Email:       ldelamot@tnstate.edu 
Faculty CV


John Dossett, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S., Ball State University
B.S., Ball State University

Research Interests: Sexual behavior and decision making; statistics and critical thinking; instruction and assessment.

Office:      304C Clay Hall
Phone:     (615) 963-1559
Email:      jdossett@tnstate.edu


Marie Hammond, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Missouri
M.Ed., University of Missouri
B.M.E., Olivet College

Research Interests: Career development of African Americans and STEM students; validation of career measures for African American students; mid-life career changes; personality and diagnosis/treatment of psychological disorders.

Office:      308D Clay Hall
Phone:     (615) 963-5191
Email:       mhammond1@tnstate.edu 
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Olivia Holmes


Olivia Holmes, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago
M.A., University of Illinois, Chicago
B.A., Guilford College

Research Interests: Perceptions of Multiracials, Multiracial Experiences, Racial Categorization, Social Category Ambiguity, Stereotyping

Office:      308C Clay Hall
Phone:     (615) 963-1569
Email:       oholmes2@tnstate.edu 
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Kiesa Kelly, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
M.S., Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
B.A., Bowdoin College

Research Interests: Electrophysiology; event-related potentials (ERPs); scholarship of teaching and learning, culturally-relevant instruction.

Office:      303 Clay Hall
Phone:     (615) 963-5157
Email:       kkelly5@tnstate.edu


Marvin Lee, Ph.D.                                                                                                               



Office:      308 Clay Hall
Phone:     (615) 963-5087
Email:       mlee5 @tnstate.edu


Megan Morrison

Megan Morrison, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Research Interests: Perception and treatment of intercultural relationships and multiracial individuals, relationship dynamics in intracultural versus intercultural relationships, stereotypes and prejudice, cultural diversity, application of statistical techniques and methodologies

Office:     308D Clay Hall
Phone:    (615) 963-5153
Email:      mmorri33@tnstate.edu                                                                                           

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Robin Oatis-Ballew

Robin Oatis-Ballew, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Howard University
M.S., Howard University
B.A., Fisk University

Research Interests: Work-life balance; professional development of women; coping and career of African American women supervisors.

Office:     305A Clay Hall
Phone:    (615) 963-1558
Email:      roatisballew@tnstate.edu


Joan Popkin, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Tennessee
M.S., University of Tennessee
B. S., University of Tennessee

Research Interests: Women's issues; diversity and multicultural issues; development of children and adolescents.

Office:     105A Clay Hall
Phone:    (615) 963-1385
Email:      jpopkin@tnstate.edu


Mary Shelton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ph.D., George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
M.S., George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
B.S., University of the South

Research Interests: Development and diversity related to ethnic identity.

Office:     304D Clay Hall
Phone:    (615) 963-7984
Email:      mshelton@tnstate.edu


Joshua Shive, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Research Interests: human factors, visual perception

Office:     317A Clay Hall
Phone:    (615) 963-5160
Email:      jshive@tnstate.edu 
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Amy Sibulkin, Ph.D.

Amy Sibulkin, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Cornell University
M.S.,  Cornell University
B.A.,  Clark University

Research Interests: Vegan research and activism; scholarship of teaching.

Office:     305C Clay Hall
Phone:    (615) 963 - 5088
Email:      asibulkin@tnstate.edu  
Faculty CV 


Thurman Webb, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor

Ed.D., Walden University
M.S., Tennessee State University
B.S., Tennessee State University

Office:      308A Clay Hall
Phone:     (615) 963-1593
Email:      twebb8@tnstate.edu



Support Staff


Mrs. Diane Coakley
Administrative Assistant III

Office:      303 Clay Hall
Phone:     (615) 963-2175
Email:       dcoakley@tnstate.edu


Mrs. Charlotte Phillips
Administrative Assistant IV

Office:      303 Clay Hall
Phone:     (615) 963-5141
Email:      cphillips@tnstate.edu