Faculty and Staff


Jenell HolsteadJenell Holstead, Ph.D., Co-Director of CAR

Dr. Holstead teaches courses on research methodology, and her research interests focus on the effectiveness of after school programs. Specifically, she examines the extent to which such programs improve academic performance. Dr. Holstead is also the Director of UW-Green Bay's Consortium of Applied Research (CAR). She has worked in program evaluation for the past 12 years, with expertise in educational research. She has evaluated youth development programs and initiatives, afterschool programs, early childhood and school-age environments, and educational initiatives. Dr. Holstead regularly provides professional development trainings and workshops on point-of-service practices to youth development organizations on topics such as: behavior management strategies, working with special education students, and improving academic and social-emotional outcomes of youth. In addition, she also gives technical assistance workshops to organizations on evaluation, making informed data-based decisions, advocating for programming and sustainability issues, and leveraging community resources.

Regan GurungRegan Gurung, Ph.D., Co-Director of CAR

Dr. Regan A. R. Gurung is the Co-Director of the Consortium of Applied Research. He has received numerous local, state, and national grants/contracts to conduct health and social psychological research on cultural differences in stress, social support, smoking cessation, body image, and impression formation. In addition, Dr. Gurung is the co-chair of the LIVE 54218 Board of Directors. Dr. Gurung is a dedicated teacher with strong interests in enhancing faculty development and student understanding. He has won numerous teaching awards including the APA Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Career in Teaching Psychology. Dr. Gurung has organized statewide and national teaching conferences, as well as has provided trainings on supporting success in diverse learners, using the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to foster student learning, strategies to energize teachers and motivate students, as well as others.

Kristin VespiaKristin Vespia, Ph.D.

Dr. Vespia has published journal articles and a book chapter on topics such as career development, clinical supervision/counselor development, and mental health services on college campuses. She is particularly interested in multicultural and gender issues, particularly as these relate to vocational development, education, and mental health. She has experience working with local mental health and human service organizations such as Connections for Mental Wellness and Golden House, particularly in terms of evidence-based practices. Dr. Vespia has facilitated community and campus presentations on topics related to college student mental health, mental health issues in the workplace, cultural competence, and microaggressions.


Ryan MartinRyan Martin, Ph.D.

Dr. Martin has published articles evaluating cognitive theories of anger and improving the assessment and treatment of anger disorders. He currently manages a blog, All the Rage: Commentary and Resources on the Science of Anger. Dr. Martin teaches courses on mental illness, emotion, and anger and violence. He has experience working with mental health organizations, human service organizations, non-profits, and parole/probation programs. Dr. Martin is able to provide trainings on mental illness and anger management strategies.

Illene CupitIllene Cupit, Ph.D.

Dr. Cupit's work is in death, dying and bereavement. Her current research interests are on college student grief, the uses of the Internet in the study of death and dying, and the effects of bereavement camps as a form of grief intervention for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. In addition, she is the founder and director of Camp Lloyd, a summer day camp for grieving children. During the week of Camp Lloyd, Human Development students are trained to be Big Buddies to the campers. Dr. Cupit is able to provide trainings on principles of Child Development, as well as best-practices in helping individuals cope with loss. She is currently the Chair of the Institutional Review Board at UW-Green Bay. As such, she has expertise in drafting research protocols that meet strict ethnical standards.

Dean VonDrasDean D. VonDras, Ph.D.

Dean D. VonDras is Professor of Human Development and the founding Director the UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center.  He has published articles focusing on a variety of adult development and aging topics. Dr. VonDras also offers students opportunities to become involved in research, as well as independent study or community internship. Special research interests include the intertwining of health and psychological processes in adult development and aging, social support, ethics for living, and spirituality and development. Dr. VonDras has worked with nursing homes and organizations serving implementing Alheizmer’s interventions and older adult programming.


Sawa Senzaki, Ph.D.

Dr. Senzaki is an assistant professor in the Human Development and Psychology Departments at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Dr. Senzaki’s research focuses on examining sociocultural factors, such as parenting, language, and culture, in shaping children’s development. She uses a variety of methods including parent-child observation, eye-tracking analysis, and EEG techniques. She works with international collaborators to examine children’s development across the world. She has an active research lab, Culture and Development Lab: https://www.uwgb.edu/culturelab. Dr. Senzaki is also involved with a variety of community organizations such as Achieve Brown County, Brown County United Way, and Literacy Green Bay. She enjoys teaching courses such as Infancy and Early Childhood, Cross-Cultural Human Development, Introduction to Human Development (Lifespan Development), and Research Methods.

Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Ph.D.

Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  She received her Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California-Irvine.  Her research interests involve benchmarks of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research, student engagement in college, assessment of undergraduate psychology learning outcomes, and perceptions of sense of community.  She has taught statistics, research methods and environmental psychology for over 20 years.  Throughout her career, Georjeanna has emphasized teaching and writing about data analysis in clear and accessible ways.  As a statistical consultant, she applies this same clear communication of data analysis with local and regional agencies including the De Pere School District and Five-County Mental Health Services. Georjeanna is involved in Society of Teaching Psychology, specifically in the SoTL Writing Workshop where she serves as the director and statistical consultant.