With licensed psychologists as instructors and supervisors, you will receive the rigorous training and close mentoring so important to students’ professional growth.
WSPP’s faculty is diverse and purposely eclectic, representing a wide range of orientations and experience. In order to ensure that students are prepared to enter the profession upon graduation, WSPP insists that its clinical professors be licensed and currently practicing. Even the President and Dean hold outside practices. The faculty page describes their degree, track, primary theoretical orientation, and areas of expertise.
All WSPP Faculty are engaged in professional activities in the field in addition to their academic responsibilities. It is essential to our model that faculty not teach clinical courses, but also embody in their professional work the practitioner-scientist ideals that guide our program.
BA Boston College (1977) – Psychology, Spanish, History
MS Marquette University (1979) – Clinical Psychology
PhD Loyola University of Chicago (1984) – Clinical Psychology
Dr. Rusch came to WSPP as a faculty member in 1994. Immediately impressed by the Vail Model as a learning tool, she began to thrive in an environment where experienced clinicians shared their accumulated wisdom to train future clinicians. In 1996, upon the retirement of Dr. Sam Friedman, Dr. Rusch was elected President of WSPP, a position she holds until this day.
Among the concepts most central to Dr. Rusch’s philosophy of guiding the School is the importance of relationship – the myriad ways in which individuals with varying histories create meaning through their personal and professional connections. While the literature has demonstrated the importance of relationship in successful psychotherapy, Dr. Rusch also believes in its centrality in teaching, supervision, and mentorship.
Dr. Rusch’s professional interests lie in psychodynamic processes in psychotherapy and assessment, supervision and mentorship. She maintains a private clinical practice specializing in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy.
University of Wisconsin,
1984 – Kinesiology/Athletic Training
M.S. Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, 2001 – Clinical Psychology
Psy.D. Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, 2005 – Clinical Psychology
Clinical specialty areas: cognitive and personality assessment of adults, adolescents, and children. Dr. Juergens has been involved as an examiner for the standardization of the WAIS-IV and other psychological assessment instruments.
Other professional interests: Prior to pursuing her full time career in clinical psychology, Dr. Juergens enjoyed a 25-year career in sports medicine, treating Olympic, world class, collegiate, high school, and professional athletes and dancers. In addition to her work at WSPP, she is also the company psychologist for the Milwaukee Ballet and has a small private practice treating adults and adolescents with a variety of presenting problems. Dr. Juergens’ clinical interests with performing artists include the emotional impact of long-term injury recovery, barriers to emotional vulnerability, performance issues, and bereavement around career loss and transition.
University of Missouri – St. Louis; M.A. (5/85) and Ph.D. (5/88) in Clinical Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.S. (5/80) in Psychology
Clinical specialty area(s):
Psychotherapy with under-served individuals of all ages with a preference for clinical work with children and adolescents, especially those who have been in out-of-home placement due to foster or group home/residential care. Theoretical orientation is primarily psychodynamic with the use of play therapy and cognitive-behavioral strategies as appropriate.
Other professional interests :
Interested in networking with community providers of mental health care in an effort to develop practicum opportunities for students. Carefully selected practicum opportunities enable students to gain knowledge and experience reflecting their individual goals and to become practitioners who find satisfaction in their work and contribute to their communities. Research interests parallel clinical interests in working with children and adolescents.
B.A. University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2003 – English
M.Ed. Bowie State University, 2012 - School Counseling
Psy.D. Adler University – Child & Adolescent Psychology
For almost 15 years, I have worked with children and adolescents in a variety of roles including a middle school educator, mentor, and now psychologist. Over the years, my clinical interests have centered around sexual and gender minority youth and young adults, as well as empowering communities through education. And it is my passion for education that has brought me to WSPP. I am looking forward to training the next generation of psychologists and empowering individuals and communities so that they may live life more abundantly.
Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1975
Predoctoral Internship, (Behavioral Medicine Specialty), Baylor College of Medicine, 1981
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 1982
Prior to coming to WSPP, Dr. Jurenec taught in both the graduate and undergraduate psychology programs at North Dakota State University, and Cardinal Stritch University. He has practiced extensively in the public sector, beginning with a community mental center in Indiana, followed by 23 years at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex, where he worked in multiple settings, including outpatient, day treatment, and acute adult inpatient. On the acute adult inpatient unit he worked as an “attending psychologist”, which included oversight and direction of the treatment of admitted patients. He also served as the Clinical Director for the inpatient program for persons with chronic mental illness, and served as a rotation supervisor for the APA accredited internship. He maintains a part time private practice, which includes consultation with group homes for consumers dealing with severe mental illness, nursing homes, and individual therapy. At WSPP he teaches Empirically Supported Procedures, the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Practicum, and a course specializing on understanding and treatment of schizophrenia. He has done numerous public and professional presentations on schizophrenia, and has published a short book designed to help individuals and families dealing with schizophrenia. His therapy and supervision orientation emphasizes the “fit” that best serves the individual client, utilizing cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and interpersonal perspectives. In addition to these professional activities, Dr. Jurenec serves on the Board of the Wisconsin Psychological Association, and is presently chairing a workgroup on the licensure of psychologists in Wisconsin. He is also the Wisconsin representative to the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association. Locally, Dr. Jurenec serves on the Board of Our Space, a nonprofit community support program for persons dealing with severe and persistent mental health conditions.
B.A. Samford University,
M.A. Boston College, 2004 – Counseling Psychology
Psy.D. Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, 2010 – Clinical Psychology
Clinical specialty areas: Dr. Smothers completed a predoctoral internship at the Danielsen Institute at Boston University and postdoctoral fellowships at Tufts University Counseling and Mental Health Services and the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Smothers’ training as a psychotherapist included several years in community mental health, working with survivors of complex sexual trauma. Dr. Smothers is currently in the private practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy and is involved in supervision and teaching at WSPP. At WSPP, Dr. Smothers is currently teaching Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Practicum and Psychotherapy: Process and Relationships. His approach to psychotherapy is contemporary psychoanalytic and relational. In his work as a psychotherapist, Dr. Smothers views the therapeutic relationship as not only the context, but as an important part of the healing process.
Other professional interests: Supervision; interplay of philosophy, spirituality, depth-oriented psychotherapy. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at WSPP, Dr. Smothers also provides on-going clinical supervision of psychotherapy and assessment cases. Dr. Smothers enjoys helping students with difficult cases, especially when the process of psychotherapy appears to be ‘stuck.’
B.S. Loyola University Chicago,2007 – Psychology (Natural Science Track)
M.S.The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2010 – Clinical Psychology
Psy.D. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2013 – Clinical Psychology
I own and operate a private practice at New Insights, LLC, located on the East Side of Milwaukee. My clinical specialties include Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Trauma Assessment and Intervention (Child and Adult Survivors), Overcoming Perfectionism, as well as Eating Disorders. I also consult as a clinical specialist on suicide prevention, vicarious traumatization for helping professionals, and youth resiliency for local non-profits. I also maintain a special interest in group psychotherapy as well as the intersections of technology, social media, and psychotherapy.
Personally, I grew up in a small town in Southeast Michigan and until moving to Washington DC for internship, I never appreciated being from the Midwest. In my free time, I'm an avid cyclist and yoga practitioner along with being a XC and downhill skier.
B.A. Illinois Wesleyan University, 2006 – Psychology and Hispanic Studies
M.A. Marquette University, 2008 – Community Counseling
Ph.D. Marquette University, 2011 – Counseling Psychology
My passions are working with underserved populations, teaching, and providing clinical supervision and multicultural trainings. I strive to help students discover their strengths and realize their potential as future psychologists
University of Georgia: Child; cognitive behavioral; forensic, child custody evaluations, marital, personal injury. Chair, Forensic Program.
B.S. (Honors) Loyola University – Chicago, 1973
M.A. Loyola University – Chicago, 1975
Ph.D. Loyola University – Chicago, 1978
Dr. Bespalec has been on the faculty of WSPP since 1985. He has served as Director of Clinical Training and Core Faculty Member prior to becoming Dean.
Dr. Bespalec has worked in private group practice settings, hospital-based outpatient clinics and inpatient units, and correctional institutions. In addition to direct clinical services, Dr. Bespalec has been a supervisor, manager and director of several mental health service organizations in the community and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
He holds membership in the American Psychological Association and the Milwaukee Psychological Association. He is a fellow of the Wisconsin Psychological Association and has a diplomat in Forensic Psychology from the American College of Forensic Examiners.
Dr. Bespalec has actively served in leadership positions with both local and state psychology organizations. He has authored several professional articles and made numerous professional presentations.
He maintains a private practice and specializes in work with characterological issues, clergy, and those clients requesting a christian-based approach to treatment.
Associated Program Faculty
B.A. Psychology, Marquette University, 1976
M.S.Ed. School Psychology, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 1980
Psy.D. Child Clinical Psychology, Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, 1993
Dr. Clark has had a passion for issues in social skill development throughout his professional career. During his five years working as a school psychologist at a high school in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Dr Clark worked with the special education support team to develop programming at the school and in the community to foster successful social experiences for children with a variety of handicaps. This experience fueled his pursuit of a doctoral degree and further research into factors which are predictive of social challenges. In his practice, he has worked to develop individual and group therapy models focused on improving interpersonal problem solving skills. He has been active in providing presentations to professional and community groups on treatment of autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, positive parenting, and other topics.
In addition to teaching Child Cognitive Behavior Therapy and providing supervision for practicum students and psychotherapy cases at WSPP, Dr. Clark is an adjunct faculty at Marquette University and Cardinal Stritch University, primarily providing supervision of Master’s and Doctoral level students. Dr. Clark is cognitive behavioral in his orientation, with strong influences from social learning theory, personal construct theory, and developmental psychology. Primary areas of clinical interest include: social issues, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, and learning problems.
Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology: Adult; psychological assessment, forensic issues.
Ph.D. Rehabilitation Psychology, University of Arizona 1989.
M.Ed. Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Missouri 1978.
B.A. Psychology, Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 1975.
Dr. Glassman is board certified in Neuropsychology (American Board of Professional Neuropsychology) and Clinical Psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology). He also has extensive training in forensic psychology.
Neuropsychological assessment is done using the hypothesis testing, flexible battery approach with the Meyers Neuropsychological System. Particular interest areas include assessment of frontal lobe and executive functions, malingering/symptom validity, Traumatic Brain Injury, and the deaf population.
Dr. Glassman has been in independent practice for over 15 years. He was initially trained as a Rehabilitation Psychologist, working with individuals having severe disability, due to sensory loss and Traumatic Brain Injury. Over the years, he has gained experience in forensic psychology and working with members of the deaf community.
His practice focuses on the assessment of clients throughout the lifespan with neurological and psychiatric conditions affecting cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning. He also does a range of forensic assessment and expert testimony with in cases involving civil disputes (disability, Fitness for Duty, Worker’s Compensation, Guardianship, Competency) as well as criminal cases (Competency to Stand Trial, Criminal Responsibility, Miranda Waivers, pre-sentence investigations). He has testified as a neuropsychological and psychological expert, and assesses pilots and Air Traffic Control Specialists for the FAA. He also has a limited therapy practice.
Dr. Glassman has staff privileges at area psychiatric and medical hospitals, and also provides consultation for agencies and businesses.
Dr. Glassman has taught at WSPP for over 10 years. Courses include Introduction To Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological Assessment, Practical Neuropsychological Assessment, Independent Study (Neuropsychology, Substance Abuse) and Psychological Measurement. His clinic has also been a WSPP practicum site for many years.
Dr. Glassman has published articles in peer reviewed journals on brain injury rehabilitation. He is on the Board of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center of Wisconsin, is past President of the Forensic and Correctional Psychology Interest Section of Wisconsin Psychological Association, and was a member of the Ethics Committee of St. Joseph’s Hospital (West Bend, Wisconsin). The Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin awarded him the Lifetime Service Award in Clinical Practice.
University of Arizona: Rehabilitation Psychology; neuropsychology; sign language interpretation.
B.A., Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1966
M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1968
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1971
Dr. Kane is a clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Milwaukee. Dr. Kane is a Diplomate of the American Board of Assessment Psychology. He is a Professor at the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is the author or co-author of 10 books and more than 60 professional articles and chapters. He is the Associate Editor for Psychology and the Chair of the Forensic Psychology Section of the journal Psychological Injury and the Law. He holds a Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. He is a former president of the Wisconsin Psychological Association (WPA) and of its forensic division. He served for 10 years as a member of the Ethics Committee of WPA.
In 1970, Dr. Kane founded The Counseling Center of Milwaukee, an alternative mental health program, of which he was the Executive Director until he went into full-time private practice in 1978. One result was that Dr. Kane taught Community Psychology at WSPP for the first 26 years of the School. Dr. Kane has done more than 3,000 forensic evaluations, and currently teaches a course in Civil Forensic Psychology at WSPP. Dr. Kane is the advisor for some WSPP students, and has supervised the psychotherapy of a number of students. His areas of clinical interest include Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, psychological injury, divorce, child custody, crisis intervention, civil competency, and serious and persistent mental illness.
Dr. Kane is a founding member of the WSPP faculty. He chairs the WSPP Committee on Faculty, Policy & Procedures, and is a member of the Information Technology and Forensic Sequence Committees.
Ph.D. Psychology, Clinical Program, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1981
M.A. Psychology, Indiana State University, 1975
B.A. Psychology, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, 1973
Dr. Lisowski’s early professional experiences included positions at inpatient mental health facilities, medical hospitals, outpatient community mental health centers, and in private practice settings doing individual and group psychotherapy. An interest in assessment fostered the eventual development of her independent practice in forensic psychology, where she continues to provide evaluations concerning adult criminals, juvenile delinquents, parents and children involved in abuse and neglect, and those needing assessment for the purpose of civil commitment or guardianship proceedings.
In addition to teaching the WSPP course Ethics and Professional Issues and classes for the WSPP Forensic Sequence, Dr. Lisowski serves on dissertation committees and is a member of the Continuing Education and Information Technology committees for the school. She also serves on the Continuing Education and Professional Issues committees for the Wisconsin Psychological Association.
Dr. Neff has been a member of the faculty at WSPP since 2014 and began serving as the Clinic Director for the WSPP Psychology Center in 2019. She teaches the child cognitive and personality assessment courses, and has taught child psychopathology and introductory assessment courses in the past. Dr. Neff has additional training in personality instruments and forensic assessment, with contributions to book chapters and professional presentations on these subjects. She also serves on the Marketing, IT, and Admissions committees at WSPP and supervises the clinical work of students. Dr. Neff accepts practicum students for assessment training at her outpatient mental health clinic where she is a licensed psychologist and co-director.
Marquette University: Adult and Child; educational, vocational; minority populations; research evaluation.
Dr. Pflugradt received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2008. She received an additional graduate degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Clinical Bioethics in 2014. She is currently a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Wisconsin performing forensic and clinical work. She is employed by the Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections conducting forensic risk evaluations. She also has a private practice and holds a position as an Associate Professor at the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, where she teaches Ethics and heads the Human Research Subjects Committee. Dr. Pflugradt is one of two certified STATIC-99R trainers in the State of Wisconsin and the only certified STABLE/ACUTE trainer in the state. In addition to her clinical and teaching duties, she conducts research and regularly presents at international conferences her research findings related to criminality, risk assessment and treatment of violence.
Bowling Green State University: Adult; individualized and eclectic; psycho/neuropsycho-diagnostic and psychotherapeutic rehabilitation services, traumatic brain injuries, coma, strokes.
B.S., Psychology, Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, 1967
M.A., Clinical/School Psychology, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio,1970
Clinical Internship, Vanderbilt/VA Consortium, Nashville, Tennessee, 1985-86
Psy.D., Child Clinical Psychology, Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, 1990
Dr. Straw has been teaching at WSPP since fall of 2000. She teaches the core courses Group Psychotherapy and Practicum, and Social Psychology, and an elective course in Mental Imagery in Psychotherapy. She supervises WSPP students in child and adult psychotherapy. Dr. Straw retired from 30 years as a school psychologist in the Milwaukee Public Schools, and is currently in private psychotherapy practice at New Prospects Counseling Services in Milwaukee. She also provides consultation and supervision services privately. Dr. Straw has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Educational Psychology. She has presented locally and nationally on topics related to mental imagery, and psychotherapy. Dr. Straw’s primary perspective is humanistic. Her areas of special interest include depression, anxiety, trauma, family work, school-related issues, spirituality in psychotherapy, and mental imagery work. Dr. Straw has served on the executive boards of local and state psychology associations, was a board member of a local arts organization, and currently volunteers as a facilitator for a group of non-profit executive directors.
Assistant Professor (Non-core faculty)
Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Psychology
B.A., Religious Studies, St. Norbert College, 1987
M.A., Theology, Boston College, 1992
M.A., Psychology, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT, 1995
Psy.D., Psychology, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT, 1998
Dr. Collins is a graduate of the Graduate of Institute of Professional Psychology, University of Hartford. Since licensure in 1999, her practice has focused almost exclusively on the area of forensic psychology — the intersection of mental health issues and the law. She routinely consults with attorneys, courts and related agencies regarding issues such as competency to proceed, mental responsibility, sentencing, Miranda issues, violence risk assessment and juvenile forensic evaluations. In addition to teaching Criminal Forensic Psychology at WSPP, she has taught at the Marquette University Law School where she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her professional activities also include providing supervision to doctoral and post-doctoral students.
Dr. Collins is board-certified as a forensic psychologist by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Diplomate and Board Member of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. She is a co-owner of Behavioral Consultants, Inc. and the Director of the Wisconsin Forensic Unit.
B.A. Psychology, Temple University, 1969
M.S. Psychology, Marquette University, 1972
Ph.D. Psychology, Marquette University
Dr. Crisco completed his internship in Clinical-Child and Pediatric Psychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Pediatrics (Section on Child Development) where he received training in neurodevelopmental assessment and treatment of infants, toddlers and children with attention, behavior and developmental disorders. He was a post-doctoral intern in at the Mendota Mental Health Institute where he worked extensively on developing and implementing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. He was a full-time faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin where he conducted research and published peer-reviewed articles on William’s Syndrome and the short and long-term cognitive, emotional and social effects of medical treatments of children with brain tumors and leukemia. His faculty position also included responsibility for directing all psychological services in the Department of Pediatrics as well as serving as Chief Psychologist in the Child Development Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He is currently in private practice and is Director of Pediatric Psychology Associates, LLC and the Autism Behavioral Network. This clinic provides neurodevelopmental assessment of infants, toddlers and children with attention, emotional and developmental disorders. Intensive in-home Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment services are also provided to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s).
Dr. Crisco is a founding faculty of the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology (WSPP). He has taught graduate courses at WSPP in Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Cognitive Assessment, Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior, and Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Autistic Children. He currently teaches Child Psychopathology and is Co-Chairman of the IT Committee. He has served on the Admissions and Multicultural Affairs Committees. Through Pediatric Psychology Associates, LLC and the Autism Behavioral Network he supervises WSPP practicum students in ABA therapy and neurodevelopmental assessment of infants, toddlers and children. His primary approach to therapy is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). His areas of academic and clinical interest include Childhood Psychopathologies in particular Autism Spectrum Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience.
Florida State University: Adult; cognitive behavioral; couples therapy, anxiety disorders, depression/other mood disorders, hypnosis, psychopathology, sexual deviance.
Bachelor of General Studies (Psychology); University of Kansas, 1978
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD); Forest Institute of Psychology, 1987
Dr Hohfeler holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and became a licensed psychologist in the state of Wisconsin in 1987. Since that time he has worked with children, adolescents, families, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He holds a particular interest and specialty in the field of trauma and dissociation which has been his focus since 1988. He has lectured in the community regarding the role of trauma in the development of various psychopathologies in children and adults, is a regular guest lecturer in the Trauma Certification curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on the subject of dissociation, and teaches an elective course at WSPP on Dissociation (aka, Trauma and Dissociation). He has also taught a course at WSPP in Developmental Psychology.
His current clinical work includes a private practice specializing in trauma and dissociation; consultation and supervision of therapists and case managers in a private clinic/social service agency; and works as a clinical psychologist in Wisconsin Department of Corrections. His clinical orientation is primarily psychodynamic, but also utilizes cognitive therapies for symptom management. He is also trained in EMDR which he has been utilizing since 1996.
Illinois Institute of Technology: Adult; psychodynamic; substance abuse, hypnosis/hypnotherapy, biofeedback, eating disorders.
BS Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1962
MS Psychology, Marquette University, 1992
PsyD Clinical Psychology, Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, 1997
Dr. Jones recently retired from private practice specializing in addictions, mood disorders, and couples therapy employing a transtheoretical approach to treatment. In addition, she participated at WSPP as an instructor, supervisor, and advisor and served on several committees.
Since her retirement, Dr Jones continues her affiliation with WSPP as chair of the Admissions Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors.
B.A. Marquette University 1957
M.A. Michigan State University 1965
Ph.D. Michigan State University 1967
Dr. Mathie retired from active clinical practice in 2000. He was part of the founding faculty of WSPP. He was chair of the Admissions Committee for 20 plus years and taught the Personality Theories Course for approximately the same time. His activity at WSPP since retirement has been confined to attending faculty meetings.
University of Michigan: Adult and Child; humanistic; minority issues, women’s issues, pastoral counseling.
University of Innsbruck, Austria: Adult and Child; Jungian; neuropsychology, imagery, hypnosis, forensics.
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