Faculty Members of the Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies
Dr. Brenda Chappell
Dr. Chappell has a B.A. in psychology, M.A. in Criminal Justice, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Oklahoma. Her areas of focus at OU were criminology/deviance, and sociology of the family/gender. Her master’s thesis and dissertation focused on mental health in the Correctional system and she taught both sociology and criminal justice undergraduate and graduate courses since joining the department in 2002.. As of 2012 her focus is in sociology where she currently teaches Social Problems, Minorities in American Society, Sociology of Human Sexuality, Social Deviance, Social stratification, Sociology of Childhood-adolescence and has taught Administration of Justice which covers the basics of policing, courts and corrections.
Dr. Chappell is an enthusiastic instructor who truly cares about the students at UCO. She is the director of the Institute of Hope which is a faculty directed and student led institution within UCO with the goal of fighting prejudice, poverty, abuse and other social injustices through awareness. She is a member of the scholarship review board for the Institute of Hope, faculty senator, sociology and women studies club sponsor and serves on an array of other college and university committees. Her current research project is in the paranormal focusing on EVP’s.
She is the sponsor of the Sociology Club sponsor-check for meeting dates.
Mr. Art Christie
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Professor Christie received a B.A. in Political Science (1964), and an M.A. in Counseling in 1976 from the University of North Dakota. During 1987 to 2001 Professor Christie was a full time Substance Abuse therapist specializing in the family systems approach to intervention, treatment, and recovery from addiction. He also served as Clinical Supervisor for A Chance to Change Foundation from 1996 to 2001.
Professor Christie taught as an adjunct for UCO and OCCC for seven years. In 2003, Professor Christie was appointed coordinator for the substance abuse studies program. He is the sponsor for TADCA which meets on Tuesdays at 2 pm in LA 138.
He is field studies coordinator for Substance Abuse Studies majors. Through his diligence and guidance, we now offer a masters in Substance Abuse studies, allowing students to prepare for licensure as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Ms. Leeda Copley
Ms. Copley holds a B. A. in History, a B. A. in Sociology, and an M. A. in Sociology, all from Ohio State University. She is currently working on her Ph. D. in Ageing from Swansea University in Wales. Specializing in quantitative (statistical) methods, her research tends to be in the areas of medical sociology, gerontology, and the family. Specifically, she spends a lot of time pondering the importance of family and friends for older adults under stress. Ms. Copley teaches statistics, research methods, medical sociology, and sociology of monsters, but she also has a keen interest in helping students improve their study habits and overcome test/math anxieties.
Dr. David Ford
Department Chair and Sociology Coordinator
Dr. Ford received a B.A. in Psychology - 1973, a M.S. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Psychology in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Sociology with emphases in Social Gerontology and Sociology of the Family in 1988.
His research interests include macro level studies of divorce, program consultation, and program evaluation work on grants dealing with community and youth issues such as, drug and alcohol use/abuse and prevention and with building neighborhood coalitions to address those issues. He is also involved in studying factors effecting female incarceration and recidivism rates.
Current Courses Taught: Sociological Theory and The Family
Dr. Vincent Laus
Dr. Laus joined the faculty in 2014 as an Assistant Professor. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, with emphasis in Race and Ethnicity and Immigration. He also has a M.A. degree in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University.
In both research and teaching, Dr. Laus focuses on multicultural competence and social justice. His research projects include an in-depth study of methamphetamine users in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as cross-national comparative study on the impact of multicultural policy on ethnic identity maintenance of second-generation immigrants in Toronto, Canada, and Los Angeles, USA.
He teaches Introduction to Sociology and Minorities in America, and has teaching interests in Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Aging, Deviance and Social Psychology. In his classes his goal is to help students truly think for themselves using analysis and conceptual tools to understand the relationship between social institutions and individual attitudes and behaviors, and how this relationship influences persistent ageism, sexism, racism, and other forms of “isms” and phobias in our society.
Kathryn Williams has a B.A. in Journalism, Master of Criminal Justice Administration, and post graduate hours in a M.Ed. Prior to joining the faculty in 2001, she worked in a variety of different areas within the Criminal Justice field ranging from Juvenile Probation and Parole to Juvenile Justice Administrator. Her experience within the criminal justice field includes being the Coordinator of the Foster Care Review Boards of Oklahoma County, Drug/Alcohol Group therapist at St. Anthony's Care Unit, and as a domestic violence therapist. Professor Williams has also taught as an adjunct at the University of Oklahoma and Southern Nazarene University.
She is committed to our majors. Since joining the faculty full-time at UCO in 2001, she was instrumental in bringing the U.S. Marshal's Co-op Internship program to criminal justice majors, organizing departmental job fairs and has been active in the student awards process.
Her evolution in the department is now allowing her guide students in preparation for the work-world or advanced studies. She combines coordination of field studies and teaching Careers in Sociology in this endeavor.
Dr. J. "Keith" Killian
Dr. J. Keith Killian, D.O., LADC is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Killian practiced General Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry in the state of Iowa. Since moving to Oklahoma, he has been a drug and alcohol counselor as well as a clinical director and a consultant for different co-occurring agencies. He has served on several state boards and was appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors. Dr. Killian is a board approved supervisor for applicants who are training for licensure or certification. He is also an examiner for the Oklahoma Oral Boards.
Through his hard work and guidance Dr. Killian has helped add a Masters in Substance Abuse Studies which helps to successfully prepare graduates for the process of certification.
Dr. LaDonna McCune
Dr. LaDonna McCune joined the faculty in 2012 as an Assistant Professor. She received a B.A. in Sociology. (option in Chemical Dependency) from Central State University (UCO) and a M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Doctorate in Education with a minor in Sociology from Oklahoma State University. She has taught as an adjunct for 19 years in Sociology, Corrections and Criminal Justice. Dr. McCune is a Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor (LADC) and a Board approved Supervisor in alcohol and drug counseling. She is also a Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor (NCGC-II). She has worked in both outpatient and inpatient facilities as a substance abuse counselor, a youth and family counselor and a gambling counselor. Her special interest is in the dynamics of substance abusing families. Dr. McCune is trained in the National Organization for Victim's Assistance (NOVA) curriculum and Oklahoma Marriage Initiative and Co-parenting through Divorce. She is co-sponsor of TADCA and Sigma Gamma Rho sorority sponsor.
Dr. Nina Michalikova
Dr. Nina Michalikova received her PH.D. in Sociology from Texas Women's University in 2013, with emphases in social inequality, statistics and research methodology. She completed her M.A. in Sociology at Texas Women's University in 2009 and her M.A. in Journalism at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 2003.
Prior to joining UCO in 2013, she taught a variety of face-to-face and online sociology courses at TWU, including social research, social statistics, and population dynamics. Dr. Michalikova is a passionate lifelong learner who places tremendous value on higher education. Her goal is to assist student to succeed academically and professionally. In the classroom, she encourages her students to embrace their creativity and to develop an appreciation for diverse cultural and intellectual perspectives.
Dr. Michalikova's research focuses on race and ethnicity, immigration, and transnationalism, and her research projects include studies of post-1991 Eastern European immigrants in the United States.
Dr. Douglas P. Reed
Dr. Douglas P. Reed directs the Master's in Gerontology program at the University of Central Oklahoma. He completed his Ph. D. in Sociology at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1992. He earned his M. A. in 1986 and his B. A. in 1980 in Sociology from East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. Dr. Reed teaches a variety of Gerontology courses, coordinates Gerontology student practicum placements with local aging services organizations, and sponsors the UCO Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega and the National Gerontology Honor Society. Dr. Reed's research interests focus on retirement migration, aging in prisons, nutrition programs for the elderly, education programs in gerontology, and adaptive housing for the elderly.