A high school teacher in Pensacola, Florida, inspired Dr. Martha S. Potter Zlokovich to pursue psychology as a career. She completed her BA in psychology at UCLA, and MS and PhD in developmental psychology at the University of Florida.
Dr. Zlokovich will be joining Psi Chi as its second Executive Director, leaving Southeast Missouri State University after teaching there for 17 years. This move, however, will not be her first involvement with Psi Chi after having served as chapter advisor since 1993, as Midwestern Region Vice-President (1998- 2000), and as National President of Psi Chi (2003-04). In 1996, Southeast’s Chapter won the Ruth Hubbard Cousin’s National Chapter of the Year Award, and several chapter members won Psi Chi Regional Research Awards at MPA over the years.
At Southeast, where she was recently promoted to chair of the Psychology Department, Dr. Zlokovich taught Child Development, Adolescent Development, Lifespan Development, Advanced Child Psychology, and Introductory Psychology for Majors. Her research interests have focused on adolescent contraception and sexuality, as well as student study habits, study beliefs, and persistence.
Dr. Zlokovich and her husband Neil have two sons— Aaron is a sophomore at Truman State University, and Matthew is a sophomore in high school.