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Biographical Information

Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD

President
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay

Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD, is founding advisor of the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Psi Chi Chapter. He has served two terms as Psi Chi Vice-President (Midwestern Region), Chair of the Awards Committee, on the Midwestern region steering committee, as faculty consultant reviewing grants and applications, and is a Regional Psi Chi Advisor Award recipient. Dr. Gurung got his PhD in social/personality psychology at the University of Washington. He has served as President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Dr. Gurung has authored, coauthored, edited, or coedited 15 books and over 150 articles and book chapters. He is a recipient of the Carnegie Association’s Wisconsin Professor of the Year, the UW System Regents Teaching Award, the UWGB Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Founder’s Award for Scholarship, and was the 2017 recipient of the American Psychological Foundation’s Charles Brewer Award for Distinguished Career in Teaching Psychology.


Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, PhD

Past-President
Utah State University

Dr. Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez is a professor of psychology at Utah State University. She has an active program of research on evidence-based parenting interventions with particular focus on cultural adaptation and implementation of Parent Management Training–Oregon model with Latinx families. She is a researcher and a licensed clinician. Dr. Domenech Rodríguez is also a passionate mentor. She has chaired 9 honors theses, 12 master’s theses, and 15 dissertations since 2005. She has supported 15 undergraduate students in obtaining $17,679 in grants including Psi Chi’s Undergraduate Research and Thelma Hunt Research Grants.

Dr. Domenech Rodríguez has a long-term commitment to advancing the mission of Psi Chi. She served as advisor to the USU chapter of Psi Chi (2002–15). During that time the USU chapter invariably achieved Model Chapter status and received the 2012 Regional Chapter award. Dr. Domenech Rodríguez served Psi Chi as Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President (2005–09), Diversity Director (2011–2012), and Editor of the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research (2011–16). During her editorship, the journal experienced important growth including: consistent on-time publication, increases in articles received and published, tracking impact of articles, and moving to open access format. The journal editorship has been one of the most treasured professional activities of her career.

Dr. Domenech Rodríguez was born and raised in Puerto Rico; she is bilingual and bicultural. These personal characteristics that have profoundly shaped her scholarship, her collaborative style of mentorship, her servant leader approach, and her passion for culture and context in psychology.


Deborah Harris O’Brien, PhD

President-Elect
Trinity Washington University (DC)

Deborah Harris O’Brien, PhD, is a founding advisor of the Psi Chi Chapter at Trinity Washington University (Washington, DC). She completed two terms as Psi Chi Vice-President (Eastern Region), chaired the Awards Committee, served as a member of the Eastern regional steering committee, and was the Psi Chi liaison to APA’s Board of Educational Affairs for four years. Dr. Harris O’Brien received her PhD in developmental/clinical child psychology from the Ohio State University. She has worked in private practice in Maryland with children, teens, and families, in addition to teaching and research.

Dr. Harris O’Brien has a long-term commitment to advancing the mission of Psi Chi. She has served as a faculty advisor at her institution since 1998; the chapter has won the Model Chapter Award a number of times. Trinity Washington University is a primarily minority serving institution and a historical women’s college, with a focus on social justice. Before coming to Trinity Washington, Dr. Harris O’Brien was a faculty member at Gallaudet University, the premier institution for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, where she conducted research on deaf children and taught psychology in sign language. Having spent her entire academic career teaching underserved students, and as a first-generation college student herself, Dr. Harris O’Brien’s passion is increasing access to opportunities in psychology for low income, minority, disabled, and other marginalized students.

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