Redefining the Classroom

Faculty and Staff

Russell Searight, Ph.D

Professor
BA 1979, Butler University
MS 1982 Saint Louis University
MPH 2002 Saint Louis University School of Public Health
Ph.D 1984 Saint Louis University
Website: http://www.lssu.edu/faculty/hsearight/
Licensed Psychologist - State of Michigan

Area of Expertise

  • Clinical Psychology

Currently Teaching

  • PSYC155 - Lifespan Development (3,0) (Fall, Spring, Summer Course)
  • PSYC259 - Abnormal Psychology (3,0) (Fall, Spring, Summer Course)
  • PSYC301 - Psychology of the Exceptional Child and Adolescent (3,0) (Spring, Summer Course)
  • PSYC357 - Personality Theory (3,0) (Fall Course)
  • PSYC385 - Health Psychology (3,0) (Fall Course)
  • PSYC391 - Family Therapy (3,0) (Spring Course)
  • PSYC495 - Senior Research Practicum (0,3) 3 (Spring Course)
  • PSYC499 - Senior Research II (1,0) 1 (Spring Course)
  • HONRS302/202 - Psychology and Film (3,0) (Variable - Alternate Years)

Research Interests

Emerging adulthood, adult attachment, practice of clinical psychology in medical settings, ethics in medical and mental health practice; portrayal of mental illness and treatment in film.

Selected publications available

Examples of Recent Publications Co - Authored by Lake State Psychology Majors  and Faculty

(* denotes article based on student’s senior thesis)

  • *Perkins, S., Searight, H.R., & Ratwik,S.(2011). Walking in a natural winter setting to relieve attention fatigue: A pilot study. Psychology, 2(8), 777 - 780.
  • Searight, H.R., Robertson, K., Smith,T., Searight,B.K. (2011).A qualitative systematic review of complementary and alternative therapies for childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Botanicals, diet, minerals, and homeopathy. Family Medicine and Primary Care Review, 13,798 - 803.
  • *Blackmer, V., Searight, H.R., & Ratwik, S.H. (2011). The relationship between eating attitudes, body image, andperceived family - of - origin climate in college athletes. North American Journal of Psychology, 13, 441 - 452.
  • Searight, H.R., Vanier, D., & Pavlov, A. (2012). Documentary films. In M. Alexander, P. Lenahan, A. Pavlov (Eds.), Cinemeducation: A Comprehensive Guide to using Film in Medical Education. Oxford,UK: Radcliffe Press.
  • Searight, H.R., Robertson, K., Smith, T., Perkins, S. & Searight, B.K. (2012). Complementary and    Alternative Therapies for Pediatric Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD): A Descriptive Review. ISRN Psychiatry, 1 - 8
  • *Vanier, D. & Searight, H.R.. (2012). The relationship between perceived family functioning andcognitive and motivational constructs. InternationalReview of Social Sciences and Humanities, 4,   171 - 180.
  • * Vanier, D &  Searight, H.R. &. (2013). The Social Paradigm Belief Inventory (SPBI): A Factor analytic study. Modern Behavioral Science, 1(1). 
  • Searight, H. R. & Armock, J.A. (2013). Foreign language interpreters in mental health:  A literature review and research agenda. North American Journal of Psychology 15(1), 17 - 38.
  • *Barks, A., Searight, H.R., & Ratwik,S. (2013).Effects of text messaging on academic performance. Journal of Psychology and Pedagogy, 4(1), 4 - 9.
  • Searight, H.R. & Allmayer, S. (2014).   The use of feature film to teach medical ethics: Overview and assessment. International Journal of Modern Education Forum, 3(1), 1 - 6
  • Searight,H. R. & Shinabarger, C. (2014). Attention Deficit/HyperactivityDisorder. In M. Feldman & J. Christensen (Eds.), Behavioral Medicine: A Guide for Clinical Practice (Fourth Edition). New York: McGraw - Hill
  • Vanier, D. & Searight, H.R.(2012). Obsessive - compulsive spectrum disorder in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.Advances in Psychology Study, 1(2), 4 - 7.
  • *Reynolds, S., Searight, H. R. Ratwik, S. (2014). Adult attachment styles and rumination in the context of intimate relationships. North American Journal of Psychology, 16 (3) 485 - 496.
  • *  Drake, C., Searight, H.R. & Olson - Pupek, K. (2014). The influence of art - making on negative mood states. American Journal of Applied Psychology, 2 (3), 69 - 72.
  • *Hemming, M.F., Blackmer, V., & Searight, H.R. (2012). The Family - of - Origin Scale: A    psychometric review and factor analytic study. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 4(3), 23 - 33
  • *Kempf, K., Searight, H.R., & Ratwik, S. (2012). Music’s influence on short - term emotional states and perception of faces.Advances in Psychology Study, 1(4), 4 - 8.
  • Searight, H.R. & Perkins, S. (2012). Autonomy: A cross cultural perspective. In S. Loue (Ed.),Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health(pp. 251 - 254).New York: Springer.

"In 'Theories of Personality', students learn the major approaches to understanding how and why people are similar and different. After studying each of the major theorists, we then look at how their ideas influence psychotherapy and counseling, education, and how we behave in the work place.

An entire course devoted to 'Family Therapy' is rare in undergraduate institutions. In my class, we critically examine the major theories for understanding family distress and how therapists actually work to help children and families."

- - Russell Searight, PhD
Professor of Psychology

Kristina Olson-Pupek, Ph.D

Associate Professor
BS 1993, University of Maryland
MA 1996, Eastern New Mexico University
PhD 2002, University of Washington

Area of Expertise

  • Behavioral Neuroscience

Currently Teaching

  • PSYC210 - Statistics (3,0) 3 (Fall, Spring Course)
  • PSYC212 - Experimental Psychology (3,2) 4 (Spring Course)
  • PSYC311 - Learning and Motivation (3,0) 3 (Fall Course)
  • PSYC457 - Cognition (3,0) 3 (Fall Course)
  • PSYC459 - Physiological Psychology (3,0) 3 (Spring Course)
  • PSYC498 - Senior Research I (3,0) 3 (Fall Course)
  • PSYC495 - Senior Research Practicum (0,3) 3 (Spring Course)
  • PSYC499 - Senior Research II (1,0) 1 (Spring Course)

Research Interests

Neurochemistry; overlapping symptoms of depression, anxiety and ADHD; psychopharmacology; and, neurobiology of learning and memory