BHSU Psychology Faculty

Cheryl AnagnopoulosSchool of Behavioral SciencesProfessor, Psychology(605)642-6773
Eric ClaphamSchool of Behavioral SciencesAssociate Professor, Psychology(605)642-6437
William CockrellSchool of Behavioral SciencesInstructor, Behavioral Sciences(605)642-6438
Nathan DeichertSchool of Behavioral SciencesAssociate Professor, Psychology(605)642-6544
Emilia FlintSchool of Behavioral SciencesAssociate Professor, Psychology(605)642-6514
James HessSchool of Behavioral SciencesChair of Behavioral Sciences; Professor, Psychology(605)642-6850

Dr. Cheryl Anagnopoulos

Professor of Psychology

Cheryl Anagnopoulos began teaching at Black Hills State University in 1993. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Chicago in 1988, her Master’s and Doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1991 and 1993, respectively. Since arriving at Black Hills State University, she has taught numerous developmental psychology courses including Lifespan Psychology, Psychology of Adolescence, Gerontological Psychology, and Psychology of Women. In addition, she has taught General Psychology, Seminar in Psychology, and Cognitive Psychology. She has also been actively pursuing her research interests with the assistance of undergraduate students. Her primary focus in research is the relationship between memory changes and language performance in older adults. Recent projects include investigations of word retrieval problems with increased age, examination of compensation strategies for older adults’ memory loss, and studies of various memory tasks used to evaluate older adults.

Dr. Emilia Flint

Associate Professor, Psychology

Dr. Emilia Flint has been a Professor of Psychology at Black Hills State University since 2010. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of North Dakota, and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Dakota. Ever since her graduate school days, she has been passionate about student involvement in local, regional, national, and international conferences. She completed her internship experience at Bowling Green State University where she worked full-time in the university counseling center and guest lectured to both undergraduate and graduate students in psychology. Prior to that experience, Dr. Flint worked part-time in a rural hospital where she would see 15-20 clients per week on an outpatient basis. She also has experience working with individuals with newly acquired disabilities as she worked in a hospital and outpatient rehabilitation setting.  Currently, she works part time in a private practice in the Spearfish community.  She is known at that practice as the chronic pain management specialist with additional training in biofeedback techniques.
Dr. Flint is enthusiastic about supporting student-led research projects in clinical or counseling psychology and has personal research interests in the field of sport, exercise, and performance psychology. To cultivate this interest, Dr. Flint has partnered with the Special Olympics organization to examine competitive anxiety states in athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Dr. Flint teaches Introduction to psychology, psychology of abnormal behavior, introduction to clinical psychology, human potential and performance, and supervises the undergraduate internship experience at BHSU.

Dr. Eric Clapham

Associate Professor, Psychology

Eric Clapham started at Black Hills State University in 2011. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona and his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Nevada. Dr. Clapham teaches a variety of classes that range from Statistics and Methods to the brain science courses: Biopsychology and Sensation & Perception. Dr. Clapham is also dedicated to research and his Cognition Lab is currently exploring various aspects of visual cognition and perception. Clapham’s Cognition Lab employs a great team of undergraduate research assistants who are involved in every step of the research process. Many of them eventually design and conduct their own experiments. Ultimately, the goal of the lab is to ask interesting and relevant research questions and disseminate the findings to the scientific community. Through his teachings and by providing research opportunities Dr. Clapham hopes to educate BHSU students on how the brain gives rise to the complexities that are the human mind.
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Dr. Nathan Deichert

Associate Professor, Psychology

Dr. Nate Deichert joined the Psychology Department at Black Hills State University in the Spring of 2013. He studied psychology at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, earning his Bachelors Degree in 2000. Nate went on to earn his Masters in General Psychology at Bucknell University in 2003 before earning his Doctorate in Experimental Social Health Psychology at Kent State University in 2007. After completing his graduate training, Nate spent a year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Ohio State University before beginning his teaching career at Mount Olive College in North Carolina. Dr. Deichert continues to integrate his teaching and research interests. Specifically, his research focuses on examining how people’s environment and their mood relate to physical health and health behaviors. Along with several undergraduate research assistants, he is currently conducting research exploring how the experience of gratitude is related to people’s psychological and physical responses to stress. His primary teaching responsibilities include health psychology, research methods, and general psychology. He is also designing a course in positive psychology.
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Dr. James Hess

Chair of Behavioral Sciences, Professor of Psychology

Dr. James Hess has been a Professor of Psychology at Black Hills State University since 1983.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1973, his Masters Degree in Counseling from Oklahoma State in 1975, and his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State in 1978.  After finishing his Doctoral Internship at the University of Oklahoma in 1978, Dr. Hess began his teaching career at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  During this time he also began his private practice as a Counseling Psychologist.  In 1980, Dr. Hess moved his practice to Spearfish where he practiced until retiring in 1997.  He also began teaching graduate psychology classes for South Dakota State University and in 1990, was selected as South Dakota State University, West River Graduate Center Teacher of The Year. 

In 1983, Dr. Hess began teaching at BHSU as the only faculty member in the Department of Psychology and at that time there wasn’t a major in Psychology. The department has now grown to include six full time faculty and several part time adjunct faculty.  In March 2011, Dr. Hess was honored with the BHSU 2011- 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award for his teaching and leadership at Black Hills State University.

 Dr. Hess became Chairman of the Psychology Department in July of 2007.  There are currently over 325 Psychology Majors at BHSU and the number continues to grow each semester.  During the summer of 2011, Dr. Hess was named the Chair of the School of Behavioral Sciences.  This school is made up of the departments of Psychology, Sociology, Human Services, Health, Wellness, Exercise Science, and Outdoor Education.

In the Fall of 2014, Dr. Hess established the BHSU Make a difference Initiative by committing a One Million Dollars endowment which will fund scholarships in the School of Behavioral Sciences.  This contribution was equivalent to the amount he earned in the first 19 years of teaching at BHSU.