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BHSU Psychology Faculty

 NameDepartmentTitlePhone
Cheryl AnagnopoulosSchool of Behavioral SciencesProfessor, Psychology(605)642-6773
Emilia BoeschenSchool of Behavioral SciencesAssistant Professor, Psychology(605)642-6514
Eric ClaphamSchool of Behavioral SciencesAssistant Professor, Psychology(605)642-6437
Nathan DeichertSchool of Behavioral SciencesAssistant Professor, Psychology(605)642-1283
James HessSchool of Behavioral SciencesChair of Behavioral Sciences; Professor, Psychology(605)642-6850
Aris KaragiorgakisSchool of Behavioral SciencesAssistant Professor, Psychology(605)642-6156

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, her Master’s and Doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kansas. 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 is research in 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.
 

Emilia Boeschen


Professor of Psychology

Dr. Emilia Boeschen joined the Black Hills State University faculty in 2010. She teaches Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Clinical Psychology, Human Potential and Performance Psychology, and Sport Psychology. She also supervises undergraduate student internships around the Black Hills Region. Dr. Boeschen received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Dakota and has specialized training in rehabilitation counseling and sport and exercise psychology. Prior to joining the faculty at BHSU, Dr. Boeschen worked full-time for a college counseling center in Ohio and consulted with and treated NCAA Division I athletes. Furthermore, Dr. Boeschen has experience working with a wide range of psychological disorders through previous jobs at a hospital and an outpatient clinic. Recently, Dr. Boeschen took her research team of ten students to the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea. While there, these students got to attend the Global Development Summit on Ending the Cycle of Poverty and Exclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities and meet some powerful world leaders. Dr. Boeschen's research primarily involves gaining a better understanding of identifying and treating performance anxiety in special populations. Dr. Boeschen hopes to continue her consultation work with NCAA Division I athletes and within the next few years will engage in a private practice seeing clients on an individual basis.

Eric Clapham

Assistant Professor, Psychology
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Nathan Deichert

Assistant 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.

Aris Karagiorgakis

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis graduated with his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, CA, with a Psychology and Law area of specialization. His research interests include assessing youth perceptions and attitudes of substance use, assessing and evaluating educational outcomes and programs such as after school programs and Life Skills drug prevention programs. Aris has led student research projects on diverse topics such as body image and socio-cultural pressure, gender label conformity, tipping, Twitter, Facebook, gender differences in compliance and personal space, mate-copying, and most recently, elements of art therapy. Projects have been presented at numerous national conferences. Aris teaches a number of classes including General Psychology, Learning & Memory, Research Methods, Introduction to Psychology Lab, Social Psychology, and Psychology and Law.

James Hess

Chair of Behavioral Sciences, Professor Psychology

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, his Masters Degree in Counseling from Oklahoma State, and his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State. After finishing his Doctoral Internship at the University of Oklahoma, 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 and began teaching graduate psychology classes for South Dakota State University. In 1990, he 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. He continued his practice until retiring in early 1997 to devote more of his energies to his teaching and business interests. Dr. Hess’s primary focus includes Personality Theory, Clinical Psychology, Contemporary Human Behavior, Psychological Testing, Abnormal Psychology and Internship Supervision.

BHSU offers excellent undergraduate research opportunities.