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Director of Music Program Outreach
Instructor in Music

Phone: 785-248-2342
Email: jessica.freyermuth@ottawa.edu
Education
PhD - University of Kansas (in progress)
MM - Kansas State University
BM - Kansas State University
Following graduating from Kansas State University in 2010, Jessie began teaching private lessons as an independent contractor for the Kansas City Vocal Institute.  In 2013, Jessie began her doctoral studies and is currently writing her dissertation on the women’s music movement. 

Jessie’s research focuses on gender and identity in music, and she has two pending publications for the Global Music Encyclopedia on the careers of Charlie Parker and Suzanna Owiyo.  She presented papers at the University of Kansas Research Competition in 2015 and 2016.  In the spring of 2016, Jessie was a panelist for the University of Kansas Honors Program series Perspectives: Faces of Feminism in Pop Culture. Jessie performs regularly throughout the Kansas City area.  Most notably she has made several appearances at the Gaslight Grill in Leawood, KS.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Education
Ph.D Clinical Psychology (Emphasis in Neuropsychology) - Université Paris VIII 

MA in Clinical Psychology - Université Paris VIII (Emphasis in Neuropsychological Assessment for Forensic Cases) 

MS in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy - Université Paris VIII (Research Methods in Clinical Psychology)

BS in General Psychology - Université Paris VIII

Although born and raised in Spain, Dr Pilar Galiana Abal conducted all of her academic training in Paris, France. As a member of the Basque ethnic minority in Spain, early in life she developed a particular interest in the impact of cultural values, beliefs and scripts in the construction of the sense of the self. Dr Galiana Abal started her academic career specializing in Asian Languages, a discipline that would eventually lead her to earn a doctoral degree in social anthropology (MNHN- EHESS, Paris). Her interest in clinical psychology emerged during the years she spent in ethnographic fieldwork studying rites of passage in East of Punjab (Pakistan) and in West Rajasthan (India). Noting that these rites were often "deviated" from their primary object and were used as folk therapies, she started exploring the potential role of ritually-triggered religious experience to act as a psychotherapeutic device. She observed that religious rituals could elicit specific mental processes and (re)activate psychological resources. Since then, Dr Galiana Abal theoretical background can be described as psychodynamic neuroscience. This theoretical framework inspired her to explore the stable and changing components of the sense of the self in patients suffering from psychotic disorders or psychotic-like stages, exploring the way religious experience (even hyperreligious syndromes involving bizarre beliefs and non-shared perceptions) can be a potential source of cognitive and psychological enhancement. She is currently finishing her book based on the diagnosis and treatment of psychopathological episodes marked by an increased hyperreligiosity following a traumatic brain injury. Dr Galiana Abal is writing another book on the role of religious experience and its potential similarities with a psychotherapeutic method. In hr research, Dr Galiana Abal emphasizes the role of religious emotions and practices to reorganize cognitive functions and increase devotee’s resilience.
 
As a psychotherapist, Dr Galiana Abal has experience working with clients of very culturally diverse backgrounds and with members of the LGBTQI community, with a particular emphasis in supporting clients with transgender identities during the sex reassignment process. Dr Galiana Abal also consistently worked as a psychotherapist in private practice and rehabilitation facilities with traumatic brain injury survivors. She has created a psychotherapy method (“Narrative Expressive Therapy”) that combines at-therapy, narrative therapy and psychodrama that has proven efficient in terms of enhancing acquired executive function, working memory and autobiographical memory deficits. She has also worked as a forensic psychologist in numerous cases involving violent crime, assessing offenders and victims. 
 
Dr Galiana Abal is currently operating a significant overhaul of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology for Ottawa University at Ottawa (KS) that should soon become a “Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology” with an emphasis in Clinical and Forensic Psychology.
 
Some of her main publications involve:
 
PLANCHE, N., GALIANA y ABAL, P., JOUVENCEL (de), M. (2015). Can we identify clinical features in transgender patients in the process of sex reassignment? (Quelles sont les composantes cliniques du transsexualisme ? A propos de 212 cas de demandeurs de réassignation sexuelle. Médecine légale du vivant). N° 5-6, VOL. 58, 1-1.
 
GALIANA y ABAL, P. (2012).  Divine transferences. Potentially therapeutic aspects of ritual offerings in the rite of Darśan (Transferts vers le divin. Aspects potentiellement thérapeutiques
de l‘offrande florale dans la pratique du darśan), Journal des Anthropologues, 123-124, 139-160.
 
GALIANA y ABAL, P. (2009). When God Heals…Darśan as a therapy? In Sébastia, B., Restoring Mental Health in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 97-124.
 
 
 
 
Teaching Interests:
 
Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, Physiological Psychology, Clinical Neurosciences, Human Neuropsychology, Forensic Psychology, Psychology of Criminal Behavior, Biological Bases of Aggression, Psychology of Gender and Sexual orientation, Sex, Gender and Disability, Sexuality and Identity, TBI, Cognitive and Behavioral Disorders, Theories of Personality, Research Methods in Psychology, Psychology of Religion, Research Methods in Psychology.
 
Research Interests:
 
Dr Galiana Abal in particularly interested in the way religious rituals are often performed to replace psychotherapeutic practices, with different short or long-term results.  She has been studying for many years the devotional Hindu rite of darsan and different prenuptial, wedding and funerary rites in the Nord of India and in Pakistan paying attention to the mental processes (cognitive, affective) they trigger and the emotional different responses of people on whom they were performed. Today, Dr Galiana Abal and her research team members are trying to identify through narrative inquiry, phenomenological methods the different therapeutic processes that religious rituals can sometimes generate in people searching to alleviate a condition that could be qualified as distress or mental illness.
 
As a counterpart of this ritual-based research, Dr Galiana Abal is also the individual and culturally related aspects of psychotherapeutic processes in patients treated Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic inspired Therapy and her self-created Narrative Expressive Therapy, the latter including features belonging to Art-Therapy, Psychodrama and Narrative Therapy. 

Adawe LifePlan Center Senior Advisor
Graduate Assistant Coordinator
Instructor in Communication Studies

Phone: 785-248-2544
Email: joanne.gibsonlucas@ottawa.edu
Education
MA - University of Kansas
BS - University of Central Missouri
Jo Anne Gibson-Lucas’ background is in organizational communication and human relations training. She has a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Central Missouri. Gibson-Lucas worked at Baker University in the Department of Communication for 14 years, teaching organizational communication, public speaking, and intercultural communication classes. Prior to that, she was a staff development specialist for the State of Kansas, conducting supervisory training and employee development programs. Gibson-Lucas has been a member of Toastmasters International, an organization dedicated to mastering public speaking skills and various volunteer organizations such as Lawrence Habitat for Humanity and the Coalition for the Homeless.

 

Professor in Charge - Human and Social Services

Education
MSW - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
BSW - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Mary Alice Grosser, MSW, has been with Ottawa since 2003, first as an Adjunct Instructor in Human Services and then as the Professor in Charge of Human Services (APGS) since October of 2016.  Mary Alice has been a Social Worker and Supervisor in the Child Protective Service field for over 30 years.  She has practiced Social Work both in Wisconsin and California where she lived for 20 years.  Ms. Grosser first became invested in working with students as a field instructor for interns placed at the agency she worked.  Eventually she became the supervisor in charge of the Social Work Internship program with San Bernardino County Child and Family Services.  While working in Southern California, Ms. Grosser also specialized in forensic interviewing of child sexual abuse victims; providing training in this area for Police and Attorneys as well as Social Work professionals. She loves teaching the next generation of Human Services Workers.

Division Chair of Arts & Humanities
Professor of English
 

Phone: 785-248-2566
Email: andy.hazucha@ottawa.edu
Education
PhD - Washington University
MHL - Ottawa University
MA - Washington University
BA - Lawrence University
Andrew Hazucha is Professor of English and chair of the Arts and Humanities division at Ottawa University.  A scholar of eighteenth-century British literature, he also regularly teaches interdisciplinary courses on Irish literature and history, and he has taken groups of American students to Ireland for study-abroad opportunities on ten separate occasions.  He has written over a dozen articles on topics as various as William Wordsworth, Nelson Algren, Jackie Robinson, the 1977 Chicago L-train crash, and the poetry of former Kansas City Royals pitcher Dan Quisenberry.  His essay “The Shannon Scheme, Rural Electrification, and Veiled History in Conor McPherson’s The Weir” appeared in the summer 2013 issue of New Hibernia Review.  Hazucha organizes the annual Baseball in Literature and Culture conference hosted by Ottawa University and is the co-editor, with Gerald C. Wood, of the volume Northsiders: Essays on the History and Culture of the Chicago Cubs (McFarland Press, 2008).

Director of Graduate Studies in Counseling
Professor of Professional Counseling
 

Phone: 602-749-5156
Email: patricia.hernandez@ottawa.edu
Education
PsyD - Argosy University
MA - The Arizona School of Professional Psychology
BA - University of Akron
 
Dr. Patricia Hernandez is the Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling, an Associate Professor of Professional Counseling, Lead Faculty member for Psychology, and Lead Faculty member for Counseling. Dr. Hernandez earned her Doctorate in Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology from The Arizona School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Hernandez is licensed as a Psychologist and Independent Substance Abuse Counselor in the State of Arizona. For over 12 years Dr. Hernandez has provided clinical supervision to associate, bachelor, master, and doctorate level students and associate level counselors. Prior to joining Ottawa University, Dr. Hernandez was employed as a substance abuse counselor in community behavioral health. Areas of interest include supervision and training, cultural concerns in counseling, and group work. Populations of interest include co-occurring, substance using, forensic, and severely mentally ill populations.

Professor in Charge - Public Safety

Education
EdD - Northern Arizona University
MEd - Northern Arizona University
BS - Northern Arizona University
 
Dr. Jeffeory G. Hynes, EdD is a retired Phoenix Police Commander, retiring September 9th, 2011 after a 32 year Law Enforcement career. His next career transition was to the Glendale Community College (GCC) as a full-time professor. Currently serving as the Department Chair for the Public Safety Sciences Department, which includes the disciplines of, Administration of Justice Studies, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Science and Automotive Department. In addition, he is now working part-time (eight hours per week) as the Professor in Charge of the Department Public Safety for Ottawa University and has been an adjunct instructor with OU for the past 17 years.

Director of Nursing
Associate Professor of Nursing

Phone: 913-266-8607
Email: kathy.kump@ottawa.edu
Education
DNP - University of Kansas (in progress)
PhD - Catholic University (in progress)
MHSA - University of Kansas
MSN - University of Kansas
BSN - University of Kansas
AS - Kansas City Community College
Kathy Kump, Director of Nursing, has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and completed her academic degrees at the University of Kansas, including Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Health Services Administration, and a Master of Science in Nursing, and she is presently enrolled in the University of Kansas Doctor of Nursing Practice program as well as in the PhD of Nursing program at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.  She is a certified wound, ostomy, and continence nurse, as well as a certified family nurse practitioner.

Kathy started her nursing career at Bethany Medical Center, Kansas City as a staff nurse on a Medical-Surgical/Orthopedic Unit and has since served in other staff nurse roles, including Intensive Care.  She has 16 years of inpatient and outpatient clinical, managerial, and program development experience in the specialty of wound care, having been involved in the implementation of outpatient wound care clinics at Saint Luke’s Northland Hospital, Kansas City; Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka; and Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Overland Park, Kansas. She also assisted in the development and the first successful accreditation of the outpatient Diabetes Education Department at Saint Luke’s Northland Hospital.

In addition, Kathy has previous clinical adjunct teaching experience at both Kansas City Kansas Community College and Johnson County Community College Schools of Nursing, and held a Nurse Educator position at Saint Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas. She participated in the planning of the former Wound Management Academy at the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, in which she assisted in teaching registered nurses to become certified in wound care.  And she serves on the Board of Directors for the international Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) until 2019.

Kathy has been married to her husband, Alex, for 29 years and has five children. 

Director of Forensics
Assistant Professor of Speech/Forensics

Phone: 785-248-2526
Email: ryan.louis@ottawa.edu
Education
MA - Hofstra University
BA - Webster University
Ryan Louis received his bachelor’s degree in film production from Webster University and a Master of Arts in Speech Communication: Rhetoric and Performance Studies from Hofstra University.  His past experience includes post-production coordinator for MTV Networks; senior coordinator for MTV Networks International, VH1 and MTV News; and general post production for the Academy Award winning documentary Born into Brothels. 

 

Associate Professor of Mathematics
 

Phone: 785-248-2584
Email: jeff.mccreight@ottawa.edu
Education
BS, MS, and PhD - Southern Illinois University
 
Jeff McCreight holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Jeff has been an educator in undergraduate mathematics since 1994, having taught the spectrum of undergraduate mathematics courses at three different schools.   He currently is the lead faculty for Mathematics at Ottawa University and resides in Ottawa, Kansas with his beautiful wife, Jill.  His passion is for all things mathematics.
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