Meet Our Faculty

Full-time Faculty

Jonathan Dunning, Ph.D., Stony Brook University

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Location: LAS Building, Office 254
Phone: (702) 992-2658

Dr. Dunning grew up in the southeastern U.S. where he received a B.S. in psychology at The University of Georgia and an M.S. at The University of Memphis. Growing tired of the humidity and his lack of restraint for southern food, he then moved to New York where he earned his Ph.D. in psychology at Stony Brook University (this is also where he learned about real pizza). Early in his career, Dr. Dunning realized that he loved to teach and encourage students to become excited about psychology. As such, he has taught many courses covering a broad array of topics; his teaching interests include introductory psychology and more narrowed topics like emotion, psychophysiology, learning, fear, and anxiety.

Dr. Dunning's research involves the study of emotion. Specifically, he uses psychophysiological measures (e.g., facial EMG, startle response, EEG/ERPs) to investigate how people experience emotions, how they can regulate their emotions, and how these processes play a role in fear learning and anxiety disorders.

In addition to spending time with his family, Dr. Dunning enjoys playing video games, playing disc golf, listening to heavy metal music, and watching way too much stand-up comedy.

Shantal Marshall, Ph.D., Stanford University

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Location: LAS Building, Office 255
Phone: (702) 992-2684

Dr. Shantal Marshall was the first in her family to attend college, earning her B.A. in psychology and sociology from UCLA in 2004 and her PhD from Stanford University in social psychology in 2011. She has instructed children from first grade up to and including PhD students and has always had a passion for teaching well. In 2011 she was the first to receive the Award for Innovative Teaching from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). Dr. Marshall's research focuses on the way that individuals construct their concept of race through their consumption of popular culture and how it affects their understanding of identity, inequality, and stereotypes. In her free time she likes to dance Zumba and watch sci-fi shows on Netflix.

Laura Naumann, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Location: LAS Building, Office 256
Phone: (702) 992-2686

Dr. Laura Naumann is coming to Nevada State from Texas by way of Northern California, where she earned her Ph.D. at UC-Berkeley. Dr. Naumann enjoys incorporating examples from pop culture and current events into her discussion of different psychological phenomena, particularly stereotyping and prejudice. In the Fall, she will be teaching Introduction to Psychology and hopes to encourage students to explore their interests more deeply in Research Methods.

One aspect of Dr. Naumann's research explores how people make judgments of personality from an individual's environments and daily behaviors. She has published articles in journals such as Journal of Research in Personality and Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and an article she co-authored, Judgments of personality based on physical appearance, was awarded the most downloaded article from Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin for 2010.

Wendi Benson, PH.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
LAS Building, Office 258
Phone: (702) 992-2683

Dr. Wendi Benson grew up in southern Ohio where she received her B.A. in Psychology from Ohio University Chillicothe in 2008. She recently received her Ph.D. in Experimental (Industrial/Organizational) Psychology from Washington State University Vancouver upon defending her dissertation, "Workplace Psychological Aggression: Resolving the Battle of Competing Constructs". She has conducted many studies with her undergraduate research assistants examining job, health, and psychological outcomes related to a wide variety of workplace stressors within several organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Benson has a passion for teaching and mentoring students and enjoys teaching Industrial Psychology, Statistics, and HR Management at NSC. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the excellent educational experiences of NSC students.

affiliated faculty

Jeannine Klein (Talar), Ph.D., Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center

Phone: (702) 992-2660, ext. 82665

Dr. Jeannine Klein (Talar), or Dr. J as she is known to most students, is a Wisconsin native who holds a B.A. in journalism from Marquette University, an M.S. in Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. Her research interests are focused on women and aging, familial caregiving, and social support network usage. Her current research investigates societal perceptions of older women. She teaches a wide variety of courses for Nevada State College, ranging from general psychology to physiology to motivation/emotion to human sexuality, and just about everything in between.

Dr. Klein's teaching philosophy is to encourage learning through interaction and application, with an eye toward every student leaving each class period with one thing he or she did not know before. She has traveled extensively around the world, which has allowed her to develop both her culinary and photography skills. She is a diehard Packers fan and a fairly good sports prognosticator (her years as a sports reporter apparently help!). She also daily tests the hypothesis that 2 ounces of dark chocolate are good for one's health!