Wright State University
College of Liberal Arts
WSU School of Graduate Studies
Classes in the Applied Behavioral Science Program are taught by both regular and adjunct faculty.
Regular faculty are fulltime employees of Wright State University's College of Liberal Arts. They hold doctoral level degrees from major
institutions of higher learning, have significant expertise in their major area of academic concentration, and engage both in teaching and
research. Chairs of thesis committees additionally have been evaluated and granted regular graduate faculty status by the Graduate School of
Wright State University.
MEET THE FACULTY!!
Karen Lahm is the ABS Program Director and an Associate Professor of Sociology in the department of Sociology/Anthropology. Dr. Lahm received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. She also teaches in the Scoiology and Criminal Justice undergraduate programs. Dr. Lahm's teaching areas include prisons,research methods, and statistics.
Jeanne Ballantine is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Wright State. She received her master's degree from Columbia University and her PhD from Indiana University. Jeanne's specialties in sociology are Sociology of Education, international issues, women's issues, applied sociology, and teaching sociology. She has taught in most areas of sociology.
The master's program in Applied Behavioral Science began
over 25 years ago, and is one of the oldest applied programs in sociology.
Jeanne was involved in designing and implementing the program. She continues
to develop curricula, teach, offer workshops for faculty, and write
in applied sociology. Jeanne has written numerous articles and books
in her specialty areas. She is actively involved in her professional
organizations including American Sociological Association and Society
for Applied Sociology, and helps students become involved as well.
Jacqueline Bergdahl has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland European Division. She earned both a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Bergdahl is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology. She also teaches in the Applied Behavioral Science (ABS) Program. Dr. Bergdahl's teaching areas include statistics and research methods. Her areas of specialization are traffic safety, gender and race/ethnicity.
Marlese Durr is a Professor in the
Department of Sociology/Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. degree from the State University of New York-Albany. Her areas of specialization include work and occupations, race and labor markets, African Americans and social networks, entrepreneurship and inner-city neighborhoods, and stressfull life events and African American women.
Geoffrey Owens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan. His areas of specialization include Tanzania, East Africa Swahili culture, History and Anthropollogy, political economy, oral traditions, and suburbanization.
s an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology. He received his B.A. degree from Tempe University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University. He has spent the whole of his 30+ year academic career at Wright State. Prior to his current position, Dr. Orenstein has been Director of the Graduate Humanities Program, Graduaute Director of the ABS Program, and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Among other things, he is a member of the British Sociological Association and the Association for Humanist Sociology.
LaFleur Small is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Miami. Her areas of specialization include Medical Sociology, Juvenile Delinquency, and Marriage and Family.