Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Steven Quackenbush completed his Ph.D. in social-personality psychology at Kansas State University in 1996. As a UMF faculty member, Dr. Quackenbush has taught a broad range of courses, including General Psychology (PSY 101), Adulthood and Aging (PSY 226), and Cognitive Psychology (PSY 314). His scholarly interests include the history of psychology and narrative approaches to the study of lifespan personality development. Dr. Quackenbush’s recent publications have explored issues relevant to the narrative structure of personal identity as well as the general problem of theoretical unification in the social sciences. Of his various accomplishments, Dr. Quackenbush is especially proud of his long track record of involving undergraduate students in original research.
Karen Barrett is a native of Maine, and is a graduate of the Rehabilitation Services Program. She completed her Masters and Doctorate at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where her studies and research focused on human resources within rehabilitation organizations. She has published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, Rehabilitation Education, and Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and is a member of the Commission on Undergraduate Standards and Accreditation of the Council on Rehabilitation Education. Dr. Barrett has local ties, and is a leader in rehabilitation education at the national level.
As a therapist, teacher, and researcher, Natasha Lekes is passionate about the role
that psychology can play in helping people to live more satisfying and fulfilling lives.
Her practice as a psychologist has included individual counseling, couples therapy,
and sex therapy. She feels privileged to guide students in exploring questions
on how mental disorder is defined and treated, views on death and dying, and
approaches to mental health and well-being. Dr. Lekes’ research has examined the
relationship between values and happiness. Her work is most recently published in
the Journal of Positive Psychology.
Matthew Freytag has written on contemporary ethical theory, ancient philosophy, social and political philosophy, American philosophy, moral psychology, biomedical ethics, and the relationship between personal identity and the notion of organic complexity. He’s taught at the University of Richmond, Humboldt State University, Sweet Briar College, Whitman College, the University of North Carolina Medical School, and Duke University, as a Mellon Fellow.
He’s worked as a driver in New York City, an oilfield roughneck in Texas, New Mexico, California, Colorado, and Lousiana, a shake-splitter in Washington State, a deckhand on the Mississippi and the SAG canal in Chicago, a development miner in molybdenum and lead & zinc mines in Colorado, and a parent in North Carolina and Maine. He’s a member of the East Vassalboro Grange.