Alumni

Liz Dykhouse (pictured on the left) holds degrees from SPU (PhD, 2016; MS, 2013) and Calvin College (BA, 2010, Psychology and Spanish). Her training included practicums with Sound Mental Health, International Community Health Services, the Incredible Years, and with Dr. Tedd Judd; internship with I Ola Lahui Behavioral Health in Hawaii; and postdoc with Salud Family Health Centers in Colorado. Her favorite part about being at SPU was the research vertical team model and getting to work with Dr. Bikos! Her dissertation looked at students' well-being and international interest after participation in education abroad. She is particularly interested in international psychology, cultural factors related to mental health treatment, and in integrated primary care. A fun fact about her is that she is fluent in Spanish and practices therapy in both English and Spanish.

Minhdan “Danee” Ta (pictured on the right) received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2016 and M.S. in Psychological Sciences in 2012 from Seattle Pacific University, and B.A. in Psychology from University of Southern California in 2009. She is currently a forensic post-doctoral fellow at Patton State Hospital, where she also completed an APA-Accredited pre-doctoral internship. She completed year-long practicums at Western State Hospital – Center for Forensic Services, Federal Detention Center-SeaTac, Swedish Family Medicine-First Hill, and Neuropsychological Services. Her dissertation was a psychometric evaluation of the Offender Coping Self-Efficacy Scale, which aims to address the unique stressors inmates face during incarceration and upon re-entry into the community. She loves to travel and EAT, then dance hip hop routines to burn off the calories.

Michael Klemens, Ph.D. completed a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Portland in 2003. He went on to graduate school at Seattle Pacific University where he earned his Master’s in Psychology in 2005 and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2008. During his graduate training he completed practicums at Seattle Mental Health and Monroe Correctional Complex. He successfully defended his dissertation “Psychological Well-Being, Ethnic Identity, and Sociocultural Adaptation in College Aged Missionary Kids” under the direction of Lynette Bikos, Ph.D. He then completed a predoctoral APPIC internship at Dixon Correctional Center in Dixon, Illinois. The next step in his career moved him to Larned, Kansas where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Larned State Hospital. He obtained full licensure in September 2009 after completion of his fellowship and went on to serve as a Psychologist III, Psychologist IV/Supervising Psychologist, and the Clinical Director of Larned State Hospital where he conducted forensic evaluations, therapy, supervision, and expert witness testimony. During this time he also maintained a small private practice conducting various psychological evaluations for a local immigration attorney and the Social Security Disability Administration. Then in mid-2015 his desire to recommit to patient care brought him to Arizona where he obtained full licensure in May 2015. He now works as a Clinical Psychologist for District Medical Group at an inpatient psychiatric facility. He maintains licenses in both Kansas and Arizona. He enjoys the warm weather of Arizona and spending time with his family. Throughout his training at SPU, he appreciated the commitment of the professors to the students, their approachableness, and their dedication to the field of psychology.