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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Dr. Dan Houlihan, Director of the Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research, is a professor in the Department of Psychology, and has been at Minnesota State University, Mankato, since 1987. He has spent the majority of his 30+ years at MNSU affiliated with the Clinical Psychology program, but also served as the director of the Psy.D. program in School Psychology for that program's first 5 years. He has published articles on a broad range of topics mostly in psychology and education. He has served on numerous editorial boards with responsibilities ranging from review board member, to associate editor and editor of special issues. Dan's Ph.D. is in School Psychology from the University of Utah with a primary focus on behavioral interventions. He is licensed as a School Psychologist in Minnesota.  He also has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from MNSU as well as his undergraduate degree.


Ellsbeth Schmachtenberger, Research Consultant for CESR, is currently working on her master's degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. She grew up in Fort Collins, CO, and graduated from Montana State University with majors in sociology and psychology. Her interests include tutoring, SPSS, Qualtrics and research in employee training. Ellsbeth enjoys hiking, studying abroad, Italian pizza, and anything having to do with Bozeman, MT. She’s been snowboarding since she was seven and has recently picked up skiing. Ellsbeth considers herself the rebellious twin to her sister, Katharine.



Kelly Bergstrom, Research Consultant for CESR, is currently working on her master's degree in Clinical Psychology. She grew up in Superior, WI, and earned her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with majors in psychology and biology and a minor in Spanish. Kelly is part of a geropsychology research team within the clinical psychology program. Broadly, her research interests include neuropsychological assessment, behavioral gerontology, and factors affecting cognitive functioning in older adulthood. In her free time, Kelly enjoys traveling, running, yoga, and cooking.


Jaxson Judkins, Editorial Consultant for CESR, is pursuing a master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  He earned his Bachelors degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University where he focused on the impact of cognitive performance among athletes and students.  For four years, he instructed numerous collegiate classes as a basketball instructor for the BYU Student Wellness Department.  His academic training incorporates multiple backgrounds in research design, APA, MLA and Chicago Style writing formats where he contributed to several faculty research projects.  Jaxson lived in Mexico for two years as a full-time Spanish-speaking representative training individuals in the area of communication and goal setting. He and his wife, Lacey, recently celebrated their third wedding anniversary.  In his spare time, Jaxson enjoys waterskiing, horseback riding, participating in numerous sports, and listening to oldies music.