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Meet Our Faculty

What separates our outstanding faculty members from others is the depth of their knowledge and the distinctiveness of their talents and skills in their respective scientific fields. As academic leaders and broadly experienced practitioners, each faculty member brings years of theoretical and practical experience to the classroom affording our students the opportunity to learn and grow their careers through course facilitation, academic residencies, externship mentoring and professional development. Quite simply, ACAS has a faculty that “makes a difference” in the lives and careers of each and every one of our students.

Please note that the faculty members featured below may not constitute an inclusive listing of all current ACAS faculty and are faculty that are currently under contract with the college but may not teach each semester. For the most up to date list by semester, please refer to the current Academic Catalog or contact the Office of Student Services 800.403 DEGREE (3347) ext. 703.



Jack Berger

M.A., Mathematical Statistics Columbia University
B.Sc., Mathematics and Statistics Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Eric Burkholder - Thesis Member ONLY

A.A. Pre-Education, Ferris State University
B.S. Psychology, Western Michigan University
M.A. Experimental Psychology, Central Michigan University
Ph.D. Psychology, University of Nevada Reno

Rachel Nicolle Carr

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Texas 
B.S., Psychology, Oklahoma City University



Marine Cassoret

BSc. University of London
Ph.D., University of Bristol
Board Certified Companion Animal Behaviorist

Robert DeFranco

B.A. Psychology, 
State University of New York at Stony Brook
M.S. Psychology, Walden University
A.B.D. Academic Psychology (Ph.D. in progress), 
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Board Certified Companion Animal Behaviorist

James Jakubow
Dean of Research

B.A., Psychology, Temple University
M.A., Psychology, Western Michigan University
Ph.D. Psychology, City University of New York



Pauline Lant 

B.S. Medical Technology, Michigan Technological University
D.V.M., University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine




Alaina Macri - Thesis Member ONLY

MSc, Animal Behavior & Animal Welfare, 
The University of Edinburgh
BSc, Biological Sciences, University of Windsor



David Lemire

B.A. Psychology/Sociology, Linfield College
Ed.S. School Counseling, Idaho State University
Ed.S. Educational Administration, Idaho State University
M.Ed. Social Science Education, Linfield College
Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University

Nationally Certified School Psychologist University of Windsor


Kathleen Morgan

B.A. Psychology, Canisius College
Ph.D. Psychology, University of California, Davis



Shane Spiker

A.A., Psychology, University of Phoenix
B.S., Psychology, University of Phoenix
M.S., Psychology, University of Phoenix


Susan Steven-Blackshear

B.S. Biology, Bates College
M.S. Physical Education/Athletic Training, Indiana State University
Certified Veterinary Technician


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