Distinguished Psychology Alumni-in-Residence
Katie Mawby earned her bachelors degree in psychology and in physical therapy at Grand Valley State University in 1988. She earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University in 2004, and she is the director of a well-regarded, multi-site physiotherapy clinic. She has also earned a B.A. in theology from Aquinas College, in 1994. When Mawby was 15 years old, she lost her vision in an accident that damaged her optic nerve. Just as she has pursued demanding university studies and a challenging career with great success, she has also pursued athletic activities with similar panache and success. An accomplished athlete, her competitive focus has been in competitive water skiing including slalom skiing and ski jumping. She has set world water-skiing records. She has been inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, has been the ESPN Athlete of the Week, and has been repeatedly recognized as Athlete of the Year by the Water Skiers with Disabilities Association. Amongst the many ways Mawby serves her community, she is an outreach speaker for Leader Dogs for the Blind and she volunteers her services as a physical therapist at St. Marys Heartside Clinic.
Amanda Dykema-Engblade, Ph.D
Dr. Dykema-Engblade attended Grand Valley from 1994-1999, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Applied Statistics. Immediately after graduating from Grand Valley, Amanda earned her MA (2002) and Ph.D (2005) from Loyola University Chicago in the area of Applied Social Psychology. Currently, Amanda is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Amandas broad research interests include investigating small group processes and performance and she is specifically interested in transactive memory systems and the optimal ways to distribute information among group members. Amanda attributes much of her success to strong mentoring relationships both at the undergraduate (Dr. Christine Smith) and graduate (Dr. Scott Tindale) level. Amanda currently resides in Chicago with husband, David, daughter Evelyn (4 years) and son Zeke (6 months).
Michelle (Shelley) Dennis, Ph.D
Dr. Dennis graduated from GVSU with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1999. She currently works as a clinical psychologist at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Southwest clinic where she provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults using empirically validated approaches. She joined Pine Rest in 2003 as a pre-doctoral intern and received her doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2004, with an emphasis on social development and ADHD. From 2004-2005 Dr. Dennis served as the Assistant Director of the APA accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship Program at Pine Rest and is an ongoing supervisor, Training Committee Member and mentor in the program. In 2004, 2005 and 2006, she was awarded two grants from the Pine Rest Foundation to provide psychological consultation services to two local non-profit organizations and over 400 partnering churches. While pursuing her undergraduate degree at GVSU, she served as President of the GVSU chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students. She also received a Psi Chi Research Grant to fund her senior thesis and credits Dr. David Bernstein and Dr. Mary Bower for their support in this endeavor. In her spare time, Dr. Dennis enjoys reading, photography and traveling with her husband, two-year old son and infant daughter.