Ellen Bratslavsky, Ph.D.
Ellen Bratslavsky is a full-time psychology professor at Tri-C’s Eastern Campus. She holds a Ph.D. in social psychology and a B.A. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University. Her areas of focus while in graduate school were self-control and self-esteem.
After receiving her degree, Bratslavsky taught at The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, John Carroll University and Ursuline College. She joined Tri-C in 2004, and has taught General Psychology, Honors General Psychology, Lifespan Development, Introduction to Aging, Psychology of Personality and Social Psychology.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and son, reading, watching movies, and baking.
Kate Catanese, Ph.D.
Kate Catanese is a full-time psychology professor at Tri-C’s Western Campus. She holds a Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from Case Western Reserve University, and undergraduate degrees in sociology and psychology from John Carroll University.
Since joining Tri-C in 2006, Catanese has taught courses including General Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Psychology of Human Sexuality, Lifespan Development and Child Psychology. She previously taught at Case Western Reserve University, Florida State University and Saint Leo University. Her specific area of expertise is social psychology of the self and belongingness.
Catanese is involved with the Carol S. Franklin Social Science Speakers Series, the Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies certificate program advising board, and numerous Faculty Senate and AAUP committees. She is also former principal investigator and co-director of an NIH Bridges to the Baccalaureate grant.
She lives in Cleveland with her spouse and their child. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, conducting genealogical research and learning Italian.
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Alan Gerding, M.A.
Alan Gerding is a full-time psychology professor at Tri-C’s Metro campus. He holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from East Carolina Univeristy and a B.A. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University. His area of focus while in graduate school were adult clinical therapy and neuropsychology.
Most of Gerding’s clinical experience has been in the North Carolina prison system, providing therapy to inmates, most of which were serving a life sentence. He joined Tri-C in 2007 and has taught General Psychology, Lifespan Development, Adolescent Psychology, Psychology of Personality, and Social Psychology.
In his free time, he runs a tabletop board game company and enjoys the company of his wife and dogs.
Nahla Harik-Williams, Ph.D.
Nahla Harik-Williams has been teaching at Cuyahoga Community College since 2000, and has also taught at John Carroll University and the University of Akron. A Clevelander for many years, she earned a B.A. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron.
At the Western Campus, Harik-Williams regularly teaches General Psychology and Abnormal Psychology. Other classes include Psychology of Personality and Cross-Cultural Competence for Healthcare Providers. She regularly presents to the Psychology Club. Harik-Williams is an enthusiastic presenter and has lectured on various topics related to psychology, clinical work, diversity and multiculturalism, the education of college students and technology in the classroom at Tri-C, other colleges, national conferences and to organizations in the community.
She has several years of clinical experience working with college students at university counseling centers and in private practice, where she specialized in the treatment of eating disorders. Her areas of clinical expertise include issues of immigrants and international students, college students in general, treatment of anxiety, women’s issues, and eating and body-image concerns.
Her hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking, traveling and music. She performed with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus for several years, but recently, hobbies have taken a back seat to her three young children.
Courtney Kelley, Ph.D.
Courtney Kelley has been teaching at Cuyahoga Community College since 2009 and is currently a full-time psychology professor at the Eastern Campus. She holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Bowling Green State University and received her B.A. in Psychology from Wittenberg University. While in graduate school, her areas of research included child and adolescent aggression and prosocial behavior, child and adolescent body image, eating attitudes and eating behavior, and academic motivation.
Kelley regularly teaches General Psychology, Child Development, Lifespan Development, Honors Lifespan Development and Psychology of Human Sexuality. She takes pride in bringing enthusiasm into the classroom and strives to create an active learning experience for students.
When she is not at school, Kelley spends time with her spouse, three children and rescued Golden Retriever. She thoroughly enjoys doing yoga, listening to true crime podcasts (Criminal is the best), watching a good Netflix series, and eating Dr. Bratslavsky’s baked masterpieces.
Julia Krevans, Ph.D.
Julia Krevans has been teaching full-time at Cuyahoga Community College since 1994. Courses taught at the Western Campus include Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, Honors General Psychology, General Psychology, Honors Child Growth and Development, Child Growth and Development, Life Span Development, Psychology of Personality, and Abnormal Psychology.
Krevans earned a B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude, from The University of Michigan; a M.A. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University; and a Ph.D. in Psychology from The Ohio State University, with a concentration in Developmental Psychology.
At Tri-C, Krevans serves as the Faculty Advisor to the Psychology Club, the Director of the Institute for Poverty and Urban Education, a Founding Steering Committee member of the Robert L. Lewis Academy of Scholars, Co-chair of the Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, a Member of Tri-C IRB, a Civitas Research Group member, and on the Student Success Committee.
Krevans’ interests include reading good fiction, social commentary and the news, home improvement projects, and planning and taking road trips along the East Coast to visit family.
Jessica McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Jessica McLaughlin is excited to have joined Tri-C's Metro Campus faculty in 2019! Dr. McLaughlin received her B.A. from Grinnell College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Wayne State University.
While living in the Detroit area, she specialized in assessing and diagnosing children from low-income families. She then worked as an adjunct professor in Ohio before joining Montgomery College in Maryland as an assistant professor in 2014. During her five years at Montgomery College, she was the faculty adviser for the Psychology Club, helped psychology faculty incorporate open educational resources into their classes, and completed the Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship.
McLaughlin is passionate about incorporating social justice issues into her classroom, with an emphasis on mental illness stigma, and also engaging students in service learning by partnering with local elementary schools.
Michelle Nicopolis, Ph.D., LPCC
Michelle Nicopolis is a psychology professor at Tri-C’s Western Campus and was counseling faculty from 2006-2018 prior to transitioning to psychology. At Tri-C, Dr. Nic teaches General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Cross Cultural Competency for Healthcare Providers. Outside the classroom, Dr. Nic coordinated the Safe Zone program (LGBTQ+ education) for 12 years and continues to be a facilitator, is a founding member of the Help Is Here initiative (suicide prevention/mental wellness), and a proud member of the Black American Council (BAC) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Equality (SOGE) Council.
A licensed psychologist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) who is a seasoned presenter at the national, state, and local levels, Dr. Nic earned a Ph.D. in urban education and counseling (Cleveland State University), an M.A. in counseling and social psychology from Ball State University, a B.A. in communication, exercise/sport science and psychology from Hiram College, and a professional certificate in nutrition for optimal health, wellness and sports from Thomas Edison State University.
Leisure time is spent with family, dogs, and friends, volunteering (Make-A-Wish, Ronald McDonald House, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, and more), traveling, exercising, going to concerts, baking, jigsaw puzzles, watching sports and old sitcoms, and listening to ‘80s music.
Stacey Souther, M.A.
Stacey S. Souther is an associate professor of psychology at the Eastern Campus of Cuyahoga Community College. She earned her master's degree in developmental psychology at The University of Toledo and undergraduate degrees in biology and psychology from Heidelberg University. She has been teaching psychology at Tri-C since 2004, including General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Child Growth and Development, Adolescent Psychology, Honors Child Growth and Development, and the First Year Success Seminar. Previously, she taught psychology at Heidelberg University, The University of Toledo and Owens Community College. Her areas of expertise are in cognitive development in infants and children, specifically language and perceptual skills.
Souther is actively engaged in a number of initiatives at Tri-C, including as the psychology coordinator and faculty development coordinator at the Eastern Campus, serving on a number of Faculty Senate committees, and facilitating the Dynamic Teaching Faculty Learning Community. She is an ambassador and conference reviewer for the Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching, co-chair for the 2020 Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges Conference, member and chair-elect for the SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award Selection Committee, and belongs to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association.
In her free time, Souther chairs the Newcomer Council at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights and enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband, daughter, two cats, and her horse Miles.
Bhavna Thakkar, Ph.D.
Bhavna M. Thakkar is an associate professor of psychology at the Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College. Thakkar earned her Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Bombay, a certification from Stanford University, and completed her undergraduate degrees in psychology and the Sanskrit language, the oldest language in the world.
She became a full-time lecturer at Tri-C in 2010 and was hired as a tenure stream faculty member in 2013. Thakkar teaches General Psychology, Lifespan Development, Social Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Child Growth and Development, Multicultural Health Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology. Her areas of expertise are in social, personality, health, lifespan development and positive psychology.
She is a member of the Human Resource Committee, CADRE (Curriculum Committee), student and faculty mentoring programs, Learning for Life, and the Library Committee. She is also engaged in research at Baldwin Wallace University and Stanford University, and is a member of the Ohio Psychology Society and the International Education Organization. Thakkar can speak and write in eleven languages and loves teaching psychology at Tri-C.