Department of Psychology

Faculty

Tracy A. Knight, Ph.D

Education: Dr. Knight earned a B.S. in Psychology (1976) from Western Illinois University; a M.S. in Psychology (Clinical/Community Mental Health; 1978) from Western Illinois University; and Ph.D. in Psychology (with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology; 1991) from the Fielding Institute (now Fielding Graduate University). Dr. Knight’s dissertation was entitled Client Role Preferences, Complementarity and Attraction in the Initial Psychotherapy Session. Dr. Knight is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois, and worked as a psychotherapist for 24 years prior to joining the WIU faculty.

Teaching: Dr. Knight teaches PSY 570 Systems of Psychotherapy; PSY 577 Pre-practicum; PSY 587 Practicum: Basic Interviewing Skills; PSY 588 Practicum: Interpersonal Processes in Therapy; PSY 602 Professional Experience; PSY 604 Internship in Clinical/Community Mental Health; PSY 575 Diversity Issues and Psychological Services; and PSY 600 Psychopharmacology for Community Mental Health. Dr. Knight also spends a significant portion of his time as director of the psychology clinic, delivering direct therapy services, supervising psychological assessments, and supervising graduate students enrolled in the clinical masters program.

Research: Dr. Knight’s primary research interest is in qualitative research of clinical issues. Within that area, Dr. Knight focuses on clients’ theories of change, intern clinical development, and effects of the diagnostic process.

Tracy K. Cruise, Ph.D

Education: Dr. Cruise earned her PhD in School Psychology in 1998 from Illinois State University. Her Master’s is in Clinical Psychology (1993) from Illinois State University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) in 1991. Her dissertation was entitled An Examination of Differences Between Peer- vs. Adult-Perpetrated Child Sexual Abuse: The Effects and Mediators. Dr. Cruise is a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed school psychologist in Illinois.

Teaching: Dr. Cruise teaches undergraduate courses, including PSY 380 Introduction to Clinical Psychology and PSY 251 Personality and Adjustment. Within the School Psychology program, she teaches PSY 541 Practicum I: Orientation to School Psychology; PSY 543 School Psychology Practicum III: Consultation & Assessment; and PSY 544 School Psychology Practicum IV: Evaluation & Intervention. Courses she instructs in the Clinical/Community Mental Health program include PSY 571 Group Processes and Group Psychotherapy; PSY 574 Professional Issues in Clinical/Community Mental Health; and PSY 576 Family Therapy. Dr. Cruise also provides clinical supervision and direct services in WIU’s Psychology Clinic.

Research: Historically, Dr. Cruise has been interested in the predictors of negative outcomes for sexual abuse victims. For example, do factors associated with abuse or aspects that occur after the abuse (e.g., disclosure or cognitive interpretation) predict outcomes. More recently, Dr. Cruise's research interests regard supervision and how direct training in supervision impacts supervisor and supervisee satisfaction.

Kristy M. Keefe, Psy.D

Education: Dr. Keefe is currently a licensed psychologist in the states of Illinois, Kentucky, and Indiana. She obtained her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin and her M.A. and Psy.D. from the University of Indianapolis. Her training and expertise encompasses several years as a therapist at university counseling centers, including her APA accredited internship at Miami University and a post-doctoral residency at Purdue University.

Teaching: Dr. Keefe teaches undergraduate courses such as PSY 200 Careers in Psychology and PSY 424 Abnormal Psychology. Within the Clinical/Community Mental Health program, she teaches PSY 582 Clinical Assessment I: Cognitive Assessment; PSY 583: Clinical Assessment II: Personality Assessment; and PSY 595 Career Assessment in Professional Psychology. Dr. Keefe also provides supervision and direct services in the Psychology Clinic.

Research: Her research interests involve training competencies and psychotherapy outcome, delusion proneness and cognitive decision-making, AD/HD and behavioral correlates in college students, and mental health self-stigma and treatment seeking/quality of life.

Tiffany Gorsuch Bainter, MS

Education: Tiffany studied at Western Illinois University, majoring in psychology and minoring in communications. She received her M.S. at Western Illinois University in Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical/Community Mental Health. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from North Central University.

Teaching: Tiffany teaches undergraduate courses, including PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology; PSY 250 Human Social Behavior ; and PSY 251 Personality and Adjustment. She also teaches graduate courses in the Clinical/Community Mental Health program, including PSY 589 Practicum: Cognitive and Behavioral Processes in Therapy. Tiffany also provides supervision and direct services through the WIU Psychology Clinic.

Research: Tiffany’s research interests have spanned varied social and clinical topics such as exploring how perceived social support and expressive writing impact mood and how the need to belong motivates behavior, as well as effective strategies in the treatment of eating disorders.