Faculty

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Carol Anderson, M.S.

Biography:

Carol received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Washington and her M.S. from Western Washington University. She frequently teaches General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Social Psychology.


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Maleeha Abbas

Biography:

Maleeha Abbas is an adjunct faculty member at Bellevue College. She earned her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. She is currently an advanced doctoral student in the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maleeha is currently working on her doctoral dissertation, looking at social support as a …more about Maleeha Abbas


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Virginia Bridwell, M.S.

Dean of Social Sciences

Biography:

Virginia received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Alaska. Although her primary responsibilities at the college are as Dean of the Social Science Division, she also teaches Physiological Psychology.


Leo Kiralla

Leo Kiralla, M.A.

Biography:

I was born and raised in southern California. I have a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University, an M.A. in History from California State University Los Angeles, and an M.A. in Psychology from Seattle University. I have been teaching for 16 years and I am a licensed therapist in private practice in Seattle. My research interests …more about Leo Kiralla, M.A.


Deepti Karkhanis

Deepti Karkhanis, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Biography:

Deepti Karkhanis is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Psychology at Bellevue College, WA. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology from Delhi University in India, and her Doctoral degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She is a developmentalist whose teaching interests include Lifespan psychology (PSYC& 200), …more about Deepti Karkhanis, Ph.D.


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Rick Mangan


Rika Meyer

Rika Meyer, Ph.D.

Biography:

Rika earned her MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her BA in Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests are studying stress, social development, and friendships in marginalized populations, including chronically ill children and adolescents. She enjoys teaching introductory psychology, lifespan psychology, and research methods. Her teaching philosophy strives to create …more about Rika Meyer, Ph.D.


Ilona Pitkanen

Ilona Pitkänen, Ph.D.

Biography:

I received my Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle. My dissertation research focused on looking at what happens in the brain when people learn and forget a foreign language. My interests are diverse, but I am particularly interested in various neuroscience topics, such …more about Ilona Pitkänen, Ph.D.


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John Postma, M.A.

Biography:

Prof. Postma teaches General Psychology, Lifespan Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology. He also serves as the faculty adviser of the Psychology Club.


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Maggie Seibel, M.A.

Biography:

​B.S. in Psychology and Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. ​M.A. in Counseling Psychology with concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University Seattle. ​Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State. Prof. Seibel teaches Lifespan Psychology and Theories of Personality.


Jill Seiver

Jillene Grover Seiver, Ph.D.

Biography:

 Jill Seiver earned her PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of New Mexico.  She is currently involved in research projects which focus on memory, bilingualism, decision making about sexual behaviors, and socialization of homeschooled students.  Her main teaching topics are Introductory Psychology, Lifespan Development, Human Sexuality, and Research Methods, but she enjoys teaching every …more about Jillene Grover Seiver, Ph.D.


Jessica Urschel

Jessica Urschel, Ph.D.

Biography:

A transplant from the Midwest (OH, IN, MI, & MN), I moved from Minnesota to the Seattle area over the summer to live with my partner and stepdaughter. We also share our home with two independent tabby cats, and a guinea pig. I currently teach PSYC& 100: General Psychology and PSYC& 200: Lifespan Psychology at BC, and work as …more about Jessica Urschel, Ph.D.


Dennis Wanamaker

Dennis L. Wanamaker, Ph.D.

Biography:

I received my B.A from Central Washington University in History/Education, my M.Ed from Central Washington University in Social Science, and my Ph.D. from Washington State University in Educational/Clinical Psychology. I enjoy teaching Psychology with a general, interdisciplinary approach incorporating methodologies from other disciplines. As a result of studying the principles of Psychology, I want my students to …more about Dennis L. Wanamaker, Ph.D.