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​Our authors are distinguished academics that bring a wealth of experience from in and outside of the classroom. They are dedicated to providing faculty and students with the highest quality educational resources at affordable prices.​
Brian L. Burke, PhD
Fort Lewis College

Brian Burke is a clinical psychologist whose principal academic interests include teaching, motivational interviewing, and terror management theory. Dr. Burke has a degree in college teaching and regularly attends teaching conferences, twice winning the Doug Bernstein Poster Award for innovative classroom ideas at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP). Dr. Burke has won three awards in his 12-plus years at Fort Lewis College: the New Faculty Teaching Award in 2005, the Featured Scholar Award in 2011, and the Achievement Award in 2013. He has published several meta-analyses of studies evaluating the efficacy of motivational interviewing—an emerging treatment for substance use and other problem behaviors that combines the humanistic elements of client-centered therapy (Carl Rogers) with more active strategies (e.g., cognitive-behavioral therapy) designed to facilitate human change. He has also published several meta-analyses of terror management theory, which states that much of what we humans do may be a defense against our inevitable mortality. Dr. Burke originally hails from Montreal, Canada, and received his PhD from the University of Arizona in 2003, which is where he had the idea to take photographs of saguaro cacti to represent the different DSM disorders found in this textbook. He has been a licensed psychologist in Colorado since November 2004 and has served as assistant training director for the Student Counseling Center at Fort Lewis College. Dr. Burke lives in Durango, Colorado, with his wife, son, and Checkers the dog.

Megan C. Wrona, PhD
Fort Lewis College

Megan Wrona is a counseling psychologist and an associate professor of psychology at Fort Lewis College. She teaches primarily clinical courses, including Abnormal Psychology, Group Psychotherapy, Psychological Testing, and Health Psychology. Dr. Wrona’s research interests center around culture, especially the ways in which culture should be
considered and integrated into clinical practice as well as teaching. She completed a clinical postdoctoral residency at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute in Utah (formerly University Neuropsychiatric Institute), with a focus on kids and adolescents. She has worked in a range of settings including outpatient, day treatment, inpatient, and wilderness and
is a licensed psychologist in Colorado and Utah. Dr. Wrona is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Counseling Psychology and Teaching of Psychology divisions of APA. Dr. Wrona is originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.
Despite moving out west shortly after her undergraduate degree, she remains an avid Tar Heel fan. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah in 2013. She currently resides in Durango, Colorado, and loves exploring the nearby mountains and deserts with her husband and daughter.

Sarah E. Trost, PhD
Cardinal Stritch University

Sarah Trost is a clinical psychologist whose research and clinical interests focus on clinical health psychology. She has provided outpatient group, couples, and individual psychotherapy to adults presenting with concurrent physical and mental health concerns. She also has expertise in the psychosocial factors involved in organ transplantation and has conducted numerous psychological evaluations of potential transplant recipients and donors. Dr. Trost is an associate professor of psychology at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she has taught abnormal psychology for over 10 years. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona in 2004 and completed a postdoctorate in clinical health psychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She has been a licensed psychologist in Wisconsin since 2006. Dr. Trost lives with her husband, son, and daughter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Terri A. deRoon-Cassini
Medical College of Wisconsin

Terri deRoon-Cassini is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and Critical Care, at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she is the primary psychologist for the Level 1 Trauma Center at Froedtert Hospital. She also has secondary appointments with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and the Institute for Health and Society. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Marquette University in 2008 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in trauma and health psychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. deRoon-Cassini provides clinical care to inpatient and outpatient survivors of traumatic injury, as well as to people who are adjusting to acute or chronic illness. She has been a licensed psychologist in Wisconsin since 2010. She also conducts research on the neurobiological and psychosocial risk factors for post-traumatic stress disorder. This research is funded by the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Mental Health. She lives in Delafield, Wisconsin, with her husband, daughter, and son.

Douglas A. Bernstein, PhD
University of South Florida

Doug Bernstein received his master’s and PhD degrees in clinical psychology at Northwestern University in 1966 and 1968, respectively. From 1968 to 1998, he taught graduate and undergraduate classes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served both as associate department head and as director of introductory psychology. From 2006 to 2008, he was visiting professor of psychology and education advisor to the School of Psychology at Southampton University, and in January 2009, he was visiting professor and education consultant at l’Institut du Psychologie at the University of Paris Descartes.


He is currently professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, courtesy professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, and a teaching consultant at Ecole de Psychologues Praticiens in Paris. His teaching awards include the University of Illinois Psychology Graduate Student Association Teaching Award, the University of Illinois Psi Chi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Illinois Psychology Department's Mabel Kirkpatrick Hohenboken Teaching Award, and the APA Distinguished Teaching in Psychology Award. He has co-authored textbooks on introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, criminal behavior, and progressive relaxation training. With Sandra Goss Lucas, he wrote Teaching Psychology: A Step-by-Step Guide, now in its second edition.

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