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Michael Jefferson

Michael Jefferson, M.A.

Associate Professor of Psychology

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Michael Jefferson, M.A.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Michael Jefferson grew up the son of a minister and nurse in the town of Ojai, California. Upon graduating from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, he received his master's degree in counseling psychology from Bowie State University in Maryland. After working two years for Social Services in Loudoun County, Virginia, Michael started working on a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed his internship in Washington, D.C., with Shambu N. Banik and Associates, former chair of the Presidents Counsel on Mental Retardation. Michael is currently completing his dissertation on the experience of interpersonal intimacy by the adult children of ministers. He teaches for both the psychology and social work department and ECE program at PUC. His mental health interest and training are in ADHD, depression, and men's issues. Michael and his wife, Kathy, have two boys, Christopher and Nicholas, and live in Angwin.


Degrees

B.S., Andrews University

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M.A., Bowie State University

1996

Michael Milmine

Michael Milmine, M.A. - Chair

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Michael Milmine, M.A. - Chair

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Originally from Ontario, Canada, Michael Milmine earned his master’s in educational psychology with an emphasis in research from Andrews University. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on student engagement and academic success. As a graduate student, Michael co-taught courses in psychology of learning and applied statistics. When not attending or teaching courses, he worked as a research and statistical analysis consultant, designing research studies as well as collecting and analyzing data. At PUC, Michael enjoys teaching courses in the areas of research, social psychology, physiological psychology, learning, and death & dying. His research interests include the impact of media use on everyday life, academic engagement, academic achievement, and false memories.

In his free time, Michael enjoys reading, hockey, racket sports, hiking, rollerblading, and traveling.


Degrees

B.A., Southern Adventist University

2013

M.A., Andrews University

2015

Damaris Perez

Damaris Perez, M.S.W.

Assistant Professor of Social Work & Field Practicum Coordinator

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Damaris Perez, M.S.W.

Assistant Professor of Social Work & Field Practicum Coordinator

Before entering academia, Damaris was a hospice social worker for the top provider in the United States for 4 years. Before entering the world of hospice, she  served as a bilingual therapist, case manager and intake coordinator at a Federally Qualified Healthcare center in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the sole Spanish-speaking therapist on staff, Damaris primarily worked with the Latino and Hispanic population. She provided psychosocial services to survivors of domestic violence, facilitated parenting groups and therapy to individuals, families, and children. Her first work after graduate school was providing services to over 100+ dialysis patients at the #1 Dialysis provider in the United States.  

Damaris' research interests include the correlation of medical ailments and emotional health. One of her greatest passions is empowering social work students and advancing the field of Social Work. Her goal is for her students to be better social workers than her. As Field Placement Coordinator, Damaris is responsible for placing each senior Social Work major in a local community internship where they provide a minimum of 420 hours of work. Popular placements include Domestic Violence shelters, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and Foster Care. Most PUC social work graduates continue pursuing their education by obtaining a Master's degree. Many gain employment in for and non-profit agencies.


Degrees

B.S.W., Pacific Union College

2007

M.S.W., Walla Walla University

2010