Faculty Members of the Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies

Dr. Brenda Chappell
LA 210

Dr. Brenda Chappell

Dr. Chappell has a B.A. in psychology, M.A. in Criminal Justice, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Oklahoma. Her areas of focus at OU were criminology/deviance, and sociology of the family/gender. Her master’s thesis and dissertation focused on mental health in the Correctional system and she taught both sociology and criminal justice undergraduate and graduate courses since joining the department in 2002. Her focus is in sociology where she currently teaches Social Problems, Minorities in American Society, Sociology of Human Sexuality, Social Deviance, Social stratification, Sociology of Childhood-adolescence and when she was part of criminal justice she taught Administration of Justice which covers the basics of policing, courts and corrections along with upper divisions of corrections, courts and the jury system. 

 Dr. Chappell is an enthusiastic instructor who truly cares about the students at UCO. She is the director of the Institute of Hope which is a faculty directed and student led institution within UCO with the goal of fighting prejudice, poverty, abuse and other social injustices through awareness. She is a member of the scholarship review board for the Institute of Hope, and serves on an array of other college and university committees. Her current research project, along with her colleagues, is a new phenomenon – the emergence of Death Cafes.  She is also studying populations and vaccinations along with pharmaceutical laws.

Dr. Leeda Copley
LAR 207

Leeda Copley

Dr. Copley holds a B. A. in History, a B. A. in Sociology, and an M. A. in Sociology, all from the Ohio State University. Her Ph. D. in Ageing Studies is from Swansea University in Wales. 

Specializing in quantitative (statistical) methods, her research tends to be in the areas of medical sociology, gerontology, gender, and the family.  Basically, she spends a lot of time thinking about how we can help older adults face stressful situations. 

Dr. Copley teaches research methods, medical sociology, gender, introductory sociology, and various other sociology classes.  She is perhaps proudest of creating a course on the sociology of monsters, which is offered every summer. 

Dr. J. "Keith" Killian
LAR 201A

Dr. J. Keith KilliamDr. J. Keith Killian, D.O., LADC is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Killian practiced General Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry in the state of Iowa. Since moving to Oklahoma, he has been a drug and alcohol counselor as well as a clinical director and a consultant for different co-occurring agencies. He has served on several state boards and was appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors. Dr. Killian is a board approved supervisor for applicants who are training for licensure or certification. He is also an examiner for the Oklahoma Oral Boards.

Through his hard work and guidance Dr. Killian has helped add a Masters in Substance Abuse Studies which helps to successfully prepare graduates for the process of certification.

Dr. LaDonna McCune
LA 201B 

Dr. LaDonna McCuneDr. LaDonna McCune joined the faculty in 2012 as an Assistant Professor. She received a B.A. in Sociology. (option in Chemical Dependency) from Central State University (UCO) and a M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Doctorate in Education with a minor in Sociology from Oklahoma State University.

She has taught as an adjunct for 19 years in Sociology, Corrections and Criminal Justice. Dr. McCune is a Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor (LADC) and a Board approved Supervisor in alcohol and drug counseling. She is also a Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor (NCGC-II). She has worked in both outpatient and inpatient facilities as a substance abuse counselor, a youth and family counselor and a gambling counselor.

Her special interest is in the dynamics of substance abusing families. Dr. McCune is trained in the National Organization for Victim's Assistance (NOVA) curriculum and Oklahoma Marriage Initiative and Co-parenting through Divorce. She is co-sponsor of  TADCA  and Sigma Gamma Rho sorority sponsor.

Dr. Nina Michalikova
LAR 201B

Dr. Nina MichalikovaDr. Nina Michalikova received her PH.D. in Sociology from Texas Woman's University in 2013, with emphasis in social inequality, statistics and research methodology. She completed her M.A. in Sociology at Texas Woman's University in 2009 and her M.A. in Journalism at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 2003.

Dr. Michalikova teaches social ecology and demography, social welfare policy and introduction to sociology.

Her research focuses on race and ethnicity, immigration, and transnationalism, and her research projects include studies of post-1991 Eastern European immigrants in the United States.

Dr. Douglas P. Reed
Department Chair
LAR 201F

Dr. Doug ReedDr. Douglas P. Reed directs the Master's in Gerontology program at the University of Central Oklahoma. He completed his Ph. D. in Sociology at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1992.

He earned his M. A. in 1986 and his B. A. in 1980 in Sociology from East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. Dr. Reed teaches a variety of Gerontology courses, coordinates Gerontology student practicum placements with local aging services organizations, and sponsors the UCO Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega and the National Gerontology Honor Society.

Dr. Reed's research interests focus on retirement migration, aging in prisons, nutrition programs for the elderly, education programs in gerontology, and adaptive housing for the elderly.

Brooke Montoya
LAR 201C

Brooke MontoyaBrooke Montoya received a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma (2009), and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology (2011) from Southern Nazarene University. She is dually licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC).

Brooke has worked in various counseling settings which included clients such as male inmates at Joseph Harp, teenagers and families at Youth Services for Oklahoma County, and individuals, couples, families, and children at Choices Counseling Center. Brooke is a certified ADSAC Assessor and certified Mediator.

Brooke was the Lead Area Faculty Chair for the Psychology Department at University of Phoenix and taught various undergraduate Psychology courses. She has also taught Psychology as an adjunct for ITT Tech.

Dr. Karel Joyce D. Kalaw
LAR 201C

Dr. Karel KalawDr. Karel Joyce D. Kalaw received her PhD in Social Gerontology from Miami University, Oxford Ohio in 2015. She completed her M.A. in Gerontology from University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2009 and completed her B.A. in Sociology from the University of the Philippines Los Banos in 1998.

Her dissertation explored the intersection of transnational migration and aging among overseas Filipino workers and extended the utility of Filipino indigenous methodologies as the mother method in the qualitative study.

Karel's research interests include grandparents raising grandchildren, rural aging, transnational migration, cross-cultural studies, and qualitative and indigenous methodologies as well.

Dr. Nicole Warehime
LAR 201C

Dr. Nicole WarehimeDr. Warehime received a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Oklahoma City University.  She earned both the M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma.  Her specialties include family, stratification, demography, and criminology.  She has also received additional certification through the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC).

Currently, her research focuses on aggression and violence in intimate relationships.  She studies child maltreatment fatalities with a research team in the Center for Child Abuse and Neglect at OUHSC.  Beginning Fall 2016, she will be the co-investigator on a research project partnering with the Oklahoma State Attorney General's Office.  This research will focus on intimate partner fatalities.  She serves as the current President of the Oklahoma Sociological Association and a recruitment committee member for the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA).  She was a 2010 recipient of the ISRA Young Investigators Award for her aggression and violence research.

At UCO, Dr. Warehime will teach courses in Family, Social Psychology, Minorities in America, and Criminology.

Beverly Coon
LAR 206

Mrs. Beverly Coon

Beverly Coon, LCSW, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she received a Master's Degree in Social Work in 2007. In addition, she received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2005. In 1979, Mrs. Coon earned a B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene from Oklahoma University College of Dentistry. She was employed with the Child Study Center/ Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center for four years.

In addition to her status as a full-time faculty member at UCO, she maintains a private counseling practice. She has served on several community boards, including CARE Center Board for six years, The Red Cross Board, Sunbeam Family Services Board and served as president of the Jr. League of Oklahoma City. She was also appointed to the Oklahoma State Advisory Group for Juvenile Justice and Prevention, where she served for three years. She was a founding member of the Children and Family Citizen's Advisory Panel to DHS. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, served as an alternate on the Oklahoma State Child Death Review Board and serves on the Oklahoma State Board for Licensed Social Workers. She also volunteered in the mental health clinic at Crossings Community Center for four years.

Her interests include children and family matters and animals. Her hobbies include biking, hiking, running, gardening, ballroom dancing, her puppies and spending time with friends and family. She has been married to her husband, Bryan, for 36 years and has two grown children, Brandon and Brittany, and four grandchildren.