August 2004-present - Central Iowa Psychological Services, Ames, IA
Licensed Psychologist, Certified Health Service Provider in Psychology, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
January 2006-present - Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Temporary Instructor/Lecturer Psychology Department
August 2003-present - Kids Training Team, Wichita, KS
Software Content Developer
Licensed Psychologist, State of Iowa, February 2007 (Lic. 1020)
Health Service Provider, State of Iowa, May 2007 (lic. 490)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (L.M.H.C.) State of Iowa December 2004 (Lic. 887)
Ph.D. - Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Counseling Psychology, December 17, 2004
APA accredited program
Dissertation: Assent and Informed Consent for Counseling with
Adolescents: The Adolescents' Perspective
Defended: November 11, 2004
M.S. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Psychology, December 21, 2001
APA accredited program
Thesis: Informed consent, assent, and the counseling of adolescent
Defended: September 6, 2001
B.S. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Psychology, May 1998 (with honors)
January 2007-May 2007 Iowa State University - Department of Psychology
Position: Lecturer - Psychology of Normal Personality
Planning and teaching an upper-level undergraduate course in theories of normal personality development. Covering major personality theories, ways of assessing personality and applying theories to their use in professional psychology and daily life. Developed and scored examinations and accorded course grades.
January 2006-May 2006 Iowa State University - Department of Psychology
Position: Temporary Instructor - Psychology of Women
Planned and taught an upper-level undergraduate designed to provide a broad overview of psychology of women with the main course objective is to increase students' understanding of stereotypes and other socio-cultural factors used to define social perceptions of men, women, and diverse cultural groups. Issues of privilege, oppression, and discrimination were also discussed. Developed and scored examinations and accorded course grades.
September 2003-July 2004 Prairie View, Inc.
Position: Co-leader/Co-instructor - Adolescent Multifamily
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Group
Co-led two separate sixteen-week skills training courses for
adolescents with Borderline Personality Disorder or self-
harming behaviors and their parents. Skills were taught using
DBT material designed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. Course
format included reviewing homework and processing related
experiences, teaching skills through course lecture, facilitating
discussion groups, and multimedia presentations.
June 2002-July2003 Iowa State University - Department of Psychology
Position: Graduate Assistant Instructor - Motivation Psychology
Independently planned and taught an upper-level undergraduate course in theories of motivation. Covered major motivational theories such as: psychoanalytic motivation, evolutionary motivation, drive theory, achievement models, attribution, helping, aggression, and impression management. Developed and scored examinations and independently accorded course grades.
August 2000-May 2002 - Iowa State University - Department of Psychology
Position: Graduate Assistant Instructor - Orientation
Supervisor: Susan M. Williams, M.S. Veronica Dark, Ph.D.
Taught a section of an Orientation to Psychology. Topics covered career development in the various areas of psychology, resources available to students and graduation planning. Assumed responsibility for student evaluation and grading, which was based upon attendance, a graduation plan, quizzes, and a class project consisting of a short research paper outlining their career aspirations.
May 2000- August 2001 Iowa State University - Department of Psychology
Position: Teaching Assistant - Psychology Research Methods
Supervisor: Douglas Bonett, Ph.D.
Assisted in the instruction of basic statistical analyses and research methods utilized in the field of psychology. Assisted students in completing class assignments and using SPSS.
August 2000- August 2002 Iowa State University - Department of Psychology
Position: Teaching Assistant - Abnormal Psychology
Supervisor: Norman A. Scott, Ph.D.
Assisted in the administration of course examinations, developed and maintained course grading database for the course.
January 2002-December 2004 Iowa State University - Psychology Department
Dissertation Research Project
Dissertation: Assent and Informed Consent for Counseling
with Adolescents: The Adolescents' Perspective
Conducted extensive survey study with adolescents aged 13-18
years old spanning two Midwestern states: Developed
questionnaire and research submissions to variety of sites
adolescents such as schools, youth groups, and community
mental health centers, completed data entry and analysis,
organized information into a completed dissertation
August 2001- May 2002 Iowa State University - Psychology Department
Position: Dissertation Project Manager - Informed consent, confidentiality limits, and clinician duty to warn and protect
Supervisors: Vesna Hampel, M.S.
Norman A. Scott, Ph.D.
Supervised a research team of four undergraduate assistants, scheduled research space and coordinated logistics for the project. Developed phone recruiting protocol and coordinated the recruitment of research participants.
August 1999-December 2001 Iowa State University - Psychology Department
Thesis Research Project
Thesis: Informed consent, assent, and the counseling of
Conducted survey study with APPIC Directory Clinical
Directors: developed survey, completed data collection, data
entry and analysis, compiled information into completed thesis
and later into two APA poster presentations (see below).
April 1999- May 2000 Iowa State University - Psychology Department
Position: Dissertation Project Manager - Family-owned and
non-family-owned business: Stress and coping
Supervisors: William Burns, M.S. Norman A. Scott, Ph.D.
Coordinated the mailing of research protocol to participants.
Organized and entered completed data into an SPSS file. Completed data analyses under supervision.
August 1997- August 1998 Iowa State University - Psychology Department
August 1996- July 1998 Ames, Iowa
January 1997- May 1997 Position: Research Assistant
February 1995- May 1995
Supervisor: Norman A. Scott, Ph.D.
Susan E. Cross, Ph.D.
Gary Phye, Ph.D.
Daniel Russell, Ph.D.
Utilized SPSS for the creation of data files, data entry, and data
analysis, assisted in participant recruitment, and participated in
the development and running of studies researching
expectations and counseling outcomes.
S.K. Brunscheen (June, 2007). Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorders. Invited
Presentation at the Behavioral Health Resources Training, Urbandale, IA.
S.K. Brunscheen (April, 2007). Personality Disorders: An Overview and Treatment of
Borderline Personality Disorders. Invited Presentation at the DHS Case Management Conference, Altoona, IA.
S.K. Brunscheen (October, 2006). Brief overview of depression: Symptoms and Treatment. Invited presentation at Ames High School Health classes, Ames, IA.
S.K. Brunscheen (April, 2006). Borderline Personality Disorder: An Overview. Invited Presentation at the DHS Case Management Conference, Altoona, IA.
S.K. Brunscheen (October, 2005). Borderline Personality Disorder and Self Harm Behavior.
Presentation at Youth and Shelter Services, Ames, IA.
S.K. Brunscheen & D. Beeman (April, 2005). Treatment of ADHD: Myths and realities.
Invited presentation at the Iowa Psychological Association Convention, Ames, IA.
S.K. Brunscheen (April, 2005). Being and becoming a psychologist. Invited poster presentation
at the Boone High School Career Fair, Boone, IA.
S.K. Brunscheen (March, 2005). Rewarding parenting skills. Invited presentation at Ames
Middle School, Ames, IA.
S.K. Brunscheen (January, 2005). Talking with children, adolescents, and adults about traumatic
world events. Invited presentation at Ames Pastoral Forum, Ames, IA.
S.K. Brunscheen (June, 2004). Caregivers and Laughter: Sometimes laughter is the best
medicine. Invited presentation at Schowalter Villa, Hesston, KS.
S. K. Brunscheen & N. A. Scott. (April, 2003). To ask or not to ask: Adolescent consent for
counseling. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the Iowa Psychological
Association, Davenport, IA.
N. A. Scott & S. K. Brunscheen. (August, 2002). Elements of informed consent for adolescent
counseling. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
S. K. Brunscheen & N. A. Scott. (August, 2002). To ask or not to ask: Adolescent consent for
counseling. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American
Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
S. E. Cross, M. L. Morris, S. K. Brunscheen, K. L. Frederick, A. McGregor, G. Meyer, B.
Proulx. (August, 1997). The Interdependent Self-Construal and Descriptions of Close Relationships. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association Convention, Chicago, IL.
Supervised Clinical Experience
August 2004-Present Central Iowa Psychological Services
Supervisors: Warren Phillips, Ph.D., Donald Kaesser, Ph.D.
Providing individual and group counseling, and psychological
assessment for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults in a
private practice setting. Assisting with supervision of an ADHD
Clinic. Designing and conducting marketing plans and providing
computer systems assistance.
August 2003-August 2004 Wichita Collaborative Psychology Internship Program
Prairie View, Inc. & Wichita State University Counseling and
Testing Center/Kids Training Team
..Newton, KS and Wichita, KS
WCPIP Director: Gregory J. Buell, Ph.D.
Prairie View Clinical Director: Larry Hays, Ph.D.
Wichita State University Counseling and Testing Center Clinical
Director: Maureen Dasey-Morales, Ph.D.
Kids Training Team Clinical Director: Susan Hendrich, Psy.D.
Other additional clinical supervision provided by: Mary Carmen,
Ph.D., John Simmering, Ph.D., Kathryn Minick, Ph.D.,
Joseph Hertzler, Ph.D., Kathy Pearce, Ph.D.
Completed counseling rotations with children and adolescents, adults, and older adults. Conducted psychotherapy individually in an inpatient and outpatient setting at a community mental health center campus. Led and co-led process groups on the inpatient psychiatric unit and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training for Borderlines groups on an outpatient basis. Consulted with an inpatient treatment teams regarding therapeutic milieu, discharge planning, psychological testing, and patient progress. Conducted psychological testing for intellectual, emotional and personality, and neuropsychological domains, tabulated results, and wrote integrated psychological reports with treatment planning recommendations for patients and referral sources. Also conducted individual counseling in a college counseling center setting for multiculturally diverse clients. Developed training materials and assisted with training sessions for a community based training program for case managers and families with children suffering from Severe Emotional Disturbances (SED).
Sept. 2002- June 2003 Ames High School
February 2002- May 2002 Ames, Iowa
Supervisor: Kenneth Dodge, Ph.D.
Provided individual psychotherapy for adolescent students with a variety of issues: adjustment difficulties, identity issues, depression, suicidality, anxiety, grief, past physical and emotional abuse, parental divorce, foster placement, and career indecision. Intellectual testing conducted as necessary.
Sept. 2002- June 2003 Ames Middle School
Supervisor: Kenneth Dodge, Ph.D.
Provided individual psychotherapy for adolescent
students with a variety of issues: adjustment difficulties, identity issues, depression, suicidality, body image, anxiety, grief, past physical and emotional abuse, foster placement, and parental divorce and other family issues. Intellectual testing conducted as necessary.
June 2002- August 2003 Central Iowa Psychological Services - ADHD Clinic
Supervisor: Warren H. Phillips, Ph.D.
Completed assessments with clients ranging in age from 5 to 18 years of age to diagnose attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder diagnosis, to rule out oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders, learning disorders or other diagnoses. Utilized assessments such as the WISC-III, WIAT, WRAT-III, CPT, and the projective test, House-Tree-Person. Conducted separate parent, child, and family clinical interviews. Provided specific treatment planning and referrals to clients. Wrote reports to be used by clients and their referral agents.
July 2002- December 2002 Mary Greeley Medical Center Behavioral Health Unit
Supervisor: Cliff Barta, M.S., Licensed Psychologist
Interviewed patients, family members, and others to complete social histories for patients referred to the unit voluntarily or by court order. Assisted with treatment planning, provided brief psychotherapy for patients ranging in age from 10 to 92 years of age with varied diagnoses: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, suicidal ideation, dissociative identity disorder, dementia, psychosis, anxiety, and substance abuse issues. Interpreted MMPI-II reports. Co-led and led group sessions with topics such as basic functioning on the unit, coping with depression and stress, relaxation techniques, and treatment planning after discharge from unit. Wrote reports for agency and referral sources.
August 2001-December 2001 Iowa State University - Student Counseling Center
Supervisor: Paulette Stronczek, Ph.D.
Substance Abuse Clinical: Interviewed clients referred for
alcohol/drug-related arrests and university violations and assessed
their pattern of alcohol and substance use. Interpreted the
Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), the Alcohol Use
Inventory (AUI), and the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening
Inventory (SASSI) for clients in addition to utilizing an assessment
protocol. Wrote reports and recommendations to be used by
students' referral agents. Referred clients for additional treatment
August 2000- Dec. 2001 Iowa State University - Student Counseling Center
Supervisors: Patricia Andersen, Ed.D.
Suzanne Zilber, Ph.D. Jennifer Sikute, Ph.D.
Michelle Clark, Ph.D. Rose Stark, M.S.
Marty Martinez, Ph.D. Ben Kuo, M.S.
Provided individual psychotherapy and career
counseling for college students presenting a variety of issues
including: adjustment difficulties, identity issues, depression,
suicidality, anxiety, grief, and career indecision. Conducted
psychological testing when appropriate.
January 2000- May 2000 Iowa State University - Psychology Department
Supervisor: Douglas Epperson, Ph.D.
Kenneth Dodge, Ph.D.
Kelly Schilder, M.S. Mark Becker, M.S.
Provided individual psychotherapy for college students presenting a range of issues including adjustment difficulties, identity, and relationship issues.
Other Relevant Counseling Experiences
August 1999- June 2002 Iowa State University- Psychology Department
Position: Graduate Assistant Academic Advisor for Psychology Undergraduates
Supervisor: Susan M. Williams, M.S., Veronica Dark, Ph.D.
Richard Hughes, Ph.D.
Advised students regarding course registration, academic standing, career options, graduate school, and served as a campus resource for referrals to other services/departments. Provided brief counseling for anxiety, grief, adjustment, identity issues, depression, drug abuse, and career indecision. Assisted in the development of advising brochures. Led orientation groups of prospective/incoming students and their families. Provided information regarding requirements for a psychology major.
Relevant Undergraduate Counseling Experiences
Sept. 1997- Aug. 1998 Rosedale Youth Shelter
Position: Volunteer Staff Member/Part-time Relief Worker
Supervisor: Douglas Epperson, Ph.D. (while a volunteer)
Assisted in monitoring daily activities and counseling adolescents in issues such as suicide, death of family members, substance abuse, anger control, and social skills while clients were temporary placement at Rosedale.
May 1997- August 1997 Tanager Place - Residential Treatment Center
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Position: Volunteer Staff Member
Supervisor: Douglas Epperson, Ph.D.
Assisted staff in daily activities, recreation activities, counseling adolescent males in issues such as suicide, death of family members, substance abuse, anger control, past physical and emotional abuse, and social skills in an on-campus treatment center.
Detailed listing of experience with specific psychological test materials available upon request.
Honors And Awards
April 2003 - Honorable Mention Research Competition Award
Student research poster presentation competition at the Iowa Psychological Association Convention April 2003 in Davenport, Iowa.
February 2003 October 2002 - "All But Dissertation" Award
Scholarship for successful completion of doctoral prelim exams prior to September 1, 2002, completion of requirements in less than five and a half years, and holding a half-time assistantship
August 1999- May 2000 - PACE Award
Tuition grant for academic excellence
August 1998 - Graduated With Distinction, Iowa State University
January 1995- May 1998 Iowa State University - Dean's List (6 semesters)
Recognition of academic excellence
April 1996 - Psi Chi
National Honor Society of Psychology
April 1997 - LAMPOS
Liberal Arts and Sciences National Honor Society
April 1996 - Golden Key National Honor Society
Recognition and encouragement of scholastic achievement and
excellence in all undergraduate fields of study
November 1997 - Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
Recognition and promotion of academic excellence and service in
all fields of higher education.
December 1997 - Iowa State University Psychology Department Thomas
Recognition of a strong record of citizenship and service in the
Iowa State University Psychology department
Departmental And University Service
June 2002- August 2003 Iowa State University - Graduate Students in Psychology
Acted as the primary liaison between graduate students and faculty. Organized meetings, scheduled events, and coordinated logistics of events. Served as a referral source for campus and departmental resources. Advocated for the needs of graduate students.
August 2002- May 2003 Iowa State University - Graduate Programming Committee
Graduate Student Representative
Represented graduate students on a committee comprised of faculty representing graduate programs in cognitive, counseling,
and social psychology. Discussed issues relevant to all graduate
programs in the psychology department.
August 2000, 2001, 2002 Iowa State University - Graduate Student Mentor
Served as a mentor to incoming graduate students. Provided
information about acclimating to the graduate program and to the
Ames Community. Coordinated New Graduate Student Orientation
with the Director of Graduate Education. Developed orientation
materials for incoming graduate students and provided tours of the
campus and community.
June 2001-May 2002 Iowa State University - Graduate Students in Psychology
Aided the President in coordination of event logistics. Assisted in
graduate student advocacy. Served as a referral source for campus
and departmental resources.
June 2000- May 2001 Iowa State University - Graduate Students in Psychology
Organization Campus Events Coordinator
Provided notification to graduate students of campus events such as required training courses, colloquiums, and relevant off-campus events. Coordinated group attendance to such events.
American Psychological Association
Iowa Psychological Association