Neva E. J. Sanders, PhD Associate Professor
I am a native of Stillwater, OK and obtained my undergraduate and graduate degrees (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) from Oklahoma State University. I completed my training as a child clinical psychologist via an internship and post-doctoral position at the University of California in San Diego’s Child and Adolescent Inpatient Hospital, where I met my husband, a child psychiatrist and native of North Tonawanda.
At present, I teach a variety of courses within the field of clinical/counseling psychology: Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychopathology, Behavior Modification, Theories and Techniques of Counseling, Clinical/Counseling practicum (direct field related experiences). In addition to providing relevant coursework, I helped develop and advise two minors for the Psychology Department: Clinical/Counseling and Child, Family and Community Studies. I strongly believe in providing hands-on experiences for students and preparing them for careers in the field of psychology upon completion of their undergraduate education. During their time at Canisius, students are provided the opportunity to obtain in-depth information about the entire graduate application process via bi-yearly informational seminars. Individuals interested in entering the workforce in field-related positions are also assisted at my annual “Career Faire.”
My current research interests are twofold and include outcome assessments of children and adolescents hospitalized on inpatient psychiatric units and factors affecting individual’s knowledge and perceptions of mental illness.
I am the proud mom of a set of boy/girl twins born in March of 2002 and a new arrival in April 2005. I love spending my free time with my children and husband doing things outdoors, particularly going to concerts and playgrounds or hanging out in our backyard swimming and grilling. I also enjoys working out, eating out and watching football!