Leadership Team

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Brian Spitsbergen, PhD, LPC, CAADC

Interim President

Dr. Spitsbergen has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2017. As a Board member he served as Secretary for a three-year term before stepping into the role of Vice Chair in 2021. Dr. Spitsbergen earned his PhD from Oakland University in Counselor Education and is the founder of Brian Spitsbergen PhD, PLLC, a private practice focused on individual and corporate counseling and consultation for behavioral health and substance use disorders. Dr. Spitsbergen has worked directly in the SUD treatment field for over 30 years and has extensive experience in executive leadership, development of cutting-edge behavioral health, and treatment for adolescents, adults, and families. He has also led several regional projects to tackle the opioid crisis.

Diane K. Zalapi, MS

Vice President

Diane Zalapi, Vice President of the Michigan School of Psychology, is responsible for oversight of institutional operations.  In collaboration with the administrative team, she provides leadership and support for the development and implementation of academic and student support services, facility and financial operations. With a BA in English from Western Michigan University and an MS in Counseling from Wright State University, Ms. Zalapi has held Student Services and Administrative roles in higher education for more than 25 years.  Prior to joining MSP in 2007, she was the Vice President for Enrollment Services at Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin and had previously held positions at Walsh College, Lake Michigan College and Oakland Community College.

Ms. Zalapi’s belief that all members of the institutional community contribute to student success is foundational to the mission of MSP. By establishing and maintaining effective operations and strong student services, faculty are supported in the teaching/learning process and students are able to achieve their academic goals.

Dr. Mike Tyler Dean of Academic Programs

Mike Tyler

 Dean of Academic Programs

Dr. Tyler joined the Michigan School of Psychology in 2022 as the Dean of Academic Programs. As an experienced administrator and licensed psychologist, he brings a deep understanding of the challenges facing higher education broadly as well as the unique needs faced by psychology programs. 

Dr. Tyler completed his degree in Counseling Psychology at Indiana University and immediately accepted a position as a founding faculty member at Florida Gulf Coast University.  While in Florida he was actively involved in professional associations at the state and national level, received two teaching awards, and maintained an active research program.  With his family he relocated to Michigan where he was on the faculty of Wayne State University and served in an administrative capacity at Baker College.  Most recently he has served as the Associate Provost for Graduate and Online Education at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Outside of academia, Dr. Tyler worked for several years in a psychiatric hospital primarily with young adolescents. In Florida he worked with Southwest Florida Addiction Services primarily in an adolescent residential drug treatment center, as well as a community mental health center meeting the needs of clients in the rural interior of Florida. In his private practice, he focused on relationship issues.

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Jim Maher, PhD

Clinic Director

Dr. Maher joined the Michigan School of Psychology in August 2019 to help develop the Michigan School Psychological Clinic. He previously worked in Detroit area hospitals on psychiatric inpatient units and was at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital for twenty-four years. While there he was the Lead Clinician for Behavioral Services, conducted daily individual and group psychotherapy, and directed the training of psychology students in both internship (1999-2004) and practicum (2008-2019) settings. Dr. Maher has also served as an Adjunct Professor and Supervisor at the University of Detroit Mercy for fifteen years, teaching a variety of courses including Group Therapy and Psychology in a Hospital Setting.


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