Fran Brown, PsyD
President/ Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Brown is an alumnus of MSP’s Master and Doctoral Programs and received her degrees in 2004 and 2008, respectively. In addition, she received a Bachelor of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. Prior to her career in psychology, Dr. Brown was an executive in Michigan’s largest insurance corporation, where she gained extensive knowledge of health care delivery and business practices. Before becoming President, Dr. Brown served as MSP’s Program Director and as Director of Clinical Training. She also played a key role in the doctoral program’s achievement of accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Dr. Brown maintains a humanistically-oriented private practice and has worked in the behavioral health division of a large hospital system and in community mental health. Her areas of special interest include writing and communication, working with the LGBTQ population, and the implications of parentification in children and adults.
She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), APA Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology), and APA Division 44 (Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity). Dr. Brown has received awards for her clinical excellence, academic writing, and diversity efforts. Dr. Brown was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the Michigan Board of Psychology for a 3-year term, January 2020 through January 2023.
Diane K. Zalapi, MS
Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer
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.
Shannon Chávez-Korell, PhD
Dean of Academic Programs/ Chief Academic Officer/ Program Director
Dr. Chávez-Korell joined the Michigan School of Psychology as a Core Faculty member in August 2017. Prior to joining the Michigan School, Dr. Chávez-Korell was an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 10-years. Her research focuses on poverty-related stress, racial and ethnic identity development, and extends to cultural adaptations of mental health interventions. Her interests also include transgender identity and affirmative psychotherapy with transgender clients. In 2015, she and her research colleagues received The Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division 17 The Counseling Psychologist for their research focused on Latino Ethnic Identity.
In addition to teaching, research, and service, she is actively involved in professional consultation. Her consultation work is focused on issues of diversity and inclusion, specifically access and barriers to education for marginalized populations, educational equity, and school climate. Dr. Chávez-Korell currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Counseling Psychology and Journal of Latina/o Psychology.
Amanda Ming, MBA
Dean of Student Services/Registrar
Amanda Ming, Dean of Student Services and Registrar of the Michigan School of Psychology, has worked in higher education for her entire career. She joined MSP in 2010 as the Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator and moved into the Registrar role in 2014. As the Dean of Student Services, she is responsible for the services students receive through the entire academic lifecycle. She oversees the admissions, recruitment, student engagement, and financial aid departments. She works with current students in a variety of ways – from welcoming them as new students at orientation, to the planning and execution of graduation, and beyond, through licensing and continuing education. Prior to joining MSP, Ms. Ming worked at Walsh College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oakland University and an MBA with a Human Resources specialization from Walsh College.
Ms. Ming’s favorite part of her job is the interaction she has with students on a daily basis. The size of MSP makes it possible for her to get to know all students and remember their unique situations. This helps her to bring an important voice, that of the students we serve, to program development, course scheduling, and institutional functions.