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Dustin K. Shepler, PhD

Core Faculty

Office phone: 248.476.1122, ext. 123
Email: [email protected]

 

Dr. Shepler joined the Michigan School of Psychology as a Core Faculty member in 2012.   Prior to joining MSP, he completed his APA-accredited predoctoral internship at The University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Counseling Center. Dr. Shepler frequently collaborates with students to conduct sexuality research. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and he has presented at various national and regional conferences. He views research as an important aspect of graduate training and runs a research team composed of MSP students. Dr. Shepler also serves on the MSP Institutional Review Board and advises the MSP chapter of Psi Chi. In private practice, Dr. Shepler treats LGBT individuals and young adults presenting with a variety of concerns. He also provides testing and assessment services and supervision to master’s level clinicians.

Education

  • PhD in Counseling Psychology, Cognate in Social Psychology, Ball State University
  • MA in Social Psychology & Counseling, Ball State University
  • BA in Psychology and Sociology, The University of Findlay
  • Graduate Certificate in Institutional Research, Ball State University

Licensure

  • Licensed Psychologist – Michigan

Areas of Expertise

  • Human Sexuality
  • Sexual Identity Development
  • LGBT Affirmative Therapy
  • Psychological Assessment & Evaluation
  • Ethics

Selected Presentations

Shepler, D., Callan, P., Justice, M., Oliver, C., Width, A., & Rawat, A., Pollok, K. (2018, April). Sluggish Cognitive Tempo: Clinical and Research Implications from Clinical Data. Poster presented at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Shepler, D., Obah, A., Sacka, A., Burgoyne, B., Suing, K., & Linton, B. (2018, April). Predicting Anti-Transgender Attitudes in Straight, White Adults. Poster presented at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Shepler, D. K., Cusick, K., & Tucker, D. (2017, August). Predictors of sexual satisfaction for partnered LGB people. Poster presented at the 124th annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC.

Shepler, D. K., Width, A.A., Johnson, K. P., & Zoma, P. N. (2017, April). Comparisons of desired loving behaviors across sexual identity and gender. Poster presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Shepler, D., Smendik, J., & Suing, K. (2017, April). Exploration of sexual anxiety, dysfunction, and satisfaction for LGB people.  Poster presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Shepler, D. K., Johnson, K. P., & Width, A. A. (2016, May). Knowledge of AIDS is not related to sexual behavior. Poster presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Shepler, D. K., Johnson, K. P., & Ho. M. A. (2015, August). Differences in satisfaction with life between LGB and heterosexual individuals. In D. K. Shepler (Chair), LGBT Satisfaction with Life: Findings and Future Directions. Symposium conducted at the 123rd annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Bober, C. C., Shepler, D. K., Suing, K. L., & Ho, M. A. (2015, April). Correlates of Life Satisfaction in the Trans* Community. Paper presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Shepler, D. K. (2012, August). Sexual and gender identity labels: A source of oppression and empowerment. In J. Park and L. H. Gerstein (Chairs), Enhancing counselors’ competencies with LGBT clients: Revisiting implicit values. Symposium conducted at the 120th annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

Shepler, D. K., & Perrone-McGovern, K. M. (2012, August). Distress and esteem: Sexual identity development status matters, sexual orientation does not. Poster presented at the 120th annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

Selected Publications

Shepler, D. K., Smendik, J. M., Cusik, K., M., & Tucker, D. R. (2018). Predictors of sexual satisfaction for partnered lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 5(1). 25-35. doi: 10.1037/sgd0000252

Shepler, D. K., Johnson, K. P., & Width, A. A. (2017). Risky sexual behavior and knowledge of HIV/AIDS transmission in a community sample: Sexual orientation, race, and gender. Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Science, 11(1). doi: 10.5590/JSBHS.2017.11.1.0x

Shepler, D. K., Johnson, K. P., & Ho, M. A. (2017). Exploring sexual self-concept in a community-based sample of LGB and heterosexual adults. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 22, 98-105. doi: 10.24839/2325-7342.JN22.2.98

Bober, C., Suing, K., & Shepler, D. (2016). Correlates of satisfaction with life for people who identify as transgender and sexual minority. Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Science, 10(1), 93-111. doi: 10.5590/JSBHS.2016.10.1.10

Shepler, D. K., & Perrone-McGovern, K. (2016). Differences in psychological distress and esteem based on sexual identity development. College Student Journal, 50(4), 579-589.

Shepler, D. K., Ho, M. A., Zoma, P. N., Bober, C. C., & Dluzynski, J. L. (2016). Perceptions of the therapist in a virtual world: An exploratory analog study. The Humanistic Psychologist, 44(2), 164-176.

Alexander, C. M., Hutchison, A. N., Clougher, K. M., TenBrink, H. A., Shepler, D. K., & Ambroise, Y. M. (2014). Adolescent dating violence: Application of a U.S. primary prevention program in St. Lucia. Journal of Counseling & Development, 92(4), 489-498.

Community Involvement

  • Private Practice

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
    • Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology)
    • Division 17 Section on LGBT Issues
    • Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues)
  • Midwestern Psychological Association

Q&A

  • Please describe your teaching philosophy.

I assume a developmental approach to teaching and have high standards for graduate students. Rigorous courses with high expectations are an integral component of graduate level education and students are able to learn, grow, and rise to meet high expectations when they are provided with mentorship, support, and access to a strong academic community. Students should be provided with opportunities to develop the full range of skills required of a professional psychologist and various modalities of teaching are necessary to facilitate professional growth. There is always a place for humor and spontaneous conversation in teaching.

  • Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology

Psychological services should be informed by theory and research and provided by well-trained professionals. Well-trained professionals are knowledgeable of research findings as well as culture and human development.

  • What advice would you give to a student entering the Michigan School of Professional Psychology?

Be open to growing personally and professionally, dedicate yourself to your own development, trust the process, and build a strong support system within and outside of the MSP community.