Leadership Team

Brian Spitsbergen, PhD, LPC, CAADC, PLLC

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/ 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.

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Jim Maher, PhD

Clinic Director

Dr. Maher joined the Michigan School of Psychology in August 2019 to help develop the new Psychology Training 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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