Tammy McClain, PsyD

Professor Tammy McClain

Tammy McClain, Psy.D.
Professor of Psychology

Main Hall 219
[email protected]

  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Wright State University 1994
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Charleston 1990
Teaching Experience
  • West Liberty University since 2006
Areas of Interest
  • Assessment
  • ADHD
  • Program Evaluation
Professional Activity
  • McClain, T., Marshall, M.J., Stoffel, R., & Fletcher, T. R. (2015, March). Implementing programmatic assessment strategies in small public colleges and universities.  Interest Group presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association, Hilton Head, SC.
  • McClain, T. (2014). Personality Psychology: Case Analysis Workbook. Ronkonkoma, NY: Linus Learning. (ISBN 13:978-1-60797-439-0)
  • National/International:

    • Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards

      • Item Writer for part two of the Examination of Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).  The EPPP is the examination used by all licensing boards in the USA and Canada as one requirement for licensure.  The first part of the exam is knowledge based, and the second part which is intended to assess skills needed for the independent practice of psychology.  Psychologists from throughout the US and Canada applied to serve as Item Writers for this exam, and the ASPPB then chose writers that represent a diversity of racial, ethnic, geographic, gender, and practice characteristics.  Item Writers serve as content experts and volunteer their time and expertise to write items throughout the year and to meet with members of their domain twice a year to develop items for this part of the exam. I was invited to be part of the Domain 4 Professionalism group on April 12, 2017.  I attended these meetings in Atlanta, Georgia on the following dates: June 20-23, 2017; October 25-28, 2017; and March 7-11, 2018. (All supporting documentation can be found in the EPPP2 Item Writer folder

    • American Psychological Association

      • Fletcher, T., & McClain, T. (2017). Psych out: Interactive and adaptive psychology program for the classroom and community. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association, August 5, 2017, Washington, D. C.

      • Participated in a focus group for Pearson to provide feedback for the APA Planning Committee on the conference.

    • Taking Sides Advisory Board

      • As a member of the Advisory Board for the Taking Sides series, I review and provide feedback to the editors on all article submissions considered for inclusion in the Taking Sides series.


    • Presentations

      • Marshall, M., McClain, T., & Fletcher, T. (2018). An Exploratory Outcome Analysis of Court-ordered Addictions Treatment. Poster presentation at the Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Conference, March 6, 2018, Charleston, SC.

      • Led an Interest group.  Teaching of Psychology. Using the 2.0 APA Guidelines for the UG Psychology Major to Assess Your Curriculum (2018). McClain, T., Fletcher, T., Meacham, R.

      • Symposium (Invited). History of Departments of Psychology in the Southeast Symposium. Presentation at the Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Conference, March, 2018, Charleston, SC. Ballard, J., Marshall, M., McClain, T., Meacham, R., Fletcher, T. (authors listed alphabetically).Assisted with the development, but did not present as I had to attend the EPPP2 meeting.

    • 2018 Southeastern Psychological Association

      • Member of the Program Committee

      • Presided over a PAPER SESSION:  Sexuality on March 7, 2018

      • Reviewer for SEPA Submissions

    State & Local:

    • WLU Psychology program hosted the Tri-State Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference for the second year in a row (April 20, 2018 at the highland campus). This event was attended by students and faculty from West Virginia University, Marshall University, University of Charleston, Marietta College, and Ohio Valley University.  This conference allows students from colleges and universities throughout the state to participate in a professional conference by presenting papers, posters, projects, and workshops.

      • Assisted one of our psychology majors, Randy Dlesk, in the development of the conference website.

      • Partnered with the Almost Sunrise Community to provide our guest speaker from for the conference, Sgt. Anthony Anderson.  I secured funding, made all travel arrangements, transported him to and from the airport, provided him with a tour of campus and the surrounding area, including the Veteran’s Museum at the Brooke County Library.

    • Licensed Psychologist in WV:  Provided psychological evaluations for Veterans through a contract with Logistics Health Incorporated


    • Reviewer for Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research

    • Reviewer and Program Committee for 2018 Southeastern Psychological Association Conference

    • Cognella reviewer –  Metacognitive Skills Prospectus (4/10/18)


    • American Psychological Association

    • Society for Teaching of Psychology

    • South Eastern Psychological Association Member

    • Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology

    The WLU Psychology Performance Factors require thorough documentation in at least three of the following areas in order to exceed expectations for reasonable contributions:

    1. Summarizes learning and application of knowledge gained while attending a professional conference.

      1. In addition to the conferences that were described in teaching, I also completed continuing education credits and integrated the content into my teaching for both undergraduate and graduate courses.

        1. ETherapy Ethics & Best Practices

    2. Demonstrates progress toward a submission or presentation at a professional conference in an area of competence.

      1. I was the first author on an Interest Group presentation and a contributor on a Symposium and two Posters presented at national or regional conferences.

    3. Applies one’s expertise to discipline-related issues/organizations at the local, state, or national level.

      1. I serve as an Item Writer for the EPPP2, and I conduct psychological evaluations every month for Veterans who have filed disability claims.

    4. Seeks opportunities for review for discipline specific outlets such as journals, textbooks, grants, scholarships OR for a conference, panel, or symposium submission.

      1. I am a reviewer for the SEPA conference, the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, a proposed textbook, and the Taking Sides series.  I also serve as an item writer which includes reviewing the work of other team members and providing feedback to improve item quality and clarity.

Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Professional Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Interviewing and Practice Behaviors
  • History of Psychology