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Pepperdine Welcomes New Faculty
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Thema Bryant-Davis, assistant professor of psychology. B.A. (psychology and African American studies), Duke University; M.A., Duke University; Ph.D. (clinical psychology), Duke University. Bryant-Davis was assistant professor at Cal State University, Long Beach before coming to Pepperdine University. She has held clinical positions in crisis advocacy at Princeton University and at Harvard Medical Center, where she was a postdoctoral fellow. Her active research interests include the cultural context of trauma recovery for people of African descent, and other areas which integrate her understanding of and experience in psychology, theology, and culture.
Eric Hamilton, associate dean. B.A., University of Chicago; M.A.T., University of Chicago; Ph.D., (mathematics education), Northwestern University. Hamilton is currently director of the USAF Academy Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. He has been division director for research, evaluation, and communication at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Hamilton was program director of the division of educational system reform at the NSF. He is one of the leading authorities in America on the reform of mathematics education. His academic professional life began at Loyola University of Chicago where he was associate professor after a decade in the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences.
Amy R. Tuttle, assistant professor of psychology, has taught in the California State University system for over three years, and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Tuttle coauthored the book, Theory-based Treatment Planning for Marriage and Family Therapists, and has published research on collaborative and relational therapies. Tuttle has presented at state and national levels on reflective practices with children, theory-based treatment planning, and collaborative approaches with CPS involved families. She maintains a clinical practice serving disadvantaged youth and their families, and teaches elementary-aged children in the religious education department at her church.