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Purdue professor charged with domestic violence, placed on leave

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University professor is accused of domestic violence against his wife and a 10-year-old boy in their West Lafayette home. The university has removed John Froiland, a Ph.D. in school psychology, from teaching classes at Purdue.

Investigators with the Tippecanoe Sheriff's Department tell 13News that 48-year-old Froiland angrily confronted his wife when she came home around 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 10. He wanted to know where she had been.

She told investigators that her husband pinned her against a wall.

The boy was allegedly locked inside a dog crate while Froiland broke the wooden leg off a chair and hit his wife repeatedly across her arms, according to police. She suffered welts and bruising.

She reportedly told investigators she was able to free the boy from the dog crate, but Froiland would not let them leave the house. Police said she eventually left with the child, but Froiland allegedly took her cell phone so she could not call for help.

She later called and met with police on Purdue's campus.

Froiland was charged with domestic battery, battery on a person less than 14, confinement, intimidation and interference with the reporting of a crime.

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His faculty profile lists Froiland as a clinical assistant professor in educational psychology. All that Purdue will say for now is that he is on indefinite paid administrative leave.

Froiland joined the College of Education in 2017. His research includes parental involvement in school, teacher-student relationships, and positive psychology interventions. Froiland is listed as a Positive Education and Organizational Consultant.

He teaches a course called Learning and Motivation.

The Purdue Exponent reports that the department head of the College of Education met with students this week to explain how other professors will take over the class.

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Purdue professor arrested, suspected of locking son in dog crate and assaulting his wife

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A 10-year-old boy locked in a dog crate watched helplessly while his father, a Purdue University professor, assaulted his mother, according to police reports.

Denice Froiland, 47, told police Nov. 10 that she returned home from shopping about 4:30 p.m. and her husband, John Froiland, 48, confronted her inside the door, according to police reports.

He shoved her against the wall and questioned her about where she had been, police said.

The spat continued in another room of the house, police said, and John Froiland locked his son in a dog crate, then broke the leg from a chair and struck Denice Froiland with the leg, according to police.

Denice Froiland suffered welts and bruises to her arms, police said.

John Froiland took her cellphone so she couldn't call 911, and he wouldn't let Denice Froiland or the boy leave, according to police. Denice Froiland, however, managed to grab her son, get to a vehicle and drive away from the house.

Denice Froiland drove to Purdue University campus and called police about 8:40 p.m. Nov. 10. Deputies met her in the parking lot of Owen Hall, police said.

Deputies then drove to the family's residence in the 5000 block of Gardenia Court in West Lafayette, where they found John Froiland, according to police.

Deputies booked John Mark Froiland of 5039 Gardenia Court, West Lafayette, into the Tippecanoe County Jail on suspicion of domestic battery, neglect of a dependent, criminal confinement, intimidation, and interfering with reporting a crime.

Formal charges have not yet been filed, according to online court records.

He posted bond on Nov. 12 and was released, according to jail staff.

Purdue University spokesman Tim Doty told the Journal & Courier Froiland was placed on administrative leave from the university.

Purdue police noted that Froiland was added to the persona non grata list on Monday, which bars Froiland from the campus for one year.

The Journal & Courier emailed John and Denice Froiland for comments about the incidents and arrest. They did not respond.

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Sara Sander

Sara Sander began her career with Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 1997. She has served in a variety of positions including professor of communications and languages and program coordinator for the School of Arts and Sciences, now known as the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her experience includes over 15 years of teaching adult learners, with a focus in the last 10 years in online education and administration.

Education: PhD, Capella University; MA and BA, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Research Interests: Emotional intelligence, faculty performance and behaviors, communication in the online classroom

Miranda Brand

Miranda Brand has served as associate dean in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences since 2011. She joined Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2006 as an adjunct instructor in the School of Graduate Education and subsequently led the Department of Educational Studies as academic chair from 2008 to 2011. Prior to joining Purdue Global, she served 20 years in public education in various roles including teacher, curriculum coordinator, staff development presenter, and school administrator.

Education: EdD, Nova Southeastern University

Tessa Holst

Tessa Holst currently serves as the assistant dean of students within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences where she oversees and generates initiatives to develop student engagement and improve student retention. She is also responsible for problem identification and resolution for second-level student complaints and conflicts. Prior to her current role, Holst served as the graduation director and event planner within the Provost Office. She was responsible for bi-annual graduation event ceremonies, celebrations, and faculty retreats. She has worked in higher education for over 25 years and recently completed her second term as school board member for her local school district, having served for 4 years as president. 

Education: MS, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global)

Honors and Achievements: 2017 Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Non-Academic Support Team Award (Kaplan University), 2005 Hero Award (Kaplan University), 2003 Extra Mile Award (Kaplan Higher Education)

Bridget Rivera

Bridget Rivera is a department chair and teaches various undergraduate courses in psychology and is the course lead for a number of courses. She also currently enjoys serving as the Psychology Club's faculty advisor. Before joining Purdue Global as a full-time faculty member, she worked in the field of clinical psychology for 15 years. Her experience included community mental health, inpatient work, and college counseling. Rivera holds the Master Addcition Credential (MAC).

Education:  PsyD, California School of Professional Psychology

Publications:  Several published works

Honors and Achievements:  2010 Martin Mayman Award (Society for Personality Assessment), several conference presentations

Research Interests:  Psychological assessment, diversity training

Kimberly Jurowski

Kimberly Jurowski is the assistant department chair for the graduate and undergraduate psychology programs. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and previously worked in the field of behavior analysis for over 16 years with varied roles including autism therapist, program supervisor, clinical director, and behavioral consultant. Jurowski has experience working in a variety of settings including homes, schools, clinics, and inpatient residential settings. Her experience within higher education comes from her time as a doctoral academic advisor for another online university as well as over 7 years of teaching undergraduate ABA and psychology courses at Purdue University Global (formerly Kaplan University). Education: MS, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; BS, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Publications: The Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis , training manuals and videos for the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders and The Autism Project of Illinois

Certifications: Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Honors and Achievements: Outstanding Course Leader Honoree (Kaplan University), Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation (Southern Illinois University)           

Memberships: Association for Behavior Analysis International, Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis

Research Interests: Applied behavior analysis in higher education, verbal behavior therapy, behavior analysis of anxiety and depression, preference assessment and motivation

Kristy Crowley

Kristy Crowley began her academic career in 2008 and has taught undergraduate psychology courses at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University), DeVry University, Ivy Tech Community College, and Argosy University. She also serves as a co-chair on the board of a not-for-profit, community-focused mental health services provider. Prior to academia, Crowley worked in a variety of professional practice areas such as community mental health, inpatient psychiatric care, and university counseling. Education: MBA, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global); MA, Adler University; BA, Purdue University

Certifications: Life Coach Certificate, The Institute for Life Coach Training; Graduate Certificate in Human Resources, Kaplan University

Research Interests: Positive psychology interventions, stress and coping, holistic approach to counseling

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Tom Alexander

Tom Alexander instructs various graduate level courses in psychology. He first joined Purdue Global as a part-time adjunct faculty member. Previously, Dr. Alexander worked in multiple areas of professional practice including addictions, forensic mental health, inpatient psychiatric care, residential substance use treatment, and managed care.

Education: PhD Psychology, Capella University

Publications: Multiple publications in progress related to clinical training initiatives

Certifications: Licensed professional counselor in Texas, trained clinician in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Honors and Achievements: 2019 Outstanding PT FT Adjunct Member, Graduate Psychology Department, Purdue University Global

Memberships: NAADAC

Research Interests: The intersection of trauma and addiction

Gabrielle Blackman

Gabrielle Blackman teaches full time in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and serves as the course lead for various graduate courses. She has been teaching in higher education since 2004, and much of her professional experience is drawn from consulting and research-based projects aligned with her expertise in industrial and organization (I/O) psychology. She has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences, including the American Psychological Association and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Education: PhD, George Mason University; MA, George Mason University; BA, Christopher Newport University

Publications: Presentations at numerous national and international conferences; published work in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, and technical reports

Honors and Achievements: 2015 Outstanding Faculty Member award in the Graduate Psychology Program (Kaplan University); numerous "Up and Beyond" service awards

Memberships: The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Research Interests: Ethical and positive leadership and organizational practices within the field of I/O psychology; prosocial and humanitarian practices, advocacy strategies, and conflict resolution within and outside of workplaces; pedagogical best practices and the use of technology in 21st century classrooms and online teaching environments

Ashley Cauley

Ashley Cauley is a full-time faculty member, teaching undergraduate psychology courses at Purdue Global. After seven years as an educator, Cauley has now transitioned to a focus of online adult learning. Cauley is a founding partner of Cohort4Care, a coaching and consulting company dedicated to caring for those who care for others.

Education: MSIOP, Eastern Kentucky University; BA, Southern Adventist University           

Memberships: Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Research Interests: Psychological safety, compassion fatigue and burnout

Nelly Dixon

Nelly Dixon began her career with Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2015, and serves as a full-time faculty in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences as a graduate professor of applied behavior analysis. Dixon has previously served as the verified course sequence coordinator for the ABA program, serves as course lead for multiple courses, and participates as a thesis committee member.  Dixon is a board certified behavior analyst, licensed behavior analyst in the state of New York, and certified clinical trauma specialist for individuals. Her experience includes teaching in special education, working as a behavior analyst in multiple school districts to support the professional development and training of staff, assessing and establishing interventions for students with behavioral challenges, and teaching behavior analysis at the graduate level.              

Education: EdD and MSEd, Walden University; BA, Rowan University       


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Dixon, N.A. (2016). Applied behavior analysis and autism . Center for Public Service: Kaplan University.

Dixon, N.A. (2018). An informal analysis of impostor phenomenon and psychological inflexibility: Getting your ACT together! Behavioral Science in the 21st Century .

Dixon, N.A. (2020) Beyond autism: The diversification of ABA interventions . Purdue University Global .

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Dixon, N.A., (2023) Acceptance and commitment training: New tools to help parents support autism treatment . Stages Learning Materials.

Certifications and Licensure: Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA); Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA-NY); Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist - Individual (CCTS-I); Certified PFA/SBT Level 4 Implementer

Honors and Achievements: Honorary Member Inductee - Golden Key International Honour Society, 2019; Outstanding Full-Time Faculty, 2018; Outstanding Professor Nominee, 2017, 2018; Multiple “Up and Above” Awards, 2016-2020

Memberships: Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI); New York State Behavior Analysis (NYABA); Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)

Research Interests: Trauma informed behavior analysis; acceptance and commitment training (ACT); behavior analysis to support student engagement in higher education

Salomé Brañas Gonzalez

Salome Brañas Gonzalez is a full-time adjunct faculty member in the undergraduate psychology program teaching Applied Behavior Analysis. Gonzalez has been an educator since 2006, working with students with disabilities from preschool through 21 years old, and has taught psychology at the undergraduate level since 2016. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2012, and has since supervised several BCBA candidates; produced dozens of professional development sessions for teachers, administrators, and parents; and maintained a private practice. Gonzalez currently serves as a consulting district behavior analyst to a public school district in her home state of New Jersey.

Education: PhD, Grand Canyon University; MSEd, Mercy College; BS Empire State College of the State University of New York      

Publications:  Exploring the Role of Community Cultural Wealth in How Minority First-Generation College Students Persevere in Graduate School

Honors and Achievements: Educational Opportunity Fund Champion for Student Success, State of NJ, 2019; Outstanding Professor Award, Purdue University Global, 2021; Outstanding Service Award, Purdue University Global, 2021.  Memberships: Association of Professional Behavior Analysts; the Association for Behavior Analysis International; New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis         Research Interests: First-generation college students; applied behavior analysis in online learning

Joanne Choy

Joanne Choy teaches several courses in the undergraduate psychology department focusing on applied behavior analysis. She joined Purdue University Global as a part-time adjunct faculty member and was later promoted to a full-time faculty member. Choy has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2014, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018. She has experience in working with children and adults who have autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and other capacities in the home, community, and center-based settings.

Education: MS, The Sage Colleges; BA, University of California, Irvine

Memberships: Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)

Research Interests: Applied behavior analysis, behavior assessments, autism, developmental disabilities, treatment in challenging and severe behaviors

Lakieshia Jones

Lakieshia Jones teaches various undergraduate psychology department courses focusing on addictions. She joined Purdue Global as a part-time adjunct faculty member and later was promoted to full-time. Most recently, Jones was a substance use prevention practitioner with a focus in opioid and prescription misuse for a state college system in Georgia. She also has provided substance use counseling to clients in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Education: MS, Nova Southeastern University

Certifications: CADCI-II; ICADC; DOT-SAP

Memberships: The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

Research Interests: Addiction psychology, motivational interviewing, consciousness and society psychology

Ken Martz

Ken Martz instructs various graduate level courses in psychology with an emphasis on addictions. He first joined Purdue Global as a part-time adjunct faculty member. With over a decade of teaching in higher education, Martz brings diverse experience to his teaching practice. Previously, Martz worked in multiple areas of professional practice including addictions, forensic treatment programs, state government, mental health, and graduate education. Publications: Martz has published 9 books including six best sellers, and has been translated into multiple languages. He is best known for Manage My Emotions: What I Wish I'd Learned in School About Anger, Fear, and Love . Certifications: Licensed psychologist; internationally certified gambling counselor Honors and Achievements: Former policy director and special assistant to the Secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Drug and Alcohol programs.  Memberships: President of the Pennsylvania Association of Addiction Providers and member of the national policy committee for addictions counselors with NAADAC.              Research Interests: Men's issues, anxiety, emotions, and criminal justice issues

Lynda Mitton

Lynda Mitton began her career with Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2009. She began as an adjunct faculty member and is now a full time faculty member in the undergraduate psychology department. Mitton has taught as an adjunct for three universities, served as a faculty mentor, and course lead. She has taught a wide range of courses in general and addiction psychology, developed and revised curriculum, mentored and trained new and experienced faculty, and presented at faculty training. Mitton’s experience in the addiction field began as a clinician including direct clinical work for 14 years in residential and outpatient settings, clinical supervision, administration supervision, and program development. Education: MS Psychology, specialization in addiction psychology, Capella University; BS in Organizational Management, Colorado Christian University Research Interests: Co-occurring disorders, trauma informed care and ensuring care for poor and underserved populations

Jean Morrow

Jean joined Purdue Global in 2020, and enjoys serving in positions including instructor, course lead, and faculty mentor. Morrow has a passion for working with students and believes college provides an awesome opportunity to learn and grow. She enjoys providing insight and helping students learn more about the course content, and themselves. Morrow has recently presented at the Purdue Global Village Conference, Purdue Global General Education Conference, and the Southern Humanities Council Conference.   Education: MS, Stetson University; BA, High Point University       

Certifications: Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1, PREPARE/ENRICH        

Memberships: American Counseling Association, Southern Humanities Council  

Research Interests: Higher education, student success, baseball

Kristina Noriega

Kristina Noriega is currently a full-time adjunct and teaches various undergraduate courses in psychology. She has worked for the federal government for over 20 years in various areas of education including liaison, policy, and education services. During her government work in adult education, Noriega supported bridging the gap between the military and civilian education sectors. She built credibility, establishing rapport and maintaining communication with all stakeholders at multiple levels, including those external to the organization.

Education: MS, Chaminade University

Publications: Army Transition Manual

Certifications: NISOD Excellence Award, Department of the Army Civilian Award, Pacific Command Outstanding Contributor award, the House of Representatives outstanding for contributions to the education community

Memberships: American Counseling Association

Research Interests: Self-leadership

Lisa Phillips

Lisa Phillips has been a professor at Purdue Global in the graduate Applied Behavior Analysis department since 2016 and serves as the Ethics Course Leader and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Ethics and Performance Management. Phillips is a licensed behavior analyst at the doctoral level, and a clinical and inter-jurisdictional licensed psychologist who is also an EMDRIA-certified provider of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Prior to her academic career, her experience was in clinical services and leadership. Phillips was the Chief Program/Operations Officer of a large community mental health center where she developed clinical teams and services, and instituted an American Psychological Association (APA) approved doctoral internship program, and post-doctoral training for Psychology Residents. She is a telehealth practitioner, an Organizational Behavior Management, Strategic Planning, and Leadership consultant, and Board President of the Mental Health Association of Mercer County.

Education: PhD, Clinical Psychology, Duquesne University; BCBA-D, University of Massachusetts; MBA,  Purdue University Global.

Publications: Authored a chapter in a handbook on diversity entitled, Privilege Through the Looking-Glass.

Certifications: Licensed clinical/inter-jurisdictional psychologist and behavior analyst; National Register of Health Service Psychologists, Telepsychology Competencies Credential, and Emdria-approved EMDR certification.     

Honors and Achievements:  Voted ‘Best Professor’, with nominations for the Best Course Leader and the Encouragement and Inspiration Award.  

Memberships: American Psychological Association, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Association for Behavior Analysis International, and Society for Human Resource Management

Research Interests: First-generation students, online learning excellence, ethical leadership development, and the use of EMDR related to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Shannon Pickett

Shannon Pickett began her career with Purdue Global in 2020. Pickett has served in a variety of positions including professor of addictions and general psychology courses, mentorship, and Psi Chi faculty advisor. Her experience and specializations include advocacy for children and adolescent within the school system, dual-diagnosis care, and working with a diverse client population ranging from preschool-aged children through adulthood.      Education: PhD, Walden University; MS, Walden University; and MS, Salem State University             Publications: Work Commitment, Intrinsic Motivation, and Academic Achievement in Online Adult Learners .  Certifications: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)              Honors and Achievements: Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, 2007; Psi Chi Honor Society, 2007; Chi Sigma Iota, 2009; Golden Key International, 2013; and the National Society of Leadership and Success, 2018. Memberships: American Counseling Association (ACA) Research Interests: Factors contributing to the success of online adult learners, motivation, and work/life balance of students

Julee Poole

Julee Poole teaches in the Graduate Psychology program and she provides service to the university by recruiting community organizations. Through the Purdue University Global partnership program, these community organizations offer employment opportunities to students and alumni. Additionally, these organizations provide field experience opportunities for students. Finally, employees and their immediate family members of the community organizations qualify for tuition discounts at Purdue Global.

Education: PhD Psychology, Family Psychology concentration, Capella University; MS Mental Health Counseling, Austin Peay State University; BS Psychology/Sociology, Austin Peay State University; BS Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology concentration, Purdue University Global Certifications: Board-certified life coach; International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) Compassion Fatigue Professional

Publications:   The Cryin’ House: A Story for Children Who Witness Family Violence; When Hitting Hits Home ; articles in  Family Guidance Journal and PsycCritiques Presented at many national and international conferences, and has published in various journals, including the Family Guidance Journal and PsycCritiques

Honors and Achievements:  Psi Chi Honor Society; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society; Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society; Golden Key International Honor Society; The Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement Alpha Betta Kappa; Alpha Phi Sigma; Austin Peay State University Outstanding Student Leader; Lily Welcome Back Lifetime Achievement Nomination; Kaplan Way Award; Purdue University Global "Organization Builder" Award

Memberships:  American Psychological Association Society for the Teaching of Psychology International Christian Coaching Association

Research Interests:  Family violence, compassion fatigue for law enforcement officers, self-esteem and defense mechanisms, service-learning projects in the online classroom, best practices in online higher education programs, and the use of technology online classroom

Olivia Steenbergh

Olivia Steenbergh began working with Purdue Global in 2020. Steenbergh began teaching Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) courses as a part time adjunct instructor. She now serves as full time faculty teaching and leading undergraduate psychology and ABA courses. Steenbergh has worked in the field of pediatric ABA since 2015, became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018, and enjoys bringing her experience to the classroom.

Education:  MEd, Wayne State University; BS, Rochester University          

Certifications:  Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Research Interests:  Autism Spectrum Disorder, Trauma-Informed Care, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Marjorie Vandemark

Marjorie Vandemark teaches a variety of courses in undergraduate psychology. She works with a team within the Psychology Department on initiatives to increase the success of first-time students, improve retention rates, and encourage degree completion. Currently, she is doing post-graduate work in co-occurring disorders and addiction at Purdue Global to advance her skills in clinical treatment. Prior to coming to Purdue Global, she taught psychology and sociology at several local colleges both in person and online. Vandemark has an extensive clinical background that includes outpatient and inpatient treatment, crisis intervention, and community-based behavioral health with populations ranging from early childhood to elderly adults. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Behavior Specialist in Pennsylvania.

Education: MA, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Honors and Achievements: 2017 Outstanding Professor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; 2017 TIP Conference presentation on academic self-efficacy

Karen Watson

Karen Watson is a full-time adjunct faculty member at Purdue Global while also teaching at Washtenaw Community College in Michigan. She has worked as a family development specialist, crisis counselor, home-based therapist, and individual and family therapist. Her experience and specializations include advocacy in the school system and juvenile/adult court programs, anger management, and substance abuse therapy.

Education: MS, California University of Pennsylvania; Graduate Certificate in Addictions, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global)

Honors and Achievements: 2016 and 2017 Outstanding Course Leader Award; presentation at 1st Annual Virtual Health and Wellness Fair (Kaplan University)

Shannon Weiss

Shannon Weiss teaches courses in the applied behavior analysis program. Prior to her teaching career, she worked for over 8 years as a behavior analyst with children as young as 3 years old and adults over 80. Her work as a behavior analyst was done in a variety of settings including schools, private homes, group homes, residential facilities, and work settings. Previously, Weiss taught undergraduate courses in psychology for 6 years at several universities and a local community college. She is currently pursuing her PhD in general psychology.

Education:  MS, BS, Southern Illinois University

Publications:  Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities

Certifications:  Board Certified Behavior Analyst ®

Honors and Achievements:  2018 Outstanding Course Lead Award (Purdue Global)

Research Interests:  Applied behavior analysis for severe and dangerous behavior problems, preference assessments, feeding/eating problems, online education

Susan Wilson

Susan Wilson has taught various courses in the applied behavior analysis and general psychology master's degree program since 2011.

Education: PhD, Walden University; MS, Rhode Island College

Publications: Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities

Certifications: Board Certified Behavior Analyst; RI license in Behavior Analysis

Honors and Achievements: 2018 John DiMarco Leadership Award, West Bay Residential Services

Memberships: Association for Behavior Analysis International; RI Association for Behavior Analysis; CPNRI Best Practices Committee

Research Interests: Applied behavior analysis and psychiatric disorders

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Froiland, a clinical assistant professor in education, was arrested last Wednesday in his home in Indiana on preliminary charges of domestic battery, intimidation, interference in reporting a crime, neglect of a dependent and criminal confinement, Purdue student newspaper The Exponent reported . 

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Police in West Lafayette, Indiana, said that Froiland confronted his wife at about 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday after his wife returned from a shopping trip. The professor was upset that he did not know where his wife was all day and held her against the wall, his wife told police. 


He then allegedly put a 10-year-old boy into a dog crate, who the student newspaper later identified as Froiland’s son. He then broke off the leg of a wooden rocking chair and reportedly struck his wife across her arms while the child watched from the dog cage. 

Froiland also allegedly took his wife’s phone so she couldn't call the police, according to the police. 

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Police, however, did ultimately respond to the home. A responding officer reported that the wife’s arms were covered in red and purple welts and bruising, Chief Deputy Terry Ruley told the Exponent. 

Froiland was subsequently arrested and later released on a $500 bond, the outlet reported. School officials announced on Monday that Froiland had been placed on " paid administrative leave " following the alleged domestic battery. 


Purdue University spokesman Tim Doty did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment regarding how long the professor will be on paid leave. The Exponent did report that he was banned from campus for a year. 

Froiland "studies parental autonomy and relatedness support, parent involvement from preschool to high school, teacher-student relationships, intrinsic motivation to learn, student engagement, happiness, and positive psychology interventions," according to his Purdue faculty biography . 

"He has developed an intervention that strengthens autonomy supportive parent-child communication, positive emotions toward learning, and intrinsic motivation to learn among elementary school students," his bio continued. 

Froiland’s students were also greeted in class this week by a department head of the College of Education to address concerns about the professor and their schedule for the remaining semester. 

"Whatever you're feeling is normal, and I share all these emotions. If you are willing, describe in one word how you are feeling right now," Ayse Ciftci told the class. 

Students rattled off that they felt, "irritated," "angry," and "disgusted."

"None of us could possibly have imagined that something like this might have happened," Ala Samarapungavan, an education professor, added. "If any of us would have seen anything, we would have reported it right away."


"He's worked here for many years. This was not expected," Helen Patrick, another education professor, said. "Nothing gave us the slightest pause to even wonder."

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Purdue professor arrested after accusations he beat his wife in front of a child locked in a dog cage

by: Elena Stidham, Digital Content Producer

Posted: Nov 17, 2021 / 06:52 PM EST

Updated: Nov 18, 2021 / 05:23 AM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Assistant Professor John Froiland , who taught classes in “positive emotions” and “parental involvement,” was arrested November 10. He’s accused of beating his wife with a wooden chair leg in front of a child, whom he had locked in a dog cage.

Froiland was arrested on preliminary charges of domestic battery, intimidation, interference in reporting a crime, criminal confinement, and other charges.

Police said that Froiland had confronted his wife at around 4:30 p.m. after she returned home from a shopping trip. He was upset for not knowing where she was all day and held her against a wall.

He’s accused of locking the child in a dog crate, breaking off a leg from a wooden rocking chair, and hitting his wife. Police say she was able to run off, grab the child and her phone, and leave the house to call for help.

Chief Deputy Terry Ruley said that the woman’s arms were covered in welts and bruises when officers arrived at a neutral location away from the home.

Froiland was later released on a $500 bond and was given a 10-day non-contact order.

Purdue officials confirmed Froiland was on paid administrative leave. He had been employed as a Clinical Assistant Professor since August 2017.

No formal charges have been filed by Tippecanoe County Prosecutor. Froiland has an initial court date set for January 3rd at 8:30 a.m.

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But the assistant professor denies the allegations and blames 'implanted' or 'twisted' memories.

Purdue prof charged with 2 felony counts of incest

A Purdue professor has been charged with two counts of incest in Marion County after his twin adult daughters told police he had molested them since they were as young as 7.

Robert Givan, an associate professor in electrical and computer engineering, said in a statement to the Exponent: "My twin daughters became simultaneously severely mentally ill starting in 2017, and proceeded almost synchronously through intensive inpatient and residential mental health treatments for years, in many facilities in many states, and including many many psychoactive medications. They each also apparently had some assaultive experiences at the hands of other men away from our home during their treatment.

"Only later after a great deal of inpatient treatment did the first signs emerge that they believed they had suffered abuse at my hands, with bizarre and implausible allegations strewn across time and place."

In November, the then-21-year-olds told police of several instances of inappropriate touching and intercourse in Indianapolis and said even more events happened in Tippecanoe County, where they grew up.

No charges have been filed in this county to date.

"I cooperated fully with a local investigation in fall 2020 and January 2021," Givan said in an email. "At that time no allegations in other counties were being stated by the twins, that I was made aware of."

One of the young women told an Indianapolis detective that she has been molested since she was in the third grade and continued she was 18 or 19. She said the abuse started about the time her parents were divorced, which court records say was in 2007.

Both daughters told police they realized early on that a nightly ritual of "tucking them in" or "saying goodnight" really meant their father would lie with them in bed and molest them, the probable cause affidavit said.

Both women said they first discussed the abuse during therapy sessions about 2018.

The Indianapolis detective found two Department of Child Services reports from therapists about the abuse, in 2019 and 2020, but both were "screened out" and not investigated.

Givan's current wife told police that several people were in the house when the girls visited, and she denied that her husband could have molested his daughters, instead blaming "the twins' severe mental health treatment and medications over recent years."

"I am very concerned for the well being of my daughters and the impact of the involvement of the state on my family," Givan wrote in his statement to the Exponent. "I would like my twins to know that I forgive them; their false memories are a tragic condition for them and all of the family."

No hearings have been scheduled in the case as of Wednesday morning.

A Purdue spokesman did not respond to a request for information about Givan's background and employment status.

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