Pamela Stuntz earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience, from Texas Christian University in May of 2003. As a former tax accountant (BBA, TCU, 1989), she returned to college in 1996 following a life-altering event from which arose a strong desire to impact young people through teaching and research. Her research interests, thesis, and dissertation are in the area of recovery from traumatic brain injury. Pamela began teaching and advising part time at TCU in the Fall 0f 2000, following completion of her Master’s thesis, and was hired as a full time instructor in the Fall of 2003 upon completion of her Ph.D. She was a faculty member in the department of Psychology as an Instructor until May, 2011, and taught a wide variety of courses to include: General Psychology, Principals of Behavior, Research Methods, Abnormal Psychology, Human Neuropsychology and Motivation and Emotion.
Pamela served as the Faculty Advisor for the International Psychology honor society, Psi Chi for eight years. As the honor society advisor, she served as an academic advisor for undergraduates, and the primary advisor for students wishing to pursue graduate school. She has been conducting seminars on the graduate school application process, as well as personal statement and CV preparation. She also wrote yearly recommendation letters for students applying to Master’s and Doctoral programs in Psychology, Kinesiology, Speech Pathology, and Occupational Therapy. From 2005-2011, she served on the Health Professional Advisory Committee ( HPAC), which advises students considering a career in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science. As a member of HPAC, she was involved in advising for undergraduate course work, mock interviews in preparation for Medical School interviews, editing personal statements, and committee meetings to facilitate writing medical school recommendations.
Upon leaving TCU, she was made an honorary member of the TCU pre-health honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta. She was recognized in 2010 and 2011 as one of three finalists for the University-wide Wassenich mentoring/teaching award, and was also recognized as a preferred professor for the Mortar Board Honor society every year from 2003-2011. She received 63 senior legacy awards, which is accompanied by money given in her name to the University, in recognition of contributions to a student’s education. In 2011, she was awarded an outstanding achievement award for an advisor from the National office of Psi Chi. She is currently earning certification as an individual and marriage and family therapist through Texas Wesleyan University. Pamela Stuntz sees her career roles as Mentor/Teacher/Friend, and her two mottos are “Time spent teaching is never lost” and “You’ll never know how much a student knows until they know how much you care.” She also enjoys the outdoors, cooking, reading and playing with her three granddaughters.