Administrative Office:
Westview 247
(970) 339-6296

Department Chair
Juanita Hernandez
Westview 227
(970) 339-6270


Psychology Faculty and Staff:

Dr. Richard Hanks
(970) 339-6513

Richard grew up in southern California and received his B.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He then came to Greeley for graduate school and earned a master's and a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Northern Colorado.

Professionally, Richard is a licensed psychologist and has worked in several agencies and in private practice. Richard has been a full-time faculty member at Aims since 2002 and he teaches many of the psychology classes offered at Aims.

Juanita Hernandez
Department Chair
(970) 339-6270

Juanita Hernandez has been at Aims as a full-time professor since 1998 and is presently Chair of the Psychology department. Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, she spent a considerable number of years residing in different parts of the U.S. Her most memorable experience was her nine years in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts.

Juanita matriculated into Northeastern University in Boston and eventually obtained a BA in Education. Her Master of Science in Psychology is from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, with a thesis emphasis on eyewitness testimony. Juanita has teaching experience in elementary, middle and high school. She also taught ESL in the former Department of Developmental Education at Aims.

In addition to the General Psychology classes, she teaches Human Growth/Development, Psychology of Women, and Dynamics of Racism and Prejudice.

Dr. Allan Obert
(970) 339-6217

Allan worked as an audiologist for 18 years before changing his career to become a Career Counselor in 1996. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Audiology from the University of Northern Colorado and his Ph.D. in Communication Disorders & Sciences from Wichita State University. During his career as an audiologist, Allan worked 12 years in hospital settings where he performed neurological diagnostic testing and surgical monitoring.

Since receiving his M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado at Denver, Allan has taught career planning classes at Arapahoe Community College, UNC and Aims. His first, full-time, career counseling position was working for Dunn & Nelson, a job-search company in the Denver-metro area. This position entailed writing resumes and other job search correspondence for clients and instructing clients in, both, how to get a job interview and how to perform during a job interview. Allan left this position to work as a Career Counselor for UNC. While at Dunn & Nelson and UNC, he worked as an adjunct instructor at Aims teaching career planning classes.

In 1999, Allan was invited to join the full-time faculty of Aims. He was President of the Colorado Career Development Association from 2005-2006 and is qualified to interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory (SSI).

Dr. ShawnaLee Washam
(970) 339-6346

ShawnaLee K. Washam grew up in western Nebraska and the Colorado front range and received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Colorado State University. She has a special interest in cognitive neuropsychology and worked professionally assessing intelligence, personality, and cognitive skills for seven years before coming to Aims.

Since 1995, Shawna has held five different positions at Aims: Advisor at Greeley campus, Financial Aid Advisor at Loveland campus, Director of Assessment, Psychology Chair and Professor of Psychology. She currently teaches many of the psychology courses offered in the department and especially loves collaborating with Phi Theta Kappa, learning communities and Honors students.