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Website: Owensboro Health Surgical Weight Loss Center

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Mike Farina

Mike Farina, PhD

Specializing in Behavioral Health and Bariatric Surgery
  • One Health
Year joined staff:


  • English

Education & Training


The Pontifical College Josephinum, B.A. in Psychology, minor in Philosophy
Western Kentucky University, Master of Arts in Education
University of Louisville, Ph.D in Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in Urban Education

Teaching or Professional Positions

June 2000-2015: Adjunct Professor at Western Kentucky University, Owensboro, KY.
● Undergraduate courses:
○ PSY 310: Educational Psychology
○ PSY 350: Social Psychology
○ PSY 410: Theory of Learning
○ PSY 443: Behavior Modification
● Graduate courses:
○ PSY 510: Advanced Educational Psychology
○ PSY 443G: Behavior Modification/Graduate Section
○ CNS 567: Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling
○ CNS 586: Parenting Issues

January 2006 - May 2008: Adjunct at the University of Southern Indiana. Evansville, IN.
● Undergraduate course:
○ PSY 322: Abnormal Psychology

2001-2002: Adjunct Faculty at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro, KY.
● Course: Introduction to Psychology

Summer 2000: Teacher, Owensboro Junior College of Business (currently Daymar), Owensboro, KY.
● Course: Human Relations

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • Kentucky Psychological Association
  • American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery 


  • Kentucky


  • Farina, M. (2006). Toward Reducing Seclusion and Restraint: A Paradigm Shift and It’s Success. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 67 (8B), 4705.
  • Farina, R. & Farina, M. (1988). Limitations in current methods of vitamin C analyses. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Sigma Xi Research Conference for Undergraduate and Graduate Students at Western
    Kentucky University.

  • Farina, M. (1997). Restructuring policy and organization to navigate mental health managed care: A nonprofit corporation’s attempt to adapt. Unpublished manuscript, University of Louisville.