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Mike Farina

Mike Farina, PhD

Specializing in Behavioral Health and Bariatric Surgery
  • One Health

Education & Training


  • The Pontifical College Josephinum, B.A. in Psychology, minor in Philosophy, 1991
  • Western Kentucky University, Master of Arts in Education, 1994
  • University of Louisville, Ph.D in Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in Urban Education, 2016

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 Unpublished manuscript, University of Louisville.