The Leadership Programs offices are located in Combs Center (2nd Floor)
600 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
Leadership Program Contacts
The goal in the leadership offering is to help young people realize their potential as leaders and to give them the tools needed to take positive action in improving our world.
Brian Cusato joined Centre’s faculty in 2006 as assistant professor of psychology, and became an associate professor and Centre Scholar in 2009. He was formerly an assistant professor at Sweet Briar College.
Dr. Cusato’s research interests concern the behavioral mechanisms of learning in animals. He is most interested in adaptive specializations in learning, and the integration of biological, comparative, and evolutionary approaches to the study of learned behavior. Most of his experiments investigate how learning occurs in the sexual behavior system, and how animals learn about the species typical cues they experience during naturally occurring social interactions. This is a novel approach to the study of learning—general enough to apply across species, yet specific enough to reflect the evolutionary history and genetics of particular species and individuals. The work is revealing sex differences in learned behavior and the importance of learning in ecologically relevant social situations. Cusato’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, and findings from his experiments have been published in numerous journals including Animal Learning and Behavior, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Behavioural Processes, The International Journal of Comparative Psychology, and Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.
Cusato received a B.A. in psychology from Muhlenberg College, a master’s degree from Bucknell University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
File last updated: 8/2/13
Sarah re-joined the Student Life Staff in 2001. She comes to Centre from Georgetown College where she was the Director of Counseling and Health Services for four years. She is a Centre graduate and worked here as co-director of Greek Life and Student Activities in 1993-1994. She received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 1997 from the University of Kentucky. After working as the Director of Residence Life at Centre for 13 years, she is now working with first-generation students on campus through the Grissom Scholars Program and with all students through Student Leadership opportunities.
Matthew Klooster joined the Student Life Office in July of 2013 after serving full-time for three years as Assistant Professor of Biology at Centre. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2013. He is the director of the Bonner Scholars Program, where he mentors 60 student leaders engaged in active community service in the surrounding community. Matt also functions as advisor for all student-run community service initiatives on campus, and he continues his work as a faculty member at Centre, teaching one course per academic year.
Before coming to Centre, Klooster was a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard University. His research interests are plant population and community ecology, evolutionary-ecology, symbioses, phylogeography, population genetics, genomics, and conservation of rare and endangered species. Klooster graduated cum laude from Xavier University with a B.S. in biological sciences and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Cincinnati.
Since arriving at Centre, Klooster received a National Science Foundation grant in collaboration with Dr. Steven Miller (University of Wyoming) to study highly specialized plant-fungal symbioses. The grant has facilitated research opportunities for Centre students and provided funding for a research/teaching post-doctoral fellow.
File last updated: 10/13/14