academics

Faculty

Olivia Lima

Dr. Olivia Lima (Department Chair)
Assistant Professor, Developmental Psychology

605.274.5440
olivia.lima@augie.edu
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Dr. Lima received her doctoral degree from the University of Virginia. Her broad area of interest is teaching and learning, as informed by the perspectives of cognitive, developmental, and educational psychology. Her current research focuses on preschoolers' word learning in the school setting, and her classes include Lifespan Development, Child Psychology, and Statistics. Beyond Augie, she is most closely involved with the development of her son Gabriel and daughter Sophia. 

Dr. Elizabeth Babcock

Dr. Elizabeth Babcock
Assistant Professor, Cognitive Psychology

605.274.5419
elizabeth.babcock@augie.edu
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Dr. Babcock received her doctoral degree from Michigan State University. She is interested in how cognitive abilities (memory, attention and learning) are affected by real-world task demands, and how normal cognitive aging changes memory and attention abilities. In particular, she has investigated the effects of Internet ads on attention, and how people can improve their abilities to learn names. Her courses include Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods, and Human Lifespan Development. She enjoys taking early morning walks with her husband and Labrador retriever (Seager), testing out new recipes, and continuing to hone her fledgling knitting skills.

Christina DeVita

Dr. Christina DeVita
Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology

605.274.5479
christina.devita@augie.edu

Dr. DeVita received her doctoral degree from Fordham University and completed post-doctoral specialization in clinical psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her areas of interest include interpersonal relationships and counseling with an emphasis on the impact of biblical Christianity on how people live their lives and heal from their disturbances. She teaches Counseling and Psychotherapy, Human Relations, and Self and Others: Psychological Perspectives. She also has led students through independent study on Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

Dr. Casey Trainor

Dr. Casey Trainor
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology

605.274.5459
ctrainor@augie.edu
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Dr. Trainor received his doctoral degree from the University of Arkansas. His classes include General Psychology and Abnormal Psychology. His research interests focus primarily on anxiety and anxiety disorders. Specifically he is interested in the factors that contribute to the development of anxiety, the relationship between anxiety and sleep, and the relationship between anxiety and substance use. Outside of Augustana, he is a big football fan (Go Vikings!) and enjoys taking time to relax with his wife, his dog, Wolf, and his cat, Hershey.

Anne Zell

Dr. Anne Zell
Assistant Professor, Social Psychology

605.274.5333
anne.zell@augie.edu
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Dr. Zell has a PhD in Social Psychology from Florida State University. She teaches courses in Social Psychology, Positive Psychology, and Psychology & Christianity, as well as General Psychology. She has a wide range of research interests that include social comparison, deception in politics, humility, self-control, and forgiveness. Outside of school, Anne and her husband Andy and their kids William and Lucy all love reading books and playing outside. They are also looking forward to welcoming a third baby to their house sometime in August 2013.


Dr. Michael Nedelsky

Dr. Nedelsky/Fr. Michael
Professor Emeritus (2011), Abnormal Psychology
michael.nedelsky@augie.edu