Olivia Lima

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


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
Associate Professor, Cognitive Psychology


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.

Dr. Casey Trainor

Dr. Casey Trainor
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology


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
Associate Professor, Social Psychology


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, Lucy, and Abraham all love reading books and playing outside.

Dr. Christina DeVita 
Professor Emerita (2014), Clinical Psychology
Dr. Michael Nedelsky

Dr. Nedelsky/Fr. Michael
Professor Emeritus (2011), Abnormal Psychology