Dr. Christina DeVita (Department Chair)
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. Christina is in love with her husband, two sons, and dogs Cuddles and Shadow.
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. 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. (Her husband, Paulo, also claims credit.)
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.
Dr. Zell received her doctoral degree from Florida State University. She has a variety of research interests that include social comparison and appeasement, humility, and self-control. She teaches courses in Social Psychology, Positive Psychology, and Psychology & Christianity, as well as General Psychology. Outside of school, Anne and her husband Andy and their son William all love reading books and playing outside. They are also looking forward to welcoming a baby girl to their house sometime around Christmas of 2011.
Dr. Nedelsky/Fr. Michael