Faculty

Olivia Lima

Dr. Olivia Lima (Department Chair)
Associate 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
Associate 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 technology on creativity, Internet ads on attention, and how people can improve their abilities to learn names. Her courses include Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Sensation and Perception, and Human Lifespan Development. She also team-teaches a capstone course on ethical issues surrounding the use of digital technology. She enjoys taking long walks with her Labrador retriever (Seager), trying out new recipes with her husband, and visiting family back in Michigan.

 

Dr. Myra Heckenlaible-Gotto
Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology
605.274.5479
myra.heckenlaible-gotto@augie.edu

Dr. Myra Heckenlaible-Gotto ‘85, visiting assistant professor of psychology, earned her bachelor’s degree with majors in psychology and special education from Augustana and her M.A. and Ed.D. in special education and educational psychology and counseling from the University of South Dakota where she completed her dissertation on “Classroom-Based Social Skills Training Program: Impact on Social Behavior and Peer Acceptance of First Grade Students.” She is a licensed psychologist and teacher serving Windom, Minnesota, as a school psychologist and the community as a licensed psychologist.

 

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


Retired Faculty

Dr. Christina DeVita

Dr. Christina DeVita 
Professor Emerita (2014), Clinical Psychology
christina.devita@augie.edu

 

Dr. Michael Nedelsky

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

 

Dr. Dennis Larson
Professor Emeritus (2007), Psychology