Dr. Christina DeVita
Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology
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. Nedelsky/Fr. Michael
Associate Professor, Abnormal Psychology
Fr. Nedelsky received his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago. His research and teaching interests include Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Measurement and Diagnosis, Drugs and Mental Health, General Psychology, Research Methods, and Self and Others: Psychological Perspectives. Currently, he is especially interested in psychological and spiritual states that provide protection against depression. In addition to his duties at Augustana, Fr. Michael is also a Russian Orthodox priest, currently without parish responsibilities.
Dr. Zell joined the department after receiving her doctoral degree from Florida State University. She has broad interests that span Social and Positive Psychology. Her research interests include self-conscious emotions, social comparison, appeasement, praise, self-control, and humility. Her courses include General Psychology, Psychology & Christianity, Social Psychology, and Lifespan Development. Outside of school, Anne and her husband Andy share a weakness for fiction and comic books. Anne also enjoys playing tennis poorly with Andy (who prefers to play well).
Dr. Lima received her doctoral degree from the University of Virginia. Her overarching 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 and Child Psychology. Beyond Augie, she is most closely involved with the development of Gabriel (age 5) & Sophia (age 10). (Her husband, Paulo, also claims credit.)
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. 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 biking with her husband, testing out new recipes, continuing to hone her fledgling knitting skills--and of course, keeping the Augie Psych webpages updated!