Dr. Elizabeth Babcock

Dr. Elizabeth Babcock (Department Chair)
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 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 has team-taught a 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.

Olivia Lima

Dr. Olivia Lima (on sabbatical for the 2017-2018 academic year)
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. Benjamin JeppsenDr. Benjamin Jeppsen
Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology

Dr. Jeppsen received his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville. He teaches courses in counseling and psychotherapy, including both theory (Intro to Counseling and Psychotherapy) and skills/interventions (Human Relations). He also teaches Lifespan Development and Psychology of Religion and Christianity. Ben's research area is the psychology of religious experience, and he currently focuses on the relationship between private prayer and mental health. He plays percussion in the Augustana College/Community Band, and enjoys being a part of the Augie community. He is a bit of a batman nerd, but also loves to watch and participate in all sports.


Dr. Casey TrainorDr. Casey Trainor
Associate 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
CV  Pre-print available: Zell & Moeller (2017) Narcissism and “Likes”

Dr. Zell has a PhD in Social Psychology from Florida State University. She teaches courses in Social Psychology, Positive Psychology, and General Psychology. She has a wide range of research interests that include social comparison, attitudes about deception in politics, reactions to political fact-checking, humility, and the "Dark Triad". Outside of school, Anne and her husband Andy and their kids William, Lucy, Abraham, and Virginia all love reading books, playing outside, making messes, and having snacks.


Professor Tim Hanna
Visiting Instructor


Professor Hanna will be teaching within the Psychology Department for the 2016-17 school year. His specialty area is Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, or the investigation of the neural mechanisms that underlie social behavior, cognition, and emotion. His primary research interests are neural remodeling during adolescence and how stereotypes and prejudice are influenced through normative maturational processes. He is very excited to be joining the Augie community, and looks forward to a fun and rewarding year working with the students, faculty, and staff at Augustana University. When not on campus Tim enjoys exploring South Dakota’s state parks with his wife, 13-month-old son, and 5-year-old Great Dane.


Retired Faculty

Dr. Christina DeVita

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


Dr. Michael Nedelsky

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


Dr. Dennis Larson
Professor Emeritus (2007), Psychology