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, how Internet ads impact attention, and how people can improve their abilities to learn names. Her courses include Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Human Lifespan Development, and Senior Seminar. Dr. Babcock is the 2020-2022 recipient of the Frederick C. Kohlmeyer Distinguished Teaching Professorship. Beyond Augie, she enjoys gardening, knitting, curling, camping and boating.
Dr. Lindsay Howard
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology | CV
Dr. Howard received her doctoral degree from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology (a joint program between Old Dominion University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Norfolk State University). Her research interests are in exploring sociocultural models of disordered eating using ecological momentary assessment (EMA). She believes it is imperative to apply wisdom of variables, such as body-ideal internalization, media exposure, and pressures for thinness to our rapidly changing social environment. Her current projects also aim to examine facets of interpersonal interactions within social contexts that contribute to disordered eating, such as the impact of denial of disordered eating behaviors (i.e., the tendency to lie about or conceal disordered eating behavior). Her courses include Abnormal Psychology, Human LifeSpan Development, and Behavior Modification and Assessment. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer and tennis as well as going for bike rides, spending time with friends, and going to Josiah’s Coffehouse with her husband.
Dr. 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. Zell received her doctoral degree in Social Psychology from Florida State University. She teaches courses in Social Psychology, Positive Psychology, General Psychology, and Diversity and Prejudice. She has wide ranging research interests that include social comparison, moral judgments about deception in politics and reactions to political fact-checking, humility, and narcissism and psychopathy. Outside of Augie, Anne loves playing games, reading, watching movies, and camping with her husband and four kids.
Dr. Casey Trainor
Professor Emeritus, In Memoriam (2020), Clinical Psychology
Dr. Christina DeVita
Professor Emerita (2014), Counseling Psychology
Dr. Nedelsky/Fr. Michael
Professor Emeritus (2011), Clinical Psychology
Dr. Dennis Larson
Professor Emeritus (2007), Psychology