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Elmhurst's full-time psychology faculty is made up of teacher-scholars with a broad range of research interests, ranging from nocturnal headaches to cross-cultural teaching to long-term recall. They are dedicated teachers and accomplished researchers, eager to guide students academically and professionally.

Want to know more? See our faculty profiles, below. Or, contact a professor directly.

Full-Time Faculty
Catherine M. Gaze
Patrick K. Ackles
Jennifer Bailey
Diane Bennett-Gates
Carrie Hewitt

Jane A. Jegerski
Elizabeth A. Majka
Thomas Sawyer
Kathy Sexton-Radek

Emeritus Faculty
Donna Goetz
Helga Noice

Catherine M. Gaze
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Gaze teaches a range of courses in clinical and developmental psychology, including abnormal psychology and child development. Her research is focused on the role of family processes in the development of child psychopathology. She has examined the relationship of parenting stress to child outcomes and explored the emotional self-regulation of children. She recently studied myths in psychology.

Patrick K. Ackles
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Dr. Ackles focuses on cognitive neuroscience. He teaches general psychology, physiological psychology, cognitive processes, theories of learning, and experimental psychology, among other courses. His research is concerned with brain processes underlying cognition, development of the brain and cognition in infants and children, concept formation, and executive functions in intellectual disability.

Jennifer Bailey
Visiting Instructor
Doctoral candidate, Illinois Institute of Technology

Jennifer Bailey teaches research methods, clinical and counseling psychology, and senior capstone, among other courses. She has been drawn to research questions that inform our understanding of clients and improve clinical practice, completing research in areas such as ethical and competent therapeutic practices, psychological diagnostic decisions, and implicit and explicit attitudes toward serious mental illness. Her current dissertation research is a behavioral assessment of the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Diane Bennett-Gates
Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Toronto
Diane Bennett-Gates has taught General Psychology; Child, Adolescent, and Lifespan Development; Psychology and Culture; Educational Psychology; and Research Methods and Statistics. Her research interests have focused on the development of children with special needs.

Carrie Hewitt
Lecturer
M.A., Elmhurst College
Carrie Hewitt has more than 15 years of experience as a human resources generalist, with expertise in training and development, recruitment/selection, organizational development, coaching and mentoring, leadership development and employee relations. Director of Elmhurst College’s graduate program in industrial/organizational psychology graduate program, she primarily teaches courses in the graduate program.

Jane A. Jegerski
Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago

Dr. Jegerski teaches a variety of courses, including social psychology, personality theories and research, industrial/organizational psychology, and cross-cultural psychology. She is particularly interested in pedagogy and has researched interdisciplinary and intercultural teaching. Her current work is a meta-analysis of mentoring in the workplace.

Elizabeth A. Majka
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Dr. Majka teaches statistics, research methods, psychology and culture, and other courses related to general psychology and social psychology. In a broad sense, her research investigates how people successfully maintain a sense of belonging. Her specific projects span a number of literatures in social psychology, including attitude strength and persuasion, mental state inference, impressions formation, behavioral synchrony and the self.

Thomas Sawyer
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Akron

Dr. Sawyer coordinates the graduate program in industrial/organizational psychology. Among the topics he teaches are employee selection procedures and performance appraisal. His current research focuses on selection and performance appraisal, especially problematic testing differences between demographic groups.

Kathy Sexton-Radek
Professor
Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology

Dr. Sexton-Radek teaches a number of courses including general psychology, abnormal psychology, health psychology, and psychological testing. Her research focuses on sleep medicine, pain management, assessment and behavioral medicine/health psychology.

Emeritus Faculty

Donna Goetz
Associate Professor Emerita
Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago
Dr. Goetz has taught adult development and aging and the history of psychology. Among her research interests: mother/daughter relationships, religion, and a recent comparison of gender and self-concept in college students across two generations.

Helga Noice
Professor Emerita
Ph.D., Rutgers University

Dr. Noice has taught a range of courses, including cognitive processes, research methods, and statistics, and a seminar on the controversial issue of the false memory syndrome. Her research on memory training for older adults is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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