Faculty and Staff

My professors at Valpo inspired a real love of learning — and they never failed to clear their schedules to meet with me when I needed guidance.

– Sarah Braun ’14

About the Faculty

The psychology faculty and staff work hard to offer Valpo students every opportunity to succeed. Valpo strives to maintain an appropriate balance of experimental and clinical faculty who teach from a strong science and research orientation. The diverse academic backgrounds of the faculty expose students to a broad view of the discipline, offering an array of choices in both coursework and research experiences.

Among the specialties of the faculty:

  • Social psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Animal behavior
  • Industrial/organizational psychology
  • Forensic and legal psychology
  • Child, adolescent and adult clinical psychology
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • LGBTQ+ issues in counseling

Full-Time Faculty


Angela Vernon, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology (on sabbatical 2023-2024)

Andrew Butler

Andrew Butler, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology andrew.butler@valpo.edu


Blake Bent, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology blake.bent@valpo.edu


Mandy Morrill-Richards, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling mandy.morrill-richards@valpo.edu


James Nelson, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology jim.nelson@valpo.edu

Misty Hatch, LMHC, NCC Visiting Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling misty.hatch@valpo.edu

Abbie Thompson

Abbie Thompson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology abbie.thompson@valpo.edu

Jennifer Winquist

Jennifer Winquist, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Interim Department Chair (2023-2024) jennifer.winquist@valpo.edu

Suzy Wise, Ph.D., LPC (IL), NCC Assistant Professor of Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling suzy.wise@valpo.edu

Holly Cross (née Buckman), Ph.D Assistant Professor of Psychology holly.buckman@valpo.edu

Chris Dabbs, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC Assistant Professor of Psychology chris.dabbs@valpo.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Olivia Gorman, M.A., LMHC, NCC Adjunct Faculty, Clinical Mental Health Counseling olivia.gorman@valpo.edu


Jeanne Brown, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeanne.Brown@valpo.edu

Emeritus Faculty


Daniel Arkkelin, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Psychology


David Rowland, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Psychology Senior Research Professor David.Rowland@valpo.edu

Stewart Cooper, Ph.D.

Stewart Cooper, Ph.D. Senior Research Professor Stewart.Cooper@valpo.edu