Kira Bailey

Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Courses: Cognitive Neuroscience, Affective Neuroscience, and Introduction to Neuroscience

Phillips Hall 52-F | 740-368-3808 | kmbailey@owu.edu

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Andrew Brandt

Associate Professor of Psychology, Department Chair

Courses: Behavioral Decision Making, Learning, Research Methods, and Quantitative Methods

Phillips Hall 52-E | 740-368-3904 | aebrandt@owu.edu

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Vicki DiLillo

Professor of Psychology

Courses. Health Psychology, Behavior Modification, Psychological, Behavioral, & Social Issues in Public Health, and Counseling & Psychotherapy

Phillips Hall 52-C | 740-368-3816 | vgdilill@owu.edu

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Melanie Henderson

Associate Professor of Psychology

Courses. Organizational Behavior, Psychology of Women & Gender, Personality & Assessment, and Psychological Adjustment

Phillips Hall 52-G | 740-368-3804 | mmhender@owu.edu

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Christopher Modica

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Courses: Abnormal Psychology, Psychology and the Law, Introduction to Psychology

Phillips Hall 52-B | 740-368-3809 | camodica@owu.edu

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Chelsea Vadnie

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Courses: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience, and Introduction to Neuroscience

Phillips Hall 52-D | 740-368-3811 | cavadnie@owu.edu



Kandi Akers

Academic Assistant

Phillips Hall 52 | 740-368-3800 | kjakers@owu.edu

Retired Faculty

Harry Bahrick

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

A leading expert on human memory, Harry Bahrick has been a member of the OWU Psychology Department since 1949. He has published more than 70 articles on learning and memory, he was awarded numerous research grants from NSF and NIH, and he was the 1994 recipient of the American Psychological Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2013, he co-authored a book (with Lynda Hall and Melinda Baker) that summarizes more than 50 years of research on maintenance of knowledge. 

Kim Dolgin

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Professor Dolgin joined the Psychology Department after earning her A.B., two master’s degrees, and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She was the department’s developmental psychologist until she moved to New Zealand in 2010. She currently resides in Olympia, Washington, and she continues to update her textbook, The Adolescent: Development, Relationships, and Culture.

Harvey Freeman

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Professor Freeman earned his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. Although he was originally hired in 1970 to teach Social Psychology, he was best known for his classes in Personality, Psychological Adjustment, and Counseling and Psychotherapy. Dr. Freeman retired in 2012, and he created an endowed fund for the department that allowed us to create a student art gallery in our main classroom.

Lynda Hall

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Dr. Hall was a member of the department since 1985. Dr. Hall was the department's cognitive psychologist and she served as the university's Associate Dean for Academic Performance. She specialized in metacognition, maintenance of knowledge systems, and developmental changes in processing speed. She is also interested in cognitive aging and behavioral statistics. The courses she taught include cognitive psychology, quantitative methods, and research methods. Before joining the faculty in 1989, she served as associate director of the psychology department’s memory research laboratory. Hall has three cats, and they’re all spoiled rotten. Dr. Hall retired in 2021.


Alex Heingartner

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Professor Heingartner joined the Psychology Department in 1970 after earning his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan. He retired from full time teaching in 1999. He has a long standing interest in psychosocial factors that impact health, and he continues to be engaged in political issues.

Richard Leavy

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Dale Swartzentruber

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Dale Swartzentruber occupied the experimental psychology/learning position in OWU’s Psychology Department before becoming the university's Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Academic Budget Management. He taught Introductory Psychology, Quantitative Methods, Research Methods, and Learning. Swartzentruber’s research focused on animal learning and cognition. Dr. Swartzentruber retired in 2020.

Roy Wittlinger

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Professor Wittlinger earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the Ohio State University. He joined the department in 1969 and served as the department’s cognitive psychologist and expert in behavioral statistics. In 1988, Dr. Wittlinger became OWU’s first Director of Information Systems, and he remained in that position until his retirement in 2000.

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P 740-368-3800
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Chair: Dr. Andrew Brandt
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Academic Assistant: Kandi Akers
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