Kira Bailey (Department Chair)

Associate Professor of Psychology & 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

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

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

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Krystal Cashen

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Courses: Lifespan Development , Adolescent Psychology, and Child Psychology

Phillips Hall 52-A | 740-368-3810 | kkcashen@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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Michelle Meyer

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology


Christopher Modica

Associate 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


Retired Faculty

Harry Bahrick

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

A leading expert on human memory, Harry Bahrick became a member of the OWU Psychology Department in 1949 and retired as a Research Professor in 2012. 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. 

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.

Richard Leavy

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Professor Leavy earned his Ph. D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Trained in clinical psychology, he joined the department in 1980 after teaching at St. Mary's College in Indiana for four years. The courses he taught included abnormal behavior, community psychology, and organizational behavior. He retired in 2016. A self-taught watercolorist, he now teaches the basics of painting to seniors.

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.

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.


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Phillips Hall 52
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3800
F 740-368-3812
E psychology@owu.edu

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Department Chair: Kira Bailey
Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience
Phillips Hall 52