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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
Patrick K. Ackles
Thomas Sawyer
Catherine M. Gaze
Donna Goetz
Jane A. Jegerski
Katherine S. Moore
Helga Noice
Kathy Sexton-Radek

Patrick K. Ackles
Assistant Professor and Department Chair
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 mental retardation.

Thomas Sawyer
Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair
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.

Catherine M. Gaze
Assistant Professor
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. Her most recent work has examined the relationship of parenting stress to child outcomes and explored the emotional self-regulation of children.

Donna Goetz
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago
Dr. Goetz teaches 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.

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.

Katherine S. Moore
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Moore teaches cognitive processes, sensation and perception, research methods, statistics, intercultural psychology and other courses related to cognitive neuroscience. She studies interactions between perception, attention and memory in both vision and audition (i.e., music). Her current research interests are in studying the limitations of multitasking, especially in the context of distraction. Outside of her laboratory, Dr. Moore also explores pedagogical issues related to social identity and social justice.

Helga Noice
Professor
Ph.D., Rutgers University

Dr. Noice teaches a range of courses, including cognitive processes, research methods, and statistics, and a seminar on the controversial issue of the false memory syndrome. Her current study, which focuses on memory training for older adults, is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and involves student researchers.

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

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

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