Faculty in the Department of Psychology

Kent D. Elwood | Professor of Psychology
217.245.6789 |
B.A., Ph.D. Northwestern University

Dr. Elwood, is currently part of the interdisciplinary programs in Management and Organizational Leadership and in Environmental Biology at Illinois College.  Over the past 35 years he has worked in the areas of Critical Thinking, Mental Retardation, and Experiential Learning. Currently he teaches courses and seminars in (among other areas) Sports Psychology, Ecological Psychology, and Recreation. He is also an avid kayaker. Organizations which he belongs to and supports include: Copper Harbor Trails Club, Keweenaw Watertrail, AEE and Go Paddle. Check them out! 

Loretta McKenzie | Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
T. Caitlin Vasquez-O'Brien | Assistant Professor of Psychology
217.245.3426 |
B.A. Pennsylvania State; M.A. and Ph.D. Arizona State University                  

Dr. Vasquez-O'Brien is a developmental psychologist who uses behavior and molecular genetic approaches to conduct research on gene-environment interplay in the development of child and adolescent externalizing behaviors. She currently teaches courses in abnormal psychology, child development, behavior genetics, and introductory psychology. Since coming to Illinois College in the fall of 2014, she has begun setting up a child development lab to work with students interested in childhood behavior problems. She is a member of these professional organizations: The Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the Behavior Genetics Association.

Elizabeth Rellinger-Zettler, Chair | Professor of Psychology
217.245.3408 |
B.S. Loyola University-Chicago; M.A., Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Dr. Rellinger Zetter is a developmental psychologist who currently teaches courses in child and lifespan development, adolescent psychology, personality and individual differences, social psychology and careers in psychology. Since coming to Illinois College, she has worked with students to conduct research in many areas including: interpersonal relationships, self-injurious behaviors, learning styles and attitudes towards learning, and gender issues. Her students regularly volunteer for and do internships with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Best Buddies, The Jacksonville Developmental Center, and the Western Illinois Youth Camp. She is a member of these  professional organizations: Psi Chi, the Council on Undergraduate Research, the Association for Psychogical Science, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the International Positive Psychology Association.

Jeremy Turner | Professor of Psychology
217.245.3407 |
B.A. Illinois College; M.A., Ph.D. Northern Illinois University

Dr. Turner is a behavioral neuroscientist with teaching interests in brain and behavior, experimental design and statistics, drugs & behavior, health psychology, learning and evolutionary psychology. Since coming to Illinois College, he has worked with students to conduct research in the areas of tinnitus (ringing in the ears), age-related hearing loss, brain aging, and evolution. He is also a part-time research professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. His research on tinnitus has been supported by the NIH, the Tinnitus Research Consortium, and through research contracts with pharmaceutical companies. He
is a member of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, American Association for  Laboratory Animal Science, and a member of the editorial review board for the scientific journals of Comparative Medicine and the Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.

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