Faculty & Staff

Rellinger Zettler

Elizabeth Rellinger Zettler

Professor of Psychology
Crispin Hall, Room 108
Research Interests
Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology
University of Notre Dame | Ph.D. | Developmental Psychology
University of Notre Dame | M.A. | Developmental Psychology
Loyola University of Chicago | B.S. | Psychology

Elizabeth Rellinger Zettler teaches undergraduate courses including Lifespan Development, Adolescent Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Social Psychology, and Children and Poverty. She is a co-investigator on the Illinois College Developing and Understanding of Childhood Knowledge (D.U.C.K.) Study. Since coming to Illinois College, she has worked with students to conduct research in many areas including attachment theory, effects of social media on social and emotional development, self-injurious behaviors, learning styles and attitudes towards learning. She strongly supports active learning experiences, so many of her students are volunteers or interns with organizations including the Autism Respite Tutoring Program, Best Buddies, the Latino Community Tutoring Project, and Heritage Health Nursing Home. She has taken students to study education and child development in Ecuador and Cuba. She regularly travels with students to present their research at major conferences including the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association.

There are many reasons why I like working with students, but for me, the most interesting part is interacting with them as they navigate the many transitions into adulthood. Engaging with students as they develop their identities and expand their minds is always fascinating. I am also very proud of the adults our students become.