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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Department Chair

Joel Frederickson

Department Chair and Professor of Psychology | frejoe@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Frederickson’s research interests include the psychological impact of apologies and how students change over four years from participating in college. This includes changes in cognition, beliefs, and spirituality.


Loren Bergstedt

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology | ldb62325@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: Adjunct Instructor of Psychology

Sherryse Corrow

Associate Professor of Psychology | shc62369@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Dr. Corrow received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in child psychology and cognitive neuroscience from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She developed and taught undergraduate courses, both in the classroom and online, in her areas of expertise while completing her degrees. The past few years she has been doing postdoctoral work in neurology/ophthalmology and visual science. . . read more.

Chris Frank

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology | christopher-frank@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Clinical counseling, sexuality, spirituality, intercultural sensitivity

Adam Johnson

Professor of Psychology | adam-johnson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Johnson focuses his research on neural and computational components of memory, imagination, and decision-making. He builds human and animal behavior models to understand how the brain uses information from memory to make a choice.

Andy Johnson

Associate Professor of Psychology | ajohnson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1995

Dr. Andy Johnson’s research interests include religion and gender violence. He edited the volume "Religion and Men’s Violence Against Women."

Lucie Johnson

Professor Emerita Psychology | johnluc@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1980

Professor of Psychology Emerita

Steven Lancaster

Associate Professor of Psychology | steven-lancaster@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Dr. Lancaster conducts research focused on stressful/traumatic events and how people cope with these types of experiences. Specifically, he looks at how aspects of finding meaning in life, identity, religious functioning, and trying to make sense of the event may impact the post-event coping process.

Jason Li

Professor of Psychology | j-li@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1986

Li focuses his research on cross-cultural and multi-cultural competence in counseling. He also has a passion for exploring the integration of psychological and Christian perspectives in counseling.

Ruth Nelson

Associate Professor of Psychology | rnelson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Nelson’s research interests include adoption and academic achievement, faith integration with disability studies, academic support services for English Language Learners, and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Katherine Nevins

Professor of Psychology | k-nevins@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1981

Nevins focuses her research on college student development, women’s lives and choices, strategies for improving teaching and learning, and conflict resolution.

Angela Sabates

Associate Professor of Psychology | a-sabates@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Dr. Sabates' research interests are broadly related to social perception with regard to both individuals and inter-group relations. She is interested in how religious (Christian) groups distinguish themselves in academia with regard to undergraduate psychology curriculum. Her current research focuses on the possible connections between hyper-masculinity bias and endorsement of extremist ideology and how evangelical churches maintain positive multi-faith engagement in their communities. She. . . read more.

Andrew Schuttinga

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology | ajs57783@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology

Michelle Steffenhagen

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology | allmica@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology

Tonya Toutge

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology | touton@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology

Gretchen Wrobel

University Professor of Psychology | g-wrobel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Wrobel conducts research on curiosity as it affects relationships in adoption, including the adopted person, adoptive parents, and birth parents.

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