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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

Areas of expertise

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.


Chris Frank

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

Areas of expertise

Clinical counseling, sexuality, spirituality, intercultural sensitivity

Adam Johnson

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

Areas of expertise

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

Areas of expertise

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

Holly Krech Thomas

Associate Professor of Psychology | hok72366@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Areas of expertise

Research, Neuropsychology

Steven Lancaster

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

Research interests

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 pr. . . read more.

Jason Li

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

Areas of expertise

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

Areas of expertise

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

Areas of expertise

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

Dan Rotach

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology | danny-rotach@bethel.edu

Areas of expertise

Issues of sexuality, conflict management, relationship dynamics.

Angela Sabates

Associate Professor of Psychology | abates@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Areas of expertise

Sabates focuses her research on Christian views of the human condition as they relate to social psychology research, curriculum development in Christian higher education, and Christian perspectives of positive psychology

Gretchen Wrobel

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

Areas of expertise

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

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