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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff
  • Psychology

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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff

  • Ascano, Autumn
    Adjunct Faculty
    Psychology Department

    Office: BR 360
    Phone: 218.477.2802
    Email: autumn.ascano@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:

    Bergstrom, Rochelle
    Faculty
    Psychology Department

    Office: BR 360E
    Phone: 218.477.4084
    Email: bergstro@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/bergstro
    I began teaching at MSUM in 2005, after earning a Ph.D. in Social/Health Psychology from North Dakota State University. My primary areas of teaching are Social Psychology, Health Psychology, and Experimental Psychology. My research interests include sociocultural influences on self-esteem and various health attitudes and behaviors.

    Chalikia, Magdalene
    Faculty
    Psychology Department

    Office: BR 360H
    Phone: 218.477.4082
    Email: chalikia@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: www.mnstate.edu/chalikia
    I am an Experimental Psychologist with a Ph. D. from McGill University in 1985. My research interests involve the perception of sounds, investigate speech-related illusions as well as musical illusions, and how language may influence music perception. I primarily teach Statistics and Research Methodology, Experimental and Advanced Experimental courses. I have been professor at MSUM since 1991, and have been serving as department Chair since 2008.

    Dosch, Mary
    Faculty
    Psychology Department

    Office: BR 360O
    Phone: 218.477.2977
    Email: doschma@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    I received my undergraduate degree in psychology at MSUM, returned for my master’s and specialist degrees in school psychology, and completed my doctorate at UND in teacher education. I spent 5 years as a school psychologist in Iowa, then returned to MSUM as a part-time instructor for psychology and education while working part-time in the Education department. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Psychology and School Psychology programs. My interests are differentiated instruction, co-teaching, early literacy and language, strategic rhetoric, and study abroad experiences for educators.”

    Kolotkin, Richard
    Faculty
    Psychology Department

    Office: BR 360N
    Phone: 218.477.4078
    Email: kolotkin@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/kolotkin
    I am a Clinical Psychologist with primary responsibility for teaching Personality, Abnormal Psychology and Clinical Psychology. My Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota. I completed my Clinical Internship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. My research interests include the study of virtual romantic relationships.

    Leker, Lindsey
    Faculty
    Psychology Department

    Office: BR 360F
    Phone: 218.477.2502
    Email: lindsey.leker@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:

    Malone, Christine
    Faculty
    Psychology Department

    Office: BR 360G
    Phone: 218.477.2804
    Email: malonech@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/malonech
    I have been at MSUM for about 10 years. I primarily teach courses in Statistics, Experimental methods, and Learning and Memory. My research interests concern the relationships among stored items in long-term memory and how those relationships may contribute to false memories. I received my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Nevada in Reno.

    Melroe, Olivia
    Faculty
    Psychology Department

    Office: BR 360I
    Phone: 218.477.4083
    Email: melroe@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    I am a graduate of MSU Moorhead’s school psychology program and completed my Ed.D. in the School Psychology program at the University of South Dakota. I have served as a school psychologist in the GST Cooperative (Portland, N.D.) and in Bemidji, Minn. My research interests relate to multicultural issues in school psychology. I am currently the Director of the School Psychology Graduate Program.

    Nawrot, Elizabeth
    Faculty
    Psychology Department

    Office: BR 360K
    Phone: 218.477.4079
    Email: nawrot@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/nawrot
    I have a Ph.D in Psychology from the University of California Berkeley and specialize in infant and child development, perception, and cognition. I teach courses in Developmental Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Cognition, and History of Psychology. Students are encouraged to join my research group in the Child Development Lab, which has included studies on the development of depth perception, emotional discrimination, and music perception to name a few.

    Nickell, Gary
    Faculty
    Psychology Department

    Office: BR 360J
    Phone: 218.477.4080
    Email: nickellg@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/nickell
    I have been a professor at MSUM since 1982. I received my Ph.D in Social Psychology from Oklahoma State University. I primarily teach courses in social psychology and applied psychology such as Environmental Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. My research interests include the application of psychology to food safety and the study of helping attitudes.

    Potter, Margaret
    Faculty
    Psychology Department

    Office: BR 360D
    Phone: 218.477.2805
    Email: potter@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: www.mnstate.edu/potter
    I am a School Psychologist (Ph.D., University of Minnesota). I came to MSUM after working in Iowa public schools for 5 years. More recently, I spent a year as a school psychologist in the Fargo schools. I primarily teach courses in our graduate program in School Psychology, including courses on professional issues and on special needs assessment and intervention. I’m interested in field-based research that responds to educational needs.

    Stewart, Lisa
    Faculty
    Psychology Department

    Office: BR 359E
    Phone: 218.477.4081
    Email: stewart@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    I teach in the graduate School Psychology Program and also teach undergraduate Psychology courses such as General Psychology and Developmental Psychology. I received my Ph.D. In School Psychology from the University of Oregon and I am interested in early literacy and language development and developing multi-tiered systems of support for children in schools and preschools.