Faculty & Staff


Richard Beck, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Associate Professor

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1989
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 1992
Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, 1997

Phone: 325-674-2472
Email: beckr@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Emotional disorders
  • Psychology of religion


Steve Allison, Ph.D.
Professor and Mary Hall Chair of Psychology & Intercultural Studies

B.S., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1980
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1982

Phone: 325-674-2597
Email: allisons@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Integration of psychology and Christianity
  • Developmental problems among adolescents and young adults
  • Practicums and training
  • Assessment and psychological testing


John Casada, Ph.D., M.D.
Associate Professor

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1984
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 1985
Ph.D., University of Texas Health Sciences Center, 1992
M.D., University of Texas Health Sciences Center, 1992 

Phone: 325-674-2471
Email: john.casada@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Psychiatry


David McAnulty, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.A., Harding University, 1981
M.A., Louisiana State University, 1984
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1986

Phone: 325-674-6959
Email: david.mcanulty@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Behavioral medicine
  • Psychology of religion


Robert McKelvain, Ph.D.

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1971
M.A., Texas A&M University, 1974
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1980

Phone: 325-674-2286
Email: mckelvainr@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Psychology of sports
  • Assessment and intervention with criminal offenders
  • Negotiation and mediation


Larry Norsworthy, Ph.D.

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1972
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 1976
Ph.D., Walden University, 1991

Phone: 325-674-2282
Email: norsworthyl@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Phenomenology
  • Treatment of chronic pain
  • Clinical aspects of psychotherapy


Scott Perkins, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Mobile Learning Research

B.S., Harding University, 1980
M.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1984
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1988

Phone: 325-674-2280
Email: perkinss@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Neuropsychology
  • Child and adolescent psychopathology
  • Outcome research
  • Clinical assessment

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Jennifer Shewmaker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.S., Abilene Christian University
Ph.D., Texas Woman's University

Phone: 325-674-2381
Email: jws02b@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Studying the effects of sexualized media on children and adolescents and in promoting media literacy
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Assessment
  • Special needs in schools
  • Evaluation of response to intervention

Rachel Team, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 2001
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2006

Phone: 325-674-2285
Email: rmg97j@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • School psychology


Billy Van Jones, Ph.D.

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1970
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 1972
Ph.D., University of Houston, 1974

Phone: 325-674-2281
Email: jonesb@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Attitude-behavior consistency
  • Interracial dating


Cherisse Flanagan
Director of the ACU Psychology Clinic

B.A., Texas Tech University, 1988
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 1996

Phone: 325-674-4826 
Email: cherisse.flanagan@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Development of girls
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Infant mental health
  • Alzheimer's disease
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