Faculty & Staff


Richard Beck, Ph.D.
Department Chair and 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


Stephen Allison, Ph.D.
Professor and
Robert & Mary Ann Hall Endowed Chair of Psychology & Intercultural Studies

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1976
M.A. (Theology), Fuller Theological Seminary, 1980
M.S. (Psychology), Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1980
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1982

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

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Missionary care and cross-cultural psychology
  • Team building and group dynamics
  • Stress and its management
  • Conflict mediation and conflict management styles


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: 325-480-4825
Email: robert.mckelvain@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Psychology of sports
  • Applying the science of learning
  • Peacemaking


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.

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

Rachel Team, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Associate Director of ACU Psychology Clinic

B.A., Texas Tech University, 1988
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 1996
Ph.D. Fielding Graduate University, 2013

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

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Health Psychology
  • Addiction research
  • Lifespan development
  • Gender roles in religious contexts


Charles Wadlington, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.A., University of North Texas, 2005
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 2008
Ph.D., Texas Woman's University, 2012

Phone: 325-674-2381 
Email: charles.wadlington@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Disability Accommodation and Instruction in Higher Education
  • Child and Adolescent Assessment
  • Child and Adolescent Emotional and Behavioral Regulation
  • School Psychology
  • School Neuropsychology



Gabriela Lane
Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 325-674-2310 
Email: gabriela.lane@acu.edu

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