Psychology Faculty and Staff

MSSU's Psychology Department has eight full-time faculty. Their areas of expertise include clinical and counseling psychology, cognitive psychology, educational psychology, animal behaviorism, comparative psychology, social psychology, and developmental psychology. Although their interests within psychology are diverse, MSSU psychology faculty members share a commitment to undergraduate education.

Dr. Robert McDermid - Department Head

Dr. Robert McDermid graduated from the University of Kansas with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. He has taught at two other colleges prior to teaching at MSSU. He has also worked at two mental health centers, two college counseling centers, a research institute for learning disabilities, and a psychiatric hospital. He teaches General Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development, Human Sexuality, Computers in the Behavioral Sciences, and Senior Thesis.

Contact: Health Sciences 234, 417.625.9768,


Dr. Anthony Adamopoulos

Dr. Anthony Adamopoulos earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Kansas where he researched how humans process word meanings and context. His current interests include ways of applying cognitive psychology to education goals. He teaches General Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Memory & Cognition, and Senior Thesis.

Contact: Health Sciences 232, 417.625.9618, 

Dr. AmyKay Cole

Dr. AmyKay Cole graduated from Kent State University with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include qualitative aspects of sibling relationships as well as stress management. She teaches General Psychology, Personal Adjustment, Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Applied Statistics. She maintains a small clinical practice in the community where she conducts individual and couples therapy as well as psychological testing and evaluation.

Contact: Health Sciences 230, 417.625.9621,

Dr. Casey Cole

Dr. Casey Cole received his Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1996. His research background is in animal learning and memory with a special interest in contextual influences on the acquisition and expression of conditioned responses. Casey has conducted several experiments with laboratory rats, as well as primate research with rhesus macaque monkeys. He teaches Applied Behaviorism, Conditioning and Learning, Applied Statistics, General Psychology, and Senior Thesis.

Contact: Health Sciences 229, 417.625.9619,


Dr. Holly Hackett

Dr. Holly Hackett received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from New Mexico State University. Her research interests concern moral trait attributions and romantic relationships, including relationships satisfaction, closeness, similarities, and comparisons. She teaches General Psychology, Social Psychology, Theories of Personality, and Senior Thesis. She has also taught a course on Attraction, Love, and Romantic Relationships.

Contact: Health Sciences 225, 417.625.9835,

Dr. Loreen Huffman

Dr. Loreen Huffman received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Rutgers University. Her interests include positive psychology, transformative learning, and the development of children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. She teaches Child Development, Adolescent Development, Psychology in Film, and Senior Thesis.

Contact: Health Sciences 233, 417.625.9620,

Dr. Karen Kostan

Dr. Karen Kostan received her Ph.D. in Animal Behavior from the University of California-Davis. Dr. Kostan teaches General Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Animal Behavior, Physiological Psychology, Junior Seminar, and Experimental Psychology. Dr. Kostan has been at MSSU since 2008.

Contact: Health Sciences 231, 417.625.3069,

Dr. Susan Tucker

Dr. Susan Tucker received her Ph.D. in Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Missouri in 2010.  Her research interests include age differences in memory, as well as the effects of divided attention on memory and learning.  Dr. Tucker teaches General Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Senior Thesis, and has taught a course on Memory and Aging.

 Contact: Health Sciences 227, 417.625.9776,

Jeane Elliott, Department Secretary

Contact: Health Sciences 241, 417.625.9315,