Psychology Department History





Dalby Ezra Christensen
Ezra Christensen Dalby

Was the president of the Bannock Stake/Ricks Academy from 1901 to 1914. Taught psychology classes from 1907-1914.  In 1914 he left Ricks to serve as the princple of Teton High School in Driggs, Idaho. 
Writing in the local newspaper, he once stated of the school, "It will shine as a beacon of light to the ends of the earth, and add to the beauty and glory of Zion through all the coming years."



There were no psychology classes taught.


Hyrum Manwaring
Hyrum Manwaring

Taught Psychology classes. He was also an administrator, including President from 1930-1944, during the Great Depression. During these years he taught General Psychology, Educational Psychology, Applied Psychology and Child Psychology
In 1944, Hyrum went back to the faculty, and taught full time. His added Curriculum included Psychology Applied to Nursing, and Social Psychology.
In 1946, he taught Psychology applied to Home and Nursing; Child and Adolescent Psychology, Mental Health, and Industrial Psychology.



Ricks College was made a College.


Hugh Bennion 
Hugh Bennion

Taught Psychology. He later served as the Academic Dean.


Jay Sylvester
Jay L. Sylvester

Taught Psychology. Increased the department to two teachers.


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Wilson Walker


Taught Psychology. Department Chairman from 1961-1983


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Glade Merrill

Taught Psychology part time, French part time; in 1963 went full time to French.


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Orrin Bates

Taught Psychology and Religion classes. Retired from Ricks College in 1985. Died March 29, 2011.


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Jay Risenmay

Director of Counseling Center.  Taught Psychology 1/3; Did Counseling 2/3.


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Ed Malstrom

Taught Psychology; Department Chairman 1984-1988;
Division Chairman 1988-1999


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Vance Hendricks

Taught Psychology and Education, 1/3 time; Did Counseling 2/3 time,
In 1976  went to full time counseling. Director of Counseling Center 1993-1998.


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Dean Sorensen

Taught Psychology 2/3, Did Counseling 1/3 time, Later worked in administration, still teaching part time until about 1975.
He became assistant dean of instruction, and later Academic Vice President until 1995.
He served as a mission president, and returned as a teacher of religion.


Leon C. Young

Taught Psychology


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Gordon Timothy

Taught General Psychology, Stress Management, Social Psychology; and Cognition.
Department Chairman 1989-1994.
B.S., M.A., Ph.D., Brigham Young University, 1968, 1971, 1987
After teaching 36 years, Gordon retired from BYU-Idaho in 2006.



The Psychology Department was combined with History, Geography, and Sociology, into the Social Sciences Department with historian David Crowder as chair.



The Education-Psychology Department was formed.


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H. James Gordon

Taught Education; then moved to Family Living teaching Early Childhood Education


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Merlin Madsen

Came in 1980 to direct the newly formed Study Skills lab, he later moved
full time into Education-Psychology. Teaching assignment
included General Psychology, Effective Living, Developmental
Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology. Retired from BYU-Idaho July 2004.

B.S., Southern Utah State College, 1967; M.Ed., University of Arizona, 1969;
Ed.D., University of Northern Colorado, 1978.

After teaching 24 years, Merlin retired from BYU-Idaho in 2004.


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Joseph Alldredge

Taught Education



Grant Richards


Taught Education



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Ronald Jacques

 Taught both Education and Psychology classes from 1985-1989.
 Taught General Psychology, Culture and Gender, Personality and Introduction to Counseling.
 Psychology Department Chairman 1994-1999, and 2000-2004.
 Internship Coordinator for Juvenile Corrections Center.

 B.S., Utah State University, 1971; M.Ed., Brigham Young University, 1975;
 Ed.D., Idaho State University, 1980.

 After teaching 24 years and being Department Chair for 8 years, Ron retired from BYU-Idaho in 2009.



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Edward Kinghorn

Taught General Psychology, Stress Management, and Team-taught Neurobiology in the Biology Department. Specialized in Brain and Physiology.
Department Chairman 1999.

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Brigham Young University, 1983, 1984, 1986.

After teaching 21 years, transferred to BYU-Hawaii in August 2006.



The Departments of Education and Psychology were divided James Gordon became the chair of the Education Department with Joseph L. Alldrege and Sharon Richards as the other department members. Gordon Timothy became chair of the Psychology Department
with Ronald Jacques, Ed Kinghorn, Merlin Madsen, and Edward Malstrom as members.


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Ruth Poole

Division Secretary for Behavioral and Social Science Division and Department Secretary for Psychology. Retired from BYU-Idaho as the secretary for the College of Education in 2003.


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Kimberly Anderson

Teaches Principles of Learning and Effective Living. Internship Coordinator for Hippotherapy.

B.S., M.S., Brigham Young University, 1991, 1993


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Mark Chamberlain

Taught General and Abnormal Psychology. He left Ricks to practice therapy.


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Christopher M. Lowry

Teaches Sensation and Perception and Behavioral Neurobiology.
Associate Dean 2002-2004. Department Chair 2004 to 2007.

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Brigham Young University, 1991,1996,1997



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   Barbara Sharp

Came to Ricks College in 1991, as a secretary in the Academic Office. Transferred to the Psychology Department in 2000.  Retired from BYU-Idaho in 2015.


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Samuel L. Clay II

Teaches General Psychology, Motivation and Emotion and Social Psychology. Internship Coordinator for Psychosocial Rehabilitation.
Department Chair 2007 to 2013.

B.S., Arizona State, 1986;
M.S., Ph.D., Brigham Young University, 1990, 1996


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Richard B. Cluff

Teaches General Psychology and Abnormal Psychology. Internship Coordinator for Family Crisis Center and Behavioral Health Center.  Associate Dean 2011-2014.

B.S., University of Utah, 1983;
M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University 1987, 1994

December 2004


The Psychology, Sociology, Math, and History, Geography, and Political Science Departments moved from the Clarke to the new Thomas E. Ricks Building.


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Eric J Gee

Teaches General Psychology, History and Systems, and Psychological Assessment. Specializes in Evaluation Methodology. Internship Coordinator for Counseling Aids at Madison Middle School.  Department Chair 2013.

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Utah State University; 1990, 1995, 1997


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Owen Anderson

Taught Developmental Psychology and Adult Development for the Psychology Department 2006. Moved to the Home and Family Department. Teaches Child Development classes and supervises the Child Lab.

B.S., Utah State U., 1987
M.S., Utah State U., 1993
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2006



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Yohan Delton

Teaches General Psychology, History and Systems, and Work Psychology.  Developed and supervises the Industrial Organizational Psychology Emphasis.
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Brigham Young University 2000, 2005, 2006



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Matthew Whoolery

Teaches Personality and Culture and Gender.

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Brigham Young University, 1995, 1997, 2004


Kynda Roberts

Taught General Psychology as an adjunct teacher Winter 2008. Permanent faculty status in 2010.  Currently teaches Developmental Psychology Lifespan and Adult Development.

B.S., M.S., Utah State University, 1994, 1996


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Travis Ricks

One-year faculty position. Taught General Psychology and Cognition.

M.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010
Coordinated first collaborative research poster between BYU-Idaho and Michigan State University.


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Emily Darowski

One-year faculty position 2011 to teach General Psychology and Cognition. Adjunct
status from 2012 to 2014.

B.A., Idaho State University, 2003
M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2007, 2011


Brady Wiggins
Brady Wiggins

One-year faculty position 2012. Permanent Faculty status in 2013. Teaches General Psychology and Experiencing Research in Psychology.

B.S., Ph.D., Brigham Young University, 2003, 2011


Robert Wright 
    Robert Wright


Visiting faculty position 2013. Permanent faculty status in 2015. Teaches General Pychology, Cognition, and Health Psychology.  Developed and supervises the Health Psychology Empasis. 

B.A., Utah State University 2006
M.S., Ph.D., Portland State University 2010, 2012



Martin Scott D.
Scott D. Martin

Visiting faculty position 2014. Teaches Research Methods and Adult Development.

B.S., Utah Valley University 2008
M.A., PhD., University of Rhode Island 2012, 2014