Psychology Department History

Date

Teachers

Information

1907-1914

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 princpal 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."

1915-1917

 

There were no psychology classes taught.

1918-1954

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.

1923

 

Ricks College was made a College.

1948-1969

Hugh Bennion 
Hugh Bennion

Taught Psychology. He later served as the Academic Dean.

1950-1957

Jay Sylvester
Jay L. Sylvester

Taught Psychology. Increased the department to two teachers.

1957-1984

Description: WalkerW
Wilson Walker

 

Taught Psychology. Department Chairman from 1961-1983.

1961-1963

Description: MerrillG
Glade Merrill

Taught Psychology part time and French part-time. In 1963, he went full-time to French.

1964-1985

Description: BatesO
Orrin Bates

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

1965-1993

Description: Risenmay
Jay Risenmay

Director of Counseling Center.  Taught Psychology 1/3 of his time, continued to counsel 2/3 of his time.

1966-1999

Description: Malstrom
Ed Malstrom

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

1966-1998

Description: Hendricks
Vance Hendricks

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

1967-1975

Description: Sorensen
Dean Sorensen

Taught Psychology 2/3 of his time and did Counseling 1/3 time.  Later worked in administration but still taught part-time until about 1975.
He became Assistant Dean of Instruction and later became Academic Vice President until 1995.
He served as a mission president and returned as a teacher of religion.

1968-1974

Leon C. Young

Taught Psychology

1970-2006

Description: Timothyg
Gordon Timothy

Taught General Psychology, Stress Management, Social Psychology, and Cognition.
Department Chairman 1989-1994. After teaching 36 years, Gordon retired from BYU-Idaho in 2006.


B.S., M.A., Ph.D., Brigham Young University, 1968, 1971, 1987.

1976

 

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

1981

 

The Education-Psychology Department was formed.

1971

Description: GordonJ
H. James Gordon

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

1980-2004

Description: Madsen
Merlin Madsen

Came in 1980 to direct the newly formed Study Skills lab. Later he moved full-time into Education-Psychology. Teaching assignment included General Psychology, Effective Living, Developmental Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology. Retired from BYU-Idaho in July 2004 after teaching 24 years.

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

1980

Description: Alldredge
Joseph Alldredge

Taught Education.

 

1984-1985

Grant Richards

 

Taught Education.

 

1985-2009

Description: Jacques
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.  After teaching 24 years, including appointment as Department Chair for 8, Ron retired from BYU-Idaho in 2009.

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

 

1985-2006

Description: kinghorn
Edward Kinghorn

Taught General Psychology, Stress Management, and team-taught Neurobiology in the Biology Department. Specialized in Brain and Physiology.
Department Chairman 1999. After teaching 21 years, transferred to BYU-Hawaii in August 2006.

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

1989

 

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 other department members. Gordon Timothy became Chair of the Psychology Department with Ronald Jacques, Ed Kinghorn, Merlin Madsen, and Edward Malstrom as members.

1991-2003

Description: Ruth
Ruth Poole

1991 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.

1994-2017

Description: AndersenK
Kimberly Anderson

Taught Principles of Learning and Effective Living. Also acted as Internship Coordinator for Sea Life Park, Dolphin Quest, Innovative Equine Therapy and Arivaca Ranch. After teaching for 22 years, Kim retired in 2017.

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

1996-1998

Description: ChamberlinM
Mark Chamberlain

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

1999

Description: Lowry
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.

 

1991-2015

Description: Sharp
   Barbara Sharp

Came to Ricks College in 1991 as secretary in the Academic Office.  In 2000 transferred to the Psychology Department as department secretary.  Retired from the BYU-Idaho Psychology Department in 2015.

2002

Description: Samuel
Samuel L. Clay II

Teaches Social Psychology, Emotion and Motivation, and Psych of Performance and Expertise.
Department Chair 2007 to 2013.

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

2004

Description: Richard Cluff
Richard B. Cluff

Teaches General Psychology and Abnormal Psychology. Internship Coordinator for Family Crisis 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, History, Geography, and Political Science Departments moved from the Clarke to the new Thomas E. Ricks Building.

2005

Description: Eric Gee
Eric J Gee

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

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

2006-2007

Description: Owen Anderson
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.

2007

 

Description: YD
Yohan Delton

Teaches History and Systems, and I/O Psychology. Developed and supervises the I/O Emphasis.

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Brigham Young University 2000, 2005, 2006.

2007

 

Description: Matthew Whooelry
Matthew Whoolery

Teaches Cultural Psychology, Personality, and Special Topics in Psychology.

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

2008

Kynda Roberts
Kynda Roberts

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

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

2010-2011

Description: TR
Travis Ricks

One-year faculty position. Taught General Psychology and Cognition. Coordinated first collaborative research poster between BYU-Idaho and Michigan State University.

M.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010.

2011-2014

Darowski Emily    
Emily Darowski

One-year faculty position in 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.

2012

Brady Wiggins
Brady Wiggins

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

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

 2013

Robert Wright 
    Robert Wright

 

Visiting faculty position 2013. Permanent faculty status in 2015. Teaches General Pychology 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.

 

 2014

Martin Scott D.
Scott D. Martin

Visiting faculty position 2014. Permanent faculty status in 2017. Teaches Research Methods and Adult Development.

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

 

2016

Jennifer Lindsay

Jennifer Lindsay

Visiting faculty position 2016. Teaches Developmental Psychology Lifespan, Cognition, and Special Topics in Psychology.

B.A. University of Michigan, 2004
M.A. University of California, Irvine, 2010
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, 2012

 

2017

Heidi Higgins

Heidi Higgins

Visiting faculty position 2017. Teaches Adult Development, Principal of Behavioral Learning, and Special Topics in Psychology.

B.A. Arizona State University, 1999
M.S. Brigham Young University, 2003
Doctoral Candidate, Idaho State University