Carroll College, Helena Montana


Dr. Leslie Angel

Dr. Leslie Angel is the Department Chairperson of the Psychology Department.  She is an Associate Professor who completed her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior at the University of Montana in Missoula and her M.A. in Cognitive Psychology, with an emphasis in Psychology and Music.  She has been teaching at Carroll since 2009.  Her current research interests include comparative cognition, particularly metacognition and self-control, as well as education in sexual health and well-being.  Courses taught:  General Psychology, Learning, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Human Sexuality, Physiological Psychology, Brain & Behavior, and Canine Science.  Outside of work she loves to ride horses, hike, cross-country ski, and travel with her husband, Bill, and their two dogs.

“It is so much fun to share my love of psychology with the bright, motivated, and talented students at Carroll.  The close connection that exists between the faculty and students here is so unique among colleges and really makes for a special teaching and learning environment.  I find my students’ love of learning and their energy to be inspiring.”  

Dr. Nikki Honzel

HonzelDr. Nikki Honzel is an assistant professor of Psychology at Carroll College.  Dr. Honzel is an expert in electrophysiological recordings and has used this neuroimaging technique to investigate a wide range of topics.  She completed her undergraduate education at Colgate University in New York and her Ph.D. at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.  Dr. Honzel spent six years working at the Veterans Affair Medical Center in Northern California investigating cognitive changes in patients with traumatic brain injury as well as patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.  During this time, Dr. Honzel researched how to identify a neurological biomarker to detect symptom severity in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder.  Dr. Honzel also examined neurological changes associated with making risky decisions following severe brain injury.  Currently, Dr. Honzel is working with the Anthrozoology department to determine the extent a service animal can influence attention and memory performance in patients with PTSD. Her lab uses a variety of neuropsychological tests and neurophysiological devices to evaluate the impact of having an animal present on anxiety symptoms.  More about her current research at Carroll can be found here:

Courses Dr. Honzel teaches: Physiological Psychology, Brain and Behavior, Intro into Psych, History of Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Research Methods

Dr. Jessica McManus

Jessica McManusDr. Jessica McManus, Assistant Professor of Psychology. Obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from Kansas State University in 2013. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Dr. McManus specializes in social psychology with an emphasis on studying prejudice and discrimination. In particular, she examine the manner in which racial discrimination manifests in helping situations as well as understanding the factors related to prejudice toward individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Courses Taught: Child Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Intro into Psych, Social Psychology, Theories of Personality

"People are fascinating! I love being able to apply psychological theories to real world situations to better understand why the event occurred in manner that it occurred. My interest in prejudice and discrimination stems from a conglomeration of my personal (and professional) experiences. It seemed that the employment and volunteer activities that were the most attractive to me were those that, on a general basis, were relevant to issues of social inequality. I wanted to be able to study inequality from a psychological perspective AND be able to share my knowledge about inequality with students.

"Two things about Carroll that made the best impression on me were the students and the faculty. The students’ involvement on campus and their commitment to their education was apparent; the students’ inherent curiosity about psychological topics has created fantastic class discussions this semester. I also noticed that faculty were very supportive of one another. Helena also made a favorable impression- I’ve lived in the Midwest for my entire life, so being in an area with mountains is exciting!"

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Dr. Benjamin Winegard


Benjamin Winegard is an Assistant Professor at Carroll College. He completed his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Missouri. His interests are wide-ranging and idiosyncratic. He is fascinated by all aspects of human behavior and enjoys reading history, economics, psychology, biology, current events and other disciplines that he has no business opining about. Ben loves teaching, reading, debating, and working on research projects with ambitious students. 

Ben is currently researching the evolution of men’s social behavior, political correctness and sacred values, evidence-based approaches to social problems, and the dramatic story of human progress. He is always looking for students to engage in research. “Conducting research is invaluable for prospective graduate students. Because my interests are myriad, I am wide-open to any topic that interests students. There is simply no substitute for first-hand research experience.”

Outside of academics, Ben enjoys spending time with his family, going on hikes, taking scenic drives, off-roading, and simply being in Montana.

Favorite Quote: “When someone persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?” wrongly attributed to John Maynard Keynes

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