Carroll College, Helena Montana


Dr. Leslie Angel

Dr. Leslie Angel is an Assistant Professor who completed her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior at the University of Montana in Missoula. Her interests include comparative metacognition, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive errors, such as irrational thinking, biases, and inaccurate memories. Courses taught: General Psychology, Learning, Cognition, Physiological Psychology, Brain & Behavior, Developmental Psychology, and Canine Science for the HAB program. Outside of work she loves to ride horses, hike with her human and canine family, camp, and travel.

"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. Christopher Collins

Dr. Chris CollinsVisiting Professor, received his Ph.D. from the University of Montana.

His interests include behavioral neuroscience and comparative psychology, specifically the relationship between the ultimate (evolutionary biology) and proximate (behavioral economics) causes of behavior. When not in the classroom or laboratory, he enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding, and any other combination of mountains, snow, water, or dogs.

Courses taught: General Psychology, Research Methods, Physiological Psychology, Brain and Behavior, Social Psychology, History and Systems of Psychology, and Senior Theses.

"It really is a privilege to work with the students at Carroll College. The smaller classes and motivated student body make the courses and labs such a rich and rewarding experience. I really treasure the opportunity to be a part of their personal and intellectual development."

Dr. Bradley Elison

Associate Professor and Department Chair, received his Ed.D. from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. His special interests include social psychology, clinical psychology, and the history and philosophical underpinnings of psychology. During his free time he enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, coaching soccer, and playing his trombone in the Helena Symphony.

Courses Taught: General Psychology, Social Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, History and Systems of Psychology, and Liberal Arts Studies.

 "In the psychology department we try to get students actively engaged in learning through multimedia presentations, experiential learning activities, field trips, guest speakers, conference attendance, study abroad opportunities and anything else we can think of to link our subject matter to the lives of our students."

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!"

Dr. Joy Holloway

Dr. Joy HollowayAssociate Professor, received her Ph.D. from Columbia Pacific University. Her interests include parent-child bonding and violence prevention. She maintains a private counseling practice in transpersonal psychology, and edits publications in the wellness field. She is an avid fan of world devotional music.

Courses Taught: General Psychology, Child Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, Counseling Psychology, Health & Wellness Issues, and India Education Abroad.

"Carroll’s small school atmosphere allows me to get to know students on a personal basis.  For example, I am delighted when graduates bring in their young child and excitedly describe how they are applying principles they learned in Child Psychology to their new family."

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Dr. Anne Perkins

Anne Perkins Professor, obtained her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Her special interests involve researching the brain, hormones, and behavior. Away from the classroom she loves horses and competes in endurance riding, plays guitar and sings, and loves to ski.

Courses Taught: General Psychology, Learning & Cognition, Physiology Psychology, Health Psychology, Brain & Behavior.

The Human-Animal Bond Program was conceived and is directed by Carroll faculty member Dr. Anne Perkins, Ph. D., Professor of Psychology. Dr. Perkins has been employed as a professor at Carroll since 1990. Originally, the Human-Animal Bond Program became a minor in the Psychology Department. Today it has grown into the Anthrozoology major. Dr. Perkins received her Ph.D. in animal behavior in 1992 from the University of California- Davis. Concurrent with her faculty career at Carroll, Dr. Perkins held an appointment as a cooperative research scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for eight years (1992-1999). Her work in this capacity has resulted in several papers, a book chapter, and a patented drug protocol. Dr. Perkins' love of horses prompted the five years she spent researching feral horses in the Pryor Mountains and drives her current passion for endurance riding. She is an active member of the International Society of Anthrozoology (ISAZ), the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA), the Delta Society, the Equine Faciltiated Mental Health Association (EFMHA), the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), and the Equine Guided Education Association (EGEA). Dr. Perkins spends her free time at home training her border collies and riding her Arabian horses.

"It is such fun to see my students working with animals and realizing they can now turn their love for animals into an academic experience and future career."