Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Faculty and Staff

Chair: Dr. Linda Collinsworth
Office: Shilling Hall 423 E
Dept. Phone: 424-6396
Admin. Assistant: Kim Crow
Office: Shilling Hall 423
Dept. Phone: 424-6275

Departmental Disciplines:   


Psychology  Faculty


Dr. Linda L. Collinsworth, B.A. Eureka College, M.Ed. National Louis University, and Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Behavioral Sciences Department.  She currently serves as the Department Chair.  She is a Counseling/Clinical Psychologist and teaches a variety of courses including Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences, Tests and Measurement, and Psychology of Women. Dr. Collinsworth’s research interests include women’s victimization in general with a concentration on sexual harassment in the workplace, academia, and housing.


Dr. James D. St. James,  B.A. Stephen F. Austin State University, M.A. Texas Women’s University, and Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Behavioral Sciences Department.  He is is an Experimental Psychologist and teaches a variety of courses including Advanced Experimental Psychology, Advanced Statistical Methods, Introduction to Psychology, Memory & Cognition, and Principles of Psychology with Lab. Dr. St. James' research interests include motor control and motor learning, attention, and memory.




Dr. Melissa McManus Scircle, B.A. Indiana University Bloomington, M.S. and Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Behavioral Sciences Department. She is a Social Psychologist and teaches a variety of courses including Basic Experimental Methods, Social Psychology, and Introductory Psychology. Dr. Scircle’s research focuses on identifying interventions that can reduce stereotyping and prejudice and she also looks forward to collaborating with students on any social psychological research topic.  

Sociology Faculty

Dr. Kenneth Laundra, B.A. Michigan State University, M.A. Central Michigan University, Ph.D. Utah State University, is a Professor of Sociology in the Behavioral Sciences Department. He teaches Introduction to Sociology, Deviance, Juvenile Delinquency, Criminology, Race and Ethnic Relations and Environmental Sociology among other courses. Dr. Laundra's research interests and publications include community-based learning, criminology, rural delinquency and race relations.   Dr. Laundra's full academic bio can be viewed at




Social Work Faculty

Professor Mary E. Garrison, B.A. Western Illinois Unviersity, and MSW University of Illinois, LCSW, ACSW is an Associate Professor of Social Work in the Behavioral Sciences Department. Mary is a social worker who has had over 15 years of direct practice, supervision, and administration experience within the human service field specifically in mental health for 12 years. Mary teaches Practice with Diverse Populations, Social Work Ethics, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, and Community Mental Health. Mary continues to be active with her community and at the state level working to advocate for mental health issues, policy, and clients including work with the Mental Health Association and the National Alliance for Mental Illness. Mary's research interests include focus on the mental health consumer movement and consumers as employees in mental health agencies with respect to the implications of social work practice and ethics. Additionally, a focus will look at how organizations can be successful or not in hiring current and former clients on as staff to assist clients in mental health recovery. Additionally, Mary is involved in research focusing on the outcomes of sexually inappropriate behaviors with college students as well as examining the coping strategies related to sexually inappropriate behaviors students experience in high school.

Professor Kay B. White, B.A. Illinois Wesleyan University, M.S.W. University of Illinois, is an Associate Professor of Social Work. she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. In addition to serving as the Coordinator of the Internship Program, Professor White teaches a variety of courses including the Child Welfare, Human Services Capstone, Interventions with Groups, Interventions with Individuals, Social Gerontology, Social Issues in Health Care, and Social Work Theory & Practice. Professor White’s clinical and research interests include geriatrics, medical ethics, equine-assisted psychotherapy, and non-traditional students.


Adjunct Faculty

Professor Pixie Fennessey, B.A. Eastern Illinois University, M.A. Eastern Illinois University, additional hours in Psychology, Sociology , and Education from the University of Iowa, North West Missouri State University, University of Northern Iowa, and University of Illinois. She is an adjunct professor of  Psychology and Sociology. She has worked in various mental health agencies as a psychotherapist and teaches courses at Millikin including: Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Development: Child & Adolescence, Development: Adult & Aging, Social Psychology , and Freshmen Seminar. Community agencies that she is presently involved with include Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center, Prairieland Case Coordination Services, and the NAACP. 


Administrative Assistant

Ms. Kim Crow, the Behavioral Sciences Department Administrative Assistant should be contacted for information about current departmental offerings, general information, resource materials, VCR & MO-Comp reservations, laboratory keys, department book check-out, make-up exams, occasional exam proctoring, and faculty availability (Note faculty schedule their own appointments and should be contacted directly for meetings and consultations). Ms. Crow's schedule in the Behavioral Sciences office is from 7:30am - 11:30 (lunch) and 12:30 - 4:30 Monday through Friday.  

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL