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Carol Anderson

Department Chair


Carol received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Washington and her M.S. from Western Washington University. She frequently teaches General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Social Psychology.

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Virginia Bridwell

Dean of Social Sciences


Virginia received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Alaska. Although her primary responsibilities at the college are as Dean of the Social Science Division, she also teaches Physiological Psychology.

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Michael Brislawn


Mike teaches General Psychology.

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Shawn Curtis


Shawn teaches Abnormal Psychology and is also affiliated with the Criminal Justice program.

Deepti Karkhanis

Deepti Karkhanis, Ph.D.


I was born and raised in northern India. I received my B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from Delhi University. I moved to the U.S. in 2007, and received my 2nd M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from George Mason University, VA. I started teaching as a graduate student and found it to be a very …more about Deepti Karkhanis, Ph.D.

Tabitha Kirkland

Tabitha Kirkland, Ph.D. (Turowski)


I earned my BA in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and my MA and PhD in social psychology from The Ohio State University, where my research focused on understanding the dynamic nature of human emotions and emotional dispositions, particularly happiness. I joined the BC faculty in 2013 and regularly teach General Psychology, Social Psychology, and Research Methods. In my free …more about Tabitha Kirkland, Ph.D. (Turowski)

Rika Meyer

Rika Meyer, Ph.D.


Rika earned her MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her BA in Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests are studying stress, social development, and friendships in marginalized populations, including chronically ill children and adolescents. She enjoys teaching introductory psychology, lifespan psychology, and research methods. Her teaching philosophy strives to create …more about Rika Meyer, Ph.D.

Ilona Pitkanen

Ilona Pitkänen, Ph.D.


I received my Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle. My dissertation research focused on looking at what happens in the brain when people learn and forget a foreign language. My interests are diverse, but I am particularly interested in various neuroscience topics, such …more about Ilona Pitkänen, Ph.D.

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John Postma


John teaches General Psychology, Lifespan Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology. He also serves as the faculty adviser of the Psychology Club.

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Steffi Schrepfer, Ph.D.


Steffi teaches General Psychology, Lifespan Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Psychology of Sex and Gender.

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Maggie Seibel


Maggie teaches Lifespan Psychology and Personality.

Jill Seiver

Jillene Grover Seiver, Ph.D.


 Jill Seiver earned her PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of New Mexico.  She is currently involved in research projects which focus on memory, bilingualism, decision making about sexual behaviors, and socialization of homeschooled students.  Her main teaching topics are Introductory Psychology, Lifespan Development, Human Sexuality, and Research Methods, but she enjoys teaching every …more about Jillene Grover Seiver, Ph.D.

Brenda Stoelb

Brenda Stoelb, Ph.D.


I received my B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I then worked for 5+ years in community mental health/social services before earning my Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Miami. In 2005, I came to the Seattle area to complete my clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at …more about Brenda Stoelb, Ph.D.

Jessica Urschel

Jessica Urschel, Ph.D.


A transplant from the Midwest (OH, IN, MI, & MN), I moved from Minnesota to the Seattle area over the summer to live with my partner and stepdaughter. We also share our home with two independent tabby cats, and a guinea pig. I currently teach PSYC& 100: General Psychology and PSYC& 200: Lifespan Psychology at BC, and work as …more about Jessica Urschel, Ph.D.

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Julia Wales


Julia teaches General Psychology online.

Dennis Wanamaker

Dennis L. Wanamaker, Ph.D.


I received my B.A from Central Washington University in History/Education, my M.Ed from Central Washington University in Social Science, and my Ph.D. from Washington State University in Educational/Clinical Psychology. I enjoy teaching Psychology with a general, interdisciplinary approach incorporating methodologies from other disciplines. As a result of studying the principles of Psychology, I want my students to …more about Dennis L. Wanamaker, Ph.D.