Deepti Karkhanis, Ph.D.

Department Chair


Deepti Karkhanis is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Psychology at Bellevue College, WA. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology from Delhi University in India, and her Doctoral degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She is a developmentalist whose teaching interests include Lifespan psychology (PSYC& 200), …more about Deepti Karkhanis, Ph.D.

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Carol Anderson, M.S.


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.

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.

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.

Virginia Bridwell, M.S.

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.

Leo Kiralla

Leo Kiralla, M.A.


I was born and raised in southern California. I have a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University, an M.A. in History from California State University Los Angeles, and an M.A. in Psychology from Seattle University. I have been teaching for 16 years and I am a licensed therapist in private practice in Seattle. My research interests …more about Leo Kiralla, M.A.

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, M.A.


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

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.

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Maggie Seibel, M.A.


​B.S. in Psychology and Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. ​M.A. in Counseling Psychology with concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University Seattle. ​Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State. Prof. Seibel teaches Lifespan Psychology and Theories of Personality.

Samuel Taylor

Adjunct Faculty


Sam Taylor has worked as an I/O practitioner and adjunct faculty member for almost ten years. He holds a bachelors in business management and criminal justice in addition to his masters in I/O Psychology and Doctorate in I/O Psychology. In the practitioner realm, he is known as the Intelligent Biker and he practices a philosophy of …more about Samuel Taylor

Madhura Sohani


Madhura has a Master’s in Psychology and three years of research experience in working on the project ‘Effects of Prospective Memory and Aging on Medical adherence’. She enjoys teaching Introduction to Psychology. Her teaching philosophy is aimed at making the classroom material as applicable to real-life situations as possible. She believes in having an interactive …more about Madhura Sohani