Skip to main content

Psychological Science


  • Leslie Cameron

    Chair, Psychological Science Department; Professor of Psychological Science

    Leslie Cameron teaches courses in psychology, cognition, and sensation and perception. She regularly involves Carthage students in her research; she is currently researching the effects of attention on early visual processing and inhomogeneities in processing information across the visual field. More recently, she has begun a research program investigating the effects of pregnancy on the sense of smell.

    Read More
  • Anthony Barnhart

    Assistant Professor of Psychological Science

    Professor Anthony Barnhart’s research interests include handwritten word perception, attentional deployment in time, and inattentional blindness. But he is best known for his research into the science of magic. An award-winning professional magician with more than 20 years of performing experience, he has been featured in the book Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about our Everyday Deceptions, as well as national and international publications, television programs, and documentaries.

    Read More
  • Emily Leskinen

    Assistant Professor of Psychological Science

    Emily Leskinen graduated from the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in psychology in 2012, where she also earned a graduate certificate in women’s studies. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan with an emphasis on interpersonal practice and mental health.

    Read More
  • Robert Maleske

    Professor of Psychological Science

    Professor Robert Maleske emphasizes a humanistic approach to facilitating student learning, as expressed in his mantra: “Inspire rather than require.” He teaches courses in research methods and statistics, interpersonal dynamics, and psychological explorations in creative experience.

    Read More
  • Dennis Munk

    Professor of Psychological Science and Education, Director of the Teaching Commons

    Professor Dennis D. Munk teaches undergraduate courses in classroom management, educational psychology, and instructional methods for special education, as well as graduate courses in research methods. He has conducted research in the areas of functional assessment, grading practices, reading instruction, and inclusive practices.

    Read More
  • David Rademacher

    Assistant Professor of Psychological Science

    David Rademacher is interested in the biological basis of drug addiction, learning and memory, and plasticity, and is developing a line of research investigating the biological basis of behavioral addictions including cell phone addiction. To date, he is co-author of 37 peer-reviewed papers and 2 review articles published in several top journals including Journal of Neuroscience, European Journal of Neuroscience, and Brain Structure and Function.

    Read More
  • Ingrid Tiegel

    Professor of Psychological Science

    Professor Ingrid Tiegel is a developmental psychologist interested in the areas of attachment behavior, sibling relations, early childhood interventions and education, health psychology, and youth at risk for psychopathology. She teaches courses in social psychology, child and adolescent development, and psychology of personality.

    Read More
  • Cornelia Zerban

    Associate Professor of Psychological Science

    Dr. Zerban is a clinical psychologist who received her doctorate in clinical psychology with a minor in health psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. She received her master’s degree from the Fachhochschule für Sozialwesen in Mannheim, Germany.

    Read More

Additional Faculty

Benjamin Taft
Adjunct Faculty, Psychological Science
Clausen Center 213

Donald Walter
Adjunct Faculty, Psychological Science
Lentz Hall 316

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Winner of four national magic competitions, psychological science professor Tony Barnhart often performs rope tricks, coin tricks, and card tricks in class to demonstrate the psychological principle of inattentional blindness. “You know exactly what’s happening, and you still fall for it every time,” says Alison Mackey ’17.

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …