Psychology Department Faculty

School of Education

Psychology Faculty


Dr. Cris Gordon, Chair

Assistant Professor of Psychology

  • Office Education Center 216
  • Phone 580-327-8447
  • 709 Oklahoma Blvd.
    Alva, OK 73717
  • Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Cris Gordon is originally from Brazil and has taught a variety of courses both at the graduate and undergraduate levels utilizing non-traditional assessments at Universities and Technical/Community Colleges. She also has many years of experience in teaching online courses.


  • Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN
  • Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from State University of West Georgia in Carrolton, Georgia
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Training and Certification

  • Vision and Purpose Navigator Certification
  • Grant Writing U.S.A. Workshop
  • Center for Accelerated Learning Certification
  • On-Course Student and Faculty Success Training
  • Online certification (Blackboard)


Gordon, C. (2010). The impact of nontraditional classroom assessment on retention of information in an introductory psychology course. EbscoHost.

Gordon, C. (2008). Social Stratification Activity. Classroom Activities for Introductory Sociology Courses p. 64. Belmont, CA: Thompson Wadsworth.

Research Interests

  • Non-Traditional Assessment
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Stress and Sports Psychology
  • Student and Faculty Success

International Experience

  • Lead Instructor International Student Exchanges, Rosendaal, Netherlands, Fox Valley Technical College-Zumvliet College
  • DM –Produtivismo S/C Ltda., Sao Paulo, Brazil - ESL Program Coordinator
  • Casa de Santa Marta Rehabilitation Clinic, Sao Paulo, Brazil - Therapeutic Assistant

Personal Interests

Of course, I love teaching! But, I do some other things in my spare time, too (when I have some).
I love to travel, and I love animal encounters! My family has a goal to travel to all 50 states together. We are also animal lovers and love to experience animal encounters together! Here are some fun ones we have done so far: We swam with Tigers, Manatees (and an Alligator by accident!), Botos (pink river Dolphins), Dolphins, Sting Rays, and we also did some Falconeering! Next plan: Sharks!!! I also love soccer! I don’t play, but I watch it very well! 

Leigh Kirby

Instructor of Psychology

Academic Background

  • BA in Psychology - Stephen F. Austin State University 1996 - Nacogdoches, TX
  • MS in Community Counseling - Texas A&M University 1998 - Commerce, TX
  • Currently pursuing Ph.D. in Counseling - Texas A&M University - Commerce, TX (ABD)


  • Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma 2013
  • Licensed Professional Counselor 2000 and Supervisor 2007 in Texas

Professional Memberships

  • Texas Counseling Association
  • Oklahoma Counseling Association

Research Interests

  • Anxiety in Children
  • Children with Learning Disabilities and self-esteem issues
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Gatekeeping procedures for master's and doctorate level programs
  • Supervision and Ethical issues with counselors

Favorite Things

My family is my favorite thing. I have a young son and a husband. The remainder of my family lives in Texas and Georgia.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also really enjoy watching students learn and grow. It is a great catalyst to be able to see students understand a concept or realize the importance of the psychology field. I really enjoy teaching others.

Mistie Kline


Instructor of Psychology

  • Office Education Center 208
  • Phone 580-327-8148
  • 709 Oklahoma Blvd.
    Alva, OK 73717
  • Curriculum Vitae

Degree Information

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Phillips University
  • Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling

Favorite Things

When I am not busy being inspired to teach and learn from my students, my focus is on my family. My husband, Jesse Kline, is a Ranger alumnus.  My daughters, Carrington and Taylor Ann, are growing up in the Ranger family. Our favorite family activities involve Northwestern athletics events.

I enjoy traveling, cooking, research, sci-fi, and shopping.

Weird facts:

  • I have been in the same Bunko group for 16 years
  • I have bungee-jumped and fractured my foot in a mosh pit at a rock concert
  • My favorite show is Star Talk with Neil Degrasse Tyson

Wayne McMillin

Professor of Psychology
Dean, Northwestern-Enid

  • Office Enid, Room 122
  • Phone 580-213-3116
  • FAX 580-213-3151
  • 2929 E. Randolph
    Enid, OK 73701
  • Curriculum Vitae

Degree Information

  • B.S. Psychology NWOSU 1988
  • M.A. Experimental Psychology UCO 1994
  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology OSU 1999

Academic Interests

I typically teach courses in social and developmental psychology, as well as research and statistics. My personal research interests are quite diverse, ranging from mental imagery in sport, to psychological reactance in the classroom, to newcomer socialization within organizations. Currently, my professional interests revolve around helping promote the psychology programs, sponsoring the psychology club, student development, and participating in faculty and university committees.

Favorite Things

Lets see… mountains, backpacking, Saturdays, soccer (world cup & pee wee), Ranger football, a well struck 3 iron, live music at 1:30 a.m., students that show interest, students that don't, art museums, trout fishing, good (not bad) books, an occasional libation, friends and family.

Taylor Randolph

Instructor of Psychology

  • Office Enid, Room 114
  • Phone 580-213-3119
  • 2929 E. Randolph
    Enid, OK 73701
  • Curriculum Vitae

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Theological Studies, Phillips Theological Seminary, 2012
  • Master of Counseling Psychology, NWOSU, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science:  Psychology, Phillips University, 1995

Areas of Interest

Counselor supervision and development, counseling children and families, evidence-based practices for addiction as well as treatment of child and families affected by trauma, neurological impacts of trauma, neurological impact and mechanisms of addiction, religious influences on human psychology.  


LPC (board approved supervisor), LADC (board approved supervisor), NCC (Nationally Certified Counselor), Oklahoma State Certified Trauma-Informed Trainer

Professional Continuing Education

TF-CBT, MET/CBT-5, A-CRA, MI, Seeking Safety, Strengthening Families, Celebrating Families, PCIT

A board approved supervisor since 2009, 12 licensure candidates successfully attained either LPC, LADC, or both licensures under his supervision. For the past 16 years, he provided counseling and administrative care for individuals and families in a variety of settings ranging from children's inpatient psychiatric hospital, to adult residential rehabilitation, to different levels of outpatient care.

Favorite Things

Passions include psychological research, implementing evidence-based practices, and theological study.   

Stephanie Widick

Instructor of Psychology

  • Office Education Center 210
  • Phone 580-327-8443
  • 709 Oklahoma Blvd.
    Alva, OK 73717
  • Curriculum Vitae

Degree Information

  • May 2017 Pursuing Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Psychology, (Anticipated) Oklahoma State University
  • July 2012 Master of Counseling Psychology, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • May 2008 Bachelor of Science, Psychology; Minor: Human Resources, Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Professional Affiliations

  • Oklahoma Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association-Division 15
  • American Educational Research Association

Professional Interests

  • Motivation Theory
  • Leadership Characteristics
  • Academic Motivation and Achievement
  • Higher Education Effectiveness
  • Perceptions of Online Learning

A Few of My Favorite Things

I enjoy running and working out, spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and reading something that isn’t required for any class. Nothing will ever beat watching baseball on a summer day. I enjoy watching students grow and change throughout their academic careers.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi 

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