Psychology Department Faculty

School of Education

Psychology Faculty

Dr. Leigh Kirby, Interim Chair

Leigh KirbyInstructor of Psychology

Academic Background

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Stephen F. Austin State University 1996 - Nacogdoches, TX
  • Master of Science in Community Counseling - Texas A&M University 1998 - Commerce, TX
  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - Texas A&M University 2017 - Commerce, TX


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

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • 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.

Dr. Jason Ferrell

Jason FerrellAssistant Professor of Psychology


  • Ph.D. in Psychology (2017) – University of Texas at Austin – Austin, TX
  • Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology (2011) – University of Central Oklahoma – Edmond, OK
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2009) – University of Central Oklahoma – Edmond, OK

Personal Interests

I am a scientist first, and my area of expertise is human behavior.  I support and strive for open and reproducible science, and pay particular attention to measurement and psychometrics.  Most of my research/teaching resides in a space that intersects psychology, education, language, communications, statistics, measurement, computer science, and technology.  One line of my research/teaching involves the learning, teaching, practicing, and improvement of psychology as science.  Another line involves measuring personality and social dynamics (including language) in real-life (virtual and non-virtual) contexts and person perception in relation to self-presentation, self-concept, and other-perception.  Another line involves the measurement of online human behavior (verbal and nonverbal), as well as using the internet as a learning, teaching, and research tool.  I am also passionate about and study the dynamics of education, teaching, and learning; with various projects focusing on the development, complex dynamics, and improvement of online and non-traditional education.  I love academia where I have fun with research; teaching; mentoring to, learning from, and working with students—all while contributing to society in a unique way!

Mistie Kline

Mistie KlineInstructor of Psychology

Degree Information

  • Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling
  • Master of Counseling Psychology (May 2004) Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, OK
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Dec 1998) Phillips University, Enid, OK

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Psi Chi
  • Society for Teaching Psychology
  • Oklahoma Association of College Testing Personnel
  • National College Testing Association
  • National Association for Developmental Education

Favorite Things

My favorite subject areas of instruction includes Biopsychology, Sleep and Dreams, Psychopharmacology, Sensation and Perception, and General Psychology.  When I am not busy being inspired to teach and learn from my students, my focus is on my daughters, Carrington and Taylor Ann.

I enjoy traveling, cooking, research, attending rock concerts, and watching Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson.


Dr. Wayne McMillin

Professor of Psychology
Dean, Northwestern-Enid

Degree Information

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology NWOSU 1988
  • Master of Arts in 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

Degrees Awarded

  • Currently pursing Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Adams State University
  • 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, social justice and religious identity.  


LPC (board approved supervisor), LADC (board approved supervisor), NCC (Nationally Certified Counselor), Oklahoma State Certified Trauma-Informed Trainer, Oklahoma Department of MEntal Health and Substance Abuse Services Trauma Informed Certified Trainer

Professional Continuing Education

Received training in the following Evidence-Based Practices:  Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Adolescent – Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Seeking Safety, Strengthening Families, Celebrating Families, Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT).

A board approved supervisor since 2009, 14 licensure candidates successfully attained LPC, LADC, LADC/MH licensure under his supervision. From 2000-2016, he provided counseling and administrative services in a variety of settings including:  a children’s inpatient psychiatric hospital, adult residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation, adult and adolescent drug court, children and youth emergency shelter, school-based counseling, young adults transitional living, first-time offenders program, juvenile offenders counseling, child and family outpatient counseling services, adult and adolescent anger management, parenting classes.

Community Engagement

Chairperson of the Mental Health Coalition of Enid and Garfield County

Mental Health Representative for the Garfield County Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Response Team

Favorite Things

Passions include:  psychological and theological research, playing and listening to music, hiking, mountains, spending time with family, exercise, yoga, and (time and weather permitting) golf.

Dr. Stephanie Widick

Stephanie WidickInstructor of Psychology

Degree Information

  • Bachelor of Science  in Psychology, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 2008
  • Master of Counseling Psychology, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 2012
  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 2018

Professional Affiliations

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

Academic Interests

I teach courses in motivation, human development, research, and statistics. My personal research interests include motivation theory, higher education effectiveness, academic motivation and achievement, and perceptions of online learning.

Professional Interests

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

A Few of My Favorite Things

Spending time with family and friends, coffee, being outdoors, Law & Order, reading, Big Bang Theory, baseball (nothing beats baseball), small town life, watching students grow throughout their academic career.

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

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