Behavioral Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences
Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., 2006, Northern Illinois University
M.A., 2003 Northern Illinois University
B.A., 1998, University of Nebraska

Dr. Veit joined Olivet's faculty in 2007. Currently, he teaches courses in research and statistics, social psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, and psychological testing. He also oversees independent study research projects (senior theses) for the Bachelor of Science degree program.

His research interests include job satisfaction, attitudes, work-family conflict and personality. He frequently presents his original research at the annual meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association and at the American Psychological Association's annual convention. He has also served as a consultant for churches and other businesses, using skills in research and statistical data to compile valuable information.

His past awards include a part-time dissertation completion fellowship from Northern Illinois University in 2005–2006, and the Center for Access-Ability Resources' University Friends Award in 2005. He has also received two Faculty Scholarship Project Grants from ONU.

Dr. Veit mentored the second place recipient of the Harold Young Research Award in 2008, and the first place recipients in 2010 and 2015. This annual award, given by the Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers to encourage scholarly research relevant to the Church of the Nazarene, goes to an undergraduate student who presents an outstanding research paper. Many of his students have presented their research at the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area Annual Student Symposium, the annual meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research and the American Psychological Association's annual convention.

He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Golden Key National Honor Society, Midwest Psychological Association, Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology and Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

In his leisure time, Dr. Veit enjoys running, swimming, biking, playing guitar, rock climbing and pencil drawing. He and his wife, Beth, have three daughters, Kylie, Bailey and Kirby.

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., 2008, Auburn University
M.S., 2006, Auburn University
B.S., 2001, Olivet Nazarene University

A faculty member at Olivet since 2008, Dr. Smith teaches cognitive psychology, psychology of learning, advanced statistics and physiological psychology. His specific areas of interest are memory and cognition, and cognitive disorders/dementia; and he specializes in applied memory research.

Before coming to Olivet, Dr. Smith worked for nearly three years at Mount Vernon (Ohio) Developmental Center in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders and developmental disabilities, and taught for two years at Auburn University. While at Auburn, he received the Promotion of Excellence in Teaching and Learning award.

During his time at Auburn and now at Olivet, he has conducted research on memory, learning and neuropsychological disorders. He also collaborates with researches at the University of Chicago on research involving cognitive functioning in at-risk populations.

On the topics of the teaching of psychology, memory, and cognitive functioning in at-risk populations, Dr. Smith has had several publications in professional journals and has given presentations at professional conferences. He is a member of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Psychonomic Society, the American Statistical Association, and several other professional organizations.

College of Arts and Sciences
Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., 2011, Drew University
M.Phil., 2001, Drew University
M.A., 1998, Loyola University, Chicago
B.A., 1994, Olivet Nazarene University

Dr. Perabeau's interests and teaching responsibilities include sociology of religion, urban sociology, ethnic relations and anthropology. He has been a faculty member at Olivet since 2005.

He has presented papers at academic conferences, several of them related to his prior involvement in the Newark Project, a Ford Foundation-supported study concerning the urban religious life of Newark, New Jersey.

An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Perabeau served as a pastor in the city of Chicago for over a decade.

He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Wesleyan Theological Society.

Dr. Perabeau speaks Spanish and has traveled throughout Central America, the Caribbean, Venezuela, and the Mediterranean. As a college student, he studied in Costa Rica, where he met his wife, Gayle, a graduate of Houghton College. They sometimes lead mission trips for Olivet students.

He has completed the Chicago Marathon twice. In addition to running, he enjoys camping; cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Bears; and spending time with his wife and sons.

Chair of Behavioral Sciences and Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., 1999, University of Oregon
M.S., 1995, University of Oregon
M.A., 1985, Gallaudet University
M.Div., 1979, Asbury Theological Seminary
B.A., 1977, Asbury College

An ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Olney served as a pastor and professor at a state university in Oregon for several years. In 1995, he and his family joined the Olivet family.

He is the chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and teaches courses in sociology, social theory, marriage, and family. His research interests include the historical role of religion in the deaf community, and marriage and family trends.

Dr. Olney often speaks at churches and conferences, sharing his passion for strengthening families, helping young couples develop healthy relationships, and applying biblical principles to marriage and family life. He and his wife, Beth, give leadership to Marriage, Inc., a community-wide organization in the greater Kankakee area.

Sign language and the deaf community have been significant parts of Dr. Olney's life. Not only did he grow up with deaf siblings, but he has been active in deaf ministry, education, research and sign language interpreting. He has more than 20 years of experience as a professional sign language interpreter, and has interpreted at a number of religious and political events around the country.

Dr. Olney has lived and studied on the East coast, the West coast and in the Midwest. In his leisure time, he enjoys jogging, sports, travel, reading biographies, games, and studying and teaching Scripture.

He and Beth have two adult sons, Kyle and Luke. Kyle and his wife, Amber, are parents to the Olneys' two grandchildren, Autumn and Kamden.

College of Arts and Sciences
Behavioral Sciences
M.A., 2009, Governors State University
Ph.D., 1995, University of Wisconsin
M.S., 1990, Purdue University
B.S., 1988, University of California-Davis

A faculty member at Olivet since 1995, except for the period from 2000 to 2003 when she was working in Russia, Dr. Gassin teaches courses in developmental and cross-cultural psychology. In 2007, she received the Richard M. Jones Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.

She holds degrees in human development, educational psychology (with an emphasis in gifted education), educational and developmental psychology with minors in research and statistics and moral education, and marriage and family counseling. She focuses her research on the psychology of forgiveness, social and moral development, and the psychology of religion.

Dr. Gassin is a founding board member of the International Forgiveness Institute, based in Madison, Wis., and has a variety of publications and presentations on the topic of forgiveness. She is also a member of the Association for Play Therapy; and the American Counseling Association.

She also enjoys exploring and studying in the areas of history, theology, art, sports and music.

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