Behavioral Sciences

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., 2017, Northern Arizona University
B.S., 2010, Olivet Nazarene University

Dr. Adams joined the Olivet faculty in 2019. His areas of specialty include psychoeducational assessment and early intervention for struggling students. He teaches basic research and statistics, psychological testing, physiological psychology, quantitative research project, abnormal psychology and provides oversight for students’ quantitative research projects.

Prior to joining the Olivet faculty, Dr. Adams worked as a school psychologist in Tucson, Arizona. In 2010 he received the Harold Young Research Award, under the supervision of Dr. Kristian Veit. In 2018, he received the Arizona Association of School Psychologists’ Student Research Award, for his dissertation research. He is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists.

Dr. Adams enjoys reading, playing music and spending time with his wife, Joanna.

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. He teaches courses in research and statistics, social psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, and personality psychological. He also oversees independent study quantitative research projects (senior theses) for the Bachelor of Science degree program in psychology. He has also taught courses in research and statistics at the master's and doctoral levels.

His research interests include job satisfaction, workplace loneliness, attitudes, work-family conflict, teaching, 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.

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.

He 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 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. His students have been invited to conferences in Charlotte, Chicago, Kansas City, LaCrosse, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. to present research studies they have completed under his supervision. In 2019 one of his students won a regional Research Award from Psi Chi (the International Honor Society in Psychology) at the Midwest Psychological Association's Annual Meeting for her research study.

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

In his leisure time, Dr. Veit enjoys running, swimming, biking, rock climbing, pencil drawing, and playing piano, trumpet, and guitar. 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., 2017, University of Chicago
M.S., 2006, Auburn University
B.S., 2001, Olivet Nazarene University

A faculty member at Olivet since 2008, Dr. Smith teaches introductory psychology, cognitive psychology, psychology of learning, advanced statistics, and biostatistics and epidemiology. His specific interests include cognitive functioning in at-risk populations, statistical applications, and the epidemiology of mental health.

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 psychological disorders. He also collaborates with researches at the University of Chicago and Rush University Medical Center on research involving cognitive functioning in at-risk populations and mental health treatment.

On the topics of the teaching of psychology, memory, sleep disorders, cognitive functioning in at-risk populations, and mental health treatment, Dr. Smith has had numerous publications in professional journals and has given presentations at professional conferences. He is a member of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the American Statistical Association (ASA), and the American Public Health Association (APHA).

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

Dr. Gassin has been a faculty member at Olivet since 1995, except for the period from 2000 to 2003 when she was working in Russia. In 2007, she received the Richard M. Jones Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2015, the Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence.

Dr. Gassin 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. In 2017 she earned a graduate certificate in qualitative research methods. She focuses her scholarship on several topics: the psychology of forgiveness, the grieving process, and religious development in children. Dr. Gassin also provides counseling services to the wider Kankakee community.

Dr. Gassin is a founding board member of the International Forgiveness Institute, based in Madison, Wisconsin. She is also a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the American Psychological Association.

She enjoys exploring and studying in the areas of history, theology, and art. Much of her free time is devoted to the fiber arts in particular, such as crochet, knitting, and dyeing yarn. Dr. Gassin roots for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Wisconsin Badgers.

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