Faculty

Dr. Ryan NewellRyan Newell, Ph.D., L.B.P.

Chair, Department of Psychology and Family Studies

Professor of Psychology

  • A.A., Ohio Valley College
  • B.S., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.Ed., University of Central Oklahoma
  • Ph.D., University of Toledo

Office: DAH 217

Office phone: 405.425.5458

Email: Ryan Newell

Ryan earned his doctorate in Guidance and Counseling with an emphasis in family therapy and a minor in research and statistics at the University of Toledo in 1994.  After working in Toledo, Ohio for 6 years in community mental health and the municipal court system, he came to OC in 1992.  He teaches courses in Research Methods, Statistics, Abnormal Psychology, Cybernetics and Systems Theory and has served as faculty sponsor for OC’s Psychology Club, Psi Chi, since 1992.  Newell is an active member of the American Psychological Society and serves as president for the Oklahoma Psychological Society.  Newell is also licensed as a Behavioral Practitioner in the state of Oklahoma and maintains a private practice in marriage and family therapy.  Ryan and his wife, Tamara, are active members of Wilshire church of Christ in Oklahoma City where Ryan currently serves as Elder.  They have raised two children:  Brent Newell and Amber Rose.  Both children are 2007 graduates:  Brent from Cascade College in Portland, OR and Amber from Oklahoma Christian University. 

Newell has served as Chair of the Department of Psychology and Family Studies since 2004.

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Bobby Kern, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology & Family Studies

  • B.S., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.A., Oklahoma Christian University
  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

Office Phone: (405) 425-5436

Email: bobby.kern@oc.edu

Bobby Kern came to Oklahoma Christian in 2012, after spending a decade working in family ministry.  Bobby completed his doctoral work in Family Science at Oklahoma State University.  While there he served as the regional program coordinator for the Fathers Count! Research Project, a multi-site project examining the role of fathers and father figures in the lives of African American and Latino boys.  Bobby’s research interests include fathering, families and religion, and resilience perspectives.  He currently teaches courses in family development, developmental psychology, human sexuality, child welfare, gerontology, and family resilience.  Bobby is a member of the National Council on Family Relations and serves as a board member for its state affiliate, the Oklahoma Council on Family Relations. Bobby and his wife, Lisa, are active members at the Memorial Road church of Christ, serving as small group leaders.  They have two children, Lydia and Josiah, who keep their calendars full and their faces smiling. 

sada knowles

Sada Knowles, M.S., C.F.L.E.

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Family Studies

  • B.S., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.S., Oklahoma State University
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Oklahoma State University

Office Phone: (405) 425-5456

Email: sada.knowles@oc.edu

Sada Knowles first worked for Oklahoma Christian University in Student Life while she worked on her master's degree at Oklahoma State University. After completing her M.S. in Human Development and Family Science, she spent several years gaining "field experience" with her own three children. Sada served Oklahoma Christian as an adjunct instructor in Family Studies before returning as full-time faculty in the fall of 2011. She teaches courses in parent-child relations, child welfare, family life education, and divorce and stepfamilies. Her previous research interests include marital satisfaction and joint leisure, adolescent risk for delinquent behavior, and authoritative parenting of toddlers. Sada is a member of the National Council on Family Relations and its local affiliate, the Oklahoma Council on Family Relations. Sada and her husband, Ben, are active members of Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond where Ben serves as a deacon and Sada has served in children's education, women's Bible studies, and Divorce Care for Kids.

tina winnTina Winn, Ed.D., L.P.C.

Professor of Psychology and Family Studies

  • B.S.E, Oklahoma Christian College
  • MS.Ed. Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Ed.D. Oklahoma State University

Office Phone: (405) 425-5459

Email: tina.winn@oc.edu

Tina Winn came to Oklahoma Christian in 2010 after 13 ½ years on the faculty at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and 10 years at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  Her doctorate is in Counseling and Student Personnel.  In addition to her university teaching experience, Winn taught physical education in public schools and served as director of career services at Northwestern.  She has taught in both the education and psychology departments at each of the institutions she has worked.  Winn teaches courses in Social Psychology, Personality, Developmental Psychology, Motivation and Emotion, and Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Psychology.  Winn’s research interests are in the areas of motivation and flourishing.  Her most recent focus is in factors related to forgiveness.  Winn is an LPC and maintains a private practice in individual and family therapy. She and her husband Terry are active members of Memorial Road Church of Christ.  She teaches women’s classes and has been the featured speaker at various ladies retreats and events.