School of Arts and Sciences
Catherine Nani Skaggs, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., George Mason University
B.S., George Mason University 


Dr. Skaggs arrived at Bushnell in 2009. She teaches a variety of courses within the psychology major, serves as the chair of the Institutional Review Board, and is the faculty advisor for Pi Gamma Mu the International Honor Society in Social Sciences. She completed her BS in psychology in 1990 at George Mason University. She completed her doctoral degree in developmental psychology with an emphasis in physiological psychology in 1996 at George Mason University. Her research experience at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as with the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, National Institute of Health (NIH) National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Center for Behavioral Teratology at San Diego State University, and the Oregon Social Learning Center has equipped her with specialized training and knowledge in the areas of human and brain development, drug effects, learning, and memory. 

She began teaching at the college level as a graduate student in 1994 and has taught as an instructor at San Diego State University, Oregon State University, and Lane Community College prior to going to Bushnell University. She received the Bushnell (formerly NCU) President’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership in 2012, and the Associated Students at Bushnell (formerly NCU) Professor of the Year in 2013. She teaches a variety of psychology courses ranging from general psychology to biological psychology, cognition, psychology of learning, and research methods. She enjoys teaching students about psychological science and its integration with faith as well as helping them see the application to everyday life in a way that encourages compassion towards self and others.