Associate Professor, Psychology
Psychology & ADP Psychology Program Director
Ph.D. University of Oregon
M.S. University of Oregon
Maîtrise Université de Paris-IV La Sorbonne
Liçence Université de Paris-IV La Sorbonne
B.A. University of Oregon
Dr. Mary Ann Winter-Messiers began at NCU in 2014. She teaches online and face to face courses in the psychology department. Her primary teaching assignments include general psychology, human development, learning, research and scholarly writing, research methods, counseling methods, abnormal psychology, and trauma. She has been teaching with passion at the university level for 22 years.
Mary Ann’s ardent research pursuits involve Autism Spectrum Disorder, emotion and regulation in those with autism, special interest areas in children and youth with higher functioning autism, and transition to adulthood. She also cares deeply about the study of trauma, its effects on human development and well-being, and healing work. Related to her interest in trauma is her research on perfectionism in females, the “good girls.”
Of particular interest to Mary Ann in her work at NCU is engaging students in asking challenging questions about trust in God juxtaposed with the difficult and challenging life events that are a constant in the human experience.
Mary Ann is a lifelong voracious reader, especially of autobiographies; as a child she was never found without a book and a back-up book. She loves to cook and draw from the culinary techniques and flavors of European and Asian cultures. Her soul is nourished by listening to classical and gospel music, with the occasional opera, and she finds solace and refreshing in a forest hike.