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Kristina Pagel, PhD, earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and then went on to complete her Master of Art and PhD in Comparative Human Development with an emphasis in Behavioral Biology from The University of Chicago. At Colorado Mesa University, Pagel teaches General Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Drugs and Human Behavior, Biopsychology, and Sensation and Perception.

While teaching, Pagel encourages undergraduate students to incorporate knowledge from several perspectives to build a more holistic model, which is critical to the scientific method and the study of psychology. One of Pagel's passions is to focus on adapting and developing courses to suit the needs of the university’s students. Her favorite part of teaching is learning from creative, diverse individuals and assisting in the development of their ideas.