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Lexi Kvasnicka-Gates, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Social Sciences


Contact Information

contact-icon.pngOffice: Thatcher Hall 2208

Phone: 701-228-5475

Email: lexi.kvasnicka@dakotacollege.edu


  • Ph.D. in Health/Social Psychology, North Dakota State University (2011)
  • M.S. in Health/Social Psychology, North Dakota State University (2009)
  • B.A. in Psychology (minor in Communication Studies), Minnesota State University Moorhead (2007)

Classes Taught On Campus

  • PSYC 111: Introduction to Psychology (Fall and Spring)
  • PSYC 111H: Honors Introduction to Psychology (Fall)
  • PSYC 250: Developmental Psychology (Spring)
  • PSYC 270: Abnormal Psychology (Spring)
  • PSYC 270H: Honors Abnormal Psychology (Spring)
  • HPER 101: Activity-Running (Fall and Spring)

Classes Taught Online

  • PSYC 250: Developmental Psychology (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • PSYC 280: Introduction to Health Psychology (Fall and Spring)

Other Service to Dakota College at Bottineau

  • Higher Learning Commission Coordinator (2017 to present)
  • Director of Retention (2013 – 2014)


  • Faculty Excellence Award Recipient (2014 – 2015)
  • Advising Excellence Award Recipient (2012 – 2013)


  • Hilmert, C. J., Kvasnicka-Gates, L.R., Teoh, A. N., Bresin, K., & Fiebiger, S. (2016). Major      flood related strains and pregnancy outcomes.  Health Psychology.
  • Hilmert, C. J., & Kvasnicka, L. R. (2010). Blood pressure and emotional responses to stress:             Perspectives on cardiovascular reactivity. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3, 1-14.

Invited Talks

  • Kvasnicka-Gates, L. R. (2016, May).  Body Image. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Elementary School Outreach Speaker.
  • Keith, K., & Kvasnicka-Gates, L.R. (2015, August).  Effective Faculty Advising Techniques. Presented at DCB Inservice.
  • Kvasnicka-Gates, L. R. (2014, March).  Body Image and Dissatisfaction.  Ellendale Middle and High School Outreach Speaker.
  • Kvasnicka-Gates, L. R. (2014, March).  Insights into Emotions, Effort, and Cardiovascular Reactivity to Acute Stress.  Dakota College at Bottineau, Retired Teachers of Bottineau County Annual Talk.
  • Botton, C., & Kvasnicka-Gates, L.R. (2014, August).  College Success at Dakota College at Bottineau. First Year Experience Speaker.
  • Kvasnicka-Gates, L. R. (2013, August).  Retention Review: Current Retention Effectiveness and an Introduction to the First Year Sequence Retention Program.  Dakota College at Bottineau, Faculty and Staff In-Service. 
  • Kvasnicka-Gates, L. R. (2013, February).  The Psychology of Risk Taking.  Dakota College at Bottineau, Campus Read/Lecture Series. 
  • Kvasnicka-Gates, L. R. (2012, December).  Effective Communication Skills for Women.  Dakota College at Bottineau.  Professional Growth Series.
  • Kvasnicka-Gates, L. R. (2012, April). Managing Millennials. Dakota College at Bottineau, Professional Growth Series.
  • Kvasnicka-Gates, L. R. (2012, February). Body Dissatisfaction: It’s Not Just a Female Thing. Jamestown College, Healthy Living Week Speaker.

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