Lexi Kvasnicka-Gates

Dr. Lexi Kvasnicka-Gates

Associate Professor of Social Sciences
Bottineau Faculty
PSYC - HLC Highly Qualified
TH 2206

About Lexi

Lexi grew up in Mankato, MN, and graduated high school in Aberdeen, SD.  After earning her Bachelors at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Lexi earned her Masters and Ph.D. at North Dakota State University.  Her research focused on body dissatisfaction, specifically male body dissatisfaction.  Lexi began teaching at DCB in 2011. 

HPER-Tested Experience Qualified (see below)

  • Fargo Half Marathon Finisher 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018
  • Medtronic Twin Cities Full Marathon Finisher 2009, 2010, 2012, 2018
  • Bismarck Half Marathon Finisher 2015, 2017
  • Las Vegas Half Marathon Finisher 2011
  • Lincoln National Guard Half Marathon Finisher 2009
  • Fargo Marathon 10K Finisher 2016
  • Mandan Road Race 5K Finisher 2018
  • Fargo Marathon 5K Finisher 2010, 2015
  • CFA 5K Turkey Trot Finisher 2011, 2017  
  • 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)
Awards & Publications


  • 2014 – 2015 Dakota College at Bottineau Faculty Excellence Award Recipient
  • 2012 – 2013 Dakota College at Bottineau Advising Excellence Award Recipient


  • 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.
Curriculum Vitae