Alisa Estey

Contributing Faculty
College of Psychology and Community Services
School of Psychology
Ph.D. Psychology

Dr. Alisa Estey has served as a research and statistical consultant for many years, facilitating empirical research studies across multiple disciplines. She has a strong passion for teaching and guiding students to reach their full potential. She has been teaching since 2015 and has received multiple teaching awards. She continually strives to improve her teaching knowledge and skills, using evidence-based teaching practices and techniques. Her teaching focus is on methodology, research design, and statistics in the field of psychology. Her research interests are within the sub-field of positive psychology, such as the cognitive mechanisms associated with well-being (e.g., attribution styles). She has published several articles in the field of psychology as well. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and rescue dogs, baking, and being outdoors.

Awards / Honors

John P. Ellbogen Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching Award , University of Wyoming, 2015

Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award, Capella University, 2024

School Of Undergraduate Studies Faculty of The Quarter Award , Northcentral University, 2021

Stephen Shank Faculty Recognition for Excellence In Teaching , Capella University, 2023


Coolidge, F., Estey, A., Segal, D., Marle, P. (2013). Are alexithymia and schizoid personality disorder synonymous diagnoses?. Comprehensive Psychiatry

Zeamer, C., Estey, A. (2020). For love or money? Factors associated with the choice between couple- based versus individual financial coaching. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning

Coolidge, F., Segal, D., Estey, A., Spinath, F., Gottschling, J. (2015). Heritability estimates of Karen Horney’s core neurotic trends in a young adult twin sample. Psychology

Nieves, A., Love, P., Estey, A. (2021). Improving the accuracy of sepsis screening by nurses in hospitalized older adults: A pilot interventional study. Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Francia, C., Coolidge, F., White, L., Segal, D., Cahill, B., Estey, A. (2010). Personality disorder profiles in incarcerated male rapists and child molesters. American Journal of Forensic Psychology

Coolidge, F., Segal, D., Estey, A., Neuzil P. (2011). Preliminary psychometric properties of a measure of Karen Horney’s tridimensional theory in children and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Psychology

Estey, A., Coolidge, F., Segal, D. (2014). Retrospective assessment of premorbid psychopathology and cognitive impairments in bipolar disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry


Estey, A., Coolidge, F., Segal, D. (2013). Are alexithymia and schizoid personality disorder synonymous? .

Estey, A., Francia, C., Coolidge, F. (2011). Assessment of alexithymic, personality, and personality disorder traits in a non-clinical sample.

Estey, A., Coolidge, F., Gottschling, J., Spinath, F. (2013). Empirical evidence for the heritability of Karen Horney’s three core neurotic trends..

Marle, P., Estey, A., Coolidge, F. (2012). Meta-analysis of neurological foci and cognitive dysfunction correlates in autism spectrum disorder.

Coolidge, F., Segal, D., Estey, A. (2010). New measure of Karen Horney’s tridimensional theory in children.

Estey, A., Estes, D. (2014). Positive beliefs about human nature predict well-being and life satisfaction.