Barbara J. Vail

Contact Information

Professor of Psychology
B.S. Montana State University
M.S., Ph.D. Washington State University
Phone: 406.657.1052 (office) or 406.259.3185 (home)
Office: Morledge-Kimball Hall 305


Dr. Vail teaches a variety of psychology courses while serving as associate academic vice president and director of the education program. Although she enjoys the challenge of administration, her interests have not strayed far from the classroom. She is the recipient of the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Teaching, the United Methodist Church Teaching Award, the RMC National Advisory Council Faculty Member of the Year Award, and has twice been honored with the Ossie Abrams Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Vail has a particular interest in child development, as she strives to help students become better parents and teachers. She is also committed to producing psychology majors who are competent in science by having them design and conduct their own investigations in experimental psychology. 

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Montana Council of Deans of Education


  • Education Program Director
  • Education Licensure Officer

Courses Taught

  • PSY 205: Human Development I
  • PSY 410: Experimental Psychology
  • PSY 305: Abnormal Psychology 
  • PSY 431: Psychological Testing and Assessment 
  • Physiological Psychology


Rocky Mountain College
1511 Poly Drive
Billings, MT 59102