Faculty Spotlight: Dr. William Saxby

Meet Dr. William Saxby

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Psychology (University of Vermont)
  • M.A., Theology (Fuller Theological Seminary)
  • B.A., Psychology (University of Vermont)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. William Saxby is a native of Vermont who spent the first 13 years of his professional career as a privately practicing licensed clinical psychologist. He returned to his first professional love of the academe in 1992 when he was hired by Nyack College, the flagship college of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, as an assistant professor of psychology.

In 2001, he moved to this beloved state of Colorado as professor of psychology for Colorado Christian University. Saxby and his wife, Pat, have two grown children, Justin and Paige, and live in Conifer, Colorado, where their nearest neighbor is a lodgepole pine tree.

Saxby's doctoral work was in neuropsychopharmacology, studying the effects of alcohol and/or marijuana on human behavior. The results of his extensive studies suggests strongly that there is little or no benefit and considerable detrimental effect of either drug alone or in combination. His master’s work is from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he earned a degree in theology and completed his clinical training.

Academic Positions
  • Professor of Psychology, Colorado Christian University, August 2001 to present
  • Professor of Psychology, Nyack College, September 1998 to August 2001
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Nyack College, September 1995 to August 1998
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Nyack College, September 1992 to August 1995
  • Adjunct Professor, Adult Degree Completion Program, Nyack College, September 1992 to August 2001
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Vermont, September 1980 to April 1982
  • Instructor, University of Vermont, Fall semesters 1974, 1975, 1978
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Vermont, Academic years 1975 and 1978
Administration Positions
  • Dean Emeritus, July 2018 to present
  • Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences, March 2006 to June 2018
  • Chair, Department of Counseling and Psychology, July 2005 to March 2006
  • Director, M.A. Counseling Program including curricular and program development; Colorado Christian University, October 2002 to July 2008
  • Head, Department of Psychology, Nyack College, January 1994 to August 2001
  • Curricular and program development for the M.A. Counseling; Alliance Theological Seminary, May 1997 – December 1998
  • Chair, Division of Social and Natural Sciences, Nyack College, September 1995 – August 1997
  • Braun, K.M. & Saxby, W.R. (April 2005). "The effects of Gender, Mood, and Athletic Team Affiliation on Cognitive Dissonance Test Performance." Poster presentation at the meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Dow, N. & Saxby, W.R. (April 2005). "Attitudes toward sexuality." Poster presentation at the meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Musty, R.E. & Saxby, W.R. (1985). "Effects of marijuana and alcohol in humans after self-administered dosing in a special social setting." In D. Harvey (Ed.), Marihuana 84 (pp. 613 – 620). Oxford: IRL Press
  • Richardson, J.D., Stacey, P.D., Saxby, W.R., & Musty, R.E. (1972, October). "Effects of amygdaloid administration of two beta-adrenergic drugs on the timing behavior (DRL-20) of rats." Paper presented at the meeting of the Neuroscience Society, Houston, TX.
  • Saxby, W.R. & Musty, R.E. (1973). "Effects of trans-1-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol on the acquisition of a two-way avoidance response." In American Psychological Association, Proceedings, 81st Annual Convention, APA (pp. 991 – 992). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Saxby, W.R. (1975, September). "Marihuana: influences upon human information processing and long-term memory." Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Saxby, W.R. (1981). "Alcohol and/or marihuana influences of human behavior" (Doctoral dissertation, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT).
  • Saxby, W.R. (September 2002). "Perceptual Set," presentation to the Board of Trustees, Colorado Christian University.