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The Department of Psychology offers BA, Minor, BA/MA, MA, and PhD programs. Courses are offered in clinical, social, personality, development, behavioral neuroscience, and experimental psychology. Students may design programs that approach psychology as a social science, a natural science, or a combination of both.

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Upcoming Theses & Dissertation Defenses

Alana Perez will defend her Master’s thesis on Friday, April 1st, 2016 from 3pm to 5pm. in Asbury 336.The title of her thesis is: Prejudice in a sample of DC-based University International Students: Examining the role of Acculturative Stress and Perceived Discrimination.

The Committee Members Are:

Dr. Noemi Enchautegui-de-Jesus, Chair
Dr. Anthony Ahrens
Dr. Laura Duval

Emma C. Woodward will defend her Master’s Thesis on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 1-3 pm in BLIB-B60. The title of her thesis is: "Intergenerational Emotion Dysregulation: Older Adolescent Negative Perception as a Moderator."


Nathaniel Herr, Ph.D. (Chair)
Kathleen Gunthert, Ph.D.
Lauren McGrath, Ph.D.

Oliver Flynn will defend his dissertation on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 2-5 pm in Asbury 336. The title of his dissertation is: Differentiation of Motion Mechanisms with Perpetual Motion Illusions.  

Arthur Shapiro, Ph.D.(chair)
Catherine Stoodley, Ph.D.
Victoria Connaughton, Ph.D.
Bei Xiao, Ph.D.
Brett Jeffrey, Ph.D. (external reader)

Dana Chirumbole will defend her Master's Thesis on April 18, 2016 from 8:50-10:50 am in Ward 301. The title of her thesis is: "Romantic relationship involvement and psychological well-being among urban African-American adolescents.  


Michele Carter, Ph.D., Chair
GiShawn Mance, Ph.D., Howard University
Noemi Enchautegui-de-Jesus, Ph.D.

Mathew Stewart will defend his Master’s Thesis on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 10 am to 12 noon in Asbury 336. The title of his thesis is "Mindfulness as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Connectedness to Nature and Well-being."

The committee members are:

Dr. David A.F. Haaga

Dr. Anthony Ahrens
Dr. Nathaniel R. Herr