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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

Carissa Mehos will defend her dissertation on June 1, 2016 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm in Bio-101 Conference Room (Hurst Hall). The title of her dissertation is "The influence of glutamate signaling on neuroprotective glial aromatase and 17β following traumatic brain injury.”

Committee Members:

Vikki Connaughton (chair)
Colin Saldanha
Katie DeCicco-Skinner
Terry Davidson

Kelly Macdonald will defend her Master’s Thesis on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 10:00am-12 pm. The title of her thesis is: An exploration of protective factors for first generation college students: Grit, growth mindset, cultural congruity, and parental encouragement

Committee Members:

Dr. James Gray, Chair
Dr. Noemi Enchautegui de Jesus
Caroline DeLeon, MA

Christina Thomas will defend her Master’s Thesis on Tuesday, June 14th. 2016 from 9:30-11:30 am. The title of her thesis is "Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) investigation of the role of the cerebellum in motor, language, and social prediction."

The committee members are:

Dr. Catherine Stoodley (chair),
Dr. Lauren McGrath,
Dr. Arthur Shapiro.

Trinity Howell will defend her Master’s Thesis on Tuesday, June 20th, 2016 from 1-3 pm in Asbury 336. The title of her thesis is: “Therapy-Seeking Attitudes And Racial Preferences For Therapists: Differences Between African Americans and Caucasian Americans.”

Committee members:

Michele Carter, Ph.D.: Chair
James Gray, Ph.D.
Tracy Sbrocco, Ph.D.