Chowan's Psychology Department is unique from traditional undergraduate programs in psychology by offering:
Our students, who have continued on to graduate school, report that these learning opportunities gave them a tremendous advantage in their graduate studies. Other students found that their knowledge and skills gave them an edge when applying for entry-level positions in the mental health field. If you intend to make psychology your major, you will need to work hard, but you will also find that we have fun and enjoy some exciting class activities!
We want you to find your passion. Psychology majors pursuing a B.S. degree can choose from three tracks - our Counseling/Applied Track, our Alcohol/Drug Studies Track and our Experimental Track. We also offer a B.A. degree in Psychology for students who prefer not to concentrate on counseling or research. Chowan’s Psychology Department will also include you in:
When you become part of the Chowan University Psychology Department you will have a special place – a place to learn, to have fun, to grow emotionally & spiritually – a place to belong.
Jennifer Zak Place
"After working as a licensed psychologist for several years, I am thrilled to bring my applied experience to the classroom. Our students benefit from instructors with a breadth of experience and practical knowledge to guide them toward professional pursuits."
American Psychological Association (APA); North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB).
Selected Presentations and Publications:
Shellito, S., & Place, J. (2011). “Taking Flight: First Flight Summer Orientation Program” Presentation, Independent College Access Network Fall Conference, High Point, NC.
Place, J. (2010) “Stages of Development and Contigent Parenting.” Presentation and Round Table Discussion, Parenting Summit sponsored by Choanoke Area Development Association (CADA), Halifax Community College, Roanoke Rapids, NC
Porter, J., Stern, M., & Zak-Place, J. (2009). Prematurity Stereotyping and Perceived Vulnerability at 5- months: Relations with Mothers and their Premature and Full-Term Infants at 9-months. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology.
Zak-Place, J. & Stern, M. (2004). Dispositional Optimism and Protection Motivation Factors as Predictors of STD and HIV Preventive Behavior. American Journal of College Health, 52, 229-236.
Zak-Place, J. & Stern, M. (2000). Dispositional Optimism and Protection Motivation Factors as Predictors of STD and HIV Preventive Behavior. Paper presented at the meetings of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Nashville, TN.
"I enjoy teaching in a small college environment and connecting with students. I strive to instill a sense of enthusiasm toward psychological research in my students.”
Doane, A. N., Kelley, M. L., Chiang, E. S., Padilla, M. A. (in press). Development of the Cyberbullying Experiences Survey. Emerging Adulthood.
Pearson, M. R., Murphy, E. M., & Doane, A. N. (in press). Impulsivity-like traits and risky driving behaviors among college students. Accident Analysis & Prevention.
Kelley, M. L., Doane, A. N., & Pearson, M. R. (2011). Single Military Mothers in the New Millennium: Stresses, Supports, and Effects of Deployment. In S. M. MacDermid Wadsworth & D. Riggs (Eds.), Risk and Resilience in U.S. Military Families, Westport, CT: Praeger Press.
Milletich, R. J., Kelley, M. L., Doane, A. N., & Pearson, M. R. (2010). Exposure to interparental verbal and physical aggression and childhood physical and emotional abuse as related to physical aggression in undergraduate dating relationships. Journal of Family Violence, 25, 627-637.
Kelley, M. L., Klostermann, K., Doane, A. N., Mignone, T., Lam, W. K. K., & Fals-Stewart, W. (2010). The case for examining and treating the combined effects of parental drug use and interparental violence on children in their homes. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 15, 76-82.
Doane, A. N., Kelley, M. L., & Pearson, M. R. (2013, May). Testing of a Brief Video-Based Cyberbullying Prevention Program in College Students. Poster to be presented at the annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, Washington, D.C.
Doane, A. N., Kelley, M. L., & Murphy, E. M. (2012, May). Cyberbullying Victimization in College Students: Malice, Deception, Public Humiliation, and Unwanted Contact. Poster presented at annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, Chicago, IL.
Doane, A. N., Kelley, M. L., & Pearson, M. R. (2011, August). Parenting Predictors of Cyberbullying. Poster presented at the 119th Annual APA Convention, Washington, D.C.
Doane, A. N., & Kelley, M. L. (2011, May). Pilot Testing of a Brief Internet Cyberbullying Prevention Program on College Students. Poster presented at annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, Washington, D.C.
Doane, A. N., Kelley, M. L., & Padilla, M. A. (2011, April). Development of the Cyberbullying Experiences Survey. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Doane, A. N., Kelley, M. L., & Cornell, A. M. (2009, April). Online Bullies: College Students’ Reports of Internet Harassment and Cyberbullying. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Denver, CO.
Doane, A. N., & Kelley, M. L. (2008, October). College Students’ Experiences of Internet Harassment and Cyberbullying and Changes in Online Behavior. Poster presented at the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists Annual Meeting, Greenville, SC.
John J. Parsley
"I am looking forward to the small class size so I can get to know my students and the opportunity to share what I have learned as a clinician. I am also looking forward to working with students as they progress through their bachelor’s degree at Chowan.”
Appointed to the Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels by the Governor of the Commonwealth, 2009.