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Psychology

 

Psychology Department

Chowan's Psychology Department is unique from traditional undergraduate programs in psychology by offering:

  • Alcohol/Drug Studies leading to a North Carolina Certification in Addiction Counseling.
  • Preparation in counseling through role-playing and client assessment.
  • Participation in Group therapy class.
  • Hands-on activities in diagnosing, using the DSM-V (Diagnostic Statistical Manual).
  • Practical experience in local mental health agencies.

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:

  • Peer Mentoring - Matching upper-class students with first year students for guidance and friendship.
  • Psi Chi Honor Society - For students who achieve academic excellence.
  • Psychology Club - All majors and minors are encouraged to participate in activities.
  • Discussion Groups – Join in dialogue and get-togethers with our student-led Psychology Club.
  • Cyberbullying Research and Awareness Group - open to students of all majors who are interested in promoting cyberbullying awareness and/or gaining experience in research. Activities include planning and participating in cyberbullying events on campus and gathering and distributing information about cyberbullying.

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.

Department of Psychology - Faculty Information


Jennifer Place

Jennifer Zak Place
Chair, Department of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology

placej@chowan.edu
(252) 398-6265
CAMP HALL 100C  

2012 Faculty Advisor of the Year!

"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."

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the State University of
    New York in Albany
  • M.S. in both Counseling Psychology and School Counseling from the Univeristy of New York in Albany
  • B. S. in Psychology at Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame
  • Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in School Counseling from the State University of New York in Albany  

Courses Taught:

  • Alcohol / Drug Studies
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cultural Diversity in Counseling
  • Personality Theories
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Alcohol/Drug Studies I
  • Group Process
  • Capstone Project
  • Women and Gender Studies

Professional Organizations:
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.  

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Ashley Doane

Ashley Doane
Assistant Professor of Psychology

doanea@chowan.edu
(252) 398-6475

Google Scholar

"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.”

Education:

  • Ph.D., Applied Experimental Psychology, Old Dominion University
  • M.S., Psychology, Old Dominion University
  • B.S., Psychology, Old Dominion University

Courses Taught:

  • General Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Statistics in Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Senior Capstone
  • Directed Study

Awards:

  • Outstanding Classroom Instructor Graduate Teaching Award
  • The Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award
  • Student Affairs Outstanding Leadership Award
  • The Elizabeth C. Guy Outstanding Academic and Service Awards

Publications:

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.

Select Presentations:

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.

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John J. Parsley

John J. Parsley
Assistant Professor of Psychology

parslj@chowan.edu
(252) 398-6475

"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.”

Education:

  • Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Pacific University
  • Master of Science, Clinical Psychology, Northwestern State
    University of Louisiana
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Campbell College

Courses Taught:

  • General Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Personality Theories
  • Senior Seminar
  • Techniques of Psychotherapy
  • Psychopathology
  • Ethics and Professional Issues
  • Clinical Practicum

Awards:
Appointed to the Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels by the Governor of the Commonwealth, 2009.


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