Jennifer Zak Place

Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
Associate Professor of Psychology

Contact Information

(252) 398-6553

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

  • PhD, Counseling Psychology, State University of New York, Albany
  • CAS, School Counseling, State Univeristy of New York, Albany
  • MS, Counseling Psychology, State Univeristy of New York, Albany
  • BS, Psychology, Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame

Courses Taught

  • Alcohol/Drug Studies
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cultural Diversity in Psychological Issues
  • Personality Theories
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Group Process
  • Capstone Project
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Interpersonal and Family Dynamics
  • Basics in Therapeutic Counseling

Academic & Scholarly Achievements

  • 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award

    2017 Pi Gamma Mu Faculty Award
    2014 Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year
    2012 Faculty Advisor of the Year

    Professional Organizations
    Association for Psychological Science (APS)
    North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB)
    Association of Heads of Departments of Psychology (AHDP)

    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 Contingent 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.  

    Slyck, MV.,  Stem, M.,  Zak-Place, J. (1996)Promoting Optimal Adolescent Development through Conflict Resolution Education, Training, and Practice: An Innovative Approach for Counseling Psychologists. The Counseling Psychologist 24 (3), 433-461