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PSYCHOLOGY is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Students learn key concepts and theories in cognitive, emotional, and social processes, along with research methods and strategies for psychological assessment. The knowledge acquired in psychology can be put to work in a variety of employment settings and is preparation for further graduate study

Career Opportunities in Psychology:

  • Professional counselors or psychologists (with appropriate graduate training)
  • Not-for-profit agencies that provide social or psychological services.
  • Youth/daycare programs or programs that benefit children’s development.
  • Mental health and social service agencies.  

Recent graduates from the Psychology Program:

  • Amanda Westberry Allen (Class of 2009) earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and works as a mental health court monitor in the Kansas City, MO area.
  • Katherine Dunavant (Softball, Class of 2010) earned her M.S.Ed. in Clinical Counseling from the University of North Carolina – Pembroke and currently works as a counselor at College of the Albemarle in Manteo, NC. She has also coached softball for a high school in the Dare County area of North Carolina.
  • Juliana Richardson (Track, Class of 2010) recently earned an M.S.W. from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
  • April Pfeiffer (Softball, Class of 2011) is a teacher in Wayne County, NC.


Psychology Program Contacts:

Michael B. Brown, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
Professor of Psychology
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(252) 985-5136

Kimberly Martin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Duke University
(252) 985-5132

Gregory Preuss, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Kentucky
(252) 985-5255

Jay R. Quinan, Ph.D.
Psychology Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Georgia
(252) 985-5133

Fred W. Sanborn, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Kansas State University
(252) 985-5334