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Dr. Lori Lange, Associate
Professor & Chair
The mission of the Department
of Psychology is to offer the highest quality academic experiences at the
undergraduate and graduate levels through excellence in teaching, research, and
service to the professional and local communities and to encourage the
development of new knowledge through faculty scholarship. Our commitment to
research reflects broad interests and aspirations, as we aim to contribute both
general and applied research on local, national and global issues. A
major goal of the Department is to work toward equipping students with the
critical skills and knowledge necessary for continued occupational,
educational, and personal advancement in Psychology and related disciplines. In
addition the Department strives to foster an environment in which students are
encouraged to assess their values and apply their knowledge to their
increasingly complex world and thus promote the recognition of the importance
of their roles in society as members of a vital citizenry. Finally, our faculty
and students are committed to serving the diverse communities in which they
live and work, including the University, the discipline, and the region.
Psychology is the scientific study of human and animal
behavior. The Department of Psychology offers undergraduate (BA & BS) and
graduate (MS) degree programs in psychology, and a behavioral neuroscience
program through Interdisciplinary Studies. Our full-time
faculty are active researchers and offer opportunities for students to collaborate
on research projects. UNF psychology faculty are highly qualified, caring and
accessible individuals who are excellent teachers and researchers, committed to
continued scholarship and service to the profession and to the local community.
Psychology at UNF offers many unique and engaging
opportunities beyond the typical classroom setting, such as practicum, study
abroad, research, student groups, and community-based learning. These
distinctive experiences provide avenues for students to apply what they have
learned and to broaden their knowledge, practical skills, and connections. Students
in our program gain knowledge and skills that make them highly desirable
candidates for employment in a wide variety of careers. Many opportunities
exist for students to develop highly transferable skills in scientific research
and statistics, critical thinking, problem solving, technical writing,
teamwork, oral communication, and interpersonal skills and understanding.
Psychology at UNF
offers a substantive and dynamic curriculum where students have the option to
earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. All programs share a
common core of courses in research methodology, scientific inquiry, and
professional development. Students can focus their studies on children and
adolescents in the Child Psychology Concentration.
For admission to the degree program, students must earn
at least a C in introductory psychology, in elementary statistics, and in
general biology. Psychology majors must earn at least a C in courses applied to
Psychology minors complete 18 credit hours in psychology.
No more than 50% of courses required for the minor may be transferred from
another institution. A grade of at least C is required for all minor courses,
Behavioral Neuroscience is offered as an available theme of study through the Interdisciplinary Studies major for students interested in studying the biological basis of human behavior. The interdisciplinary curriculum requires 36 credit hours and focuses on the brain circuitry and other biological factors underlying normal and abnormal human development, cognition, perception, social interaction, mental health, and drug use.
Students gain a broad understanding of biological and psychological principles and techniques, and acquire laboratory, research, technological and other practical skills required for further study and career opportunities in related fields. Specifically, students are trained in a variety of behavioral, cellular and molecular, neuroanatomical, and neurobiological techniques necessary to approach questions of interest using animal and human model systems.
Pursuing studies in Behavioral Neuroscience prepares students for a variety of careers and areas of continued education, including medicine, pharmacology, bioengineering, health bioinformatics, government service (e.g., NIH, CDC), marketing, physical therapy, artificial intelligence, science journalism, and research & development.
Students interested in learning more about the Behavioral Neuroscience program should contact Dr. Katherine Hooper.
The Master of Science in Psychological Science program is
designed to develop a broad base of knowledge and critical thinking skills.
This program also provides a unique opportunity for research development and
mentorship. Faculty interests cover a broad range of areas including
Developmental Psychology, Behavior Analysis, Clinical Research, Social
Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Human Factors.
provides a strong foundation for those interested in:
1) Pursing further graduate work such as Ph.D.
in psychology; or
2) Employment in areas of applied psychology
in government, community agencies, and industry
queries, please contact Program Director Dr. Tracy Packiam Alloway.
psychology majors can graduate with the designation "Honors in
Psychology." To do this, they apply for admission to the Psychology
Honors Program. Candidates should apply at least two semesters prior to
Admission to the program requires:
Successful completion of the program also requires:
As they plan for the "Honors in Psychology"
designation, students should consult the Psychology Department Chair as soon as possible.
Involvement in research is an important part of the
psychology major experience at UNF. Many opportunities exist for students to
engage in behavioral science research while receiving excellent mentoring from
faculty who care very much about their students.
Students can become involved in our research in two ways:
Learn more about becoming a participant and about our
faculty’s research teams by contacting the Department of Psychology.
It is common for psychology students to work with
community organizations through volunteerism, practicum experiences, and
research. This provides great opportunities to engage in transformational
experiences and to develop meaningful professional direction for life after
graduation. We have many community partners that provide excellent networking
and professional opportunities for students. As an Engaged Department, many of
our courses include community-based learning. Practicum is required in the
Child Concentration and is recommended for all psychology majors. Students interested in practicum should contact Dr. Paul Argott.
Academic and experiential opportunities through study abroad can foster international
understanding in order to promote competent participation in the global
community, and are especially in the development of important skills for the
The UNF Department of Psychology has a student exchange relationship
with the Psychology Division at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland. Psychology
students at UNF can apply for a semester study abroad at Abertay University in
their junior or senior year. Faculty in the Psychology Department have led study
abroad courses to China, Japan, and Jamaica.
Lori J. Lange, Associate Professor & Chair
Sarah Ainsworth, Assistant Professor
Tracy P. Alloway, Associate Professor
Paul Argott, Instructor
Elizabeth Brown, Assistant Professor
Paul Fuglestad, Assistant Professor
Christoph D. Guess, Professor
Katherine Hooper, Instructor
Iver H. Iversen, Professor
Juliana Leding, Associate Professor
Christopher T. Leone, Professor
Sarah Ainsworth MacPherson, Assistant Professor
Angela Mann, Assistant Professor
Rebecca A. Marcon, Professor
Jody S. Nicholson, Assistant Professor
Susan M. Perez, Associate Professor
Curtis Phills, Assistant Professor
Michael Toglia, Professor
Heather B. Truelove, Assistant Professor
Dong-Yuan Wang, Professor
Dawn Witherspoon, Assistant Professor
Jennifer Wolff, Assistant Professor
Gabriel J. Ybarra, Associate Professor
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