About Psychology programs
Department of Psychology
Building 51, Room 3404
Phone: (904) 620-2807
Web Address: http://www.unf.edu/coas/psychology/
Dr. Lori Lange, Associate
Professor & Chair
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
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 the degree.
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, including prerequisites.
Interdisciplinary Program in Behavioral
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
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.
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.
This program 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
For additional queries, please contact
Program Director Dr. Tracy Packiam Alloway.
Honors in Psychology
undergraduate 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 graduation.
Admission to the program requires:
- Junior or
senior standing and completion of at least three UNF psychology courses
with a psychology GPA of at least 3.67 and no grade less than B
- A letter
of application to the Department of Psychology chairperson presenting
career plans and proposed research for the Honors Project.
Department of Psychology faculty member to supervise the Honors Project.
Successful completion of the program also
of 6 credit hours of PSY4904 Honors Research with a grade of B or better
- Deposit of
an approved thesis in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library
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:
- As a
participant in an experiment. Students sign up for a study in SONA.
- As a
member of a professor’s research team
Learn more about becoming a participant and
about our faculty’s research teams by contacting the Department of Psychology.
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.
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
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.
Department of Psychology
Lori J. Lange, Associate Professor &
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
Angela Mann, Assistant Professor
Rebecca A. Marcon, Professor
Jody S. Nicholson, Associate Professor
Susan M. Perez, Associate Professor
Curtis Phills, Assistant Professor
Michael Toglia, Professor
Heather B. Truelove, Associate Professor
Dong-Yuan Wang, Professor
Dawn Witherspoon, Assistant Professor
Jennifer Wolff, Assistant Professor
Gabriel J. Ybarra, Associate Professor