Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology has a mission to facilitate the understanding of the fundamentals of human behavior and experience, to teach the fundamentals of the scientific method, to develop a recognition of the diversity of behavior and to develop the ability to make informed judgments that strengthen our contribution to society.

“The psychology program at Chowan prepared me for graduate level work. I felt that I had an advantage over other graduate students thanks to my classroom experience at Chowan.” – Tonya Sinclair, M.F. T., Alumna 

"Chowan's Psychology Department has an expert faculty that prepares you for employment. In my work with at-risk adolescents, my employer was astonished by my knowledge of  human development  and clinical practice." - Richmond Owusu-ansah, B.S., Alumnus

"Attending  Chowan University and entering the  Psychology program were the best decisions I ever made. I was taught everything that I needed to know and more for my career. I am beyond thankful."   Bria Greene, B.S., Alumna

Welcome to Psychology

Chowan's Department of Psychology has several unique features that make it stand out from other undergraduate programs. We want you to find your passion. Unlike most undergraduate programs, we offer multiple degree options, including three specialized tracks of study. While our program includes a general foundation for all students, our degree tracks allow students to gain a better sense of their particular area of interest. We offer:

Psychology, BS

Chowan University also offers a Psychology Minor.

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. The Psychology Department not only offers a strong foundational basis, but the curriculum also has a strong emphasis in applied skills and practice. You could also join the psychology club, which is open to all majors and minors. Activities include movie nights, game nights, and volunteering for charitable events (Red Cross Blood Drive, Relay for Life, and the local Food Bank). We also offer a Cyberbullying Research and Awareness Group, which is 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. There is also a Decision Making Research Group open to students of all majors who are interested in designing and conducting research studies. Students who achieve academic excellence may also be invited to join Psi Chi International Honor Society.

Organizations & Honors

The Psychology Club offers all psychology majors and minors the opportunity to belong to a group of students with similar interests and goals. You will want to join immediately and participate in the activities. This is the first step toward Psi Chi membership and one way to demonstrate your interest and leadership in the Psychology department.

Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 to advance the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

The Psi Chi Constitution requires that undergraduate student applicants to theChowan Chapter of Psi Chi:

  • Must be enrolled as a student at Chowan.
  • Must have established a GPA at Chowan.
  • Must be at least a second-semester sophomore.
  • Must be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program or a program psychological in nature that is equivalent to a psychology major.
  • Must have completed at least 9 semester hours in that discipline.
  • Must have an overall GPA that is in the top 35% of their class based on rankings within sophomore, junior, and senior classes (if the cut-off for the top 35% is below 3.00, the applicant must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4-point scale).
  • Must have a psychology GPA that is at least 3.00 on a 4-point scale.

We encourage all our students to strive for the lifetime membership in Psi Chi. It is not only an honor but is a valuable addition to your graduate school application and/or resume.

Faculty

Ashley Doane, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Julie Parker, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Rachel Phillips, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Jennifer Zak Place, PhD
Chair, Department of Psychology, Associate Professor of Psychology