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 is designed with the intention of preparing you for graduate level work. I was the only person in my class to have had group experience, and one of the very few who had practiced client interviews. I continually find myself in situations during class where I have an advantage over other students thanks to my experience at Chowan.” – Tonya Sinclair, recent Psychology graduate

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, BA
Psychology, Alcohol/Drug Studies, BS
Psychology, Counseling/Applied, BS
Psychology, General Experimental, 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 specialized academic tracks, but also offers unique programs that enrich the student’s academic study and personal life. As a psychology major, you can be involved in Peer Mentoring, a program that matches upper-class students with first year students for guidance and friendship. 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. Students who achieve academic excellence may also be invited to join Psi Chi International Honor Society.

Internships, Organizations & Honors

We offer a variety of internship/practicum opportunities for our students in mental health agencies, public schools, private agencies, campus services, and with substance abuse treatment providers. These placements are generally in your final year in order for you to practice your knowledge and skills.

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 National 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.

Higher Education Federal Grant

The Department of Psychology at Chowan University was awarded a competitive grant, as one of only 20 higher education institutions nationwide, from the Federal Department of Education totaling $218,832 to prevent high-risk drinking among underage college students.

This significant grant includes components that:

  • Strengthen community and campus awareness and advocacy.
  • Educate and assess students.
  • Provide counseling services.
  • Create student jobs.
  • Market social change.
  • Promote peer counseling.
  • Train Resident Assistants (RAs).
  • Evaluate internal and external research data.

Our Psychology faculty continue to pioneer practical curriculum geared toward student success and sustaining positive change!


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