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Virginia R. Black, EdD

Virginia R. Black, EdD

University of Georgia, 1979
Temporary Assistant Professor



Virginia Black received her Ed. D. in School Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1979. Her dissertation evaluated the effectiveness of various procedures for training creative problem solving. She taught mostly general and developmental psychology courses for 27 years at Dyersburg State Community College in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Upon her retirement, she and her husband moved to Statesboro to live with and care for her mother. Since the fall semester of 2003, she has reveled in having the opportunity to conduct research and make presentations. The first project with Dr. Janice Kennedy investigated test performance and anxiety and ended in a poster session at NITOP. The second with Drs. Kyung Hee Chee, Elizabeth Brown, and Meta Harris explored the transmission of mothering skills. Its findings were reported at Women's World 05 in Seoul, Korea. When not in the Carroll Building, Dr. Black attends to her mother's social and medical appointments, gardens, throws pots, and researches exotic places to visit.
Research and Scholarly Interests

* Stress and coping
* Aging

Courses

* Introduction to Psychology
* Lifespan Developmental Psychology

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Ellen Emerson, PhD

Ellen Emerson, PhD

Utah State University, 1995
Temporary Assistant Professor



Ellen Emerson has been a part of the Georgia Southern University community since 1995 when she joined the staff of the Counseling and Career Development Center. She is new to the Psychology department in the fall of 2005. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at Carleton College in 1984, her M.A. in Agency Counseling from Michigan State University in 1985, and her Ph.D. Professional Scientific Psychology in 1995 from Utah State University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Medical College of Georgia. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a licensed psychologist and has spent the last 20 years doing clinical work. Her clinical interests include women's issues, eating disorders, GLBT issues, group therapy, and couples counseling. In her clinical work, she works from a family systems and psychodynamic perspective, coupled with humanistic values.
Research and Scholarly Interests

* Eating disorders
* Treatment efficacy
* Treatment outcome
* Effectiveness of service delivery

Courses

* Abnormal Psychology
* Personality Psychology

Lisa G. Ferdinand , PhD

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Lisa G. Ferdinand , PhD

Georgia State University, 2004
Assistant Professor



Lisa Ferdinand earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Georgia State University in the summer of 2004 after completing a clinical internship at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta. For 15 years prior to that she worked as a psychotherapist specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families. Her research interests have included the operationalization and measurement of family systems constructs, and the piloting of a manualized family systems intervention with young couples. In addition to her new academic career at Georgia Southern University, Dr. Ferdinand is developing a part-time private practice. In this clinical work she strives to integrate family systems, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic approaches to treatment.
Research and Scholarly Interests

* Differentiation of Self
* Family of Origin Influence on Current Level of Functioning
* Premarital and Newlywed Couples' Functioning

Courses

* Abnormal Psychology
* Child and Family Psychotherapy (graduate)
* Introductory Psychology

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Amy A. Hackney, PhD

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Amy A. Hackney, PhD

St. Louis University, 2003
Assistant Professor

Amy HackneyAmy Hackney received her PhD in Social Psychology from Saint Louis University in the summer of 2003 and began her career at Georgia Southern University that Fall. Her dissertation investigated the effects of suppressing stereotypes on jury decision-making and explored the cognitive and motivational factors underlying the inadmissible testimony backfire effect. She is continuing to research the intersection of stereotypes and jury decision-making as well as investigating the experience of being a victim of prejudice. Dr. Hackney also conducts research on sexual harassment in the workplace. She is particularly interested in the relationship between power, gender stereotypes, and harassment. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate students in courses such as research methods, research for applied psychology, and psychology and law. Other teaching interests include social psychology, and the psychology of prejudice.

Research and Scholarly Interests

* Social psychology: prejudice and stereotyping
* Psychology and Law
* Research Methodology

Courses

* Research Methods
* Applied Psychology (graduate)
* Social Psychology
* Psychology of Gender
* Psychology and Law

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Janice H. Kennedy, PhD

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Janice H. Kennedy, PhD

Georgia State University, 1980
Professor

Janice H. KennedyJan Kennedy started her teaching career at Bluefield College and has taught at Georgia Southern for the past 20 years. She teaches the developmental courses in the Department of Psychology (Child Psychology, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Aging, and Advanced Developmental Psychology) as well as Research Methods, Senior Research in Psychology, and Careers in Psychology. Her research interests center around the social development of children, particularly the mother-infant attachment relationship. Dr. Kennedy is currently working on a study that examines maternal factors related to attachment classification in infants. She also conducts research on the social competence of children and factors related to attachment relations in adulthood. Dr. Kennedy has taught psychology through a study abroad program in London during the past two summers. In this program she taught Introductory Psychology and the Historical Context of Childhood.
Research and Scholarly Interests

* Developmental psychology
* Parent-child attachment
* Child social development

Courses

* Research Methods
* Research Experience
* Lifespan Developmental Psychology
* Directed Research
* Directed Study
* Experimental Developmental Psychology
* Advanced Directed Study
* Advanced Developmental Psychology
* Graduate Research Seminar

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Larry Locker, PhD

Larry Locker, PhD

University of Kansas, 2005
Assistant Professor

Lawrence Locker, Jr. earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Fort Hays State University and a doctoral degree in cognitive psychology from the University of Kansas. He joined the faculty at Georgia Southern University in the Fall of 2005. His teaching interests include introductory psychology and undergraduate and graduate courses in cognitive psychology and statistical methods. His research interest is in cognitive psychology with a focus on how people perceive written language. His current research is aimed at an investigation of how semantic and phonological properties of words influence language processing. He enjoys writing music and studying music history in his spare time.
Research and Scholarly Interests

* Cognitive psychology
* Language Processing
* Written Word Perception

Courses

* Introduction to Psychology
* Cognitive Psychology
* Statistics in Psychology
* Directed Research
* Directed Study

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William D. McIntosh, PhD

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William D. McIntosh, PhD

University of Georgia, 1990
Professor

Will McIntoshWill McIntosh received his PhD in social psychology from the University of Georgia in 1990. Since then he has been at Georgia Southern. He teaches classes in Social Psychology, Senior Research, Careers in Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Research Design, and team-teaches Humanistic/Transpersonal Psychology as well as large sections of Introductory Psychology. In 2002 he received the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Award of Distinction in Teaching. His current research focuses on psychological aspects of film and television; in the past he has published research on happiness and goals, collecting behavior, and the relationship between psychology and Zen Buddhism. In his spare time he writes science fiction.
Research and Scholarly Interests

* Social psychology
* Happiness
* Film/Television
* Social cognition

Courses

* Introduction to Psychology
* Careers in Psychology
* Research Experience
* Social Psychology
* Humanistic & Transpersonal Psychology
* Directed Research
* Directed Study
* Experimental Social Psychology
* Advanced Social Psychology
* Development of Original Research
* Advanced Directed Study

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John D. Murray, PhD

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John D. Murray, PhD

University of California, 1989
Associate Professor, Acting Chair of Psychology

John D. MurrayJohn Murray earned a BA in psychology from Purdue University in 1984 and completed a PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he began a program of research in issues related to reading comprehension. He spent the next two years as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he taught courses in Introductory Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. Dr. Murray came to Georgia Southern in 1993. He teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods, and Senior Research. He maintains an active research laboratory where he focuses on topics related to reading comprehension, metacognition in reading, social cognition, and applications of cognitive psychology to business settings (e.g. data mining). Dr. Murray works with both graduate and undergraduate students and welcomes the participation of undergraduates in his laboratory. Usually two or three students work in his lab every semester, including summers.
Research and Scholarly Interests

* Cognitive psychology
* Psychology of language
* Text processing

Courses

* Research Methods
* Research Experience
* Cognitive Psychology
* Directed Research
* Directed Study
* Experimental Cognitive Psychology
* Advanced Cognitive Psychology
* Development of Original Research
* Advanced Directed Study

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Rebecca M. Murray, PhD

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Rebecca M. Murray, PhD

Georgia State University, 1995
Associate Professor

Rebecca M. MurrayRebecca Murray (formerly Rebecca Terry) earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Georgia State University. She came to Georgia Southern in 1995 after completing her clinical internship in Tacoma, Washington. She teaches undergraduate courses in Introductory and Abnormal Psychology and graduate courses in Assessment, Ethics, and Psychotherapy. She has collaborated with social and cognitive psychologists to conduct research in the areas of media psychology and child abuse. Her independent research focuses on women's psychological development and also on the process of psychotherapy. In addition to her academic career, Dr. Murray maintains a part-time private practice where she works with adult clients, using a humanistic and psychodynamic orientation.
Research and Scholarly Interests

* Clinical psychology
* Psychotherapy
* The process of change
* Assessment

Courses

* Introduction to Psychology
* Careers in Psychology
* Abnormal Psychology
* Research Experience
* Intellectual Assessment
* Group Psychotherapy
* Ethics and Professional Issues
* Child and Family Psychotherapy
* Practicum
* Psychotherapy Skills
* Advanced Directed Study

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Michael E. Nielsen, PhD

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Michael E. Nielsen, PhD

Northern Illinois University, 1993

Associate Professor


Michael E. NielsenMichael Nielsen has taught at Georgia Southern University since 1993. He received a B.A. in music and psychology from Southern Utah University in 1986 and a PhD in social-organizational psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1992. Most of Dr. Nielsen's studies concern religious conflicts, but he has also studied altered states of consciousness, philosophical aspects of psychology, and peace psychology. He regularly offers courses in Psychology of Religion, Social Psychology, History of Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods. Dr. Nielsen serves on the editorial board of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and is a contributing columnist to Sunstone magazine. He is author of an award-winning website on the Psychology of Religion and has delivered an invited lecture on that subject in Ukraine. When not at his desk, he is usually at home with his family, reading, flying kites, playing volleyball or popping popcorn.

Research and Scholarly Interests

* Social psychology
* Psychology of religion
* Self-complexity
Courses
* Statistics for Psychology
* Research Methods
* Psychology of Religion
* History and Systems
* Research Experience
* Social Psychology
* Directed Research
* Directed Study
* Development of Original Research
* Advanced Directed Study

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James L. Pugh, PhD

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James L. Pugh, PhD

Georgia State University, 1984

Assistant Professor

James L. PughDr. Pugh began working in mental health in 1970, and he has been involved in clinical psychology ever since. His first job, during his undergraduate years, was as a psychiatric technician at a state mental hospital. He left that job to obtain a Master's degree in psychology, completed in 1977. After that Dr. Pugh returned briefly to full time clinical work, then he began work toward a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology which he received in 1984. During the time that he was working on the PhD he continued to work in a psychiatric hospital part time. His post-doctoral internship was completed at a comprehensive pain clinic in Atlanta. He also has worked in a university counseling center, a community mental health center, and an employee assistance program, as well as private practice. He has a total of 15 years of experience with full time teaching of both undergraduate and graduate courses. His primary research interest is stress coping practices.

Research and Scholarly Interests
* Clinical Psychology
* Psychotherapy
* Stress

Courses
* Tests and Measurements
* Abnormal Psychology
* Research Experience
* Development of Original Research
* Psychopathology
* Psychotherapy Skills
* Group Psychotherapy
* Advanced Directed Study
* Practicum

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Edward W. L. Smith, PhD

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Edward W. L. Smith, PhD

University of Kentucky, 1969

Professor

Edward W. L. SmithEdward W. L. Smith, PhD, ABPP is a Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of Clinical Training at Georgia Southern University. His books include The Growing Edge of Gestalt Therapy (edited), The Body in Psychotherapy, Sexual Aliveness: A Reichian Gestalt Perspective, Not Just Pumping Iron: On the Psychology of Lifting Weights, Gestalt Voices (edited), Touch in Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice (co-edited), and The Person of the Therapist. In addition, he has published 20 chapters and chapter comments and more than 90 articles and article comments. His work is cited in nearly 20 books. Currently he is on the editorial board of Voices and has served on two other editorial boards. Edward has offered 175 professional training workshops in psychotherapy throughout the United States, in Canada, the Caribbean, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, and Mexico. He is a past Chair of the Training Committee of the American Academy of Psychotherapists and a Fellow of the Georgia Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association (Division of Psychotherapy and Division of Humanistic Psychology), and the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. He is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). In 2004 he received both the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Award of Distinction in Scholarship, and the Georgia Southern University Award for Excellence in Research/Creative Scholarly Activity. From time to time he writes poetry.

Research and Scholarly Interests
* Clinical psychology
* Psychotherapy
* Symbology
* Transpersonal psychology
Courses
* Psychology of Adjustment
* Psychology of Human Sexuality
* Humanistic & Transpersonal Psychology
* Research Experience
* Directed Study
* Foundations of Psychotherapy
* Clinical Seminar
* Psychotherapy Skills
* Personality Assessment
* Advanced Directed Study

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Janice N. Steirn, PhD

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Janice N. Steirn, PhD

University of Georgia, 1985

Associate Professor

Janice Steirn received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at West Virginia University, where she discovered the area of Animal Learning. Dr. Steirn pursued her graduate degrees at The University of Georgia, graduating in 1985. In graduate school she became interested in a subfield of Animal Learning: Animal Cognition. For the past 20 years, her research has focused on the study of problem solving, memory, and cognitive coding strategies in non-humans. Her current research involves pigeons and memory coding, especially the process of transitive inference (TI). Dr. Steirn welcomes students to work in her lab. The requirements are that the students must be willing to handle animals, dependable, and extremely careful in entering and recording data.

Research and Scholarly Interests
* Experimental psychology
* Memory and cognitive processes in non-humans
Courses
* Introduction to Psychology
* Research Methods
* Research Experience
* Principles of Animal Learning
* History and Systems
* Directed Research
* Directed Study
* Experimental Animal Learning and Cognition
* Research Design
* Development of Original Research
* Advanced Animal Learning and Cognition
* Advanced Directed Study

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Daniel G. Webster, PhD

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Daniel G. Webster, PhD

University of Florida, 1983

Associate Professor

Dan WebsterDan Webster completed his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and obtained his PhD at the University of Florida under Donald Dewsbury. Dan spent a lot of time in graduate school watching various species of rodents mate; one of his publications provides the first description of mating behavior in the round-tailed muskrat. He also watched various species lie on their backs in a state of immobility commonly called "animal hypnosis." His Masters thesis was on immobility in lizards. While in graduate school Dan taught comparative and introductory psychology and supervised undergraduate researchers. He then taught at Delta State University for eight years prior to coming to Georgia Southern. At Georgia Southern Dan continued to work on research with undergraduate and graduate students, training students to modify graphic images (e.g. photos, faces) to produce stimuli, to use the polygraph to monitor autonomic responses (e.g. for biofeedback or to monitor responses to stimuli), and to use event recorders to record behavior (animal or human). Dr. Webster recently developed an interest in human emotions and the assessment of subjective states, although he retains an interest in animal behavior

Research and Scholarly Interests
* Biopsychology
* Brainstem mechanisms of behavior
* Immobility
* Psychophysiology of emotions
Courses
* Introduction to Psychology
* Research Methods
* Research Experience
* Directed Research
* Directed Study
* Sensation and Perception
* Physiological Psychology
* Research for Applied Psychology
* Development of Original Research
* Advanced Directed Study

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Kathy Wiegand, PhD

Kathy Wiegand, PhD

Purdue University, 2004

Assistant Professor

Kathy Wiegand received her BA in psychology from Butler University (Indianapolis, Indiana) in 1996. She then earned a doctoral degree in industrial-organizational psychology (December 2004) from Purdue University, and started teaching at Georgia Southern University in the Fall of 2005. During her graduate work and soon after, Dr. Wiegand worked as a researcher with the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University. She had the opportunity to travel around the country and world conducting research with military members and their families. Her research interests have included organizational commitment, emotions in the workplace, return to work after a long absence, and religion at work. Dr. Wiegand invites students to consider working in her lab. When Dr. Wiegand is not in the psychology classroom or lab, she enjoys running, gardening, and spending time with her husband and dog.

Research and Scholarly Interests
* Emotions at Work
* Organizational Commitment
* Non-work Influences (e.g., religion & family) on Work Outcomes

Courses
* Introduction to Psychology
* Research Methods
* Industrial-Organizational Psychology
* Directed Research
* Directed Study

Interview

Janie H. Wilson, PhD

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Janie H. Wilson, PhD

University of South Carolina, 1994

Associate Professor

Janie H. WilsonJanie Wilson began teaching during graduate school and continued in a full-time teaching position at Columbia College before receiving her PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1994. Since that time, she has been teaching and conducting research at Georgia Southern University. Her teaching includes courses in physiological psychology, large sections of introductory psychology, research methods, and statistics. She recently published Essential Statistics with Prentice Hall, and she wrote the student workbook and instructor's manual to accompany the text. These materials cover analyses from z-testing to the two-way, between-groups ANOVA and multiple linear regression as well as SPSS screen captures and APA-style results sections. Her teaching and research merged when she was awarded an NSF grant as principal investigator for a physiological teaching laboratory, and a recent grant from NIMH continues to fund her research program. She works with both undergraduates and graduate students in the laboratory. The projects involve social buffering of stress responses in rats and human adults and children. Dr. Wilson also conducts research on student evaluations of instructor immediacy and the use of this data to predict students' attitudes, motivation, and grades. She was honored with the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in 1997, the Award of Distinction in Teaching in 2003, and the Georgia Southern Award for Excellence in Contributions to Instruction in the fall of 2004.

Research and Scholarly Interests
* Neuropsychology
* Rat models of stress and relief
* Professor immediacy
Courses
* Introduction to Psychology
* Careers in Psychology
* Substance Abuse
* Statistics for Psychology
* Research Methods
* Research Experience
* Directed Research
* Directed Study
* Physiological Psychology
* Development of Original Research
* Advanced Directed Study

Interview

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