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Department of Psychology

The Psychology Department at Longwood University provides the highest quality instruction to undergraduate students with the goal of preparing them for a professional career or graduate study.

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Student Research

Students at any level of college can participate, starting freshman year. The earlier you start, the more likely it is that you'll have tangible evidence of your hard work (such as conference presentations and/or journal publications). To get started, simply think about what you would like to study and which faculty member you would like to work with.

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  • Bjornsen roll pic

    Dr. Bjornsen and a colleague have published an article on student cell phone use.  Here is the reference: Bjornsen, C. A., & Archer, K. J. (2015). Relations between college students’ cell phone use during class and grades. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology

  • Blincoe SSSP

    Dr. Blincoe presented research on children's experiences with disrespect at the Society for Southeastern Social Psychologists conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

  • Blincoe Junior Faculty Aaward

    Dr. Blincoe was awarded the Junior Faculty Award at convocation.  Congratulations Dr. Blincoe!

  • Franssen

    Dr. Franssen has accepted an invitation from the Huffington Post to blog about neuroscience. Her research generally focuses on how environmental enrichment can reduce stress and anxiety and improve cognition. You can follow her work at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/catherine-franssen/.

  • Dynasty Jefferson

    As part of her internship with the counseling center, Dynasty Jefferson obtained a grant from the Parents Council.  This money will be used to  subscribe to a web-based service that will grant students online anonymous mental health screening, information about mental health issues, and referral information.  Congratulations Dynasty!

  • Academic Lineage

    Logan Stigall traced the academic lineage of the department for her project in Dr. Laws' History and Systems class.

  • Fall 2014 Poster Winners

    Leanne Ragland and Megan Fadeley won the best poster award at the Fall 2014 Psychology Research Poster Session.

  • Logan ToP

    Psychology senior Logan Stigall's paper (written with Dr. Blincoe) was accepted for publication in the Teaching of Psychology journal. Wow!

  • Blincoe Blackwell F14

    Dr. Blincoe presented a Blackwell talk on the scholarship of teaching and learning at Longwood University.

  • Bjornsen Turkey 2014

    Dr. Bjornsen presented research at the 14th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence in Çeşme Izmir, Turkey


    Dr. Blincoe participated in a video segment for HuffPost Live regarding her research with Dr. Apperson and Jessica Sudlow.

  • Logan PRISM

    Logan Stigall (left) presented her summer PRISM project which was supervised by Dr. Blincoe (right).

  • Dean Apperson

    Dr Apperson has been named Interim Dean of the Cook-Cole College of Arts & Sciences!  Congratulations Dr. A!

  • Morgan Reid Award S14

    Morgan Reid won the award for Highest Academic Honors for the 2013-2014 academic year.  She is pictured with Dr. Apperson, her academic advisor.

  • Perry Caplan Poster Award S14

    Amelia Perry and Aaron Caplan won best poster at the Spring 2014 Psychology Research Poster Session.

  • CPC 2014

    Erica Tedder, Amber Mattos, Ashley McMath, & Jasmine Payne presented their research on children's metacognition skills at the Carolinas Psychology Conference in Raleigh, NC.

  • Blincoe Lab NCUR

    Dr. Blincoe's research lab presented multiple projects at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Kentucky.  Left to right: Hannah Ramsey, Victor Bullock, Amelia Perry, Dr. Blincoe, Kaki Kiger.  Not pictured: Aaron Caplan.

  • Gibbs Williams SEPA

    Dr. Gibbs and Brittany Williams presented research at the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) conference in Nashville.

  • Bjornsen SEPA

    Dr. Bjornsen presented research at the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) conference in Nashville.

  • Blincoe SPSP Ausitn

    Dr. Blincoe presented research at the annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference in Austin, TX.

  • With Good reason Sarai and Jennifer

    Dr. Blincoe and Dr. Apperson recently recorded a radio broadcast for With Good Reason. 

  • Grad School Videos

    Jamie Pytko, Jennifer Bennett, Cynthia Harris, and Katie Black created videos about their graduate school experience after Longwood.  Portions of these were played at the graduate school meeting.  Here is the handout from that meeting.

  • Reese and Pytko article

    Congratulations to 2012 LU Psychology alums Jamie Pytko and Laura Armentrout (Reese) on publishing their Senior Seminar research entitled, "The Effect of Using 'Um' and 'Uh' on the Perceived Intelligence of a Speaker" in The College of St. Elizabeth's Journal of the Behavioral Sciences (4th article down the page)!

  • Buchert Award

    Dr. Buchert won the Student Faculty Recognition Award at commencement 2013!

  • Student Faculty Rec. award

    Since 2005, psychology faculty members have won the Student Faculty Recognition Award at commencement 4 times! 2005: Dr. Laws; 2006: Dr. Apperson; 2011: Dr. Carkenord; 2013: Dr. Buchert.

  • Sudlow Incite Award

    Jessica Sudlow had an article published in Incite, Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship.  She won the award for Best Social Science Paper for the article!  Pictured above (L to R) are Dean Ross, Jessica Sudlow, and Dr. Buchert, Jessica's advisor for the project.

  • Gibbs and Apperson Sandy Hook

    Dr. Gibbs and Dr. Apperson participated in a panel discussion regarding reaction to Sandy Hook.

  • ACAC Video

    The University Career Center recently produced a video about the department featuring some of our professors and students.

  • LOP
    Students from Dr. Buchert's Cognitive Psychology course created a music video on Levels of Processing theory. 
  • Carkenord SETOP 2012

    Dr. Carkenord presented research at the Southeastern Teaching of Psychology (SETOP) conference in Atlanta.

  • Jennifer & Jake ETOP
    Dr. Apperson (on the right) and Dr. Milne (Sociology) presented research at the Eastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Staunton, Virginia.
  • Dr. Buchert Presentation

    Dr. Buchert (on the left) and Dr. Walls-McKay (Counseling and Psychological Services) presented their research on microaggression at the American College Health Association conference in Phoenix.



Psi Chi and The Psychology Club

  • Psi Chi is the international honor society in psychology, with specific academic requirements for membership. Learn More
  • The Psychology Club is open to any students with an interest in psychology. Learn More

Courses to be Offered During Spring 2016 (including Intersession)


Spring 2016

  • Intro. to Psychology (intersession online)
  • Lifespan Development (intersession online)
  • Sex and Gender (intersession online)
  • Infant & Child Development (intersession online)
  • Stress (intersession online)


  • Intro. to Psychology
  • Intro. to Biopsychology
  • Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Behavioral Neuroscience (with lab)
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Individual Differences & Social Behavior (with lab)
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Adolescent & Adult Development
  • Commuity Psychology
  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Directed or Independent Study
  • Human Factors
  • Interviewing
  • Theories of Personality
  • History and Systems
  • Advanced General Psychology
  • Senior Seminar
  • Independent Research
  • Psychology Internship