Faculty and Staff
Jennifer Mardoyan Apperson, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Dr. Apperson joined Longwood in 1985. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Stephens College in Missouri; a master's degree in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology both from the University of Akron in Ohio. She teaches introduction to psychology, personality, interviewing, psychology and the law and graduate courses in counseling. She serves as the Program Coordinator and academic advisor for the Community and College Counseling Program in the College of Education and Human Services. Dr. Apperson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia and has maintained a small clinical practice in the community since moving to the area. Prior to teaching at Longwood, she gained clinical experience working in outpatient mental health centers (CSBs) and at an in-patient psychiatric hospital in Ohio. Her research interests include factors that affect university students' assessments of instruction and the use of presentation graphics in university instruction.
Chris Bjornsen, Ph.D.
Dr. Bjornsen joined Longwood in 1995. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1992, and teaches courses in infant and child development, adolescent development, cross-cultural psychology, sex and gender, and introduction to psychology. His research focuses on emotional and personality development in adolescence, and student engagement in learning. Dr. Bjornsen's hobbies include traveling, gardening, cooking, woodworking, and reading Scandinavian crime novels.
Sarai Blincoe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Blincoe joined Longwood in 2012. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She teaches Quantitative Methods, Research Methods and courses in Social Psychology. Dr. Blincoe's primary research interests include academic entitlement, and respect and disrespect in multiple relationship contexts (e.g., romantic partner, teacher-student, parent-child). Outside of academia, she has worked as a research analyst for the U.S. Navy.
Stephanie Buchert, Ph.D.
Dr. Buchert joined Longwood in 2004. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University in 2004. She earned an M.A. in Psychology at Kent State as well, and earned B.A.s in Psychology and Anthropology from Bloomsburg University. The courses she teaches with the most frequency are Research Methods, Quantitative Methods, and Cognitive Psychology. Her research interests include cognitive development; specifically language issues such as language development and bilingualism.
David M. Carkenord, Ph.D.
Dr. Carkenord joined Longwood in 1992. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 1990. He teaches the majority of courses in the Industrial/Organizational concentration, as well as introductory psychology and quantitative methods. His primary research interests currently center around employee ethics and developing innovative teaching techniques. Outside of academia, he has worked as an analyst in personnel research and marketing research.
Danette Gibbs, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Gibbs joined Longwood in 2011. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Harding University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Toledo. She completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she worked with adolescents and adults in a variety of treatment settings. Dr. Gibbs teaches Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychopathology, and Tests & Measurements. Her research interests include improving access to mental health care for underserved populations, and prevention and early intervention work among children and adolescents, with a particular emphasis on suicide and violence prevention.
Eric Laws, Ph.D.
Dr. Laws joined Longwood in 2000. He received his M.S. in Applied Experimental Psychology and Ph.D. in Psychological Science from Virginia Tech. He has taught and/or teaches courses in Physiological Psychology, Research Methods, Introduction to Biopsychology, Sensation & Perception, Animal Behavior, Learning, Psychopharmacology, Cognitive Psychology, History & Systems, Senior Seminar, Longwood Seminar, and Environmental Psychology. His research interests include the neurophysiological and psychophysical bases underlying memory for color and color preferences, environmental aesthetic preferences and the physiological correlates of pleasant vs. unpleasant visual scenes. He lives with 4 cats (Storm, Matilda, Harry, & Sylvester) and 2 birds (Amos & Andy).
Joyce M. Trent
Joyce has been with Longwood since 1970 and in the psychology department since 1996.
She is active in her church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Rice Volunteer Fire Department.