Psychology Events & News

Brenau Granted 1st Georgia Chapter of Gerontology Academic Honor Society

Brenau University is the first university in Georgia to be granted a chapter of the National Gerontology Academic Honor and Professional Society of Sigma Phi Omega.


Dr. Julie Battle Speaks at 2015 Fall Convocation

Brenau University was fortunate to have Dr. Julie Battle, chair of the Psychology Department and one of the region’s foremost forensic interviewers, speak at the Fall Convocation, the traditional opening of the Women’s College academic year held in Pearce Auditorium.  Dr. Battle, who received the Ann Austin Johnston Award at the Women’s College graduation in May, spoke on “Finding Life’s Passions: There’s No App for That.” Her message to students was that going to college will not automatically prepare them for life or careers. She said, “Regardless of where you end up in life, what job you have or how much money you make, if you are bold, if you write your own narrative and you find your passion, you will be successful.”


Psychology Department Adds Stress Lab

The Psychology Department unveiled its Stress Lab at an open house on March 6, 2015. The lab is located in the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS) at 423 Brenau Avenue and features heart rate variability-based biofeedback technology developed by the Institute of HeartMath. The technology is delivered through computers, handheld biofeedback devices, and an app and is to be used with clients in the BCCPS, students in class settings, and in research studies. The Stress Lab has four computer stations as well as a Mondopad.

Brenau has partnered with the Institute of HeartMath to conduct a training program and research study in collaboration with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at the University of Syracuse Business School. This program and study has been made possible in part by funding from the Brenau University President’s Opportunity Grant (BUPOG). Local partners include Lanier Village, Brenau School of Nursing, and student organizations.

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 Congratulations to the 2015 Graduation Award Winners

Susan Baumann – Ali McNichols Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Aleda Smith McNeill – Applied Gerontology Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Maria Perdomo Medina – Undergraduate Academic Excellence in Psychology Award
Maria Fidela Mendiola – Outstanding Undergraduate Psychology Student Award

Dr. Julie Battle Wins Award at 2015 Graduation

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Battle who won the Ann Austin Johnston Faculty Award at the 2015 graduation ceremonies.



2015 Etiquette Dinner

The PY499 Capstone Course students participated in the 2015 Etiquette Dinner held at the Brenau Downtown Center and sponsored by Career Services.

2015 Etiquette Dinner

2015 Etiquette Dinner



Brenau Sponsored Star Behavioral Health Provider Training

Brenau sponsored a Star Behavioral Health Provider training in December, 2014, at the Brenau Downtown Center. The mission of Star Behavioral Health Providers is to take care of Georgia service members, veterans, and their families. The training, organized by Psychology Department Assistant Professor Dr. Maria Zayas, emphasized understanding the uniqueness of treating someone with needs specific to the military.

Asst. Director of the BCCPS Margie Gill and Asst. Professor of Psychology and event coordinator Dr. Maria Zayas

Asst. Director of the BCCPS Margie Gill and Asst. Professor of Psychology and event coordinator Dr. Maria Zayas



 2015-2016 SAO Officers – Gainesville

President: Savanna George
Vice President: Olivia Wiesmayer
Secretary: Montana Keig
Treasurer: Lauren Mumpower


2015-2016 SAO Officers – Norcross

President:  Ariel Beasley
Vice President:  Tina Yarbrough
Secretary:  Joan Coles
Treasurer:  Anissa McIntosh

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