Psychology Events & News

Psychology Department’s Second Annual PsychOUT! Event a Success

On Friday, February 10, 2017, approximately 200 Advanced Placement students from local high schools visited Brenau University for a special screening of Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story. The movie is a unique portrayal of Milgram’s famous obedience experiment and the fall-out about the ethics of the experiment. The visiting students enjoyed the movie with many even applauding at the end!

After the movie, the students participated in a variety of activities that demonstrate various psychology-related concepts including a drunk goggles obstacle course, virtual dementia tour, simple tasks while wearing inversion goggles, a neuroscience demonstration of brain motor commands, the “rubber hand” illusion, and the hearing voices experience.

The event stems from ideas generated by the Brenau-Behavioral Analysis Club (B-BAC) led by Professor Perry Daughtry. The successful implementation of PsychOUT! can only be done through the efforts of the Brenau Admissions Department, with active involvement from the Psychology faculty, students in the Clinical Counseling Master’s program, and the members of B-BAC.

For last year’s event, the department screened the movie The Stanford Prison Experiment based on Philip Zimbardo’s landmark 1971 experiment conducted at the University of Stanford that studied the psychological effects on prisoners and guards by using college students.

To see the article published in The Gainesville Times on the 2016 event, CLICK HERE.

Re-Accreditation for the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology Program

The Psychology Department announces that the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology program has been fully re-accredited for the period of February, 2017, through February, 2027, by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).

M.S. in Clinical Counseling Program at Brenau North Atlanta Campus Welcomes 20 Prospective Students to Open House

The Clinical Counseling Program held its most well-attended graduate open house in the history of the program at its Norcross campus location on Friday, February 5, 2016. Twenty prospective students met the program’s graduate coordinator, Dr. Gary Bauman, were introduced to other department faculty, given insight into some of the required courses, and learned about the thesis requirement needed for degree completion. Adult and Graduate Studies Senior Enrollment Representative Karen Osterberg provided information on the admissions process. The visitors also participated in a question and answer session with two current clinical counseling graduate students as well as an alumna. The event concluded with a tour of the campus including the new Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services-Norcross site.

The M.S. in Clinical Counseling Program is a two-year full-time or three to four-year part-time program that prepares graduate students for work in a wide variety of clinical, counseling, assessment, and research settings.  The 60-hour program is offered at the Gainesville and Norcross/North Atlanta campuses.

Prospective graduate students at the M.S. in Clinical Counseling open house in Norcross

Prospective graduate students at the M.S. in Clinical Counseling open house in Norcross

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 2016 Spring Graduation Award Winners

Rachael Valencia – Ali McNichols Outstanding Graduate Student Award-Gainesville
Mackenzie Throne – Ali McNichols Outstanding Graduate Student Award-Norcross
Leah Kemple – Applied Gerontology Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Bailey Hicks – Undergraduate Academic Excellence in Psychology Award
Richie Han – 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


2016-2017 SAO Officers – Gainesville

President: Timothy Pierce-Tomlin
Vice President: Paulette Kennedy
Secretary: Heather Bentley
Treasurer: Tara Stripling

2016-2017 SAO Officers – Norcross

President:  Frank Gorritz
Vice President:  Nicole Caldwell
Secretary:  Natasha Vitonis
Treasurer:  Madison Longchamp

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