Psychology Events & News

Psychology Department cohosts 13th Annual Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing featuring survivor April Ross

The Psychology Department partnered with Gateway Domestic Violence Center and the Hall County Solicitor’s Office to sponsor the Annual Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing, featuring survivor April Ross on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Downtown Center Theater.

The event began with a breakfast at 7:45 a.m. followed by a briefing and address from Ross. An “after-chat” panel discussion followed the program that included Ross; Jessica Butler, Gateway Domestic Violence Center executive director; Stephanie Woodard, Hall County Solicitor General; Julie Battle, chair of Brenau University’s psychology department; and Jennifer Thomas, Georgia Commission on Family Violence executive director.  Two additional opportunities for Brenau students to interact with Ross were also offered as question/answer sessions in the Sellars Gallery and at the Downtown Center.

Prof. Perry Daughtry Wins Vulcan Teaching Award at Spring 2017 Women’s College Commencement

Assistant Professor of Psychology Perry Daughtry received the Vulcan Teaching Award at the Women’s College spring commencement on Friday, May 5, 2017.  The award is a $1,000 Teaching Excellence and Leadership Award funded by Vulcan Materials Company through the Georgia Independent Colleges Association.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Nancy Krippel presents Perry Daughtry, assistant professor of psychology, with the Vulcan Teaching Award during the spring commencement ceremony for the Women’s College at Brenau University. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Dr. Maria Zayas to be Featured Presenter on Conscious Aging at Online Conference in October, 2017

Dr. Maria Zayas will be a featured presenter at the Caregiver Smile Conference, an online conference that will be held in October, 2017. This conference gathers experts from various fields to explore aspects of the caregiver experience and highlight current and developing issues. In the article link, the conference organizer gives a preview of the talk Dr. Zayas will give on conscious aging. A link to the conference is also provided within the article.

Prof. Margie Gill Receives an Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award at 2017 Spring Commencement and Adviser of the Year at Honors Convocation

Margie Gill, assistant director of the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services in both Gainesville and Norcross, received an Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award at the 2017 Spring Commencement on May 5, 2017. Prof. Gill also received the 2017 Adviser of the Year Award at Honors Convocation on April 11, 2017. She is the adviser for the Black Student Association at Brenau.

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.

Congratulations to the 2017 Spring Graduation Award Winners

Ashley Piegore – Ali McNichols Outstanding Graduate Student Award-Gainesville
Juanita Vasquez – Applied Gerontology Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Marissa Howey – Undergraduate Academic Excellence in Psychology Award
Lauren Lee – Outstanding Undergraduate Psychology Student Award

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).

Psychology Graduate and Undergraduate Students Participate in Interdepartmental Death and Dying Simulation Collaboration

On April 7th and 12th, 2017, Clinical Counseling Program students Timothy Pierce-Tomlin, Cori Hosch, Rebecca Kim, Nadya Clontz, Paulette Kennedy and Rupal Patel participated in an Interdepartmental Death and Dying Simulation Collaboration Experience held at Brenau’s East Campus. The event gave junior and senior nursing students the chance to experience end-of-life scenarios and prepare them to care for dying patients and loved ones. The psychology grad students debriefed the nursing students immediately after each simulation session. Brenau theater students played the roles of the “patient’s” family members.  Psychology undergraduate students and members of the Brenau Behavioral Analysis Club were on-hand to help out with the activities.

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.

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

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

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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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.



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