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 and attorney with the Fulton County DA’s office, April Ross, on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, 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.

http://accesswdun.com/article/2017/10/589630/fulton-county-ada-domestic-violence-survivor-shares-story-at-annual-breakfast-and-briefing

Dr. Julie Battle, Stephanie Woodard, Jennifer Thomas, and featured speaker April Ross at the Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing after-chat

Dr. Julie Battle, Stephanie Woodard, Jennifer Thomas, and featured speaker April Ross at the Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing after-chat

Students and faculty listen to the after-chat at the Downtown Center

Students and faculty at the after-chat, Brenau Downtown Center


Clinical Counseling Program Graduate Student Helps Coordinate Women’s Wellness Workshops with Refugee Women’s Network

Masters in Clinical Counseling graduate student Tanya Acosta assisted the Refugee Women’s Network in Decatur with their Women’s Wellness Workshops in summer, 2017, as part of the hours needed to complete her Culture and Diversity specialization under Dr. Maria Zayas’ mentorship. The collective vision behind the workshops was to establish a place of social support and psycho-education for the women. According to Tanya, “In that space, each woman grows in her understanding and awareness of the many facets of acculturation stress. Having individual experiences seen and heard by one another seeks to provide a sense of normalcy and group identity.” Each workshop ended with the participation in an evidence-based practice that was known to mitigate the effects of stress.

The Refugee Women’s Network is a nonprofit organization serving refugees resettled in the state of Georgia. It’s mission is to inspire and equip refugee and immigrant women to become leaders in their homes, businesses, and communities.

Refugee Women's Network planting workshop participants

Refugee Women’s Network workshop participants

Fefugee Women's Network planting workshop participants

CCP grad student, Tanya Acosta (front row, second from right), and Refugee Women’s Network participants and staff


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

Dr. Maria Zayas was a featured presenter at the Caregiver Smile Conference, an online conference held in October, 2017. The conference gathered experts from various fields to explore aspects of the caregiver experience and highlighted current and developing issues. See article link by the conference organizer for a summary of the talk Dr. Zayas gave on conscious aging.   http://sixtyandme.com/rethinking-the-aging-process-5-steps-to-conscious-aging/


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)


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.


2017-2018 SAO Officers – Gainesville

President: Kaitlyn McLaughlin
Vice President: Richie Han
Secretary: Daniele Gentry
Treasurer: Jennifer Rector

2017-2018 SAO Officers – Norcross

President:  Caterina DeFazio
Vice President:  Callaway Cole
Secretary:  Brent Sattelmeier
Treasurer:  Tiffany Dennis


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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