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Psychology

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Welcome to the Psychology Department at NSU!

From the Department Chair:

Dr. Ernestine Duncan
Dr. Karen Holmes, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Psychology is one of seven departments within the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) at NSU. We offer courses covering introductory and specialized topics in psychological science and methodology, and practical field experience. These ultimately lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree in General Psychology. In addition, we are part of the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology (VCPCP) Ph.D. program.


Our department is made up of ten full-time faculty who have earned the distinction of a Doctoral degree. Consistent with the NSU mission, we are committed to providing exemplary teaching, scholarship, and outreach, with the goal of ensuring student success. We are here to work collaboratively with you to become a life-long learner, leader, and productive citizen.

Please contact the Psychology Department at 757-823-8573 if you have any questions or to schedule a meeting. We are here to guide you down your unique road to success!

Mission of the Psychology Department
The NSU Psychology Department seeks to provide opportunities for obtaining a quality education through the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and skills and to instill in all students an appreciation for and sensitivity to ethical and aesthetic values. To accomplish this, the Psychology Department aims to: 

  • provide a flexible, relevant, and fundamentally sound curriculum for students majoring in psychology;
  • prepare students to render service initially as paraprofessionals or behavioral scientists and eventually as professional psychologists;
  • provide a thorough behavioral science background for students whose expertise can be utilized in related human service fields of employment.

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