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To our students: The Psychology Department recognizes the immense impact of COVID-19 on our students and their families. We have modified our courses in order to provide continuous instruction throughout the pandemic, offering hybrid and online options for instruction and academic advisement.

Welcome to the Psychology Department at NSU!

From the Department Chair:

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 and are now offering the USA's very first M.S. degree in CyberPsychology

Our department consists of ten full-time faculty who hold Doctoral degrees. 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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