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Welcome to the Psychology Department at NSU!

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 leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in General Psychology. We are also part of the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology (VCPCP) Ph.D. program and house the first M.S. CyberPsychology degree program in the United States.

Our department consists of nine full-time faculty members who hold Doctoral degrees. Consistent with the NSU mission, we are committed to providing exemplary teaching, scholarship, outreach, and mentorship, with the goal of ensuring student success. We are here to work collaboratively with you to become a life-long learner and leader.

Contact the Psychology Department (757-823-8573) if you have any questions or to schedule a meeting (virtual or in-person). 

Dr. Karen Holmes (Department Chair) 


Mrs. Cynthia Colvin (Office Manager)


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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