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  Welcome to the Department of Psychology at Norfolk State University!

From the Department Chair:


Welcome to the Psychology Department at Norfolk State University! 

Psychology is one of seven departments within the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) at NSU. We offer numerous courses covering introductory and specialized topics, psychological science, and practical field experience, ultimately leading 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 nine full-time faculty members who have each received graduate level preparation and have earned the distinction of a Doctoral degree. Consistent with the mission of NSU, the Psychology Department is 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 and one who can be a leader and productive citizen. 

Please feel free to 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! 

Dr. Ernestine Duncan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Department Chair
Norfolk State University  

Mission of the Psychology Department

Consistent with the University’s mission, vision, and core values, 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: 

  1. provide a flexible, relevant, and fundamentally sound curriculum for students majoring in psychology;

  2. prepare students to render service initially as paraprofessionals or behavioral scientists and eventually as professional psychologists;

  3. provide a thorough behavioral science background for students whose expertise can be utilized in related human service fields of employment.


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The NSU Psychology Department is thrilled to offer our newest undergraduate elective course: Cyberpsychology

This course will be offered during Mini-term B as PSY381e-90 (Topics in Psychology--Cyberpsychology), with the future goal of developing a Master of Science in Cyberpsychology. Check back often or contact smdebb@nsu.edu if you have any questions!

Psychology Program Key Links

Undergraduate B.A. in General Psychology

NSU Department of Psychology Online Program

Practicum in Psychology (PSY495/496)

Current Research Activities at NSU Psychology

Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology (VCPCP)

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