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Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Jennifer AppersonJennifer Mardoyan Apperson, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, Cook-Cole College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Psychology
434.395.2054
Ruffner 104
appersonjm@longwood.edu
http://www.longwood.edu/staff/appersonjm/homepage.htm

Dr. Apperson joined Longwood in 1985.  She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Stephens College in Missouri; a master's degree in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology both from the University of Akron in Ohio. She teaches introduction to psychology, personality, interviewing, psychology and the law and graduate courses in counseling. She serves as the Program Coordinator and academic advisor for the Community and College Counseling Program in the College of Education and Human Services. Dr. Apperson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia and has maintained a small clinical practice in the community since moving to the area. Prior to teaching at Longwood, she gained clinical experience working in outpatient mental health centers (CSBs) and at an in-patient psychiatric hospital in Ohio. Her research interests include factors that affect university students' assessments of instruction and the use of presentation graphics in university instruction.

 

Chris BjornsenChris Bjornsen, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
434.395.2736
Ruffner 305
bjornsenca@longwood.edu
http://blogs.longwood.edu/bjornsen/

Dr. Bjornsen joined Longwood in 1995. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1992, and teaches courses in infant and child development, adolescent development, cross-cultural psychology, sex and gender, and introduction to psychology. His research focuses on emotional and personality development in adolescence, and student engagement in learning. Dr. Bjornsen's hobbies include traveling, gardening, cooking, woodworking, and reading Scandinavian crime novels.

 

Sarai BlincoeSarai Blincoe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
434.395.2822
Ruffner 308
blincoesc@longwood.edu

Dr. Blincoe joined Longwood in 2012. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She teaches Quantitative Methods, Research Methods and courses in Social Psychology. Dr. Blincoe's primary research interests include academic entitlement, and respect and disrespect in multiple relationship contexts (e.g., romantic partner, teacher-student, parent-child). Outside of academia, she has worked as a research analyst for the U.S. Navy.

 

Stephanie BuchertStephanie Buchert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
434.395.2348
Ruffner 301
bucherts@longwood.edu

Dr. Buchert joined Longwood in 2004. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University in 2004. She earned an M.A. in Psychology at Kent State as well, and earned B.A.s in Psychology and Anthropology from Bloomsburg University. The courses she teaches with the most frequency are Research Methods, Quantitative Methods, and Cognitive Psychology. Her research interests include cognitive development; specifically language issues such as language development and bilingualism.

 

David M. Carkenord, Ph.D.Dave Carkenord

Professor of Psychology
434.395.2385
Ruffner 310
carkenorddm@longwood.edu
http://www.longwood.edu/staff/carkenorddm/DC.htm

Dr. Carkenord joined Longwood in 1992. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 1990. He teaches the majority of courses in the Industrial/Organizational concentration, as well as introductory psychology and quantitative methods. His primary research interests currently center around employee ethics and developing innovative teaching techniques. Outside of academia, he has worked as an analyst in personnel research and marketing research.

 

Picture Coming SoonCatherine Franssen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
434.395.4834
Ruffner 309
franssencl@longwood.edu

Dr. Franssen joined Longwood in 2014. She received her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of Chicago and held appointments at UC Irvine, Randolph Macon College, and James Madison University.  A behavioral neuroendocrinologist, her research examines how environmental enrichment – from parenthood to extreme sports – can reduce stress & anxiety and improve cognition.  Dr. Franssen’s pedagogical studies include creating effective presentations and improving student outcomes through interdisciplinary courses like Neuroeconomics.  She most frequently teaches Biopsychology, Comparative Animal Behavior, the Psychobiology of Stress, Psychopharmacology, and Sensation and Perception.

 

Danette Gibbs

Danette Gibbs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
434.395.4933
Ruffner 304
gibbsdc@longwood.edu

Dr. Gibbs joined Longwood in 2011.  She received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Harding University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Toledo.  She completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she worked with adolescents and adults in a variety of treatment settings.  Dr. Gibbs teaches Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychopathology, and Tests & Measurements.  Her research interests include improving access to mental health care for underserved populations, and prevention and early intervention work among children and adolescents, with a particular emphasis on suicide and violence prevention.

 

 Eric Laws, Ph.D.

Eric Laws

Professor of Psychology, Department Chair
434.395.2841
Ruffner 302A
lawsel@longwood.edu
Today in the History of Psychology

Dr. Laws joined Longwood in 2000. He received his M.S. in Applied Experimental Psychology and Ph.D. in Psychological Science from Virginia Tech. He has taught and/or teaches courses in Physiological Psychology, Research Methods, Introduction to Biopsychology, Sensation & Perception, Animal Behavior, Learning, Psychopharmacology, Cognitive Psychology, History & Systems, Senior Seminar, Longwood Seminar, and Environmental Psychology. His research interests include the neurophysiological and psychophysical bases underlying memory for color and color preferences, environmental aesthetic preferences and the physiological correlates of pleasant vs. unpleasant visual scenes. He lives with 4 cats (Storm, Matilda, Harry, & Sylvester) and 2 birds (Amos & Andy).

 

Deborah McWee, M.A.Deborah McWee

Lecturer of Psychology
434.395.2173
Ruffner 214C
mweedl@longwood.edu

Ms. McWee has taught off and on for Longwood since 1985. She received her M.A. in School Psychology from Western Michigan University and has completed all course work and comprehensive examinations toward a doctoral degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Intervention at the University of Virginia. She teaches and has taught Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan Development, Psychopathology of Childhood, Tests and Measures, and Human Growth and Development for the Psychology and Education departments. She has worked as a School Psychologist in Virginia and for the Center of Clinical Psychology Services at the University of Virginia.   

 

Staff

Joyce Trent

Joyce M. Trent

Department Secretary
434.395.2318
Ruffner 302
trentjm@longwood.edu

Joyce has been with Longwood since 1970 and in the psychology department since 1996.

She is active in her church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Rice Volunteer Fire Department.