Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff of the Department of Psychological Science are committed to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of their professional lives. This is accomplished not only daily in the classroom and laboratory, but also in the execution of both basic and applied research activities with our students. Students regularly participate in faculty sponsored research activities. Many of these efforts result in professional publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and/or presentation at professional conferences in the psychological sciences. The faculty also actively supervise many students in applied settings where students participate in the practice of psychology.

The discipline of psychology is, by definition, broad and interdisciplinary. Defined as the science of behavior and conscious experience, the field of psychology spans the social and developmental sciences, the biological and biomedical sciences, and the disciplines related to mental health. Serious efforts have been made to employ doctoral level faculty members representative of the various specialties within psychology who have a strong commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department is currently staffed by psychologists specializing in behavioral psychology, behavioral neuroscience, clinical psychology, social psychology, human sexuality, cognitive psychology, counseling psychology, developmental psychology, experimental psychology, and neuropsychology.

The faculty and staff members within the Department of Psychological Science have been recognized for their accomplishments by winning such local honors as the Distinguished Professor Award, Excellence in Teaching Award, Excellence in Research and Publication Award, and the Presidential Staff Award. No other single department within the University has been so highly decorated.  In fact, the department received the first Department Program Excellence Award in 1999-2000. The department received the award again in 2010-2011. Several of our faculty have gained international reputations as experts within their fields.

Department of Psychological Science

Meet the Team

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H.L. "Lee" Gillis, Ph.D.

H.L. "Lee" Gillis, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Psychological Science
Education

A.B., Davidson College

M.A., Middle Tennessee State University

Ph.D., University of Georgia

Biography

Professor of Psychology (1986)

Distinguished Professor 1992-1993

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Brenda Deal

Brenda Deal

Administrative Assistant
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Tsu-Ming Chiang, Ph.D.

Tsu-Ming Chiang, Ph.D.

Department of Psychological Science
Education

B.S., Chung Yuan Christian University

M.S., Ph.D., University of Wyoming

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Walter Isaac, Ph.D.

Walter Isaac, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Education

B.S., University of Georgia

M.A.,Ph.D., University of Kentucky

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J. Noland White, Ph.D.

J. Noland White, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Education

B.S., M.S., Georgia College & State University

Ph.D., University of Tennessee

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Kristina Dandy, Ph.D.

Kristina Dandy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Education

B.A., Christopher Newport University

M.S., Ph.D., Texas Christian University

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Diana Young, Ph.D.

Diana Young, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Education

B.A., University Of California San Diego

M.S., Ph.D., University of Georgia

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Whitney Heppner, Ph.D.

Whitney Heppner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Education

B.A., Murray State University

M.S., Ph.D., University of Georgia

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Ashley Taylor, Ph.D.

Ashley Taylor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Education

B.A., Washington University in St. Louis

M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan

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Eric Rindal, Ph.D

Eric Rindal, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Education

B.S., Valparaiso University

M.S., Ph.D., Kent State University

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Stephanie Jett, Ph.D.

Stephanie Jett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Education

B.A./B.S., M.S., University of South Alabama

Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

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Jessica Saunders, Ph.D.

Jessica Saunders, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology (AY20-21)
Biography

B.A., Wellesley College

M.S., Ph.D., Florida International University

 

Research

Promotion of positive developmental outcomes

Sociocultural contributors to disordered eating and recovery

Teaching

PSYC 1101 -- Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 2700 -- Statistics Applied to Behavioral Science

PSYC 2800 -- Research Methods in Psychology

PSYC 4950 -- Special Topic:  Psychology of Appearance and Weight

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Tracy Butts, M.S., Department of Psychological Science

Tracy Butts, M.S.

Lecturer
Education & Bio

B.S., M.S., Georgia College

 

Research

Child and adolescent development

Teaching

PSYC 2103 -- Introduction to Human Development

PSYC 3200 --  Abnormal Psychology

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William F. McDaniel, Ph.D.

William F. McDaniel, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Education

Distinguished Professer 1986-1987

B.S., Duke University; M.A., Appalachian State University; Ph.D., University of Georgia

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John F. Lindsay Jr, Ph.D.

John F. Lindsay Jr, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Education

Distinguished Professor 1989-1990

A.B., Western Kentucky State College

M.S., Georgia College & State University

Ph.D., University of Georgia