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Faculty and Staff

Dr. Angela Allen, Lecturer in Psychology

Dr. Allen began teaching at Roanoke College 1997. She received a B.A. ('86) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Ph.D. ('92) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her interests are in psychopharmacology and abnormal psychology.

Dr. Christopher Buchholz, Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Buchholz joined the department in 2004. He received a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech ('93), a M.A. from Appalachian State University ('98), and a Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University ('02). Dr. Buchholz teaches courses in Evolutionary Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Seminar, History of Psychology, The Meaning of Life, and Psychology in Film. His research lab conducts studies in Self, Consciousness, Evolutionary Psychology, Moral Decision Making, and Complexity in Music and Film.

Dr. Mary Camac, Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Mary Camac joined the department in 1992. She received a B.A. ('80) from the University of Delaware, and a M.A. ('82) and Ph.D. ('85) in Psychology from Princeton University. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Camac's research interests include memory, critical thinking, and scientific reasoning.

Dr. Travis Carter, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Carter joined the department in 2017. He received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from Cornell University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His research interests reside in the realms of judgment and decision-making, social cognition, and consumer behavior. 

Dr. Danielle Findley-Van Nostrand, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Findley-Van Nostrand joined the department in 2017. She received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of South Florida. Her research centers on social status and belonging and affiliated aspects of social behaviors, motivation, and the self. 

Dr. David Nichols, Associate Professor of Psychology and Acting Chair

Dr. Nichols joined the department in 2009. Previously Dr. Nichols completed a post-doctoral position at the Vision Research Centre at York University in Toronto. Dr. Nichols completed a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Nichols teaching and research interests are in Sensation and Perception and Cognitive Neuroscience among other areas.

Dr. Lindsey Osterman, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Osterman joined the department in 2013. She received a B.S. in Psychology ('06) from the University of Southern Mississippi, a M.S. in Social Psychology ('09) and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a  minor in Biological Psychology ('12) from the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on how individual, social, cultural, and ecological factors interact to influence social and personal functioning and well-being. Currently, she is pursuing lines of research on (1) an evolutionary model of suicidal behavior, and (2) the psychosocial and endocrinological effects of parasocial relationships (i.e., the one-sided relationships that people develop with media personalities). 

Dr. Darcey Powell, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Powell joined the department in 2014.  She received a B.S. in Psychology ('09) from West Virginia University, a M.S. ('11) from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. ('14 ) in Life-Span Developmental Psychology from West Virginia University.

Dr. Galdino F. Pranzarone, Professor of Psychology

Dr. Pranzarone joined the department in 1972. He received a B.S. ('66) from Loyola University, and a M.A. ('68) and Ph.D. ('72) from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He is certified by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists as a sex educator and holds an Advanced Certificate in Rational­ Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). His interests are in physiological psychology, human sexuality, and stress management.

Dr. Edward Whitson, Lecturer in Psychology

Dr. Whitson joined the department as a full time member in 2009. Previously, he served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for over 15 years. Before coming to Roanoke College he was a tenured Associate Professor at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. Whitson received a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University, a M. Ed. from Antioch Graduate School and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Whitson is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His teaching and research interests focus on personality and positive psychology.

 

Dr. Athena Buckthought, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Buckthought joined the department in 2016, and is originally from Ottawa, Canada. She received a B.Sc. in Physics, M.Sc. in Psychology (Neuroscience) and a Ph.D. in Psychology ('04) from Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Buckthought also carried out postdoctoral research at York University in Toronto and McGill University in Montreal.  Dr. Buckthought currently teaches Cognitive Psychology and Psychology in the Media. Her research interests include visual perception, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience.

Dr. Brian Shenal, Adjunct Professor

Dr. Shenal began teaching at Roanoke College in 2012.  He received his B.S. ('95), his M.S. ('98), and his Ph.D. ('01) from Virginia Tech.  Dr. Shenal completed his clinical internship and fellowship at the University of Florida. He is a practicing neuropsychologist and an Associate Professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. His research interests include the neuropsychology of emotion, lateralization/cerebral asymmetry, and teleneuropsychology.

Dr. Lauren Hagemann, Adjunct Professor

Dr. Hagemann received her B.A. in psychology ('06) from Saint Joseph's College and both her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling ('09) and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology-health emphasis ('15) from Yeshiva University in New York City. She is a licensed clinical psychologist currently working within the Primary Care-Mental Health Integration program at the Salem VA Medical Center, specializing in geropsychology and geriatric issues. Her research interests include aging, acceptance and commitment therapy for older adults, mindfulness practices for caregivers, in addition to behavioral management and other best practices associated with dementia care.

Ellen M. Dyer, Secretary

Ellen has worked at Roanoke College since 2001.  She received a B.S. in Business Administration from Longwood University.