Faculty and Staff

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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.

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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). His research interests include Prejudice & Discrimination, Consciousness & the Self, Evolutionary Psychology, and Moral Decision Making.

Dr. Andrea Burchfield, Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Burchfield joined the department in 2021. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Radford University, a M.A. and Ph.D. from George Mason University.

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Dr. Travis Carter, Associate 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. Anthony Cate, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Cate joined the department in 2020. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University, a Ph.D. in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. His research interest is to investigate the cognitive and systems-­‐level neural processes of visual object and scene perception in order to explain aspects of complex cognitive skills, especially memory and reasoning.

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Dr. Danielle Findley-Van Nostrand, Associate 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. Lauren Kennedy-Metz, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Kennedy-Metz joined the department in 2022. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Roanoke College ('14) and a Ph.D. in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health from Virginia Tech ('18). Her research interests include characterizing psychophysiological indicators of stress and developing biofeedback-based approaches to stress management interventions.

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Dr. David Nichols, Associate Professor of Psychology, 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. Nichol's teaching and research interests are in Sensation and Perception and Cognitive Neuroscience among other areas.

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Dr. Darcey Powell, Associate 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. Her research interests center around expectations for and attitudes about adult roles (e.g., parenting, romantic relationships). She is particularly interested in whether expectations align with later experiences and the consequences of nonmatching expectations and experiences. 

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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.

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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 ('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.

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Stephanie Hairston, Administrative Assistant

Stephanie joined Roanoke College in January 2022. She received a B.S. in Business Administration Healthcare Management from Liberty University.