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Psychology Faculty

Dr. Bernard Albiniak earned a Ph.D. in 1976 from the University of South Carolina. He teaches courses in substance abuse, statistics, research methods, and health psychology. His research interests involve the cognitive impairments associated with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as they impact on academic performance. He also is involved in forensic consultation in a variety of criminal proceedings.


Dr. Miranda Brenneman


Dr. William E. Hills earned a Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Georgia, and a M.S.W. in 1993 from the University of South Carolina. He teaches courses in introductory psychology, gerontology, sports psychology, and history and systems of psychology. He is currently pursuing research interests in forensic psychology.


Dr. JongHan Kim earned a Ph.D. in social psychology in 2004 from the University of Maryland, College Park. He teaches courses in statistics, research methods, and social psychology. He has conducted research on self-presentation, interpersonal attraction, decision making, and cultural psychology. Undergraduate students who are planning to go to psychology graduate programs and wish to gain research experience as research assistants should contact him.


Dr. William B. King earned a Ph.D. in physiological psychology in 1980 from the University of California, Los Angeles. He teaches courses in physiological psychology, statistics, research methods, animal behavior, behavior genetics, and human neuropsychology. He has conducted research on conditioned taste aversion, and on the effects of amphetamines and LSD on social behavior. His current interests are in methods of teaching undergraduate statistics using open source computer software. Visit Dr. King's web page.


Dr. Megan McIlreavy earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Science from Virginia Tech in 2006. Currently, she is teaching courses in general psychology, developmental psychology, and sensation and perception. Her research interests center around infant and early childhood development. More specifically, she is interested in the development of attention (visual and auditory processes), speech perception, and language development.


Dr. Cynthia Meyersburg


Dr. Linda Palm earned a Ph.D. in 1980 from the University of South Florida. She teaches courses in statistics, research methods, child and adolescent psychology, history and systems of psychology, and principles of learning. She has worked in program evaluation in the fields of academic under-achievement and child and adolescent mental health. She has also conducted research in animal learning and human cognition.


Dr. Terry F. Pettijohn II earned a Ph.D. in social psychology in 1999 from the University of Georgia. He teaches courses in general psychology, social psychology, and research methods. Dr. Pettijohn has conducted research in the areas of interpersonal attraction, relationships, how environmental conditions influence social preferences, and the psychology of teaching. His current interests include investigations of his environmental security hypothesis related to music preferences and components of physical attraction. Visit Dr. Pettijohn's web page.


Dr. Joan Piroch earned a Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of South Florida. She has recently stepped down from a 22-year stretch as chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology and is now teaching two sections of the senior capstone research course for majors. Her research interests include human learning, memory and cognition, learning process applications in the classroom setting, and stress management.


Dr. Kerry A. Schwanz earned a Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Georgia. She teaches courses in developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, research methods, the psychology of exceptional children, and psychological. testing. Her research interests are in the areas of psychosocial and behavioral predictors of academic success in school-age and college-age students, and academic and social outcomes related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Before joining the faculty at CCU, Dr. Schwanz worked as a certified School Psychologist in South Carolina.


Dr. Andrew Terranova


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Mailing Address

Department of
Psychology and Sociology
Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC  29528


Penny Hall, Rm 231

Department Chair: 
Susan Webb
Professor of Sociology

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