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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.

Office -  Brittain Hall 202 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-2273 E-mail albiniak@coastal.edu


Dr. Miranda Brenneman earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and behavior in 2008 from Northern Illinois University.  She teaches courses in cognitive psychology, physiological basis of behavior, and research methods.  Her research interests include the effects of cognitive impairment after stroke, especially in patients under age 65, and mechanisms of recovery and compensation after stroke.

Office -  Brittain Hall  213 Campus Telephone/Extension  843-349-4035 E-mail  mbrennema@coastal.edu


Dr. William E. Hills earned a Ph.D. (1987) and M.S. (1982) from the University of Georgia, and a Master’s degree in Social Work (1993) from the University of South Carolina. He teaches courses in introductory psychology, gerontology, and history and systems of psychology, and he is currently the director of the Coastal Carolina University Bachelor’s Certificate Program in Gerontology. His research interests are focused in the area of gerontology, and he has recently returned to campus, after spending the spring semester teaching and speaking on topics of gerontology in Russia.

Office -  Brittain Hall  217 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-2276 E-mail  hillsw@coastal.edu


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.                                                                           

Office -  Brittain Hall  211 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-4168 E-mail  jkim@coastal.edu


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.

Office -  Brittain Hall  228 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-2270 E-mail kingw@coastal.edu


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.                                                                                                                        

Office -  Brittain Hall  224  Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-2728 E-mail mmcilrea@coastal.edu


Dr. Cynthia Meyersburg (on leave for the 2013-2014 school year) is an experimental psychopathologist.  She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010.  Her primary research interest is better understanding the causes, correlates, and consequences of people embracing culturally atypical beliefs.  In other words, she is intrigued by why some non-psychotic people believe highly improbable things. Dr. Meyersburg’s research interests also include other areas, including a number of interdisciplinary projects.  Dr. Meyersburg enjoys teaching, especially Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, and Scientific Communication.  In addition, Dr. Meyersburg is committed to bringing science to the public.  You can hear her discuss some of her research findings on the Are We Alone/Big Picture Science radio program:  http://radio.seti.org/blog/2012/12/are-we-alone-theyre-baack/

Office -  Brittain Hall  233 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-4036 E-mail cynthiam@coastal.edu



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.                                                                                                                                             

Office -  Brittain Hall  206 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-2272 E-mail palml@coastal.edu


Dr. Terry F. Pettijohn II, currently serves as Psychology Program Coordinator, 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.                                                                                                                                   

Office -  Brittain Hall  219 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-6447 E-mail tpettijo@coastal.edu


Dr. Joan Piroch is an experimental psychologist. She earned an MS degree from Western Washington University and a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida.  She teaches a senior level research capstone course, and sensation and perception.  Her research interests include human learning, memory and cognition, learning applications in the classroom, biofeedback, and stress management.  She has conducted both human and animal research                                                                                         

Office -  Brittain Hall  205 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-2271 E-mail pirochj@coastal.edu


Dr. Kerry A. Schwanz earned a Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Georgia. She teaches courses in abnormal psychology, general psychology, school psychology & 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.                                                                                                                                            

Office -  Brittain Hall  229 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-4167 E-mail kaschwan@coastal.edu


Dr. Andrew Terranova earned a Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2006. He teaches courses covering development, psychopathology, scientific communication, research methods, and the history of the field of psychology. His research interests center around the risk factors associated with the development of aggressive and antisocial behaviors across the lifespan with the goal of guiding intervention and prevention efforts. He is also interested in studying how people cope with stressors such as peer victimization, natural disasters, and political violence.                                                      

Office -  Brittain Hall  209  Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-4034 E-mail terranova@coastal.edu




Contact Us

Brittain Hall 231

Amy Haggard
Administrative Specialist

Susan Webb
Department Chair and
Professor of Sociology

Mailing Address

Department of Psychology and Sociology

Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC  29528

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