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Psychology Faculty

Image of Dr. Tony AlbiniakBernard 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
Telephone: 843-349-2273 
E-mail: albiniak@coastal.edu

MirandImage of Dr. Miranda Brennemana 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.

ffice: Brittain Hall  213
Telephone: 843-349-4035
E-mail: brenneman@coastal.edu

Image of Dr. William HillsWilliam 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). 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 after spending a semester teaching and speaking on topics of gerontology in Russia.

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

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
Telephone: 843-349-4168
E-mail: jkim@coastal.edu

William E. 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
Telephone: 843-349-2270
E-mail: kingw@coastal.edu

Image of Dr. Megan McIllreavyMegan 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  

Telephone: 843-349-2728
E-mail: mmcilrea@coastal.edu

Linda Palm earned a Ph.D. in 1980 from the University of South Florida. She teaches courses in statistics, research methoda, 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
Telephone: 843-349-2272
Email: palml@coastal.edu

Image of Dr. Terry PettijohnTerry F. Pettijohn II, Chair for the Department of Psychology, earned a Ph.D. in social psychology in 1999 from the University of Georgia. He teaches courses in 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 website.

Office: Brittain Hall  212
Telephone: 843-349-6447
E-mail: tpettijo@coastal.edu

Image of Dr. Joan PirochJoan 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
Telephone: 843-349-2271
E-mail: pirochj@coastal.edu

Image of Dr. Emalee QuickelEmalee Quickel earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from UNC Charlotte in 2014. She completed her clinical internship at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and is a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) in North Carolina.  She teaches clinical courses (e.g., Personality) and courses in Research Methods, Statistics, and Psychology and Law. Her research and clinical interests include legal decision-making, mindfulness, LGBTQ experiences, addiction, dually diagnosed individuals and borderline personality disorder.

Office: Brittain Hall 208
Telephone: 843-349-6964
E-mail: equickel@coastal.edu

Image of Dr. Nicole RushingNicole Rushing earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2014 from Florida State University and completed an APA-accredited internship at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System. She currently teaches courses in general psychology and abnormal psychology. She conducts research involving psychosocial risk factors for cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease in older adults, as well as research examining health behaviors and interventions in younger versus older adults.

Office: Brittain Hall 219
Telephone: 843-349-6965
E-mail nrushing@coastal.edu

Image of Dr. Kerry SchwanzKerry A. Schwanz earned a Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Georgia. She teaches courses in abnormal psychology, general psychology, school psychology and 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
Telephone: 843-349-4167
E-mail: kaschwan@coastal.edu

Image of Dr. Andrew TerranovaAndrew M. Terranova earned a Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2006. He teaches courses covering development, psychopathology, research methods, and the history of psychology. His research interests center around the risk factors associated with the development of aggressive and antisocial behaviors and coping with stressors such as peer victimization, natural disasters, and political violence.                                 

Office: Brittain Hall 209  
Telephone: 843-349-4034

Contact Us

Brittain Hall 231

Amy Haggard
Administrative Specialist

Terry Pettijohn II, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Professor of Psychology


Mailing Address
Department of Psychology
Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC  29528-6054

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