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Stetson University Psychology Department: About Us

Who We Are — Current Students Perspectives

media/Jung.png"My journey in Stetson’s Psychology Department started on my first tour to Stetson University. I attended a lecture on memory given by Dr. Camille Tessitore King. Not only did I find the topic interesting, but I met Dr. King and we talked about our passions for biological and cognitive psychology. I could tell that she was interested in getting to know me and help me in any way she could. I also told her about research I was doing for the International Baccalaureate program at my high school. She asked me questions about how I reached my hypothesis and about my methods, which made me happy, especially since someone I just met that day was curious about all the hard work I was putting into my research. I knew about the benefits of a smaller school allowing students to build closer relationships with their professors, but that interaction with Dr. King truly made me believe in the importance of such relationships and it was one of the main reasons why I decided to attend Stetson University.  

Fast forward four years, and I am now a senior who has had many wonderful experiences within the Psychology Department. I am happy to call Dr. Medlin my advisor, who teasingly calls me his “problem student” for somehow finding a new career interest every semester. I’ve taken many fun classes with professors who care about me and my future. I cannot count the number of meetings I have had with Dr. Askew, Dr. Eskenazi, and Dr. Garcia where I asked for advice on how to use my interests to find a career in psychology, as well as caught up with them to see how they were doing. Additionally, I earned academic credit (The PSYC Internship I course) for an internship at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, which helped me understand the types of environments and clients I would like to work with someday. I even get to work with Dr. King as a Teacher’s Assistant for the course Drugs, Mind, and Behavior, my favorite course I have ever taken at Stetson University.

The Psychology Department has even given me opportunities outside the classroom. I am honored to be a research assistant for Dr. Eskenazi’s REAiD Lab for a second year, where I’ve run trials for experiments involving language processing tasks, and learning how to use an eye movement tracker! I am also starting my first year as a research assistant for Dr. Garcia in the SCN Lab, a neuropsychology lab where I will be running experiments using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Furthermore, last semester, I was chosen to be part of a subcommittee of students who were involved in the hiring process for Dr. Semenyna, the newest faculty member in the Psychology Department. And, of course, I cannot mention my Psychology Department experience without mentioning my role as the 2022-2023 President for Stetson’s chapter of Psi Chi, the Psychology International Honor Society. I am beyond thrilled to serve in this position to create fun, educational events and bring together students interested in psychology. 

I am thankful for all these opportunities and more that the Psychology Department has afforded me, and I hope that students take advantage of all these resources and more to have a happy, successful, and fulfilling college career.” - Lou Pavek, Senior

Our Faculty

To see our faculty members' academic degrees and professional accomplishments, choose a name below to visit the faculty profile page. But to see random facts about who they are as people and to find out about their research interests, keep reading...

  • Robert Askew is an amateur art critic and hound aficionado who often brings his best friends--Fern and Ivy--to school with him. His research is concerned with pain and health.
  • Michele Camden is a self-proclaimed theater nerd who dabbles in stage acting and scriptwriting. One of her current interests is animal-assisted therapy.
  • Michael Eskenazi's top bucket-list item is to visit all 59 national parks in the country. He uses eye-tracking to examine word learning and reading.
  • Kyle Dickey is currently undergoing a crash course in developmental psychology with his newborn daughter Claire. His research focuses on counterfactual thinking - the "if only..." and "what if..." thoughts that we often have."
  • Chris Ferguson plays guitar and sings in a local band called Gods of Avalon, knows how to swordfight, and eats just about anything (jellyfish, python, etc.) except vegetables. His research focuses on whether playing violent video games makes people more aggressive, as well as, more recently issues related to crime, policing and race.".
  • Sarah Garcia enjoys traveling to places of historical art & culture. Her research focuses on non-pharmacological interventions for cognitive change in a variety of populations.
  • Camille King has completed three Tough Mudder races and has promised herself to do at least one every five years until she's not able to anymore. She studies the neural basis of taste functions in rats. 
  • Danielle Lindner was planning to become a high school music teacher before she decided to pursue a career in psychology, and she still spends much of her free time singing as both a cantor and choir member at her church. Her research focuses on body dissatisfaction and eating disorders.
  • Rick Medlin grew up on the Stetson campus (his childhood home was where the Lynn Business Center is now) and has taught in the Psychology Department since 1981. He studies the development of homeschooled children. .
  • Scott Semenyna  grew up on the Canadian prairies cultivating an appreciation of mountains, a love of good steak, and a curiosity for understanding people from all walks of life. His research uses evolutionary and culturally informed frameworks to understand the origins and consequences of sex and sexual orientation differences in personality, cognition, and behavior.   

Adjunct Faculty

Our adjunct faculty bring real-world experience from clinical practice and scientific research into the classroom. Select a name to send an email.

Emeriti Faculty