Who We Are — Current Students Perspectives
"Beginning my Stetson experience as a music major, psychology was never on the radar. Before long, performing live music in recitals incited horrible feelings of anxiety and dread. I was curious why my body automatically resented the thought of playing piano for an audience while others were thrilled, if not eager, to perform. This difference in individuals’ experiences led me to take a few psychology classes at Stetson. Not only was psychology able to empirically explain why I had that reaction, but it also explained numerous behavioral phenomena we experience: personality, development, social interactions, cognition, business, crime, and mental health – from the neuronal level to the societal level. I decided to become a major.
The faculty are experts who avidly contribute to the knowledge and understanding of scientific psychology. As a small liberal arts university, we students are afforded an opportunity to work with these brilliant professors in greater depth than most large, public institutions, where class sizes are massive. The scientific method is at the core of our program; Stetson’s psychology department trains us to inquire the world as a scientist.
No matter the route you choose after Stetson (e.g., graduate school, entering the workforce), our Psychology Program will rigorously prepare you for it. Our program allowed me to become a teaching apprentice; I’ve also become a research assistant in two laboratories, where I work side-by-side with a psychology professor in conducting, analyzing, and disseminating research in an area of interest. For those who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation, you’ll have access to Psych Advantage – a program where accomplished guest alumni share advice and resources about navigating your way into a career after Stetson" --- Luca Surrency, Senior
“I knew that coming to the small private university that Stetson is known for would entail a closer connection amongst the faculty and students. After being here for three years, I’ve recognized how far the Psychology Department exceeds this expectation. Every professor I have had the opportunity of knowing has truly enhanced my Stetson experience. Not only do they serve as an instructor, but they also serve as a mentor, advising students in their respective fields and providing the necessary resources to support them. As such, I have had the honor of working alongside Dr. Eskenazi as a cognitive research assistant, preparing me with research skills that I inevitably used for my own undergraduate research. I also currently have the great privilege of serving Psi Chi Honor Society as President for this academic term, growing my leadership skills while also connecting with peers who are just as passionate about the field. The Psychology Department has undoubtedly impacted my love for the science, giving me a new appreciation for every branch. I can only imagine the opportunities that lie before me given my final year here.” ---Morgan Lipkin, Senior
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.
- Laura Crysel is a certified Potterhead (for the uninitiated, that's an extreme Harry Potter fan) who studies pop culture and the dark side of human behavior.
- 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. .
Our adjunct faculty bring real-world experience from clinical practice and scientific research into the classroom. Select a name to send an email.