Faculty and Staff

Dr. Angela Allen, Teaching Associate in Psychology

 Dr. Allen began teaching at Roanoke College 1997. She received a B.A. ('86) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Ph.D. ('92) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her interests are in psychopharmacology and abnormal psychology.

Dr. Christopher Buchholz, Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Buchholz joined the department in 2004. He received a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech ('93), a M.A. from Appalachian State University ('98), and a Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University ('02). His research and teaching interests include social psychology, evolutionary psychology, self, music, and complex systems theory.

Dr. Mary Camac, Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Mary Camac joined the department in 1992. She received a B.A. ('80) from the University of Delaware, and a M.A. ('82) and Ph.D. ('85) in Psychology from Princeton University. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Camac's research interests include memory, critical thinking, and scientific reasoning.

Dr. Charles E. Early, Professor of Psychology

Dr. Early was hired as Chair of  the department in 1988.  He received the A.B. ('66) from Grove City College, an M.S. Ed. ('74) from the University of Southern California, an M.A. ('76) from Western Washington University, and the Ph.D. ('79) from the Pennsylvania State University.  He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and has interests in the history of psychology and learning.  

Dr. Denise R. Friedman, Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair

 Dr. Friedman joined the department in 2007. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Averett University with a B.S. in Psychology. She earned a M.S. (2004) and Ph.D. (2006) from Virginia Tech where she specialized in Developmental and Biological Psychology. She is a member of Alpha Chi and Phi Kappa Phi. Her research interests include cognitive and frontal lobe development from infancy through early adulthood. Her current research program examines the impact of technology on cognitive and social skills.

Dr. Jan H. Lynch, Professor of Psychology

Dr. Lynch joined the department in 1980. She received a B.S. ('76) from Columbus College, and a M.A. ('78) and Ph.D. ('80) from the University of Georgia. She holds a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Georgia and is a member of Sigma Xi. Her interests are in gerontology and cognition.

Dr. David Nichols, Assistant Professor

Dr. Nichols joined the department in 2009. Previously Dr. Nichols completed a post-doctoral position at the Vision Research Centre at York University in Toronto. Dr. Nichols completed a BA, MA and PhD at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Nichols teaching and research interests are in Sensation and Perception and Cognitive Neuroscience among other areas.

Dr. Lindsey Osterman, Assistant Professor

Dr. Osterman joined the department in 2013. She received a B.S. in Psychology ('06) from the University of Southern Mississippi, a M.S. in Social Psychology ('09) and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a  minor in Biological Psychology ('12) from the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on how individual, social, cultural, and ecological factors interact to influence social and personal functioning and well-being. Currently, she is pursuing lines of research on (1) an evolutionary model of suicidal behavior, and (2) the psychosocial and endocrinological effects of parasocial relationships (i.e., the one-sided relationships that people develop with media personalities). 

 Dr. Darcey Powell, Assistant Professor

Dr. Powell joined the department in 2014.  She received a B.S. in Psychology ('09) from West Virginia University, a M.S. ('11) from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. ('14 ) in Life-Span Developmental Psychology from West Virginia University.

Dr. Galdino F. Pranzarone, Professor of Psychology

Dr. Pranzarone joined the department in 1972. He received a B.S. ('66) from Loyola University, and a M.A. ('68) and Ph.D. ('72) from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He is certified by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists as a sex educator and holds an Advanced Certificate in Rational­ Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). His interests are in physiological psychology, human sexuality, and stress management.

Dr. Edward Whitson, Associate Professor

Dr. Whitson joined the department as a full time member in 2009. Previously, he served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for over 15 years. Before coming to Roanoke College he was a tenured Associate Professor at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. Whitson received a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University, a M. Ed. from Antioch Graduate School and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Whitson is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His teaching and research interests focus on personality and positive psychology.

Ellen M. Dyer, Secretary

Ellen has worked at Roanoke College since 2001.  She received a B.S. in Business Administration from Longwood University. 

A Life of Service

A Life of Service

As a diabetic and a pediatric nurse, Sally Southard '77 focuses on supporting children, in particular those with diabetes. She finishes her sixth term on the Salem School Board in December 2013.

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