Department of Psychology

The Psychology Department at UWF offers small classes, personal attention from respected faculty, and hands-on experience working with local organizations. Our focus is on your academic success.

We offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as certificates. The faculty’s applied psychological science specialties are varied and diverse so that multiple opportunities are available for a wide range of learning experiences.

Department Chair Position: The Department of Psychology is seeking an energetic and creative leader to join a collegial group of psychology faculty.

Photo of the Psych Chair Ad flyer, Spring 2017

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in psychology, possess academic administrative experience equivalent to chairing a comparably sized department, be an Associate or Full Professor, and support undergraduate and master’s level psychology programs. Evidence of interpersonal and organizational skills, as well as a clear vision and strategy for growth is required. The successful candidate will have a 1:1 teaching expectation, with preference given to those with a background in one of the three master’s areas taught at UWF.

For more information, please view the flyer or visit:

Psychology Research Pool

The Psychology Research Pool (PRP) allows undergraduate students to participate in or read more about research studies. Participating in the PRP enables undergraduates to:

  • Learn more about psychological research
  • Participate in research studies
  • Read exciting new studies in the field of psychology
  • Earn ArgoPoints for extra credit in approved Psychology courses
  • Visit to view current studies and sign up


The current project of Dr. Steve Vodanovich, Dr. Steve Kass, and Dr. Valerie Morganson was featured in the most recent periodical for SIOP

A summary of the current project of three Psychology faculty members was featured in the most recent periodical for the premier I/O Psychology organization (SIOP, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology). A summary of their project, "A Proposal to Rank I-O Master's Programs Using Objective Data From I-O Coordinators," can be viewed at

Dr. Valerie Morganson and students Andrea Cornelius and Amanda Yazejin have their article published in the premier journal of SIOP

Congratulations to Andrea Cornelius, Amanda Yazejian and Dr. Valerie Morganson! Their article, "Subtle discrimination in the service sector," was published in Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, which is the premier journal of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Department welcomes new Faculty Member, Dr. Kimberly Day

Welcome to our new faculty member, Dr. Kimberly Day! Dr. Day is a developmental psychologist with a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on individual and contextual factors that influence young children's socio-emotional development. Before joining us at UWF, Dr. Day was a Lawson Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Offord Centre for Child Studies in Ontario Canada. Her latest publication, "Long-term Psychiatric Impact of Peer Victimization in Adults Born at Extremely Low Birth Weight," can be found in Pediatrics.

UWF SHRM Student Chapter received the Outstanding Student Chapter Award 2015-2016

The SHRM student chapter merit award program gives chapters the opportunity to earn an Honorable Mention, Merit Award, or Superior Merit Award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle. Chapters who qualify for the Superior Merit Award are also allowed to fill out additional essays for a chance to win Outstanding Student Chapter, the highest honor. Of the 206 schools who applied, UWF is 1 of only 13 that were selected for this particular award. If you would like more information on our SHRM student chapter, please visit their website.

Dr. Lisa VanWormer selected to participate in the Leadership, Enhancement, Activities & Development (LEAD) Faculty program

Dr. Lisa VanWormer was selected to participate in the inaugural 2016-17 LEAD Faculty program, a year-long leadership development program sponsored by the Provost/Executive Vice President of UWF.  The program involves approximately 15 full-time faculty members in a series of interactive workshops, round-table discussions, and strategy-building sessions.  The goals of the program are to help participants further develop their leadership skills, learn more about issues that affect UWF and higher education overall, build relationships with people across campus, and develop strategies to help them flourish as leaders and team members.

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