Faculty Profiles

Department of Psychology contact and bio information.


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Ronald Belter

  • Position: Interim Department Chair
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 210

Dr. Ronald Belter, associate professor and chair, teaches general psychology and abnormal psychology at the undergraduate level and psychopathology, ethics, clinical assessment, and practicum/internship at the graduate level.

James Arruda

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 116
  • Personal UWF Website

Dr. James Arruda, professor, teaches courses in cognitive neuroscience, biological psychology, sensation and perception, research methods, and behavioral statistics.

Darren Bernal

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 214

Dr. Darren Bernal, assistant professor, teaches counseling, group psychology, multicultural psychology, community psychology, abnormal psychology, and cultural psychology.

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Lisa Blalock

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 232
  • Personal UWF Website

Dr. Lisa Blalock, associate professor, teaches research methods in psychology, professional development in psychology, and sensation and perception.

Kimberly L. Day

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 206

Dr. Kimberly L. Day, assistant professor, teaches research methods in psychology, psychology of adolescence, and developmental psychology.

Jane S. Halonen

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 233

Dr. Jane S. Halonen, professor, teaches introductory, positive, and social psychology, and also teaches senior course in the history of psychology, and psychology vs. Pseudoscience.

Hui-Ya (Gail) Han

  • Position: Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 228

Dr. Hui-Ya (Gail) Han, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, has a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Steven Kass

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 230
  • Personal UWF Website

Dr. Steven Kass, professor, teaches industrial and organizational psychology, human factors, training and development in the workplace, and psychology of learning.

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Valerie Morganson

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 216
  • Personal UWF Website

Dr. Valerie Morganson, associate professor, teaches advanced organizational psychology, industrial psychology, research methods and the psychology of workforce diversity.

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Carolyn Pritchett

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 122

Dr. Carolyn Pritchett, assistant professor, teaches general psychology, neuroscience, neuroanatomy, cognitive science, and affective neuroscience.

Vanessa Rainey

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 212
  • Personal UWF Website

Dr. Vanessa Rainey, assistant professor, teaches developmental psychology, human development across the lifespan, and research methods.

Rob Rotunda

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 226
  • Personal UWF Website

Dr. Rob J. Rotunda, professor, teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses focused on clinical/applied areas of psychology. As a licensed clinical psychologist he is also involved in training master’s level counselors.

Sherry Schneider

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 217
  • Personal UWF Website

Dr. Sherry Schneider, assistant professor, teaches social psychology, psychology of workforce diversity, industrial and organizational psychology, group dynamics in organizations, and organizational change and development.

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Claudia Stanny

  • Position: Director of the Center for University Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 53, Room 210
  • Personal UWF Website

Dr. Claudia Stanny, director of the Center for University Teaching, Learning, and Assessment and associate professor of psychology, conducts research on skills assessment, faculty development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Stephen Vodanovich

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 220
  • Personal UWF Website

Dr. Stephen Vodanovich, professor, teaches personnel selection, industrial psychology, legal issues in industrial and organizational psychology, method in personnel, and social psychology.

Susan Walch

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 222
  • Personal UWF Website

Dr. Susan Walch, professor, teaches abnormal psychology, health psychology, psychobiology of sexual behavior, behavior modification and community of psychology.

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Thomas Westcott

  • Position: Instructor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 208

Dr. Thomas Westcott, instructor, teaches general psychology and counseling.

Keya Wiggins

  • Position: Instructor, Licensed Psychologist, Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) & Group Coordinator of Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Department: Psychology
  • Office Location:  Building 41, Room 215

Dr. Keya Wiggins, instructor, teaches group counseling, theories of personality, psychology of the African American experience, psychological foundations for education, individual counseling, foundations of counseling principles for student affairs, and life applications of psychological concepts.

Emeritus Faculty

Department of Psychology Emeritus Faculty contact and bio information.


Adjunct Faculty

Department of Psychology Adjunct Faculty contact information.


  • Ashley Christie

    • Position: Adjunct Instructor
    • Department: Psychology
    • Office Location: Building 41, Room 211
    • achristie@uwf.edu
    • 474-2363
    • Courses: Professional Development in Psychology
  • David Dean

    • Position: Instructor
    • Department: Psychology
    • Office Location: Building 41, Room 252
    • ddean1@uwf.edu
    • 474-2363
  • Candace Drake

    • Position: Instructor
    • Department: Psychology
    • Office Location: Building 41, Room 252
    • cdrake@uwf.edu
    • 474-2363
  • Wade Keckler

    • Position: Adjunct Instructor
    • Department: Psychology
    • Office Location: Building 41, Room 211
    • wkeckler@uwf.edu
    • 474-2363
    • Courses: General Psychology
  • Barbara Lewis

    • Position: Adjunct Instructor
    • Department: Psychology
    • Office Location: Building 41, Room 211
    • blewis@uwf.edu
    • 474-2363
    • Courses: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Tonya Nascimento

    • Position: Adjunct Instructor
    • Department: Psychology
    • Office Location: Building 41, Room 211
    • tnascimento@uwf.edu
    • 474-2363
    • Courses: Human Development Across the Lifespan, General Psychology
  • Tamara Powell

  • Marie Sjoberg

    • Position: Adjunct Instructor
    • Department: Psychology
    • Office Location: Building 41, Room 211
    • msjoberg@uwf.edu
    • 474-2363
    • Courses: General Psychology, Intervention in Addictions
  • Carlene Thornton

    • Position: Adjunct Instructor
    • Department: Psychology
    • Office Location: Building 41, Room 211
    • cthornton@uwf.edu
    • 474-2363
    • Courses: Autism Spectrum, Gifted Children
  • Melissa Venezia

    • Position: Adjunct Instructor
    • Department: Psychology
    • Office Location: Building 41, Room 211
    • mvenezia@uwf.edu
    • 474-2363
    • Courses: Child Development, Psychology of Adolescence, Psychology of Assessment
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