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"Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience—from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged." – as defined by the American Psychological Association

A degree in psychology can be useful in any career as it will help you better understand the behavior of yourself, your co-workers, and your clients or customers. Psychologists work in a variety of fields in both the profit and nonprofit sectors. We offer courses in many areas including Developmental Psychology, Human Sexuality, Abnormal Psychology, Sport Psychology, Psychology of Women, Psychology of Parenthood and more.

Majors and Offerings

The Department of Psychology and Sports Studies is proud to offer courses in the areas of psychology and sports studies. The department also offers an Associate of Arts in Psychology. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sports Studies should talk to their advisor about the Loading...  or Loading....

Faculty and Staff

Department Chair

Lori Perez, Ed.D., professor

Full-time Faculty

Julie Grignon, assistant professor

Jarred Jenkins, Ph.D., assistant professor

Kellie McCants-Price, Ph.D., assistant professor

Donald Orso, Ph.D., professor

Matthew Patton, Ph.D., associate professor

Kentina Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor

Rachelle Tannenbaum, Ph.D., professor

Jerina Wainwright, Ph.D., professor

Office Staff

Mary Greene

Sue Yard

Resources for Students

Psychology Club

The Psychology Club meets regularly during the fall and spring terms. All meetings are free and open to all AACC students. Members of the Psychology Club can connect with other students interested in the field of psychology, have deeper discussions on various topics in psychology, go on field trips, develop leadership and planning skills, and design activities to promote better understanding of human behavior along with involvement in other fun activities. Most importantly, this is a great way to get involved with a service-learning activity and to enhance your résumé/college applications.

For information contact Julie Grignon, assistant professor.

Psi Beta

Psi Beta is the national honor society in psychology for community college students. It provides recognition for outstanding scholarship in psychology coursework. Students who qualify can become members by invitation. Students can participate in activities and events (such as community service, attending lectures, workshops and national conferences) that can enhance their knowledge and appreciation for the field of psychology. The registration fee and participation in the induction ceremony allows them a lifetime membership in the honor society.

For information contact Jerina Wainwright, professor.