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SheilaBrownlow.jpgDr. Sheila Brownlow
Office: ADM 234C
Phone: (704) 637-4102

  • Professor of Psychology
  • B.A., University of Massachusetts - Boston
  • Ph.D., Brandeis University

Dr. Sheila Brownlow, Professor, received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and her Ph.D. from Brandeis University. She joined the Catawba College faculty in 1990 in order to work with students in a personal environment where professors and students know each other and interact daily. She still enjoys teaching psychology — particularly social, history, and general psychology — but loves multi-disciplinary courses (e.g., Home from Nowhere, Consilience, and What Else but Home?). In 2002, she was named winner of the Swink Award for Outstanding Classroom Teaching, and from 2006-2008 she was the Jefferson Pilot endowed professor. She is also the Director of the First-Year Seminar program. Read more »


ErinWood.jpgDr. Erin Wood
Office: ADM 229C
Phone: (704) 637-4104

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Title IX Administrator
  • M.S. and Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Title IX Coordinator of Athletics

Dr. Erin Wood received her B.S. in psychology magna cum laude, with a minor in biology, from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She later earned both her M.S. and Ph.D. in biopsychology also at VCU. Dr. Wood's research as a graduate student centered on behavioral pharmacology and behavioral genetics. Nowadays she enjoys teaching a range of psychology classes, including first-year seminar and honor courses, behavioral statistics, health psychology, behavior modification, sex/gender, death/dying, and neuroscience and cognition lab courses. Dr. Wood's research interests are focused on the nexus of human-technology interactions and health behavior modification as mediated by self-efficacy. She is also interested in the role of technology in education in post-secondary institutions. Dr. Wood enjoys working with students in conducting, analyzing, and presenting research. She also serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics and enjoys the challenge of learning the variety of different nuances in federal law therein. She also relishes working in what is left of her yard after her two puppies do their worst, being active with her family, gastro-adventures, and jogging, sometimes.


amyholmes.jpgDr. Amy Holmes
Office: ADM 234A
Phone: (704) 645-4567

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Ph.D., Northcentral University
  • M.A., East Carolina University
  • B.S., Mount Olive University

Dr. Amy Holmes has centered her career around teaching and learning. Her interest in developmental psychology was fostered by professors at the University of Mount Olive and experience working at a child care center. She enjoys teaching lifespan development using the chronological approach, child psychology, adolescent psychology, as well as general psychology. No matter which courses Dr. Holmes teaches, she persistently encourages her students to use their critical thinking skills. Dr. Holmes has specific research interests in prenatal development through toddlerhood and middle adolescence through emerging adulthood. Additionally, she continues to explore the construction and presentation of effective online courses. Dr. Holmes often attends concerts, travels around the USA or abroad, shops at the farmers market and somehow ends up only buying meat when she doesn’t even eat meat every day, and practices her handyman skills at home.

donnajames.jpgDr. Donna C. James

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
  • B-K Program Coordinator
  • Ed.D., Liberty University
  • M.E., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

NanZimmerman.JPGDr. Nan Zimmerman

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Ed.D., North Carolina State University
  • M.S., North Carolina State University
  • B.A., Davidson College 

Dr. Lyn Boulter

  • Professor Emerita of Psychology
  • B.A., California University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S., Ph.D., West Virginia University
  • Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Lyn Boulter completed her B.A. at California University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. at the University of West Virginia. Her area of expertise is Life Span Developmental Psychology, but she also is licensed to teach elementary, birth-kindergarten, and special education. Her current research, often conducted in collaboration with Psychology majors, involves factors related to student adjustment to college during the first year. Several conference presentations and manuscripts have been co-authored with students. Read more »