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janelleblazek.jpgDr. Janelle Blazek
Office: Adm 229C

  • Assistant Professor
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • M.S., University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • B.A., Kalamazoo College

Dr. Janelle Blazek received her B.A. in Psychology Magna Cum Laude with minors in anthropology/sociology and theatre arts from Kalamazoo College, a small liberal arts college not unlike Catawba. She then earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Dr. Blazek's research focuses on intersectional perspectives of disordered eating in adolescence with a specific focus on the social identities of gender and ethnicity-race. She plans to continue this research by collaborating with faculty from all over and through working with Catawba students. Dr. Blazek enjoys teaching a variety of classes including Human Development, Psychology of Exceptionalities, and a seminar on Adolescent Development. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys baking, gardening, paddle-boarding, and hanging out with her pets.


Dr. 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, experimental methods, personality—but also enjoys teaching 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 won the Tri-Delt Service Award in 2015, the Trustee Award for Outstanding Service to the College in 2016, and was named one of the "10 must-take professors in the Charlotte, NC, area" in 2015.  Dr. Brownlow is also the Director of the First Year Experience. Read more »


jenniferklebaur.jpgDr. Jennifer Klebaur
Office: ADM 229A
Phone: (704) 637-4385

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  • M.S., University of Kentucky
  • B.A., Psychology and Spanish, Auburn University
  • Substance Abuse Certification, Central Piedmont Community College
  • Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Jennifer Klebaur received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Auburn University. She then completed her M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky in psychopharmacology followed by postdoctoral studies at the University of Michigan in biopsychology. Most recently, she completed the Substance Abuse Certification Program at Central Piedmont Community College. She enjoys teaching a variety of psychology classes including general psychology, human development, and abnormal psychology in both face-to-face and online formats. Dr. Klebaur's research interests include examining the biological and environmental influences that underlie behaviors associated with substance use disorders. When not in the classroom, she enjoys reading, cooking, yoga, and walks on the greenway although she seems to spend a lot of time in the car chauffeuring her daughter to various activities.


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

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • M.S. and Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

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 previously served 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.



Adjunct Faculty

darylbruner.jpgDaryl Bruner
Office:  133 ADM, Suite D
Phone:  (704) 637-4175

  • Director, Student Academic Success
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • M.A. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • B.A. Eastern Michigan University

Brunerreceived his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Eastern Michigan University, and his Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  His career includes similar student success leadership appointments in a variety of higher education settings including large state schools, community colleges, and small privates.  His teaching experience includes adjunct appointments in First Year Seminar, Human Services, Career and Professional Development, and Psychology.  Originally from Detroit, MI, Daryl was a first generation, Pell eligible, student, who flunked out of college.  It is that experience he credits for igniting his passion for his professional career in student success.  When not at work, Daryl enjoys traveling the world; spending time with his family, friends, and pets; and reading.  Plus, he cooks an awesome prime rib!

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

mistymarlowe.jpgDr. Misty C. Marlowe
Office: Adm 229B
Phone: (704) 637-4101

  •  Adjunct instructor
  • Ph.D., Capella University
  • M.A., UNC Charlotte
  • B.S., UNC Chapel Hill 

Dr. Misty C. Marlowe received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her Masters of Arts in Clinical/Community Psychology from UNC-Charlotte, and her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Capella University. Dr. Marlowe began practicing as a psychotherapist in 2004 and became a college instructor in 2012.  Her passion for promoting psychology in the community is balanced by both treating mental health disorders at her private practice while also assisting students in developing a deep understanding of human thinking and behavior in the college classroom.  Dr. Marlowe has been nominated multiple times for Excellence in Teaching awards and is currently conducting research on the use of specific instructional tools on increasing student engagement in the college classroom. On a personal note, Dr. Marlowe enjoys hiking with her family, eating adventurous cuisine, and spending time with her 6-month-old son.



Faculty Emeriti 

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 is also licensed to teach elementary, birth-kindergarten, and special education.  Boulter retired from Catawba in 2017 after three decades of service to the College.