My Psychology Internship by Kati Webb

I’m interning at Commonwealth Catholic Charities in the adoption department. I’m learning the ropes of adoption and foster care and I love it! I’m also training to become certified for the supervised visitation program. I’m learning so much about the field, and I love working with the families! ???????????????????????????????


My Psychology Internship by Kati Hurt


I interned at Carilion Behavior Health Clinic. During my internship, I was able to observe group therapy sessions. These sessions encompassed a wide range of therapy including expressive arts, cognitive behavior, and reality therapy. I was also able to see how the psychiatric hospital ran and learned more about how mental health clinicians and doctors work to help those in need of this type of treatment. I enjoyed this because my future goal is to become a Licensed Practicing Clinician so the hospital allowed me to see the ‘inside scoop’ of how an everyday tasks and goals are performed on individuals with mental illness. My favorite thing to witness was expressive arts therapy because it allowed for the individuals to express themselves in ways that are unique to them.


Coffee Shop Talk – Thursday Feb. 6

Event name: Coffee Shop Talk: The Science of Love

Date: February 6, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea, Main St., Salem
Event Type: Speakers & Lectures
Description: Dr. Chris Buchholz, an associate professor in Roanoke’s Psychology department, will speak about the Science of Love.
These talks provide a relaxed forum for discussion and inquiry on a wide range of topics. Each one-hour talk includes a short presentation, followed by questions and discussion. Talks are free and open to the public.

Psychology Department Gets a New Chairperson!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Denise Friedman has become the new chairperson for the Department of Psychology.  

Dr. Friedman joined the department in 2007. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Averett University with a B.S. in Psychology. She earned a M.S. (2004) and Ph.D. (2006) from Virginia Tech where she specialized in Developmental and Biological Psychology. She is a member of Alpha Chi and Phi Kappa Phi. Her research interests include cognitive and frontal lobe development from infancy through early adulthood. Her current research program examines the impact of technology on cognitive and social skills.