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“The professors at Transylvania are unlike teachers at any other school, and you can tell the difference the minute you walk into a classroom. It’s the look they get in their eyes when they begin teaching, it's the way they smile when students really get into discussion. They care about what they teach, and they care that we, as students, are learning. And that makes all the difference.

"At Transy, our professors don’t treat us like numbers; we’re more than just names on a roster. We are learners, and they are here to teach us everything they can, to make sure the passion lives on.”

—Della McDonald ’14

Psychology Faculty


  • Fortner

    Melissa R. Fortner, Associate Professor of Psychology; Program Director

    Ph.D., M.S., Penn State University, 2004, 2000; B.A., Transylvania University, 1996
  • Jackson

    Mark A. Jackson, Associate Professor of Psychology

    Ph.D., M.A., University of Kentucky, 1999, 1996; B.A., University of Memphis, 1993
  • Bethany Jurs

    Bethany Jurs, Assistant Professor of Psychology

    Ph.D., Indiana University, 2009; B.A., Purdue University, 2004
  • Katzarska-Miller

    Iva Katzarska-Miller, Assistant Professor of Psychology

    Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Kansas, 2009, 2005, 2003
  • Nichols

    Michael R. Nichols, Visiting Professor of Psychology

    Ph.D., M.A., University of Kentucky, 1978, 1970; A.B., Transylvania University, 1968
  • Upchurch

    Margaret B. Upchurch, Professor of Psychology

    Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1984; B.S., Michigan State University, 1977
  • Van Denburg

    Todd F. Van Denburg, Associate Professor of Psychology

    Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1988; M.A., Hollins College, 1983; B.A., Drury College, 1982
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