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Open Minds: An Exhibit of Psychology Department Faculty Publications Exhibit

Shown here is an image from the exhibit "Open Minds: An Exhibit of Psychology Department Faculty Publications," on display in the Bright Gallery on the second floor of Swem Library at the College of William and Mary. The exhibit features publications from faculty in the College of William and Mary's Department of Psychology. The exhibit is on display from March 26, 2012-January 18, 2013.


The following is a transcription of the label text presented in this case:


William & Mary’s

Psychology Department


A Brief History


During the 1888-1889 academic year, William & Mary president Lyon G. Tyler taught the college’s first psychology course which was then listed under the Department of Moral Science, Political Economy, and Civil Government. The “Catalogue of the College of William and Mary and State Male Normal

School” for that year describes the program as follows:


There are two classes in this department, a Junior and a Senior.

In the Junior the elements of Psychology are set forth, and the faculties of the mind especially discussed in their relation to education. A thorough knowledge of the laws according to which the memory, imagination, and other faculties operate will be found of great value to the student in receiving and to the teacher in imparting information. Psychology is made to alternate with lectures on civil government. p. 24


William & Mary was with the times! According to the Encyclopedia of Higher Education, the late 1880s was when colleges in the US first began offering psychology courses.


In the fifty years that followed, psychology classes continued to be taught in several different departments, including Philosophy and Pedagogy, Philosophy and Psychology, Education, and eventually Psychology and Philosophy.


In the 1943-1944 catalog, Psychology is finally listed as its own department,

with five professors offering twelve courses. Over the years, it has grown dramatically – establishing graduate programs and offering many more

courses taught by an increasing number of faculty members.


Today, there are approximately thirty faculty, including visiting and adjuncts, who teach more than fifty course sections and numerous labs. The

publications selected for this exhibit show the varied research conducted by

the department’s faculty.


Robert Barnet

Associate Professor of Psychology


University of Alberta, BA in Honors Psychology, First Class, 1989

Binghamton University, SUNY, MA in Experimental Psychology, 1991

Binghamton University, SUNY, PhD in Experimental Psychology, 1994


Professor Barnet has been with William & Mary for thirteen years. His research interests are memory and cognition, particularly in animals. He enjoys inviting his students to be a part of “the excitement of discovery in science.” Under his mentorship, students have presented at conferences, received scholarships and awards, and authored scholarly works.


Joshua Burk

Associate Professor of Psychology

Graduate Studies Director


University of California, Davis, BS in Psychology with Biological Emphasis, 1993

University of New Hampshire, MA in Experimental Psychology, 1996

University of New Hampshire, MST in College Teaching, 1999

University of New Hampshire, PhD in Experimental Psychology, 1999


Professor Burk is embarking on his tenth year with William & Mary, and his research focuses on behavior and cognitive neuroscience. Presently, he is researching whether a neuropeptide, orexin A, can enhance attention. He enjoys “watching the success and intellectual growth of our undergraduate and graduate students.”


Joseph Galano

Professor Emeritus


CMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School, Internship in Clinical/Community Psychology, 1976

Bowling Green State University, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 1977


Professor Galano taught at William & Mary from 1977-2010 and served as a faculty member with the Virginia Consortium Program in Professional Psychology from 1978-2009. His research, teaching, advocacy, and public service have all been in the service of a single mission: health promotion and illness prevention. Professor Galano has been an inspiration and role model to students. Not only did they learn about the importance of their work, but they also became aware of the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary to develop and maintain successful prevention and promotion programs.


Janice Zeman

Professor of Psychology and Chair


Acadia University, BS with Honors in Psychology, 1984

Vanderbilt University, MA, 1987

Vanderbilt University, PhD in Developmental and Clinical Psychology, 1991


Professor Zeman’s remarkable career leading up to her current position as chair of the psychology department includes research as part of an assessment team in Antarctica, cross-cultural research with William & Mary students in Ghana and Kenya, and coordinating the developmental-clinical psychology doctoral track at the University of Maine. She has been with William & Mary since August 2006 and her research is in the broad domain of developmental psychopathology, studying both normative and atypical emotional development in children and adolescents.


From the Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary. See for further information and assistance.

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Taken on March 30, 2012