Behavioral and Social Sciences

Behavioral and Social Sciences

A broad liberal arts undergraduate education should expand the students’ understanding of their own social context, increase their knowledge of individual behavior and facilitate their adjustment to a rapidly changing social world by preparing them to recognize and appreciate cultural diversity. Each of the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and sociology offer distinct, but complementary, approaches to the study of human physiology, cognition, and behavior from a scientific and rational perspective that includes experimentation, observation.

Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers the following programs, divided into undergraduate and graduate programs:  

Undergraduate Programs  

Graduate Programs 

Our faculty combine a passion for scientific research with an eagerness to integrate faith into their teaching. Our three disciplines appeal to this combination, providing a full range of opportunities for hands-on research with real-world applications and opportunities to understand and help others. Studying with these passionate professionals not only provides our students with valuable scholarly experience and rigorous preparation for careers in the field, but it also presents a seamless application of our challenge to be the hands and feet of Christ.  
Murl Dirksen

Murl Dirksen, PhD

Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
Specialty: Southwest Native Americans, Contemporary China, and Latin America
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM303C
Phone: (423) 614-8522
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Robert Fisher

Robert Fisher, PhD

Professor of Psychology
Specialty: Physiological Psychology
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM303D
Phone: (423) 614-8130
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Julie Gardenhire

Julie Gardenhire, PhD

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Specialty: Human Romantic Relationships, Clinical Research, Chronic Illness
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM 303A
Phone: (423) 614-6060
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Jerome Hammond

Jerome Hammond, PhD

Associate Professor of Human Development
Specialty: Family Studies, Developmental Psychology, Family Rituals
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM303B
Phone: (423) 473-3820
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Richard Jones

Richard Jones, PhD

Professor of Anthropology
Specialty: Nomadic Studies, Inner Asia, and Mongolia
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM305E
Phone: (423) 614-8352
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Trevor Milliron

Trevor Milliron, PhD

Graduate Studies Director, Professor of Psychology
Specialty: Integration of Faith and Psychology, Clinical Psychology
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM 302A
Phone: (423) 614-8124
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Karen Mundy

Karen Mundy-Judkins, PhD

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology
Specialty: Gerontology, and Medical Sociology
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: WMB 204B
Phone: (423) 614-8127
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Bryan Poole

Bryan Poole, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology
Specialty: Emotions, Research
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM303G
Phone: (423) 614-8319
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Heather Quagliana

Heather Quagliana, PhD

Professor of Psychology, Director of Graduate Studies in Counseling
Specialty: Childhood Trauma/Play Therapy, Community Psych
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM302B
Phone: (423) 614-8359
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Brandon Rodgers

Brandon Rodgers, PhD

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Specialty: Marriage, Family, Development Pediatrics
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM301B
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Jeffrey Sargent

Jeffrey Sargent, PhD

Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences,
Professor of Psychology
Specialty: Social Psychology, Motivation, Educational Psychology
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM302C
Phone: (423) 614-8125
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Edward Stone

Edward Stone, PhD

Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology
Specialty: Emotion-Focused Therapy
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM301D
Phone: (423) 614-8128
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Arlie Tagayuna

Arlie Tagayuna, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology
Specialty: Community Development, Criminal Justice
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM303E
Phone: (423) 614-8014
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Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer Thomas, PhD

Assistant Professor of School Counseling
Specialty: School Counseling, Child Development
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM302A
Phone: (423) 473-3796
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Alan Wheeler

Alan Wheeler, MPhil

Lecturer in Anthropology
Specialty: Nomadic Studies, Inner Asia and Mongolia
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM305A
Phone: (423) 614-8174
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Ruth Wienk

Ruth Wienk, PhD

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Specialty: Gender Studies, Community Development
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM303F
Phone: (423) 614-8136
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Kirstee Williams

Kirstee Williams, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology
Specialty: Marriage and Family, Infidelity Research
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM301B
Phone: (423) 614-8064
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Behavioral and Social Sciences

Joy Carrigan

Joy Carrigan is a junior anthropology major from Knoxville, Tennessee. She is a member of Sigma Nu Sigma, was in Campus Choir for a few semesters, and worked as a student assistant in the music department. She is a recipient of the Hicks, Honors, and Presidential scholarships. Joy says being in Sigma Nu Sigma, one of the Greek service clubs on campus, is one of the highlights of her Lee experience so far. “It’s brought me tons of friendships and relationships that will last for the rest of my life,” she says. After graduation, Joy plans to travel the world and make music.