The Unofficial Student Site

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Dear perspective student,

To start with a disclaimer, everything on this site is unofficial and from the voice of a limited amount of students (often just one).  This is just one of many faces of the department.  Many who study and instruct within the department would present our collective work and process in a very different way, and their perspective is just as legitimate.   By reading this page, in particular, you are getting the perspective of one doctoral student.

My name is Ken Lewis, and I am a doctoral student and the developer of this website.  I love our department.  It is not perfect, but it is a great.  We are grounded in a history of innovative questioning about the nature of life, the mind, and the human experience.  We approach epistemological and ontological issues with vigor.  We dig deep, and we often don’t come up with clear answers.  The search for truth or meaning, or whatever it is that we individually and collectively are seeking, is one which often leads us from certainty to ambiguity.  If you can’t handle ambiguity, this might not be the place you’d want to study.  If your idea of learning is downloading information from your professor’s head and from the texts, then this form of contemplative, introspective, and critical inquiry just might not be for you.

Our department takes many approaches to education.  And, we explore many schools of psychology.  We use journaling, critical inquiry, contemplation, and research.  Social psychology, developmental psychology, transpersonal psychology, critical psychology, existential psychology, humanistic psychology, Buddhist psychology, psychoanalysis and Lacan, consciousness studies, contemplative studies, mind-body psychology, parapsychology, counseling psychology, nomadic feminist psychology, discursive psychology, and much more are offered here; mixing theory, research, and practice.  As you can discern from the list above, our program and faculty are quite progressive and diverse.

The faculty at UWG’s Psychology Department are wonderful.  Foremost, they care about humanity and their students, and they see psychology and psychological education as part of being “agents of change” in the world.  Some our our faculty and their interests include:

  • Dr. Kareen Malone’s critical psychology, psychoanalysis, and Lacanian thought
  • Dr. Jim Dillion’s work with myth, journaling, and the decline of the humanities
  • Dr. Mark Kunkel’s passionate approach to psychology education
  • Dr. Krystal Perkins work with social issues such as race, migration, and ident