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Psychology Activities

The events on this list are approved Psychology Activities for all psychology classes. One activity may be credited to several classes. For activities not listed here, please obtain approval from your professor before attending. Below is the psychology activity form that can be used to report all of your psychology activities.

PSYC Activity Approval

Psychology activities must be approved by the department chair. Please fill out the Approval Form if you are interested in having an activity considered for approval. All requests for psychology activities must be submitted through the form at least ten days before the event in order to allow the needed time to review and approve the event as a psychology activity.

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Upcoming Events


Emily Elrod & Sam Landa from Student Counseling Services – “Readjusting to Life During COVID-19: Building Resiliency in Times of Transition”

  • Date: September 1, 2020
  • Location: DeMoss Hall, Room 3064
  • Time: 6:00-7:30PM
  • Description: Resiliency is key when it comes to personal growth. To help provide you with the tools to build your resilience, we will be discussing healthy coping skills to navigate these uncertain times. Join Student Counseling Services for Part 1 of The Enrichment Series as we discuss building resiliency in times of transition.

LU Serve Workshop – Unsustainable Help: What It Means to Serve the Community”

  • Date: September 2, 2020
  • Location: Montview Alumni Ballroom
  • Time 4-5 p.m.
  • Faculty Advisor: Corey Leistner
  • Description: Have you ever been hurt by good intentions?  Come and reimagine healthier and sustainable practices that prevent toxic charity. The topic is Toxic Charity (based on the book by the same name). Three principles will be addressed: 1) Healthy charity focuses on good outcomes, not just good intentions, 2) Healthy charity focuses on empowerment, not dependency, and 3) Healthy charity requires gospel-centered relationships.

“LU Serve Workshop – Unconscious Bias: A Current Conversation”

  • Date: September 4, 2020
  • Location: Montview Ballroom
  • Time 4-5 p.m.
  • Faculty Advisor: Corey Leistner
  • Description:  Are you dissatisfied with your misperceptions? Maybe the status quo?  Develop a deep awareness of various unconscious biases and how they influence service and relationships. Unconscious bias will be addressed from the levels of self-awareness, peer-awareness, and community-awareness.

Dr. Rachel Piferi – “On Being a Christian Researcher in the Science of Psychology”

  • Date:  September 3, 2020
  • Location: DeMoss Hall, Room 4412
  • Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rachel Piferi
  • Description:  Dr. Piferi is the Program Director of the Ph.D. in Psychology online program at Liberty University. She will be sharing about our doctoral program in Psychology, as well as what a research career in Psychology can look like and how our online doctoral program is preparing Champions for Christ in the science of Psychology.  How you can be a Christian AND a researcher in Psychology will be explored, as well as options for students after graduation to pursue graduate school in research in the field of Psychology.

Cognitive psychology and how you can get through the impossible class. – Mary Jo Oliver

  • Date: September 24, 2020
  • Location: 3064
  • Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Faculty Advisor:
  • Description: Learn how to survive and thrive in your most challenging classes using the science of cognitive psychology. We will discuss relevant research, the information processing model, and attention concerning class success. From mindfulness to textbook highlighting, many things can predict your success and excellence in higher education. This psychology activity will provide a framework for efficient and long-term learning.

COL Jeff McNeil, Ph.D. — “Army Psychology:  Clinical and Operational Opportunities”

  • Date:  September 29, 2020
  • Location: DeMoss Hall, Room 4412
  • Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Faculty Advisor: TBA
  • Description:   The pathway to serving as an Army Psychologist is uniquely challenging and rewarding.  Army Officers are afforded opportunities for both serving and leading in defense of our Nation.  Internships, residencies, and fellowships are the primary clinical training venues, while other academic and military education programs further prepare Officers for serving in a combat service support role.  There are also Operational Psychology opportunities in Special Operations and Military Intelligence available for Army Psychologists, and these positions require completion of a stringent selection process. The growth of psychology positions in the Army demonstrates the value the Department of Defense places on this specialty.


Dr. Robert Enright –“Meet Dr. Forgiveness, the unquestioned pioneer of the scientific study of forgiveness”

  • Date: October 2, 2020
  • Location: DeMoss Hall, Room 1332
  • Time 5-6 p.m.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jichan Kim
  • Description: Dr. Enright has been pioneering forgiveness psychology since 1985. He has been called “the forgiveness trailblazer” by Time magazine and is often introduced as “the father of forgiveness research” for his life-long commitment to researching and implementing forgiveness programs. His Forgiveness Therapy is officially recognized as a type of scientifically-supported therapy by the American Psychological Association (APA). He will share how he began a new field of forgiveness psychology and what challenges he faced as a professor at a major research university studying the topic of forgiveness. *Dr. Enright will join us virtually.

John Toliver from Student Counseling Services – “Revisiting the Politics of Since: Finding Compassion in the Current Racial Climate”

  • Date: October 6, 2020
  • Location: DeMoss Hall, Room 3064
  • Time: 6:00-7:30PM
  • Faculty Advisor: TBA
  • Description: Our nation lacks a collective consciousness surrounding the atrocities that people of color have faced throughout the 200+ years of its founding. This has led to a lack of general compassion and understanding for minorities, and an intense surge in frustration, rioting, and social upheaval for those that most identify with the history of forgotten suffering in our country. Join Student Counseling Services for Part 2 of The Enrichment Series as we discuss finding compassion in the current racial climate.

Dr. Keith Lahikainen – “Hope: The Role of Psychology and Biblical Truth in Facing Uncertainty”

  • Date:  October 13, 2020
  • Location: DeMoss Hall, Room 4412
  • Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Keith Lahikainen
  • Description: Hope is often defined psychologically as a positive anticipatory emotion or a positive cognitive state regarding the future which often occurs in the context of negative or uncertain circumstances (e.g., Snyder, 1991).  The Bible makes it clear that hope is given to us from God through the Spirit (Rom. 5:5, 15:13) and is ultimately rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3, Eph. 1:18).  Hope gives us both a sustaining affective experience and a motivation to respond to life in positive ways.  Come learn about how psychology informs our understanding and practice of biblical hope in the face of life’s uncertainties.

Dr. Carrie Wilmouth – “The Positive Aspects of Positive Psychology”

  • Date: October 19th, 2020
  • Location: DH 4368
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Conner
  • Description: A discussion on understanding positive psychology and it implications for the discipline.

Trauma. The Actor, Chameleon and Invisible Man Behind the Curtain in a Sex Trafficking Survivors Life

  • Date: October 27, 2020
  • Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: DeMoss Hall, Room 4412
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Judith Reisman
  • Mrs. Ilonka Deaton is a published author, speaker, and singer who was held in sexual slavery bondage in South Africa for 5 years. She is now rescued, redeemed, and set free, and is a healthy, full of life, complete woman, in Jesus Christ. Ilonka shares her experience with an in-depth look at what Trauma presents itself as in a survivor’s life. She allows her audience to engage in questions, encourages each participant to take a look at their own stories, and how they might have been affected by Trauma. In 2012 Ilonka and her husband Bill Deaton opened a free counseling center for 5 years to women in Franklin TN after graduating from the AACCs Biblical counseling program, to provide lay-counseling as a spiritual support extension to other counselors and churches in their area.  She has authored two books “Keeping Secrets” an autobiography of her story and “Secret Freedom” a guided help-book for anyone who wants to share their own story.


Emily Budowanec from Student Counseling Services – “Restating Your Boundaries: Drawing Healthy Lines With Your Family”

  • Date: November 3, 2020
  • Location: DH 3064
  • Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM
  • Faculty Advisor: TBA
  • Description: Finding healthy boundaries with our families can be challenging, especially for college students moving into adult relationships with their parents for the first time. With Christmas break fast approaching, come unpack these complexities as we explore ways to continually mature in our boundaries. Join Student Counseling Services for Part 3 of The Enrichment Series as we discuss drawing healthy lines with your family.

Dr. Jichan Kim – “Forgiveness and Religion/Spirituality

  • Date: November 5, 2020
  • Location: DeMoss Hall, Room 4412
  • Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jichan Kim
  • Description: Forgiveness is a central idea of Christianity. In this event, students will learn about the relationship between forgiveness and spirituality. In particular, the role of spirituality in the act and process of forgiveness as well as the effect of forgiveness on spiritual outcomes will be discussed

Gabrielle Camera, Mike Kunzinger, Victoria Jacob, John Toliver & Sam Landa from Student Counseling Services — “Beyond the Degree: Careers in Psychology Panel”           

  • Date:  November 10, 2020
  • Location: DeMoss Hall, Room 4412
  • Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Faculty Advisor: TBA
  • Description: Are you thinking through potential career paths after graduation? Are you wondering what You can use your psychology degree for? Join Student Counseling Services to explore possibilities in the mental health field.

If you have suggestions, please email psychology@liberty.edu.