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April Schwarzmueller
Associate Professor of Human Development

Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711



Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm

Human Development

Human Development


Claire StilesClaire A. Stiles
Professor of Human Development
Ph.D., University of Florida

Professor Stiles combines a background in mental health counseling with a special interest in moral development and professional and applied ethics. A Master Trainer with the Institute for Global Ethics, she offers workshops in Ethical Fitness, and, more recently, is working in the Alternatives to Violence project locally. Her other interests include community health, alternative health practices, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

Nancy JanusNancy G. Janus
Professor of Human Development

Ed.D, University of Massachusetts

Professor Janus has particular interest in children's issues. She has been professor of counseling and school psychology and has done clinical work with children in schools and private practice settings. She is especially interested in international adoption and has made adoption a professional specialty area both for practice and research.

April SchwarzmuellerApril Schwarzmueller
Associate Professor of Human Development
Ph.D., Emory University

Professor Schwarzmueller is a developmental psychologist with expertise in child development. Areas of special interest to her are gender development, adolescent development, memory development, and forensic psychology. Her research interests include children’s memory in eyewitness testimony situations and empirical assessments of effective college teaching activities.

Paige DickinsonPaige Dickinson
Assistant Professor of Human Development
Ph.D., RDT/BCT, California School of Professional Psychology, APA accredited program in Clinical Psychology

Professor Dickinson combines a specialization in Healthy Psychology and the Creative Arts Therapies. Additional areas of interest include cultural issues in the classroom, caregiving across roles, trauma and ethics.

Tamar ShovaliTamar E. Shovali
Assistant Professor of Human Development
Ph.D., University of Georgia

Professor Shovali combines specializations in life-span developmental psychology and gerontology with expertise in older adults.  Areas of interest are the psychological aspects of aging, societal implications of aging, and death and dying.  Her research interests include caregiver mental health in late life, adjustment to life course transitions, end-of-life care planning, and diversity issues in aging.

Shannon CollinsShannon Collins
Continuing Part-Time Assistant Professor of Human Development
MSW, LCSW, University of South Carolina

Professor Collins is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in interpersonal violence, trauma, and recovery. She has worked with survivors of violence in several capacities, including crisis intervention, case management, advocacy, and individual and group counseling. She has also implemented numerous educational and training programs in the areas of sexual health, violence prevention, cultural competence, and crisis response.


Life After Eckerd

A degree in Human Development is the key to a variety of careers such as school counselor, health promotion specialist, substance abuse counselor, clinical social worker, rehabilitation counselor, psychotherapist in private practice, youth program director, child development specialist, human resources coordinator, and a host of others.

The Eckerd Difference

James Branch Phoebe McGuire
Two Human Development majors share their opinions on all things Eckerd.