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Lauren Highfill
Associate Professor of Psychology

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

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James MacDougall

Emeriti Professor of Psychology

James MacDougallBehavioral Sciences Collegium
PhD., Kansas State University

Specialty: Experimental Psychology
Phone: 727.867.8427
Office: Continuing Education Center
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Mac is the old-timer of the department, having been at Eckerd from 1968 to 2008. He received his doctorate in biopsychology from Kansas State University, where his research focused on limbic system contributions to complex behaviors. After coming to Eckerd, Mac's research interests shifted from animal studies to the psychology and psychophysiology of stress. Most recently, he has been studying the evolutionary mechanisms underlying human altruism. He has published more than 40 articles over the years and has written a statistics textbook. Mac has identical 18- year old twin boys, Sean and Dan, who are constantly providing exciting examples of the dynamic interaction of genetics and environment in shaping behavior.

B.A. or B.S.

Students majoring in psychology have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts or Science. The B.A. program is intended for students who want a strong background in psychology as preparation for careers in such areas as law, public health, and medicine. The B.S. program is intended for students who plan to go on to graduate school in some area of psychology.

The Eckerd Difference

<strong>Rachel Feinberg</strong>---Atlanta, GA---Psychology

"Eckerd met every one of my expectations and more. Here I can be driven, focused, and able to explore any area I please thanks to the dedication of teachers, faculty, and friends. At the same time, I am able to take advantage of Eckerd's beautiful environment, calming atmosphere, and fun activities to make my education experience an enjoyable one." - Rachel Feinberg, Psychology major