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Program Overview

Program Overview

We know psychology has practical application in every facet of life.  And, it provides a strong foundation for many career paths. So we've designed a broad curriculum with opportunities that will give you the training you need for your career goals. You'll learn to understand yourself and others better. Our electives will allow you to study what interests you the most. 

Excel with research and internship opportunities in Nashville. You'll also have the chance to attend and present research at conferences and join Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology. 

Build relationships with our respected, experienced faculty — award-winning professors and working clinicians. Our faculty have been recognized with Outstanding Teacher awards and Dean’s awards. They represent the areas of counseling, family therapy, clinical psychology,  behavioral neuroscience, child development and cognitive psychology.

When you receive your degree, you'll be ready for graduate work, if you choose that career path. No matter what, you'll be ready to take what you've learned to serve others, whether it's at home or across the globe.

If you are looking for a fully-online Psychology undergraduate program, Lipscomb Online offers one!



Student Highlights

Nora Whitten '24

Nora Whitten '24

Lipscomb has prepared me for life beyond my degree in a way I never would have fathomed! In only my sophomore year, I was accepted to work at a sexual assault crisis center because of the knowledge, training and experience I was able to get through Lipscomb. As a junior, I am currently working for a worldwide residential facility for women struggling with mental illness due to my education and connections through Lipscomb. I would not have these esteemed positions if it weren't for my professors who have provided me not only with invaluable knowledge but professional and personal relationships as well. Lipscomb's incredible psychology program has gotten me so far, and I cannot wait to see where it takes me!

Natalie Thwaites '22

Natalie Thwaites '22

Since graduating from Lipscomb, I have been a lead experimenter and research assistant for two psychology-related labs at the University of Denver. I am planning on applying to either Lipscomb’s marriage and family therapy or clinical mental health counseling master's program in the near future. I would highlight the atmosphere and people involved in Lipscomb’s psychology program—both students and professors. It was an extremely welcoming, supportive, personable and understanding environment for me to grow in my knowledge and understanding of psychology. Everyone was very kind and like-minded and it felt like a very safe and comfortable environment to be myself and take steps towards my dream career.


Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Nashville, TN

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville, Tennessee, an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

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    A.J. Heritage

    Director of Graduate Psychology

    A.J. joined the Lipscomb faculty full time in January of 2021 after several years as an adjunct faculty member and faculty fellow with Lipscomb Online. A.J. earned his Ph.D. in...

    Meet A.J. Heritage
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    Jonathan Miller

    Assistant Professor

    Jonathan Miller's career in higher education began at Lipscomb University where he received his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1998. From there, he received his master's degree in clinical psychology...

    Meet Jonathan Miller
  • Andrea Mills headshot

    Andrea Mills

    Ass Pro Clin Men Heal Cou

     Dr. Andrea Mills is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider in the state of Tennessee with a diversity of experience in the field. Her passion and specialization...

    Meet Andrea Mills
  • Shanna Ray headshot

    Shanna Ray

    Executive Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

    Dr. Shanna Ray is a Nashville native and proud Lipscomb alumna. Since joining Lipscomb's faculty in 2002, Shanna Ray has been involved in various administrative roles. Currently, she serves as...

    Meet Shanna Ray
  • Douglas Ribeiro headshot

    Douglas Ribeiro

    Director of Graduate Counseling and Chair of Psychology

    Ribeiro joined the psychology and counseling faculty in Fall 2012 after completing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. He teaches Introduction to Psychopathology and Adaptive Behavior, Multicultural...

    Meet Douglas Ribeiro
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    Jackie Spivey

    Lead Faculty, Undergraduate Psychology

    Dr. Jaclyn Spivey is originally from Las Vegas, NV. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans and a Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from the University...

    Meet Jackie Spivey
  • Hunter Stanfield

    Hunter Stanfield

    Assistant Professor

    Hunter was born and raised in Florence, Alabama. Before arriving at Lipscomb in August 2019, he spent formative years in Los Angeles, California; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Birmingham, Alabama; Manhattan, Kansas; and...

    Meet Hunter Stanfield

Career Paths

Psychiatric Technicians and Aides

Psychiatric technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities. Technicians typically provide therapeutic care and monitor their patients’ conditions. Aides help patients in their daily activities and ensure a safe, clean environment.


Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how individuals relate to one another and to their environments. They use their findings to help improve processes and behaviors.

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors

Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, mental health issues, or other mental or behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help clients recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.