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Shanna Ray

Shanna Ray 


Chair, Psychology


Shanna Ray has a B.S. in Psychology from Lipscomb University, M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and a Ph.D./M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University. Ray joined Lipscomb’s faculty in 2002 and has served her department in a variety of administrative roles. She was department chair from 2005-2008 and from 2014 to present, is director of the M.S. in Psychology program, and was founding director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

She teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the psychology program, such as lifespan development, cognitive psychology, and introduction to psychology.

Ray's research explores how people's reasoning about God and Satan varies across the lifespan and among people from diverse religious backgrounds.