Heather Macalister is a Life-Span Developmental Psychologist with interest in women’s psychosocial development in adolescence, young adulthood, and midlife. At Mary Baldwin she is Co-Head of the Psychology department, and teaches the developmental psychology sequence (Child Psych, Adolescent Psych, and Adulthood) as well as Psychology of Women and Introductory Psychology. She is a firm believer in women’s education and received her own Bachelor’s degree from Smith. Her Ph.D. is in Life-Span Developmental Psychology with a co-major in Women’s Studies. She also holds a Master’s degree in Career Counseling and initially pursued her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. In addition to completing postdoctoral fellowships in teaching writing at Cornell and Duke, she has been teaching college psychology for 15 years, being part of Mary Baldwin’s Psychology Department since 2003.
Dr. Macalister grew up outside New York City and has lived in MA; NY state; Atlanta; Durham, NC and currently VA with her husband, also an academic psychologist, and their 7-year-old son, a 4-year-old daughter, and Jack Russell terrier, Georgia. She enjoys a variety of child-centered activities that she shares with her family: cooking, crafts, horseback riding, skiing, hiking, bike-riding, travel, “movie night,” and snuggling up with a good book.
Kimberly Craig attended Hamilton College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and then attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she completed her Masters and PhD in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Craig’s research interests include proactive interference in short-term memory, as well as the relationships between creativity, attention, memory, and aging. At Mary Baldwin, Dr. Craig teaches Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science, Behavioral Statistics, Memory and Cognition, Learning and Behavior, and Sensation and Perception. Dr. Craig grew up in Massachusetts and enjoys reading, swimming, and science fiction in its many forms.
Louise Freeman attended Emory University where she received her Bachelor of Science in biology. She then attended the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her masters in biological psychology, followed by her PhD a few years later. Dr. Freeman also conducted three years of post-doctoral research at the University of Virginia. Her main area of interest is behavioral neuroendocrinology, the effects of hormones on behavior. Specifically, she is interested in the role of hormones in sex differences in both human and
Here at Mary Baldwin, Dr. Freeman teaches Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science, Behavioral Statistics, Drugs and Behavior, Physiological Psychology and Sensation and Perception. She lives in Crozet, VA with her husband, Brian, their two children, Amanda and Noah, and a beagle named Lenny. She is also a soccer mom, a children’s Sunday school teacher at Jefferson Park Baptist Church in Charlottesville, VA and the natural science book review editor for Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. She enjoys cooking, needlepoint, and travel and is a fan of both the Harry Potter books (see www.hogwartsprofessor.com) and other forms of young adult and superhero fiction.
Her advice for students is to develop your unique set of interests and pursue them to the best
of your ability.
Jenna Holt received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences at James Madison University. She then went on to obtain her Masters in Counseling from Radford University and her Doctorate degree in Clinical and School Psychology from James Madison University. Dr. Holt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and maintains her clinical skills by performing psychological assessments and outpatient counseling to clients in the area. At Mary Baldwin, Dr. Holt is the clinical psychologist within the psychology department, teaching introductory psychology classes as well as classes such as Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Abnormal Psychology, and Applied Behavior Analysis. She will also be designing and teaching a new course on Ecopsychology, which is the study of people and their connection/relationship with the natural world. This is Dr. Holt’s personal area of interest outside of her clinical studies, and is also the topic on which she based her dissertation.
Dr. Holt grew up in New York State and Virginia, and she currently lives in Fishersville with her husband and three cats. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, swimming, baking, and reading.
Chandra Mason is a social-personality psychologist with broad research interests in social justice, social roles, and social neuroscience. She first began teaching at Mary Baldwin in 2002 in the Adult Degree Program, and returned full-time to the main campus in 2008, where she regularly teaches the Introductory Psychology course series, Experimental Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, the Psychology of Social Justice, and History and Systems of Psychology, and occasionally teaches Behavioral Statistics and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Professor Mason earned degrees in Psychology from the University of Virginia, James Madison University, and The Graduate School and University Center at the City University of New York, and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, patronizing the performing arts, and watching (mostly) good television and films.