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Denise Friedman

Denise Friedman

Associate Professor & Chairperson of Psychology

Roanoke College

Teaching, research, college service, student advising and managing the second largest department which houses psychology, human development, and neuroscience are my primary tasks. I also blog for Psychology Today and guest speak on a myriad of topics.

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Virginia Tech

PhD, Developmental & Biological Psychology

Education is an opportunity for which I am incredibly thankful. As a doctoral student at VT, my passion for helping others learn and find their own passion was discovered. Since then, I have been working with college students, business leaders, educators, and researchers around the world to share my knowledge (and learn from them) using the interdisciplinary and collaborative spirit developed at VT.

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Virginia Tech

MS, Psychological Science

Starting out with a BS when most students in the program already had their masters helped me realize the importance of confidence and competence for success. Working hard was never a doubt given I decided to study developmental cognitive neuroscience (but had never formally taken a neuroscience course), but being surrounded by smart people 24-7 really made me want to bring my A-game. I also found social support and celebrating the small victories to be motivational. It didn't take me long to start organizing team-building or morale activities with my cohort and soon all the psychology graduate students. As my thesis work dealt with conducting EEG on infants, I learned lots of patience, the importance of balancing quality with "client" relationships, flexibility, and the value of a sense of humor!

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Averett University

BS, Psychology

Attending a liberal arts school was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was a first generation college student and the individual attention and strong relationships I built with faculty and peers there were my first insights into the importance of networks for success. It was also when I began to value feedback in an entirely new way and to really think about what I wanted in the future. The guidance of strong mentors and relationships built on mutual respect proved vital for me. Attending Averett really shaped my career trajectory.

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