About Our Faculty

The Departmental faculty has received numerous awards and recognition for their professional accomplishments and contributions.

Psychology Faculty

C. Ellen Washington, Ph.D., Department Chair

Industrial/Organizational Psychologist
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Research Interests: My research interests are mostly within the “O” of I/O Psychology, including mentoring, women in leadership, and organizational change and development. Primarily my research seeks to address advancement issues that minorities are faced with the workforce such as, the glass ceiling, the sticky floor, etc. I also have an active research agenda regarding recruiting minorities in C-level positions in public transit. Recently, Dr. Washington has applied her expertise in helping companies such as Lockheed Martin and SAS revise training programs and develop mentoring programs.

Teaching Interests: Research Methods, Cross Cultural Psychology, African American Psychology, Senior Psychological Seminar, Introduction to Industrial Organizational Psychology, and Organizational Behavior.

Bio: Dr. Christa E. Washington is the Chair for the Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Saint Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC. Dr. Washington received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arkansas. She received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta graduating Magna Cum Laude and received her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology at Walden University and graduated with highest honors – Summa Cum Laude.

Dr. Washington has spent her last 10 years of life serving in educational capacities— Education Administrator, Assistant Student Recruiter, Research Program Specialist, AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, Evaluation Coordinator, Educational Site Manager, and Educational/Leadership Consultant. Her research interests include women in leadership, mentoring, organizational change, and diversity issues in the workplace and transit authority. Some of her most current research has been published in the Oxford University Journal of Public Policy. She has consulted with companies such as Lockheed Martin and SAS on developing training models and mentoring programs.

She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association of Psychological Science, and Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology. As a member of these professional organizations, Dr. Washington has been invited to serve as proposal reviewer for Industrial Organization and Industrial Organizational Behavior National Conference and The Association for Higher Education. Dr. Washington received the Excellence in Service Award for the 2006-2007, the Excellence in Research Award 2007-2008 and the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008-2009 at Saint Augustine’s University. She has also been a two-time presenter at the University of Arkansas minority guest lecture series. She also served as an assistant editor for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, a member of the Honor’s Council at Saint Augustine’s University and is the Chair, of the Institutional Review Board at Saint Augustine’s University. Dr. Washington was invited to Oxford University as a scholar in residence. Most recently, Dr. Washington has been invited to present research on Women in the Academy at the Women’s Symposium in London, England.

Christa is also involved in her community serving on the North Carolina Museum of Art Contemporaries Board of Directors and the Women’s Action Network. She is a member of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Her most recent accomplishments include completing the second class of Emerging Leaders sponsored by the Greater Raleigh Chamber and selected to participate in Leadership Raleigh also sponsored by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Erica Russell, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology

Licensed Psychologist
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Research Interests: Fostering resilience in populations placed at-risk; first generation college students--promoting understanding and support for their unique experiences; mental health/wellness and help-seeking among underserved populations; the Strong Black Woman stereotype and construct.

Teaching Interests: Psychological Testing, Theories of Human Learning, and Counseling Psychology.

Bio: Dr. Erica R. Russell is a Licensed Psychologist who serves as the Executive Director of Freshman Success Initiatives at Saint Augustine’s University. In addition, she serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work. She teaches a variety of upper-level psychology courses including, but not limited to Abnormal Psychology, Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Personality Theories, and Psychology of Adjustment. In addition, she serves as the co-advisor for the Falcon Psychology Club.

Dr. Russell completed her undergraduate studies at Old Dominion University where she obtained a BS in Psychology and minors in African American studies and Criminal Justice. She obtained both her MA and Ph.D. from Howard University in Counseling Psychology with a subspecialty in clinical child and family work. Her clinical child and adolescent pre-doctoral internship was completed at Applewood Centers, a comprehensive mental health agency in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed a clinical residency at Accotink Academy in Springfield, VA.

Colin Adams, MA, Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Research Interests: Forensic Psychology and Psychology and Criminal Justices

Teaching Interests: Introduction to Psychology, Juvenile Delinquency, Introduction to Statistics, and courses involving criminal populations.

Bio: Prof. Colin Adams was born and raised in Toledo, OH. Upon graduating from high school, he attended Hampton University and received a BA in Sociology. Professor Adams completed his graduate studies at The University of Toledo (OH), obtaining MA’s in School Psychology and Criminal Justice. His work experience includes secondary education, juvenile justice, gang prevention, and family therapy.