Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Jacqueline A. Conley
Professor of Psychology and Department Chair
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Howard University, 1998
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois-Springfield, 1994
B.A., Psychology, University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana, 1990
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Dr. TaKeia Anthony
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D. Howard University- Major African Diaspora / Minor- Public History, 2014
M.A. North Carolina Central University- Major African History, 2010
B.A. North Carolina Central University- History, 2007
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Dr. Noor Islam
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Sociology, North Carolina State University-Raleigh, 2001
M.A., Sociology, East Carolina University, 1986
M.S., Geography, Dhaka University, 1976
B.S., Geography, Dhaka University, 1974
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Dr. G. Victoria Landrum
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, Boston College, Lynch School of Education, 2004
M. Ed., Human Development & Psychology, Harvard University, 1983
M.A., Psychology in Education, Fisk University, 1981
B.A., Psychology, Fisk 1979
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Avis Mathews
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Specialist Program, School Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, 2005
M.S., Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, 2003
B.S., Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, 2001
B.S., Sociology, Tuskegee University, 1981
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New Courses for Spring 2018

PSY 326 – Addictions I


SOC 301 – Sociology of the Family


PSY 326 – Psychology of the 21st Century Workplace


Department of Social Science and Behavioral Studies


Message from the Chair:

Welcome to the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) at Edward Waters College.  The Department works closely with our students, other departments and communities to provide a well-rounded and meaningful education in Social and Behavioral Sciences.  The enhanced curriculum strengthens our students to be stronger critical-thinkers, researchers, and social justice advocates.  As a whole, the department and its faculty members engage in research and grant-related activities and are providing opportunities for undergraduate research scholars.  The Department is excited to announce that the Psychology and History Clubs are very active.  The Psychology Club is collaborates with the Jacksonville Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologist (ABPsi). The History Club is also very active on campus and in the community. 

In addition, the SBS alumni are integral to the success of the department; therefore, we want to reconnect with you.  If you are an alumnus from the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, please click here, and update us on your current status. The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences is looking for students who want be a part of our mission.  Once again, I extend my greetings to you and wish you a successful 2017-2018 academic year.

Dr. Jacqueline Conley, Chair


Location and Contact Information:

904-470-8830 (o)

904-353-2264 (f)


Address: 1626 Grunthal Street Jacksonville, FL 32209


Mission of the Department

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Edward Waters College (EWC) consists of History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. 

Within the department, Psychology offers both a major and minor in the program.  Additionally as part of the program, we offer a General Track and an Addictions Track.

History, Political Science, and Sociology provide supportive and general education courses to Psychology and the EWC community.

The Psychology program is consistent with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) guidelines for undergraduate training and prepares the psychology students with broad training and experiential learning opportunities, which support the development of analytical and critical-thinkers, researchers, with the knowledge and skills for graduate work to be marketable for 21st century careers.

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the Psychology program our students will:

  • Have a strong knowledge base in psychology and the human condition.
  • Be critical and analytical thinkers.
  • Be ethically and socially responsible.
  • Be effective communicators in written, oral presentations, and users of visual aids in scholarly and professional settings.
  • Continue to engage in personal and professional development activities
  • Be advocates for diversity, social justice and globalization.


The Psychology and Addictions track  

The Psychology and Addictions track at Edward Waters College will begin spring 2018. The Addictions track is approved by the Florida Certification Board.  Addictions professionals understand addiction (i.e., substance abuse, eating disorders, etc.) and provide treatment and support to help the client recover from additions or modify problem behaviors.

Job Outlook for Substance Abuse Counselors/Addictions Professionals

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the overall employment growth for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to be 22% from 2014-2024.

Quick Facts: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

2016 Median Pay $41,070 per year 
$19.75 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2014 94,900
Job Outlook, 2014-24 22% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2014-24 21,200

Source: US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics website.


In addition to the requirements for the Psychology degree students will take the following courses which serve as the 15 hours of electives plus one additional 3 credit hour course).


SOC 301         Sociology of Family                            

PSY 326          Addictions I                                        

PSY 345          Addictions II                                       

PSY 400          Addictions Counseling             

PSY 410          Assessment & Evaluation in Addictions            

SOC 400         Culture and Addictions            


Certified Addiction Professional Requirements

Degree Minimum Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience 6,000 hours
Supervision 300 hours
Education 350 hours
Test Florida specific exam*

* Must have a clean criminal history for a minimum of 3 years prior to application for certification, including release from all sanctions.

Total Credit Hours to Graduate = 128-129 required to graduate (or 122-123 if already taken foreign language)

Edward Waters College

For more information contact

Dr. Conley, Chair

Location:  1626 Grunthal Street

Phone:  904-470-8830



Psychology Link(s)

American Psychological Association

Association of Black Psychologists

Florida Psychological Association


Sociology Link(s)

American Sociological Association


History Link(s)

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora


Political Science

The National Conference of Black Political Science