Dr. Brooke C. Spatta

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Office Location: Harrington Peachtree, Room 114
  • Office Phone: 864.833.8280
  • bcspatta@presby.edu
  • Teaching Fields: Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Psychology of Adulthood and Aging, and Educational Psychology
  • Research Interests: Attachment, Self-Esteem, Bullying, and Gender Identity in Pre-adolescents

I am the developmental psychologist here at Presbyterian College and I joined the faculty in 2007. I am a South Florida native and received by B.A., M.A., and Ph. D. from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.

Teaching is my true love, and there is no greater privilege than being able to teach others about my greatest passion, psychology.  I left my home state of Florida and came to Presbyterian College because of its focus on great teaching.  The small class sizes at PC give me the opportunity to connect with every student in my class on a personal level that would not be possible at a larger institution and the lasting relationships built with my students are priceless.  I enjoy advising students throughout the year and assisting in class selection, choosing a major, and applying to graduate school.

In addition to teaching, I am also an active researcher. My research focuses on attachment styles in middle childhood and the relations between dimensions of gender identity and children’s social adjustment. I have recently started to study the students in the CHAMPS program (Communities Helping, Assisting, and Motivating Promising Students) here at PC along with two undergraduate research assistants during the summer.  I also supervise undergraduate student research throughout the school year on various topics related to adjustment in childhood and adolescence.  I thoroughly enjoy working with students on their projects and supporting the next generation of researchers.

Outside of the classroom, I am involved in several activities around campus and in the community.  I am the co-advisor for PC’s chapter of Psi Chi (the international psychology honor society), Academic Advisor for ZTA sorority, and I am on the board of directors of the Laurens County Humane Society.  When I am not at school or volunteering, I enjoy spending time with my husband (who also happens to work at PC) and our two young children.

I truly enjoy every aspect of teaching, advising, and research and it is my goal to offer inspiration and encouragement to the psychology students at PC every semester.  If you have any questions about our psychology program or about PC in general, please feel free to call/email me or stop by my office any time. I look forward to hearing from you!