Carla McKenney (B.S., Class of 2014)

  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Francis Marion University
  • Currently: M.S. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology; Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern (LPC-I)

Austin Oliver Frick (B.S., Class of 2015)

  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Francis Marion University
  • Currently: Attending the University of Tennessee to pursue a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior; Completing an assistantship position with the University of Tennessee Men’s Golf Team. This position includes working directly with the University’s athletics department’s Sports Psychologist.
  • Career Goals:  To become a Sports Psychologist

Ashley N. Frank (B.S., Class of 2012)Ashley Frank

  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Francis Marion University; M.A. degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from South Carolina State University


Megan Bryant Temple (M.S., Class of 2006)Meg Temple

  • Recipient of the 2012 Professional Psychology Award, presented at the FMU Psychology Alumni Reception on October 2, 2012
  • Current position: Clinical Director and Director of the Children’s Program at Durant Children’s Center (Florence and Harstville, SC), a program of the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault
  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Presbyterian College; M.S. in Applied Psychology (Clinical/Counseling Option) from Francis Marion University

Jessica O’Leary (B.S., Class of 2010)Jess

  • B.S. degree in Psychology, Francis Marion University (2010); M.A. degree in General Psychology, University of North Florida (August, 2012)
  • Ph.D. in Psychology and then teach in a university setting while conducting  research
  • Something important you learned while at FMU: “I learned that I have a passion for psychology and it’s something I want to do for the rest of my life.”
  • Advice for current FMU students: “The only way to be successful is to make it happen for yourself. A huge stepping stone in order to make this happen is to find the right mentor and become friends with as many professors as you can!”

Dr. Erica L. James (M.S., Class of 2009)Erica

  • Graduate of: University of Georgia (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology); Francis Marion University (M.S., Applied Psychology); College of Charleston (B.S., Psychology)
  • Current position: Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Francis Marion University
  • Something important you learned while at FMU: I learned that every professor there has something useful to offer to your journey. The personalities may be different but every professor in the psychology department has one goal: to shape the student into a competent professional in hopes that he or she will be a valuable contributor to the field of psychology as a whole.
  • Advice for current FMU students: My advice to current FMU students is to take advantage of all your learning opportunities at the university. Those opportunities can become the stepping stones that lead you towards a successful and rewarding career.

Ashley Flynn (B.A., Class of 2005)Ashley

  • Graduate of: Florida Institute of Technology (M.S. in in Applied Behavior Analysis, 2011)
  • Career goal: To become a board certified Behavior Analyst, work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, then get a doctorate in clinical psychology and become a cognitive behavioral therapist.
  • Something important you learned while at FMU: OK I can’t name just one: (1) How important research is and how to conduct and write about it; (2) How fascinating the brain is; (3) how getting involved (i.e., with professor’s research projects, the psychology club, etc) could lead to good letters of recommendation for graduate school!
  • Advice for current FMU students:  Study your course materials, Make every class count, Get involved in research,  Get involved with the Psychology Club, Study the GRE with other psychology students, Go to graduate school. If Plan A doesn’t work, go to Plan B but don’t ever give up on Plan A.  Meet your goal, no matter what it takes.

* To submit your Alumni Highlight, please email your information (as above) and a photo to the Psychology Department. We look forward to hearing from you!