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Jenny Mason

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Jenny Mason

Assistant Professor of Psychology


B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

M.Ed., Auburn University

Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi



Dr. Jenny Mason is an Assistant Professor and Cumberland University's Director for the Psychology Program. She is new to the university as of Fall 2014, with previous adjunct faculty work at Belmont and Lipscomb Universities in Nashville, Tennessee.

A Nashville native, Dr. Mason graduated from St. Cecilia Academy and went on to attend college at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. In search for more research opportunities, she transferred to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville her junior year, where she graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology. Following graduation from Auburn University with her Master's degree in Community/Agency Psychology, Dr. Mason worked for two years as a Clinical Therapist before returning to school to obtain her doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology form the University of Southern Mississippi, taking nearly the full course load required for doctoral degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Experimental Psychology.

Current teaching responsibilities for Dr. Mason include undergraduate courses in general psychology, abnormal psychology, statistics for the behavioral sciences, and research methods in psychology.

As psychology is such a diverse field, Dr. Mason has enjoyed opportunities in research, clinical work, and academia. She believes that a diverse experiential background in the field better prepares her for work in training psychology majors and future mental health workers.

Research experiences for Dr. Mason included assisting parents of diabetic children to better understand medication and nutrition regimes in managing Type I Diabetes, developmental-based parenting training for parents of children ages 2 to 6, determining levels of change agency and diversity valuing in college students, and assessing the characteristics of those who most effectively challenge workplace bullying in order to provide useful training opportunities for new hires in a business or academic setting.

Dr. Mason also worked and volunteered in a variety of community mental health settings, many of which are located in Tennessee. She worked extensively with minors having anger and/or aggression issues, including leading group therapy and providing life skills training to homeless and runaway youth at the Oasis Emergency Teen Shelter, and modeling parenting skills and conducting group therapy for aggressive children at the Regional Intervention Program in Knoxville, Tennessee. Dr. Mason also worked for two years at the Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home in Georgia, A group home for girls that have sexual perpetration concerns. She worked primarily with girls, ages 6 to 12, who had been accused or convicted of sexual offending and with girls, ages 13 to 17, who had been victims of sexual abuse and were suffering from subsequent anger/aggression issues. Her clinical experiences have also included short-term and crisis counseling as she has provided treatment to adults in a short-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, crisis therapy to those on a 72-hour stay at a psychiatric facility, and worked for nearly three years as a clinical therapist while in school in Mississippi with patients having severe and persistent mental illness.

Dr. Mason regularly serves as statistical and research consultant to institutions of higher education, as well as to community and government agencies.

Courses Taught

  • General Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Personality Theories (undergraduate and graduate levels)
  • Medical Aspects of Psychological Rehabilitation
  • Counseling Ethnic Minority Populations
  • Behavioral Statistics for the Psychological Sciences
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Applied Research Methods and Statistics I and II (graduate level)


Dissertation - 

"The Influence of Bystanders in Subsequent Bullying Behavior" – published online through Gradworks ProQuest (June 2014)

Article in Progress - 

"Reactionary Influences to Workplace Bullying" – in the writing stage.

Conference Presentations

Association of Psychological Science (APS): "Exposing Aggressiveness via Behavioral Interactions with a Simulated Peer" (with Biondolillo, A., Greer, T. Hodges, S., Bowlling, J., Edison, B., Nixon, K., & Yost, T.)

- A review of the findings of the validation studies of the COMPACT behavior paradigm (May 2011)

Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS): "Further Evidence for the Construct Validity of the Competitive Prosocial/Aggression Continuum Tack (COMPACT)" (with Biondolillo, A., Greer, T. Hodges, S., J. Bowling, J., Edison, B., Nixon, K., & Yost, T.)

- A review of the findings of the validation studies of the COMPACT behavior paradigm (February 2011)

Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA): "Anger and Substance Abuse in a College Sample" (with Eric Dahlen, Ph. D. & Michal Madson, Ph.D.)

- Presented a correlation between dysfunctional anger (both internalized and externalized) and substance use (across all drug subtypes) (February 2009)


Vanderbilt University - 

Research Methodology Guidance for General Practitioner Coursework in Graduate Program (August 2013- December 2013)

Lipscomb University and Princeton University Joint Collaboration - 

Data Analysis and Interpretation for Assessment of TennCare's Quality Initiative in Long-Tern Services and Support (November 2013 - February 2014)

Belmont University - 

Faculty Development Training on Utilizing Statistics in College Courses and the Scantron System (February 2014)

Belmont University Pharmacy School - 

Research Guidance and Statistical Analysis Determination for Research on Assessment of Urinalysis Screening and Treatment Services at Williamson Medical Center (July 2014 - December 2014)

Statistical Analysis Determination and Data Analysis for Relationship between Workarounds and Medical Errors in Primary Care (July 2014 - present)

Areas of Expertise

  • Parenting Training (with concentration on Behavioral Techniques)
  • Juvenile Sexual Offending
  • Workplace Bullying and Aggression
  • Advanced Statistical Analysis (including SAS and SPSS)
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodology