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Brian McCoy

For 16 years, Dr. McCoy served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Nichols while teaching part-time at the college. In 2013, he joined the Psychology program full-time.

Dr. McCoy teaches a number of psychology courses including:

  • General Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology of Adolescence

Depending on the semester, he also teaches:

  • Profiles of Serial Killers and Mass Murderers
  • The History and Cultural Impact of Reality TV

Research Interests

  • Dr. McCoy has been an academic reviewer, author or co-author of a number of publications, including:
  • Decisions Matter: Using a Decision-Making Framework with Contemporary Student Affairs Cases
  • Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Human Sexuality (12th Ed)
  • The Developing Person: Through the Life Span
  • “The Senior Year: A Study Of Transition, Liminality and Students’ Perspectives of Their Final Year as an Undergraduate” (dissertation)


A long-time resident of Dudley, he is the father of two boys, the youngest of which was diagnosed with autism at age 2. In his spare time, he enjoys biographies, the ocean, politics, and really bad reality TV shows.