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Bruce W. Darby, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

"I draw on my academic background in the liberal arts to broaden students' understanding of psychology to include perspectives from political science, history, philosophy, art and more. I've developed an interest in a narrative approach to psychology - everyone has a story. All of us share in a life narrative and this informs my approach to teaching - especially teaching young people whose narratives are in the early stages of development."

Dr. Darby received a B.A. degree with high honors in Political Science from Millsaps College in 1974. He then obtained an M.A. in Political Science (International relations, 1977), an M.A. in Psychology (social/experimental psychology, 1980) and a Ph.D. in Psychology (social/developmental psychology, 1983), all from the University of Florida. He has been at Florida Southern College since 1989. He currently serves as Chair of the Psychology Department.

Dr. Darby is a member of the Southeastern Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Eta Sigma, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa scholastic honorary societies.

Courses Taught

Psychology and the Social World; Ecological Psychology; Capstone Seminar in Psychology


Ph.D, Psychology, University of Florida
M.A., Political Science, University of Florida
M.A., Psychology, University of Florida
B.A., Political Science, Millsaps College

Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa Scholastic Honor Society, University of Florida, 1984

Sigma Xi Scientific Society, Denison University, 1984

National Institute of Mental Health graduate student fellowship, University of Florida, 1978-1980

Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Honor Society, University of Florida,1980

B.A., Cum Laude with High Honors in Political Science, Millsaps College, 1974

Eta Sigma Scholastic Honor Society, Millsaps College, 1973

Areas of Expertise

Interpersonal attraction; self-referent processes and identity formation; the relationship between self and others.

Recent publications

Darby, B.W. (2009).  Identity and religion: beliefs, self-concepts, childhood memories and college students.  Poster presented at the Southeastern Psychology Association, February, 2009.

Darby, B.W. (2007).  There’s me; there’s you. Poster presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association, March 2007.

Darby, B. W. (2006).  Interpersonal attraction, interpersonal perception, and social anxiety.  Poster presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association, March 2006.