Brook Cathey, Secretary
Hello! I’m Brook.
I teach psychology as a full-time faculty member in the Social Science Department at Pitt Community College (PCC), and also hold a part-time teaching position in the Psychology Department at my alma mater, East Carolina University (ECU). I developed a love of psychology during my undergraduate career at Appalachian State University, where I focused primarily on early childhood development.
In 2005, I returned to my hometown, of Greenville, NC, to attend graduate school at ECU. My initial studies focused on childhood attachment relationships, but eventually turned to neuroscience, with a particular interest in the childhood brain. My thesis investigated how prenatal alcohol exposure effects Eyeblink Classical Conditioning in a rat model. This laboratory experience led to a seven-year tenure as a Research Specialist in the Department of Physiology at Brody School of Medicine. I loved doing laboratory research, but missed psychology and longed to be back in the classroom.
In 2008, I applied for an adjunct teaching position at PCC, and just like that, my teaching career began. I was hired on full-time five years later, and feel fortunate to teach what I love, alongside wonderful colleagues. In addition to teaching, I am delighted to serve as Secretary on the NCCCSPA board, where I collaborate and learn from so many amazing scholars year after year.
I am also a proud mom to my teenage son, Ben, and our, golden retriever, Harley. They are both big, goofy, and lovable. I enjoy cooking, reading, running, paddle boarding, spending time with family, and of course, talking about psychology and sociology 😊