Faculty & Staff

Dr. Joy Drinnon

Joy Drinnon
Professor of Psychology; Director of Undergraduate Research

Hardin Hall, 201
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Drinnon holds a bachelor degree in psychology from East Tennessee State University (1995) and a doctorate in experimental psychology specializing in social and personality psychology from the University of Tennessee (2000). In addition to teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs in psychology, Drinnon directs the undergraduate research program for the college.  She is actively engaged with several nonprofit agencies that serve low-income and homeless individuals within the Tri-cities. She has been conducting research on behalf of Appalachian Service Project for several years and conducts the annual Point-in-Time homeless census on behalf of Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness. Her other research interests include media effects and forgiveness.

Drinnon is a 6th grade small group leader and member of Grace Fellowship Church in Johnson City. She lives in Jonesborough with her husband and two sons.

Topics of Expertise: homelessness, effects of short-term mission trips and home-repair ministries, media effects, forgiveness