0 Änna Pettway

Änna Pettway

Änna Pettway

Assistant Professor of Psychology; Advisor for Inclusive Excellence - Mosaic Multicultural Center; Department Chair of Psychology & Criminal Justice

Courses Taught

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Child Psychopathology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychology of Race and Racism
  • Psychology of Personality

Professional Memberships/Associations

  • American Psychological Association

Professional Experience/Achievements

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Bryan College – Dayton, TN (2015-2017)
    Courses taught: Life-span Development, Research Design and Methodology, Physiological Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Theory, Counseling Theories, and Practicum Seminar.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Georgia Pediatric Psychology – Atlanta, GA (2014-2015)
    Specializing in the differential diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders in children. Completing evaluations with children ages 12 months and older, adolescents, and adults. Focusing in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2).
  • Predoctoral Internship and Psychology Practicum Student,
    Hawthorn Center – Northville, MI (2011-2014)
    1 year APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology; 2 years as a practicum student. Conducting psychological assessments for the purpose of treatment planning and diagnostics, developing behavior plans, performing individual, family, and group psychotherapy, providing crisis intervention services, and working in an interdisciplinary treatment team to coordinate individual plans of service for children and adolescents who have severe mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in an inpatient children’s psychiatric hospital.
  • Adjunct Professor of Psychology
    Oakland Community College – Auburn Hills, MI (2012-2014)
    Courses taught: Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology
  • Adjunct Professor of Psychology
    Concordia University – Ann Arbor, MI (2013)
    Courses taught: Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology Practicum Student
    Oakland County Court – Pontiac, MI (2010-2011)
    Conducting forensic evaluations with adjudicated juveniles in order to provide legal and clinical recommendations for the Court, writing psychological reports, and working with caseworkers to provide appropriate services.
  • Student Director of Assessment
    University of Detroit Mercy Psychology Clinic – Detroit, MI (2010-2011)
    Coordinating all assessment materials, speaking with all persons interested in assessment, creating the wait list, maintaining inventory, supplying professors with equipment for courses, maintaining computer database, supplying assessments to outside parties as requested, auditing all clinic assessment cases, helping students in assessment courses, working with other clinic staff to provide clinic administration, and reporting to the Clinic Director.

Teaching Philosophy

My philosophy of education has been influenced strongly by my own experience as a student. Many of the professors I studied under shaped my worldview and changed the trajectory of my career. Because of those experiences, I am aware of the immense privilege it is to be in a position where I have the potential to challenge others in the same way. As a clinical psychologist and as a follower of Jesus, I believe every individual in the classroom is an image bearer who is deserving of respect and dignity. I attempt to build relationships with students and engage with them holistically. I often challenge students to think about a variety of viewpoints. I also encourage dialectical thought and challenge false dichotomies in their thinking. The most important skill that I hope my students take away from any course is critical thinking. My goal for my students is that they will leave their formal higher education experience with the ability to think critically about all the new information they will encounter for the rest of their lives.

Research Interests

  • Child Psychopathology
  • Complex Developmental Trauma
  • Race Based-Traumatic Stress and Resilience
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Disordered Eating


  • Pettway, Ä. C. (2013). “Childhood trauma and the emergence of disordered eating symptoms: An investigation of contributing variables.” Available from ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. (UMI No. 10131841).
  • Pettway, Ä. C. (2010). “Does physical fitness serve as a buffer against trauma, illness, and environmental hazards in disadvantaged children.” (Unpublished master’s thesis). University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI.


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit Mercy (2014)
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit Mercy (2011)
  • B.A., Psychology, Spring Arbor University (2007)

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