Department of Psychology

Rachael V. McLoud-Brophy

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Rachael V. McLoud-Brophy, Undergraduate Advising Coordinator

MA, College Student Development and Administration, Shepherd University, 2014.

BA, Psychology, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, 2008.

AA, Foreign Language (Spanish), Hagerstown Community College, 2006

Teaching Laboratory Building, room 2019
Dept. of Psychology, UNCW, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
910-962-3842 | mcloudr@uncw.edu

I have worked as an academic advisor at UNCW since 2015 in addition to five years of prior advising experience. I have a broad array of advising practice including work under a Federal grant serving at-risk students at a community college and several years of experience specializing in the health-science fields in UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services. Prior to entering advising, I worked in correctional mental health at a maximum security state prison for three years.  During my undergraduate psychology studies, my primary area of interest was social psychology.  I presented findings at regional and national undergraduate research conferences with research examining attitudes towards women and how those attitudes impacted perceptions of female candidates and voting behavior.

As academic advising coordinator, my primary responsibilities include design and implementation of advising resources for all undergraduate majors.  With both group and individual advising models utilized, I work to ensure that students have materials available for general assistance as well as individualized support when needed.  I am a representative of the undergraduate program and a Psychology student advocate at the Departmental, College, and University level where appropriate.  In addition to maintaining an assigned caseload, I also serve as a training/consultation resource for faculty advisors and coordinate transfer orientation, new major declaration, and prospective student advising for the Department.

In addition to advising, I am a registered yoga teacher at the RYT-500 level. My advanced teacher training program focused on therapeutics which included extended anatomy training in addition to yoga for trauma, PTSD, chronic pain, seniors, and special conditions.  I specialize in teaching power yoga in the Wellness and Physical Activity (WPAL 101) program at UNCW and taught at Wilmington Yoga from 2017-2020 with plans to return post-pandemic.  I guide yoga as a whole body and mind practice to include physical postures, breath work, and meditation alongside ethical and philosophical teachings.  I trained in the Kunga Yoga School which includes the foundational principle of yoga not only as a personal practice but in teaching as service to others and the planet.

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