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Dr. Jena D. Zarling

Associate Professor of Psychology and Sociology
Dr. Jena D. Zarling

Contact Information:

Ernst Hall 132 
(804) 862-6255

Education & Publications:


 Virginia Commonwealth University, 1999, Sociology & Anthropology


 Virginia Commonwealth University, 2003, Sociology


 Grand Canyon University, 2017, Psychology - Cognition & Instruction


 "Determining the Impact of Mindfulness on Stereotype Threat in First-Generation College Students", ProQuest (2017)

"Election Reactions: Expressive Violence & Social Cohesion", Sociology in Focus (2016)

"Social Interactions via the Internet: Perceptions vs. Activity", ProQuest (2003)


Dr. Jena D. Zarling is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Psychology at Richard Bland College of the College of William & Mary. She has taught and advised for a variety of colleges and universities for over 17 years, both in in-person and online formats. Additionally, she has served as an advisor and counselor for at-risk students and has worked in dual enrollment as a college connection counselor. She is active in the RBC community serving on multiple committees, acting as Chair of the Online Education Committee, and as the creator of the Balance & Breathe Bash. Her passion is working with at-risk students, particularly first-generation college students; and, her research interests include the use of meditation and mindfulness to address cognitive impairments and impediments to the learning process.

Favorite Quote: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds….”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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