How do people form opinions? Why do men and women perceive the world differently? How do video games affect learning in children? Is "multitasking" in the workplace really more efficient? Psychology is not simply the study of abnormal behavior. It's the science of how we behave, the key to questions of personality, intelligence, and social behavior.
The psychology degree program at Nazareth College is a liberal arts major that gives students a solid foundation with which to pursue graduate school in psychology or a career in any number of related fields.
Our program includes research and fieldwork opportunities usually only found at the graduate level. For example, a gerontology course was taught on-site at a local senior living community, where students took the class alongside residents. After Hurricane Katrina, students went to New Orleans to volunteer and witness the effects of a major disaster on women's economic, social, familial, and emotional well-being.
The prominent place given to research and experiential learning is intended to foster critical and precise thinking and clear communication in the use of evidence to support one's conclusions, as well as in making connections between one's intellectual life and life within the community. These are intellectual skills that stand one in good stead in daily life and in any number of career choices.
Education: B.A., University of Vermont (English); M.A., University of Colorado Boulder (Psychology); Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder (Psychology).
Teaching Interests: Multicultural Psychology, Human Learning and Behavior Management, Personality Theory, Statistics and Research Methods
Research Interests: Sociocultural correlates of: Individualism and Authoritarianism. Belief systems, and child-rearing/teaching techniques.
"The faculty at Nazareth were invested in my success as a student and as a person. The range of opportunities I had at Naz reflect that -- I took nearly every course offered in the Psychology department, completed two internships and a research study, participated in several activities on campus, and had countless conversations with faculty mentors about my future. My education left me well-prepared for graduate school, and, after earning my Ph.D. in clinical psychology, I joined the faculty at a liberal arts institution."