Facts and Figures About the Department

The effectiveness of the University of Scranton psychology program is demonstrated in part by the following achievements:

  • Annual surveys of our graduating seniors show widespread satisfaction with the program. For instance, in Spring 2017, our graduating psychology seniors gave the overall program a mean score of 3.60 (out of 4.0) and quality of teaching in psychology courses received a mean score of 3.57.  Also, the graduating class gave the department a mean score of 3.38 for opportunities to do research and 3.37 for the opportunities for practical experience.
  • A notable proportion of our graduates go on to Ph.D. programs in psychology with financial assistance. Achievement is also demonstrated in a study from the Office of Institutional Research at Franklin and Marshall College, which shows that over the last decade for which data were analyzed (1986-1995), the University of Scranton ranked 24th out of 254 comparable 4-year private institutions as the baccalaureate source of Ph.D.s in Psychology. Twenty University graduates received doctorates in psychology during the 1990's.  As of the end of May 2017, nine of our 40 graduating seniors reported obtaining acceptance to graduate or professional school.
  • Our students' knowledge of psychology, as measured by standardized tests, is well above the national average. This is reflected in their performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Psychology Subject Test and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Major Field Achievement Test in Psychology. Compared to other institutions, the University of Scranton scored at 75th percentile on the psychology achievement test in Spring 2015.
  • Psychology majors continue to conduct and present research at a significant rate. In the 2016-2017 academic year, for example, 20 current and past psychology undergraduates co-presented a paper or co-authored an article/book chapter with psychology faculty members.
  • An indirect measure of instructional and faculty quality are awards bestowed by independent bodies.  Drs. John Norcross and J. Timothy Cannon were honored as the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.  Dr. Thomas Hogan was named the 2000 CASE Professor of the Year at the University of Scranton.  Dr. Hogan also received the 32nd Annual Gannon Memorial Award for Teaching (2000), was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award by the Class of 2000, and was recognized as Distinguished University Fellow (2003).  The University of Scranton chapter of the American Psychological Society Student Caucus was chosen as the outstanding chapter in the country in 1992 and 1995.  Dr. John Norcross received the Distinguished Career Contributions to Education & Training Award from the American Psychological Association, was recognized as a Distinguished University Fellow (2004), and was recently awarded the 2014 Alfred M. Wellner, PhD, Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.  Dr. John O’Malley received the University’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2009 and the 2014-2015 Alpha Sigma Nu Teacher of the Year Award.
  • In terms of individual honors, in 2016-2017, nine of our graduating seniors (7 majors, 2 minors) were listed in Who’s Who and 13 of our graduating seniors were members of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.