Psychology Department

Psychology Department

What We Do:

Psychology is the study of human behavior and mental processes. Our professors guide students in learning, researching, and applying this science. We prepare them for fulfilling careers and for advanced study in psychology and related fields.

How We Stand Out:

  • Personal attention:  In the fall of their first year, students take introductory psychology classes with our faculty and meet their peers. From sophomore year on, students receive individual advising from faculty. A professor helps them tailor their electives to their career goals.
  • Hands-on learning: Students complete internships in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, schools and research centers.
  • Research opportunities: Students conduct and present research with their professors at a rate that surpasses national averages.
  • Top learning outcomes: Our students' knowledge of psychology is well above the national average, according to results on a national psychology exam.
  • Career Development Seminar: During junior year, students take a seminar that helps them determine career goals and preparing for graduate school or job searches.

"As a (psychology) student at Scranton, I felt like I was part of something bigger than myself. In this department ... it felt like being part of a family."

Allison Smith, Ph.D., Clinical Faculty, Harvard Medical School

Programs:

  • Psychology major: - We provide a broad foundation in psychology and enable students to tailor their education toward their career goals. Our curriculum provides 30 credits of free electives. This allows students to pursue minors, concentrations and double majors.
  • Psychology Minor - Consists of 18 credits, including three core courses and three electives.

Meet Our Faculty:


Our 11 faculty members all hold doctoral degrees in psychology and are actively involved in research. Besides teaching, they also:

  • Advise students
  • Supervise research projects
  • Publish regularly
  • Direct programs 
  • Coordinate grants

Christie P. Karpiak, Ph.D.

Christie P. Karpiak, Ph.D.

Chair

Professor & Chair

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Utah
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Phone: 570-941-5886
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Bryan R. Burnham, Ph.D.

Bryan R. Burnham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

B.A., Utica College of Syracuse University
M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany

Phone: 570-941-6687
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J. Timothy Cannon, Ph.D.

J. Timothy Cannon, Ph.D.

Professor

B.S., The University of Scranton
Ph.D., University of Maine

Phone: 570-941-4266
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Emily J. Hopkins, Ph.D.

Emily J. Hopkins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

B.S., Brown University
M.A, Ph.D., University of Virginia

Phone: 570-941-7063
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Gail N. Kemp, Ph.D.

Gail N. Kemp, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

A.B., Harvard College
M.P.H., M.A., Ph.D., Boston University

Phone: 570-941-5644
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Barry X. Kuhle, Ph.D.

Barry X. Kuhle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

B.A., Binghamton University
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Phone: 570-941-5459
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Jessica M. Nolan, Ph.D.

Jessica M. Nolan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

B.S., Cornell University
M.A., California State University
Ph.D., University of Arkansas

Phone: 570-941-2470
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John C. Norcross, Ph.D.

John C. Norcross, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor

B.A., Rutgers University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
Internship, Brown University School of Medicine
Licensed Psychologist

Phone: 570-941-7638
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Patrick T. Orr, Ph.D.

Patrick T. Orr, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

B.A., The University of Scranton
Ph.D., Yale University

Phone: 570-941-7896
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Carole S. Slotterback, Ph.D.

Carole S. Slotterback, Ph.D.

Professor

B.S., Wilson College
M.S., New Mexico Highlands University
Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

Phone: 570-941-7895
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Jill A. Warker, Ph.D.

Jill A. Warker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

B.A., Bucknell University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois

Phone: 570-941-7027
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Inside the Classroom:

We're proud of how we mentor our students. We work closely with them in small group seminars, lab courses, field experiences and student clubs. We introduce them to the many career paths in the field, such as clinical, developmental or cognitive psychology. We prepare them for that next step after graduation, whether it's graduate school or the start of a career. We're proud to be their advocates.

Student Research:

Most renowned psychology programs provide very few opportunities for undergraduates to research with faculty. Not so at Scranton!

Our students present and publish with faculty at a much higher rate than national norms. In 2018-2019, 41 of our psychology and neuroscience undergraduates presented at research conferences.

Undergraduates can gain research experience through four paths:

  • Volunteering as a research assistant
  • Participating in the University's Faculty / Student Research Program 
  • Doing undergraduate research for academic credit
  • Completing an honors thesis for academic credit

Scranton is unique because faculty regularly mentor undergrads as research and teaching assistants; opportunities that may not be available at larger universities.

Jennifer McLaren, Psy.D., Director of Evaluations and Outpatient Services, The Center for Autism, Philadelphia

Career Outcomes:

Psychologists have many options open to them -- including work in academic settings, independent practices, hospitals and clinics. Others go on to work in government, business and industry. 

Our bachelor's program prepares you for success in master's and doctoral programs in psychology as well as other disciplines like medicine or law. You will also develop marketable skills for entering the workforce after graduation.

At graduation, about half of our students continue on to graduate school. The other half obtain jobs like:

  • Case manager
  • Counselor
  • Healthcare representative
  • Human Resources specialist
  • Teacher
  • Patient Coordinator