What We Do:
The Department of Psychology guides students in learning, researching, and applying the science of behavior and mental processes. We prepare students for fulfilling careers and for advanced study in psychology or related fields.
How We Stand Out:
- Obtain state-of-the-art training in the foundations of psychology while tailoring electives to your career goals.
- Conduct and present research with psychology faculty at rates far exceeding national norms.
- Take for-credit internships in either clinical or non-clinical settings.
- Pursue your interests: One-half of psychology majors immediately attend graduate school, while the other half enter the workforce.
- Be a Teaching Assistant (more than a third of psychology majors do so).
- Join the three psychology student organizations for fun and leadership opportunities.
- Enjoy small classes, personal advising, and a career development seminar.
- Experience Jesuit education that emphasizes the care of the whole person.
As a 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
The Psychology Department prepares students with a broad foundation in the science of psychology and enables students to tailor their education towards professional goals. Our curriculum provides 30 credits of free electives, which allow students to pursue minors, concentrations, and double majors.
Meet Our Faculty:
Our Department represents the impressive breadth of psychology and its applications. Our faculty includes experts on the neuroscience of behavior, cognitive development in children, evolutionary psychology, psychological testing, clinical psychology, and social psychology. Click here for profiles of psychology faculty.
Christie P. Karpiak, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Utah
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
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Bryan R. Burnham, Ph.D.
J. Timothy Cannon, Ph.D.
Emily J. Hopkins, Ph.D.
Gail N. Kemp, Ph.D.
A.B., Harvard College
M.P.H., M.A., Ph.D., Boston University
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Barry X. Kuhle, Ph.D.
Jessica M. Nolan, Ph.D.
John C. Norcross, Ph.D.
Patrick T. Orr, Ph.D.
Carole S. Slotterback, Ph.D.
Inside the Classroom:
The Psychology Department prides itself on providing students with mentoring and close relationships with faculty. We do so through small seminars, laboratory courses, field experiences, individual advising, and three psychology student organizations. Students also work as teaching assistants and collaborate with faculty on research projects.
Most renowned psychology programs provide few opportunities for undergraduates to research with faculty. Not so at the University of Scranton!
Our students present and publish with faculty at a much higher rate than national norms. In 2018-2019, a total of 41 of our psychology (and neuroscience) undergraduates presented at research conferences.
Undergraduates can gain research experience in psychology through 4 avenues:
- Volunteer as a research assistant
- Faculty/Student Research Program for transcript recognition
- Undergraduate Research in Psychology for academic credit
- 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 the Center for Autism
Psychologists work in academic settings, independent practice, hospitals, clinics, as well as government, business, and industry. Half of Scranton students with a B.S. Psychology degree opt for graduate school, and the other half obtain jobs like:
- Case manager
- Program researcher
- Healthcare representative
- Intake coordinator
- Market analyst manager
- Training specialist
- HR specialist
- Patient coordinator
- Loan counselor