Jake S. Ziede


Class of 2020

Tell us about your internship?

My internship was at Turning Point Alternative Living Solutions, an intensive outpatient setting for the treatment of substance abuse and gambling disorders. I spent my time learning from experts in the field about treatment methods and the importance of a strong relationship with clients.  I co-facilitated group therapy, conducted intake evaluations, and performed administrative duties. My internship was one of the most rewarding experiences of my psychology career.

What research are you doing at Scranton?

I am researching music perception with Dr. Bryan Burnham and graduate school interviews with Dr. John Norcross. The music perception research explores emotional reactions to, and accuracy in, identifying major and minor keys as moderated by the directions they are played. The graduate school research identifies the policies of APA-accredited programs in how they conduct interviews before accepting students.

Why did you choose Scranton? 

I chose Scranton because of the campus community. The school is small enough to form meaningful relationships with a large number of people.  Scranton’s focus on service invites a caring and altruistic environment that attracted me.

What do you like about the psychology major? 

The psychology major is perfectly balanced between broad and specific.  It provides a plethora of general knowledge to familiarize students with the full depth of the field, while providing specific courses to cater the major to a student’s individual interest. 

What are your extracurricular activities? 

I am the musical director for the student-run musical theater company on campus, Liva Arts Company. I also a member of the Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

How has the psychology program prepared you for the real world?

The psychology program has given me the tools to succeed wherever I go in life.  It has taught me how to critically analyze and question information in a nuanced, scientific way.  The program demonstrated the importance of broad, transferable skills that will prove useful in whatever area I pursue.