Nicole DiSanto

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Psychology
Class of 2019

Tell us about your internship?

I completed my internship at the Arc, a national organization that protects and enriches the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During my internship, I spent one-on-one time with consumers, participated in recreational activities, conducted interviews, and participated in individual support plan meetings. My internship gave me amazing opportunities to apply classroom concepts to real-world clients.

What research are you doing at Scranton? 

I have been researching self-verification theory and its relation to political orientation in collaboration with Dr. Jessica Nolan. I was fortunate to present this research at the annual conference of Eastern Psychological Association in Manhattan. I also conduct research with Dr. Gail Kemp on youth identity development. We revised psychological measures of identity development for a student enrichment program in Boston.

Why did you choose Scranton?

I chose Scranton because of its close community. As a medium-sized university, students develop relationships with professors and connect with other professionals in the field through services such as the Career Development Office. Students are naturally drawn closer together, and it is easy to get involved on campus.

What do you like about the psychology major? 

I love learning about human behavior. The knowledge I take away from my classes is immediately applicable to real-world situations. It’s fascinating to see what you learned in the classroom come to life. In addition, psychology classes provide knowledge of the subfields of psychology that a non-major would not be familiar with.

What are your extracurricular activities? 

I am a member of the Psychology Club, Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus, and Psi Chi.  I am fortunate to hold leadership positions within the psychology student organizations.

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

The psychology program provides us with multiple opportunities to work in a professional environment. I work closely with faculty in research and in teaching assistantships. Additionally, the Career Development Seminar, which majors take their junior year, guides students into what they can do after graduation with a psychology degree, whether that be a job or graduate school.