Evolving Psychology Program Gives Graduates an Edge
A faculty with diverse research interests and a program that has evolved to prepare students for success in new psychology niches help graduates pursue rewarding careers.Story
Stonehill Student is One of Only Eight to Receive Award from the New England Psychological Association
Stonehill student Candace Crocker ’16 was one of eight students in New England to be named Honorary Undergraduate Scholars for excelling in her studies.
Changing the Face of Psychology
Psychology majors in Associate Professor Christopher Poirier’s lab are doing more than learning about research in the field. They are actually helping to change it.
Jessica Pappagianopoulos ’15 Named Psychology Department’s 2015 Student of the Year
Pappagianopoulos, who plans to backpack through Europe this summer, will begin graduate school in the Eliot-Pearson Child Study and Human Development Master’s Program at Tufts University this fall with the goal of working as a child life specialist.
Dzgoeva, Farrell, Michalak Named Psychology Department Students of the Year
In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Laura Dzgoeva ’14, Jane Farrell ’14 and Hannah Michalak ’14 have been named top students in the Psychology Department for 2014.
Strong research experience helps earn honor for recent graduate.
The New England Psychological Association names Georgia Winters '13 as an Honorary Undergraduate Scholar.
“The SURE program is definitely going to make me a competitive applicant for graduate school.”
The diverse research interests of our Psychology faculty — which range from jury decision making and group metacognition to father-daughter relationships — allows Stonehill College to offer a flexible program that can be tailored to students’ goals.
In consultation with a faculty advisor, Psychology majors design their own curriculum sequence based on their specific interests. The program is also responsive to current trends. Recently, in response to growing interest, sports psychology was added to the curriculum. Other sequence options include:
- School psychology
- Clinical psychology
- Industrial-organizational psychology
- Graduate school experimental psychology
- Master’s level counseling psychology
Professors also encourage students to explore psychological principles for personal enrichment and to better help them provide meaningful community service.
Knowledge Rooted in Research
In addition to learning basic principles in the core courses, psychology classes get students fully involved in the science by designing and conducting research, analyzing data and presenting findings. Some students have presented their work at the New England Psychology Association convention, the Eastern Psychology Association convention and the American Psychology Association.
At the same time, advisors help match students with internships than can further advance their mastery of the sequence they’ve chosen. Students also are given the opportunity to pursue individual interests through elective courses. Together, the core courses and the electives prepare them for graduate work and for a variety of career paths.
Graduate-Level Resources from the Start
The research facilities at The Thomas and Mary Shields Science Center are of a caliber usually only found in graduate school programs. This $34 million, 89,000 square foot building houses state-of-the-art technology for use in psychology research and students can use just about any resource that is available to faculty. Workspaces include several one-way observation rooms, a playroom for children’s psychology research, counseling rooms and computer labs.