Department

Psychology

Students who pursue a psychology degree at Assumption are challenged to critically evaluate complex issues in today's world by exploring the science of human thought and behavior.

Contact Information

Maria Parmley, Ph.D., Department Chair, Psychology

508-767-7586


Location

Kennedy Memorial Hall - Room 124

If you are considering a degree in psychology, Assumption University will provide you with exciting opportunities to explore your individual interests and to gain hands-on research experience. All of our faculty bring experience from clinical or research positions in a variety of fields of study, and we enjoy working side-by-side with our students in our state-of-the-art research facilities.

Studying psychology at Assumption prepares you for a wide variety of career paths. From foundation courses that address general concepts and theoretical perspectives to electives that allow you personalize your education and to delve more deeply into specific areas of interest. The psychology program teaches students to become better analysts, communicators, and problem solvers in order to develop skills that are necessary in the workforce and in life.

The psychology program faculty serve as instructors and mentors, helping students define their professional goals through classroom learning, research projects, internships, and independent study. Many students apply to Assumption’s graduate program in applied behavior analysis or clinical counseling psychology, which is affiliated with the prestigious Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies, located on our Worcester Campus.

Students are encouraged to apply what is learned in class through hands-on experience conducting research with a faculty mentor, completing an internship, or engaging with the community in community service learning courses.

Psychology students also have the option of pursuing a major with a concentration in neuroscience of human behavior and/or pursue a minor in applied behavior analysis.

Department Mission Statement

Psychology is a science concerned with mind and behavior. The psychology program introduces students to a variety of ways to understand cognition, emotion, and behavior. In addition, the program prepares students for various career paths within psychology human service jobs, graduate study) or in other professions (business, education, public service). The curriculum requires students to sample from diverse courses that provide the foundation for understanding the major concepts and theoretical perspectives of psychology. Students also develop skills for understanding and conducting psychological research. The curriculum promotes personal growth and development and challenges students to critically evaluate complex social issues. Students can explore opportunities for independent research and work in supervised fieldwork placements. The department apprises students of the many fields with which psychology shares borders of concern and inquiry in the pursuit of knowledge. 



Department of Psychology Faculty


Sep 24 Fri

Discovery Day

With classes in session and the leaves changing colors, we’d love to invite you to take a closer look at Assumption University this fall. During this special event for high school seniors, you will experience, first-hand, the excitement of Assumption’s academic opportunities and campus life.

Sep. 24, 2021
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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Sep 28 Tue

Hound Academy: Building Your Resume & Writing Your Essay

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Student Life Presentation and Panel

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Events

Sep 24 Fri

Discovery Day

With classes in session and the leaves changing colors, we’d love to invite you to take a closer look at Assumption University this fall. During this special event for high school seniors, you will experience, first-hand, the excitement of Assumption’s academic opportunities and campus life.

Sep. 24, 2021
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Assumption University
Register
Sep 28 Tue

Hound Academy: Building Your Resume & Writing Your Essay

Join Assumption Admissions for an informative discussion on building your resume and writing your essay. During the virtual workshop, you will learn more about marketing your achievements, choosing the right essay topic for you, and preparing an application that stands out.

Sep. 28, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Virtual
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Oct 12 Tue

Student Life Presentation and Panel

Join us virtually to take a closer look at student life at Assumption. Learn more about living and learning at Assumption University. Ask your questions to current students. Hear about residential life, student involvement, campus traditions, and more!

Oct. 12, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Virtual
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Psychology at Assumption University