Psychology with Child & Adolescent Concentration
Assumption psychology majors are known for their strong communication skills, understanding of human behavior, problem-solving skills, and ability to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data and information.
Psychology with Child & Adolescent Concentration
An Ideal Place to Learn
All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
Students from 29 states and 21 countries
The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.
At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.
Internships are a valuable way for you to gain experience outside of the classroom and to develop professional skills and insight. As part of their internship, psychology students complete an academic component that usually consists of a reflective journal, readings in the field, and a comprehensive research paper.
There are two types of internships. Students can earn academic credit by working with an academic advisor and the internship site. Or students may participate in a career internship, which provides valuable experience but does not offer academic credit. All internships may be paid or unpaid and generally occur during or following junior year. Some recent internship locations have included:
- Accelerated Learning Lab
- Charles River Center
- Community Healthlink
- Elderly Services of Worcester
- UMass Medical School
- Worcester Public Schools
- Worcester District Court
- Worcester Juvenile Court
Assumption's Rome Campus
At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)Explore the Rome Campus
Recent Employment Opportunities
The psychology program prepares students for successful and fulfilling careers in an array of fields, including nonprofit and entrepreneurial organizations, corporations, and local, state and federal government.
Outer Cape Health Services
Horace Mann Educational Associates
Mental Health Services
Ostrow and Company
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Community Health Link
Baypath Elder Services
Shining Their Light
Research Fellow, Assumption University Learning and Memory Lab
As a research fellow, I gained valuable knowledge on compiling a research study and analyzing data.
My coursework at Assumption, especially psychology classes, provided a strong foundation and allowed me to be a more effective research assistant. The professors are always willing to get to know students and help them succeed to the best of their ability.
Honors Summer Fellowship and Honors Thesis; Intern at Balance Psychiatric Service
Assumption has given me the knowledge and skills I need for a successful future.
Not only does the curriculum support my career goals, but my professors have been there to guide me every step of the way! I have now participated in internships, earned scholarships, and have been offered a job at a psychiatric firm.
Psychology with a Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis; Level 2 Teacher at The New England Center for Children
After working with Assumption’s Psychology faculty, I felt prepared entering my chosen career path.
In both my Psychology major and Applied Behavior Analysis minor, Assumption’s professors have set me up for success by allowing me to develop meaningful relationships, enhancing not only my undergraduate studies, but also my advanced educational and occupational pursuits.
Research Assistant, Psychology Department at Assumption University; Intern at Open Sky; Pursuing a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College; Graduate Assistant at City Connects
I was not only able to find my future career path but develop skills that would help me excel in it.
Through research with professors and internship experiences Assumption helped me to find my passion and follow it. The small class sizes allowed me to learn the material efficiently and engage with professors in a way that cultivated knowledge and opportunity.
Psychology with a Concentration in Mental Health and Pre-Clinical Counseling; Summer Research Fellow, Psychology Department at Assumption University; Volunteer, Seven Hills Foundation; Intern at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
At Assumption, my professors bridged the gap between the theoretical and practical.
Through my classes, research, and internship, I have become well rounded in the field of psychology. I have always wanted to help people with their day-to-day struggles. I feel confident that Assumption has given me the skills to attend graduate school and begin my career.
Psychology with a Concentration in Neuroscience of Human Behavior; Research Assistant, Psychology Department at Assumption University; Intern at City of Worcester Division of Public Health; House Parent at Casa de Esperanza
My education at Assumption encouraged me to consider multiple viewpoints and solve complex problems.
When working with children in the foster care system, I need to collaborate with several individuals and institutions. Taking courses in various subjects allowed me to integrate information from different contexts to ensure the best outcomes for the people I aim to serve.
Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2020
Direct Care Position, Jeremiah's Inn
Prior to graduating, I was hired at the same place where I completed my internship.
Assumption helped shape me into the passionate and driven person I am. The diverse course offerings and driven, passionate professors helped guide me in exploring various human services professions. I can truly say Assumption will be there to help you find your passion.
Pursuing a PhD in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Not only are the professors extraordinary, but the knowledge I gained surpassed my expectations.
I credit the success I had at my internship to Assumption. Because of the small classrooms and faculty-to-student ratio, students truly get to know their professors and develop relationships that lead to opportunities for mentorship, research, and collaboration.
I worked in the Psychology labs on campus which was an incredible experience.
I learned how to code and analyze data, and how to write up results of statistically significant findings. This research has required independence and time management skills, and I have developed a great relationship with one of my favorite professors.
Honors Fellow, Assumption College Psychology Department
Because of Assumption, I have grown in all areas of my life, academically and personally.
Assumption’s strong Department of Psychology, full of caring and passionate professors, has provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge for my future career. Assumption is a community that’s helped me succeed, achieve my goals, and become a better person.
Emergency Mental Health Intern, UMass Memorial Hospital; Mental Health Counselor, Walden Behavioral Care; Pursuing Master of Science in Mental Health at UMass Boston
Through Assumption, my clinical experience at UMass landed me my first post-grad job.
Assumption’s supportive, inclusive, and positive atmosphere sets it apart from any other institution. Assumption provided me with endless opportunities for research, conference presentations, and clinical experiences which all aided in my success and has allowed me to excel.
Clinical Student Intern, UMass Medical School; Relief Counselor, Open Sky Community Services; Pursuing Master of Social Work at Bridgewater State University
I took what I learned in class and saw it come to life through my internship.
I learned how to advocate for myself and how to work with patients - a skill I will utilize in graduate school. I believe Assumption and the people here have made me search for myself and understand what I am meant to do.
Clinical Counseling Intern, Open Sky Community Services
I was constantly provided opportunities from my professors and the CDIC to further my education.
This was how I was able to obtain my internship at Open Sky and eventually my license as a registered behavior technician. You never know when an opportunity will pass, and Assumption provides so many.
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We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.
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PREPARING STUDENTS FOR ADVANCED STUDY
Dual Degree Programs
Apply as a high school senior to an undergraduate and graduate program with one application. If admitted, you will be enrolled in both programs - allowing you to seamlessly transition from your undergraduate studies into one of our graduate programs. We offer the following dual degree programs:
The Pursuit of an Advanced Degree
The program also prepares students for graduate study in a variety of specializations such as counseling psychology, applied behavior analysis, school psychology, social work, developmental psychology, social work, forensic psychology and guidance counseling. Recent Assumption psychology graduates have pursued graduate education with: Assumption University; Boston College; University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill; University of Virginia; Springfield College; and Tufts University .