Jun 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Hill Book (Class of 2025) 
2021-2022 Hill Book (Class of 2025)


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Department Chairperson:
Michael E. Tirrell
Office: Shields Science Center 203
Phone: 508-565-1210

L. Craton
J. Hurley
B. Klentz
J. McCoy
J. Nash (Sabbatical, Spring 2020)
E. O’Hea
C. Poirier

Associate Professors:
N. Capezza
M. Tirrell

Assistant Professors:
J. Cooper
S. Ernestus
Director of Psychology Internships:
S. Turner

The Department of Psychology offers a major in Psychology.

Departmental Mission

The Psychology Department seeks to establish in students a strong foundation in the discipline. Emphasis is placed on examining and experiencing the research that has contributed to the current understanding of human behavior, mental processes, and emotional experience. In addition to learning basic principles in the core courses, Psychology students become fully involved in the science by designing and conducting research, analyzing data, and presenting findings. Furthermore, students are given the opportunity to pursue individual interests through elective courses. Together, the core courses and the electives prepare students for graduate work and for a variety of career paths. Finally, the department promotes student application of psychological principles for personal enrichment and for meaningful community service.

Learning Objectives

Knowledge Objectives

  1. Comprehension of basic psychological perspectives (e.g. psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, social-cultural, neuroscientific, evolutionary, etc.)
  2. Knowledge of at least five core areas of psychology (developmental, personality theory, abnormal, social, learning theory, cognitive, biopsychology)
  3. Comprehension of statistical reasoning and research methods used in psychology
  4. Knowledge of the ethical principles that guide the professional behavior of psychologists and the ethical issues psychologists encounter in their roles as scientists and/or practitioners

Abilities Objectives

  1. Ability to perform an accurate and comprehensive library search
  2. Ability to accurately perform and interpret descriptive and inferential univariate statistics
  3. Ability to design research and conduct appropriate tests of hypotheses
  4. Ability to write a research report in the style of the American Psychological Association
  5. Ability to critically analyze psychological literature
  6. Ability to present research findings and theoretical information in an oral format
  7. Ability to integrate psychological principles in the development of self and service to others
  8. Ability to apply psychological principles in the development of self and service to others



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