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When you major or minor in Psychology at Cabrini, you will learn about human behavior and how to apply that knowledge to personal, societal, and organizational issues.

In your core courses, you’ll learn research methodology, get hands-on laboratory experience, and gain assessment and evaluation skills.

Contact Information

Melissa Terlecki, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor, Psychology

At a glance:

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Projected job growth to 2024*


Psychology Program Details

A generalist model designed to prepare students for a variety of fields within psychology as well as in related disciplines, the Psychology program places heavy emphasis on preparing students for graduate study and developing those skills necessary to function effectively in a field that is based on empirical research.

As a Psychology major, you'll learn about major research findings, be introduced to the nature of scientific inquiry in the field, and use empirical applications to understand human behavior.

Through careful consultation with department advisors, you can tailor your education to expose you to experiences in specialty areas such as clinical, counseling, developmental, educational, social, and organizational psychology.

Emphasis is given to psychology as both a natural and social science within the framework of a liberal arts and sciences education. Students are encouraged to pursue double majors and minors.

The department works closely with the sociology, criminology, and social work programs through sharing both faculty and resources where reasonable and possible. This arrangement has worked well for two important reasons: it enhances the student’s career opportunities, and it allows for diversity of curricula and faculty.

Employment Outlook

Students who plan careers as professional psychologists should know that graduate training in psychology is essential. Therefore, heavy emphasis is given to preparing students for future graduate training and education in our program. 

More than 80 percent of Cabrini Psychology graduates go on to earn advanced degrees.

Graduates have worked in a variety of fields, including careers as: 

  • Art therapists
  • Behavior specialists
  • Camp directors
  • Career counselors
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Counseling psychologists
  • Doctors
  • Educational psychologists
  • Forensic psychologists
  • Mental health technicians
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Parole officers
  • Professors
  • Public assistance workers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Recreational therapists
  • Rehabilitation psychologists
  • Research assistants
  • Research analysts
  • Social workers
  • School psychologists
  • Sports psychologists
  • Teachers
  • Youth group workers
  • Youth ministry workers

Skills Learned

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology
  • Apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation
  • Solve problems related to behavior and mental processes using critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach
  • Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues
  • Successfully weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline

*Employment projections taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for employment category: Life, physical, and social science occupations.

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