Andrea Packard ’07 As a psychology major at Connecticut College you’ll study clinical, social
Psychology and experimental psychology. You’ll also develop a strong foundation of
research skills. Classes are interactive and hands-on, and you’ll get to know
Q: What drew you to
your professors well. There are many opportunities to learn outside the
A: I ultimately majored classroom through internships at local social services agencies and mental
in psychology because it health institutions. The psychology department offers more than 35 courses.
really hit a chord for me This broad selection reflects the diverse scholarly interests of our faculty,
personally. The department from children’s mental health to behavioral neuroscience and environmental
has a good range of classes and faculty
members. There’s a camaraderie among
psychology. The department also administers two interdisciplinary majors:
the students — maybe it’s from all the behavioral neuroscience and psychology-based human relations. Many of our
crazy research projects we participate in majors are accepted into top psychology graduate programs, whereas others
together! establish careers in business, education, law, human services, nonprofits,
medicine and other health-related fields.
Q: What classes interested you most?
A: Psychology of Women and Industrial/
Organizational Psychology have been Individualized Study
especially pertinent since I started working.
In my junior year, I joined Professor You’ll be encouraged to develop your own research interests, which may
Devlin’s research group. We looked at the culminate in a senior honors thesis or an individual study with a professor.
relationship between the presence of office Most faculty members host weekly or biweekly research groups discussing a
status symbols such as diplomas and
certificates, and people’s impressions of a
wide range of research topics, from developmental psychopathology to feminist
therapist’s personal traits. psychology and personality and clinical research. You might use the group
for feedback as you develop a research proposal, or you might be invited to
Q: Did you study abroad? help with a faculty research project or collaborate with other students. The
A: I majored in art and earned a certificate
groups foster close student-faculty relationships in psychology. The psychology
from the Toor Cummings Center for
International Studies and the Liberal Arts department offers a weekly colloquium featuring distinguished scholars and
(CISLA). I did my CISLA internship at the practitioners in the field.
Center for Olympic Studies in Barcelona
and wrote my thesis on “Competing
Identities: Athletic Versus National Identity Study Abroad
in Barcelona.” You may enrich your psychology major with study abroad or a College-
Q: What do your career plans look like?
funded summer internship in a medical center, social services agency or other
A: After graduation I moved to Chicago for organization. You can also combine the major with a certificate from one of the
a marketing internship at the Institute for College’s interdisciplinary academic centers. For example, a psychology student
the International Education of Students. in the Toor Cummings Center interned with an advocacy group in Argentina
The experience made me decide to switch and also did cross-cultural studies of body image and eating disorders. Another
gears. I moved back to Minneapolis and am
working at Imagewërks Marketing. I hope psychology major in the Holleran Center researched the impact of residential
to move to Barcelona to teach English. treatment on troubled youth.
Faculty Jennifer Gorman, Senior
Lecturer in Psychology
behavior; animal models
Santiba Campbell, Lecturer in B.S., Mary Washington of Parkinson’s disease and
Psychology College; M.A., Connecticut psychostimulant abuse;
B.A., Winston-Salem State College the role of vanilloids in the
University; M.A., Ph.D., Health psychology; psychology central nervous system
University of Delaware of women; gender roles;
Racial discrimination; racial attitudes and expectations; Jefferson A. Singer, Professor
identity; TRIOS applied research methods of Psychology
B.A., Amherst College;
Joan C. Chrisler, Class of ’43 Ruth E. Grahn, Associate M.S., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale
Professor of Psychology Professor of Psychology; University
B.S., Fordham University; Director of Behavioral Personality theory;
Certificate, Behavior Neuroscience Program autobiographical memory;
Therapy, Long Island B.A., Mount Holyoke College; clinical psychology;
University; M.A., Ph.D., M.A., Ph.D., University of addiction; couples and
Yeshiva University Colorado family therapy
Health psychology and psy- Impact of stress on behavior
chology of women; women’s and neural function; animal Stuart A. Vyse, Professor of
health; menstruation and models of psychopathology; Psychology
menopause; cognitive and role of serotonin in fear/ B.A., M.A., Southern Illinois
behavior therapy; weight anxiety-related behaviors University; M.A., Ph.D.,
and eating disorders; gender University of Rhode Island
roles Jason A. Nier, Associate Psychology of irrational What can you do with
Professor of Psychology behavior; superstition and
Ann Sloan Devlin, May B.S., The Pennsylvania State belief in the paranormal; a major in psychology?
Buckley Sadowski ’19 University; M.A., Ph.D., human operant behavior;
Professor of Psychology; Chair University of Delaware theories of choice; decision-
of Psychology Department;
Kareem Tatum ’01
Intergroup relations; making; behavior analysis
College Marshal contemporary forms of Teaching at Holy Name Central Catholic
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University discrimination and the Audrey L. Zakriski, Associate Jr./Sr. High School in Worcester, Mass.
of Michigan enforcement of civil rights Professor of Psychology;
Environmental psychology; laws; reducing intergroup Director of the Holleran
spatial cognition; design At Connecticut College researched the
bias; the social psychology Center for Community
of housing for the elderly; of collective action Action and Public Policy impact of parental alcoholism on children
gender differences in way- B.S., Bucknell University; and earned a certificate from the Holleran
finding; architecture of Joseph A. Schroeder, Assistant M.A., Ph.D., Duke Center for Community Action and Public
health care Professor of Psychology University Policy.
B.A., Franklin & Marshall Children’s mental health;
College; Ph.D., Thomas contextual assessment of
Jefferson University child psychopathology; Rebecca Blais ’04
The neurobiological childhood peer rejection Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the
mechanisms of and victimization
University of Utah.
Selected Courses Worked as a research assistant at the
Yale University School of Medicine for two
Social Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Environmental Psychology; Industrial
years before starting graduate school.
and Organizational Psychology; Drugs and Behavior; Health Psychology;
Irrational Behavior; Psychology of Personality; Psychology of Women; Sensation Laila Hochhausen ’05
and Perception; Psychology of Stress; Research Methods in Psychology;
Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at
George Washington University.
About Connecticut College Research interests include mental-health
treatment seeking in ethnic minority
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