Nov 19, 2018  
2016-2017 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Psychology

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Faculty and Fields of Interest

Brian Ayotte health psychology, interpersonal relationships, cognition, and problem solving in older adults

R Thomas Boone (Chairperson) nonverbal communication of emotion, developmental social processes, cooperative processes, communication of trustworthiness

Christina Cipriano applied developmental and education psychology, the relationship between educations contexts, micro classroom processes and psychosocial and academic outcomes across department

John K. Conboy Emeritus

Donald P. Corriveau Emeritus

Paul A. Donnelly Emeritus

Jennifer Fugate categorization of faces and role of language

Barry Haimson Emeritus

Patrice Hartnett lifespan development (child and adolescent), comparative cognition

Mahzad Hojjat conflict, forgiveness, satisfaction in romantic relationships/friendships, inter-ethnic romantic relationships, positive psychology of love

Trina Kershaw skill learning and transfer, problem solving, individual differences

Robin Locke Arkerson developmental psychopathology, emotional development, biological psychology

Aminda O’Hare emotion and cognition, individual differences, anxiety, cognitive bias, and event-related potentials (ERPs)

Teal Pedlow health psychology, women’s health, HIV/AIDS, alcohol/substance abuse, clinical research

Theodore E. Powers clinical training, personality, motivation

Andrew J. Revell lifespan human development, neuropsychology of aging, health risk indicators, multivariate measurement, gerontology

Elizabeth F. Richardson health psychology, adolescent and  young adult risk behaviors, clinical research

Amy M. Shapiro human learning and memory, educational technology, memory errors

Judith E. Sims-Knight cognitive development, adult reasoning, human-computer interaction, instructional psychology.

The focus of psychology is the scientific study of behavior. Psychology is studied as a science with the implication that there is a commitment to rational thinking and empirical analysis of the problems encountered in describing and explaining human behavior.

An integrated 4-part curriculum provides students with a broad introduction to the field, emphasizing the understanding and design of research. Depth of study is offered in the junior and senior years. A wide range of subfields of psychology are offered from courses that emphasize our biological heritage (e.g., physiological psychology, perception) to those that examine basic human functioning (e.g., cognition, learning, personality, social) and those that have a distinct applied orientation (e.g., counseling, behavior modification). There are also opportunities for students to engage in independent research and honors research projects and to participate in internships in various clinical settings. The curriculum can be structured to prepare students for graduate education or to include applied clinical coursework and experiences that would allow graduates to seek employment in a variety of human services agencies.

Students who major in psychology find primary employment opportunities in personnel management, elementary and secondary high school education, social work, software and other product development. Higher level psychological professions, such as counseling psychotherapy, university instruction, psychological research (in industry, universities, and research centers) and various administrative mental health positions generally require a master’s degree or preferably a doctorate in psychology. The department also offers a graduate program in psychology leading to a Master of Arts degree with distinct clinical and research options, as well as Applied Behavior Analysis.

Student Learning Outcomes

Our department has adopted the Student Learning Goals as described in APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, V2.

  • Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology
  • Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
  • Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
  • Goal 4: Communication
  • Goal 5: Professional Development


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