Learning about how drugs affect the brain, and how best to treat depression. Designing a research study to determine how people with tattoos are perceived, or how people are affected by social rejection. Helping victims of domestic violence, homeless women, or children with autism. Studying sports psychology in London or environmental psychology in Australia. Spending the summer working with a faculty member as part of the Summer Research Fellowship Program. These are just some of the many experiences you can have as a Psychology major at Misericordia University.
The Psychology Department offers both a major and minor in psychology. Students who complete all major requirements receive a Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Psychology. Since our department and class sizes are small, faculty will get to know you and provide you with individualized attention and mentoring.
Reducing Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Stigma through Real-Life Stories
Why do we hate and fear people that we have never even met?
This is the question that Dr. Alicia Nordstrom, professor and chair of Psychology, explored during her recent 2 1/2 minute podcast on The Academic Minute. It was entitled "Reducing Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Stigma through Real-Life Stories".
Dr. Nordstrom was one of five Misericordia professors from the College of Arts & Sciences that were featured during Misericordia University Week on The Academic Minute, a WAMC National Production.
The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy and of all the ways academic research contributes to solving the world's toughest problems and to serving the public good.
Dr. Alicia Nordstrom was one of several professors and experts interviewed by Zippia, The Career Expert.
Experts Weigh In On Current Job Market Trends
In your opinion, what are the biggest trends we'll see in the job market given the pandemic?
Alicia Nordstrom Ph.D.: Mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse counseling is always in demand, but now more than ever. These jobs are expected to grow by 25% between 2019-2029 (Bls).
COVID has had a direct impact on both increasing the need for mental health services as well as changing the landscape of availability through telehealth. (see Who). The increased demand for therapy is going to promote mental health counseling for individuals with masters and doctoral degrees.
What skills stand out on resumes?
Alicia Nordstrom Ph.D.: Mental health counselors need graduate training by obtaining a minimum of a Masters degree in the counseling or social work field. Counselors need to have strong interpersonal communication skills in order to build rapport and trusting relationships with their clients. They also need knowledge of a variety of empirically supported therapy approaches as well as comprehensive assessment strategies and treatment planning.
Are there any particularly good places in the United States for graduates to find work opportunities in this field after they graduate?
Alicia Nordstrom Ph.D.: Mental health counselors work to put themselves out of a job, so the need for services is readily available in all parts of the USA (unfortunately). Graduates will often get front-line positions working as behavior technicians in psychiatric hospitals, group homes, substance use rehab programs, partial programs for adults as well as schools for children with developmental or behavioral conditions.
Overview and Highlights
- Our Curriculum, based on *American Psychological Association guidelines, provides a basic foundation in the content and methods of psychology while allowing the flexibility to pursue your unique interest, including minors, specializations, and study abroad.
- Career preparation courses help you identify career goals and plan for graduate study or diverse employment opportunities.
- "Real word" experience is required - you will complete a practicum (internship) as part of your major.
- Research opportunities are available- you can participate in a group, independent, and/or faculty-led project.
- A Mental Health Interventions Specialization (Child or Adult focus) provides integrated coursework that prepares you or human services positions or clinically-focused graduate programs.
- Experienced faculty are experts in their field of study.
- Small interactive classes focus not only on content but on writing skills, speaking skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills, research skills, and cultural competency.
*The American Psychological Association (APA) is the world's largest association of psychologists, with more than 117,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.
"Real World" Experience
I am confident that I made the right decision to be a psychology major at Misericordia. I always felt supported by my professors and know that they were truly invested in helping me to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.
Gabrielle Belles '18
The psychology program at Misericordia provides each student with endless opportunities. The professors want you to succeed in every aspect of life and will help guide you towards the right decisions.
The Psychology department at Misericordia University has helped me realize a deeper potential. The one-on-one experience I had with my psychology professors has helped me feel more welcomed and comfortable, and is an experience that I feel cannot be matched.
In their first year, students take a required 1-credit course introducing them to the discipline of psychology and career options within psychology. During their sophomore year, students take a required 2-credit course which focuses more explicitly on individual career selection, culminating in a written academic plan that addresses career goals.
Students planning to pursue graduate study can take a 2-course sequence of graduate school preparation courses during their junior and senior years (1 credit). These courses assist students in: choosing appropriate graduate programs to which to apply; preparing for GRE examinations and admissions interviews; and developing a portfolio of graduate admissions materials, including personal statements, curriculum vitae, and requests for recommendations.
Academic advising is another critical part of career planning and preparation. Students meet with their advisors at least once per semester to discuss academic and career planning. Close relationships are built between students and advisors, and students are encouraged to meet with their advisors whenever they need assistance or advice.
For more information about the Psychology program, please contact Dr. Marnie Hiester, Psychology Department Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (570) 674-6316.