What motivates you? How do you make decisions? The answers might surprise you.
Psychology is a rich and varied discipline dedicated to the scientific study of the complexity and diversity of the mind and behavior. Psychology covers a broad area of study, including cognition, personality, memory, emotion, interpersonal relationships, psychological disturbance and psychotherapy.
Psychology majors at Emmanuel receive a broad liberal arts education as well as training in the specialized knowledge and skills of psychology. Students engage in research with faculty and present their findings at national conferences and in publications. Beyond the classroom, students are able to take advantage of the various research and internship opportunities in Boston, from world-class medical centers to nonprofit and human services organizations.
Benenson Speaks on "Queen Bee Behavior" in BBC Article
Emmanuel professor of psychology Joyce Benenson's research, in which she discovered high status men were consistently more willing to reward their lower status colleagues than the high status women, was recently featured in a BBC article.Read more
Harrington ’19 Spending Semester at Sea
This fall, Developmental Psychology major Mae Harrington '19 spent 106 days visiting 11 countries on four continents through the Semester at Sea program.
Saint Spotlight: Jon Gold '16
Jon began his college career at a large, public state school in western Massachusetts, but as early as his first semester, it became clear to him that he wanted something different-something closer to his home in Brookline, Mass., and to the city of Boston.Read more about Jon
Dr. Linda Lin’s Research Featured in U.S. News & World Report
Associate Professor of Psychology Linda Lin's research on body image and why participating in negative body talk is even more harmful than simply listening to it was recently published in U.S. News & World Report.Read more
Saint Spotlight: Joy Houlder '19
Psychology major Joy Houlder '19 has always "gravitated toward people." She hopes to combine her coursework in counseling and health and minor in studio art to eventually become an art therapist, and to get some hands-on experience as an intern in one of the Fenway's many hospitals and healthcare organizations.Read more about Joy
Saint Spotlight: Caitlin Taras '15
Caitlin Taras '15 honed her research abilities and gained experience working as part of a team in the laboratories of theWilkens Science Center. Equipped with these skills, counsel from professors and professional preparation from the Career Center, Taras landed a position as a research assistant at Boston Children's Hospital before she began working in pharmaceutical representative sales at MilliporeSigma.Read more about Caitlin
Small classes, big advantages
Our dedicated Psychology Department faculty regularly collaborate with undergraduate students on research, allowing for both personal attention and the unique opportunity to publish in renowned journals and present at national conferences.Meet Our Faculty
Dr. Kimberly Smirles Awarded a Marion & Jasper Whiting Foundation Grant to Study Women’s Leadership and Gender Roles in Japan
Kimberly Smirles, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology at Emmanuel College, ...More
This summer, 19 faculty-student collaborations are taking place across nine disc...More
On Saturday, May 13, Emmanuel College awarded degrees to more than 550 undergrad...More
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