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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.
Emmanuel’s psychology department allows students to develop their individual interests with concentrations in developmental psychology, counseling + health or a new bachelor of science in psychology neuroscience.See what we offer
Psychology: Counseling and Health Psychology
How do we turn difficult mental or emotional experiences into opportunities for personal growth and reflection?
Psychology: Developmental Psychology
How do humans develop cognitively, emotionally, socially and morally from infancy to the end stages of life?
The human brain may be the single most complex living structure in the world, and therefore requires both a breadth and depth in learning and study.
OUR FACULTY AND STUDENTS
Faculty research, publish and present in their field and often collaborate side-by-side with students to help them explore their disciplines in greater depth, building on knowledge gained in the classroom and offering a unique hands-on, real-world experience. At Emmanuel, there’s an energy on campus that brings people and ideas together - in the classroom, across campus, throughout Boston and beyond.Learn more about who we are
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.Read more about Caitlin
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
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
Students, Faculty Present at NEPA
Associate Professor of Psychology and department chair Linda Lin and Jonathan Gold '16 presented their paper, "Appearance Conversations and Muscle Dysmorphia in College Men," at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association on October 10th. Dr. Lin also presented "Appearance Comparison Patterns and Body Image" with Delaney O'Connor '17 and Courtney Burns '17.
Psychology Department Hosts Alumni Panel
On November 18th, the Psychology Department hosted an alumni panel featuring Emma Rosenbaum '13 (grad student, Tufts University), Liza Baxter '14 (research assistant, Outcome Referrals), Naldie Hendrick '15 (health coach, New England Quality Care Alliance), Christine Marano '15 (grad student, University of New Haven), and Sara Margolis (grad student, Worcester State University).
Zhao Elected President of SCiP
On November 19, 2015, Assistant Professor of Psychology Xiaowei Zhao gave an oral presentation on "Building bilingual semantic representations based on the Contextual Self-Organizing Map" at the 56th Annual meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology (SCiP 2015). He was also elected as the President-Elect of the society for the 2016-2017 term.Learn more about the Society
Mehta Elected to Roles in Professional Orgs
Assistant Professor of Psychology Clare Mehta was selected to be the newsletter co-editor for the American Psychological Association's Society for the Psychology of Women: Division 35. Mehta also serves as the co-chair for the Early Career Caucus for the Association for Women in Psychology.
Candidates for Distinction in the Field, 2016
Five psychology students presented their Senior Distinction in the Field projects in April 2016. Candidates for Distinction include: Meaghan Brown, Meghan Farley, Joshua Head, Meghann Soby and Carissa Tuozzo.See the Full List
Benenson's Research Featured on the BBC, The Economist
Professor of Psychology Joyce Benenson's study on "Cross-Cultural Sex Differences in Post-Conflict Affiliation following Sports Matches," (Current Biology, August 2016) was featured in The Economist and on the BBC. The study used sporting matches to test the hypothesis that within a large community, following a conflict, males are predisposed to be more ready than females to repair their relationship via friendly contact.View the published article here
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
Following her December 2015 graduation, developmental psychology major Cara Stev...Read more
Associate Professor of Psychology Michael Jarvinen was recently awarded a grant ...Read More
Psychology and philosophy double major Samantha Distefano '17 interns at Bridge ...Read More
Equipped with a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education and real-world experience within their disciplines, Emmanuel graduates go on to make their mark at companies and organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Many students also choose to continue their education at the master’s or doctorate level. Check out where some of our recent graduates are thriving!Take a glimpse at our outcomes
Class of 2015: Where We Work
|Associate Behavior Therapist||Beacon ABA Services||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|Behavior Therapist||RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|Business Development Assistant||Reticent Media||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|Counselor||Easter Seals||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|Customer Service Representative||Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts||Psychology: Developmental|
|Dental Hygienist||Portsmouth Dentistry||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|Lead Research Assistant||Boston Children's Hospital||Psychology: Developmental|
|Mental Health Associate||Pembroke Hospital||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|Patient Service Associate||Boston Children's Hospital||Psychology: Developmental|
|Research Assistant||Massachusetts General Hospital||Psychology: Neuroscience|
|Research Assistant II||Boston Medical Center||Psychology: Neuroscience|
|Site Merchandising Associate||Wayfair||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|Social Worker||MA Dept of Children and Family Services||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|Technical Recruiter||Workbridge Associates||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
Class of 2015: Where We Attend Grad School
|M.A., Clinical Social Work||Boston University||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|M.S., Counseling and Health||Columbia University||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|M.A., Music Therapy||Lesley University||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|M.S.W.||Simmons College||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|M.S.W.||University of Connecticut||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|M.S., Psychology||University of Edinburgh||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|M.S., Criminal Justice/Forensic Psychology||University of New Haven||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|J.D.||Villanova University School of Law||Psychology: Counseling + Health|
|M.S.W.||Boston College||Psychology: Developmental|
|M.S., Child Life and Family Centered Care||Wheelock College||Psychology: Developmental|
|M.A., Psychology||St. Michael's College||Psychology: Neuroscience|
|Ph.D., Chemistry||Tufts University||Psychology: Neuroscience|
Whether you are a current Emmanuel student or a prospective student exploring Emmanuel for the first time, we can help you determine what’s next. Schedule a meeting with your Academic Advisor, connect with the Career Center or the Office of International Programs to explore internship or study abroad options, or contact the Office of Admissions to set up a campus tour.Explore your next steps
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