Psychology at MCLA
A desire to help others led Ashley White '14 of Westminster, Mass., to major in Psychology. After she graduates next spring, she plans to earn her doctorate and become a clinical psychologist so that she might help those who have experienced trauma in their lives.
Although she wants to provide counseling to people recovering from trauma caused by grief, abuse, illness and other situations, White also is interested in becoming a yoga instructor so she might incorporate that exercise into the trauma therapy she will provide.
As a Psychology major, you are encouraged to:
- Expand on classroom experience by conducting, writing about, and presenting research under faculty direction.
- Apply your knowledge through our extensive internships and other activities related to the field.
Why MCLA is Different
Working with faculty members who are published scholars, you have opportunities to co-author professional articles and give presentations at regional and national psychology meetings. You are encouraged to participate in MCLA's annual undergraduate research conference and to join the student-run Psychology Society, which sponsors field trips, activities, and presentations. In addition, you can join other students who have received recognition and funding from the national Psi Chi organization. The MCLA chapter of the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology was installed in December 2002 under the leadership of Dr. Peggy Brooks.
Through a cooperative program with the New England Center for Children, a premier treatment and research center for autism spectrum disorders, you can spend a semester working directly with children under the close supervision of Center personnel. Our Behavior Analysis minor satisfies the coursework required for certification as a board certified associate behavior analyst.
Dr. Sharon Claffey, Psychology Department Chair