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Psychology - Message from the Chair

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Dr. Joseph McFall

Chair, Psychology Dept.

Greetings from the Fredonia Psychology Department!

Thank you for visiting our website and exploring the many offerings and activities of our program.  In these pages, we hope you will learn about some of the many opportunities that exist at Fredonia for students interested in studying psychology, whether it be as a major field of study, a second major, or a minor. 

Our department awards two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, as well as minors in General Psychology, School and Counseling Psychology, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology.  Our curriculum is aligned to the learning standards and guidelines for undergraduate studies in psychology recommended by the American Psychological Association.  Our curricular requirements ensure that students explore the many subdisciplines of psychology to have broad exposure to the field, while also providing flexibility so students can take  exciting elective courses and specialize in the areas that particularly interest them by taking advanced courses from specialists in those fields.

We have 11 full-time faculty members, many of whom hold SUNY Distinguished rank and others who have received local, state-wide, and professional organization awards and recognition for their teaching, scholarship, and service to the field.  We each have areas of specialization in psychology and are eager to help students understand the ways in which our areas approach real-world problems.

Our university prides itself on being student-centered and the Psychology Department exemplifies that achievement.  Our students receive lots of individual attention from our faculty, our courses are small, we all hold numerous open office hours each week, we provide ample applied earning and career exploration opportunities, and we have fun and supportive student clubs and organizations.  Most importantly, professors and advisors in Psychology know their students by name, remember what's going on in their lives, and care about their success.  

Our students learn beyond the classroom through internships in clinical, school, counseling, organizational psychology, and family support services settings, as well as participate in empirical or library research with faculty members through independent studies or earning course credit by training in their laboratories. Many students have co-authored published articles and presented the results of their research at local, regional, and national conferences. Others learn teaching skills as section leaders for laboratory courses. We have an active Psychology Club and a chapter of the Psi Chi honor society. Our department also provides opportunities for students who wish to study abroad.

Our graduates have gone on to enjoy rewarding careers with mental health agencies, schools, hospitals, drug and alcohol treatment centers, as well as business careers such as sales, management, and human resources. The Psychology program at Fredonia provides a solid foundation for advanced degree work, with many majors continuing on in their education to earn graduate degrees in school psychology, social work, counseling psychology, and human factors engineering.

As an undergraduate alum of the Psychology Department at Fredonia, I can attest to the competitiveness of the training we provide.  My graduate school applications were successful because I participated in our department's outstanding internship program, presented research that I conducted under supervision of my research mentor, published research in a professional journal as a coauthor with a faculty member, and was an executive board for our honor society student group.

I would be happy to have a conversation with you about our program and/or refer you to one of our faculty who specializes in areas of particular interest to you;  please feel free to email me or call the department to set up a remote or in-person meeting.  Feel free to connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn or simply browse our website.

Psychology is certainly one of the most rewarding fields one can choose for their life’s work. It is a relevant degree to any career, helps people improve their lives, and it advances scientific knowledge and clinical understanding. Students who major in Psychology become more critical thinkers, tinkerers of human behavior, and experience a world of possibilities.

Dr. Joseph McFall ('05)
Associate Professor
Chair, Psychology Department

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