The Department of Psychology exemplifies St. John's Universitys' Mission as described in the Mission Statement. The department is committed to academic excellence, operates in accord with accepted ethical principles and with respect for individual rights and dignity, is committed to service to the community, and demonstrates through its research, teaching, and clinical training an appreciation of the importance of cultural diversity.
We offer the following graduate programs:
- Psychology (M.A.)
- School Psychology (M.S.)
- School Psychology (Psy.D.)
- Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.)
- Forensic Psychology (Certificate)
- to provide students with a sound preparation in psychology, appropriate to their level (i.e., undergraduate or graduate)
- to stress the scientific foundations of the discipline, so that students gain an understanding of the psychological, social, and biological processes underlying normal and abnormal behavior
- to foster students' ability to think critically and to integrate psychological theory and research into solutions to solve social problems and to seek social justice.
- to intensify the discovery and understanding of the interaction of human behavioral patterns. In its professional programs, the department has the added objective of fostering the highest standards of professional practice and ethical conduct
The Psychology Department faculty continually strives to contribute to the scientific and professional literature through publications in psychological journals and books and presentations to professional and scientific organizations. They strive to keep current with psychological knowledge in areas outside of their research interests. In addition, the faculty place a priority on seeking external funding for their research and for student training. The faculty use their professional knowledge and skills in the service of the profession, of the university, and of the community at large. This is accomplished through such things as participating in the activities of professional societies, taking an active part in the committees of the department, college and university, and sharing their expertise with other professionals and with the public.
Courses for the graduate programs are organized into clearly defined sequences. Mastery of basic knowledge is followed by experience through its use and application in formal, practicum and laboratory settings. A consideration of the ethical dimensions of the psychologist's conduct, as well as sensitivity to issues of cultural and ethnic diversity are stressed throughout training in both clinical and research areas.
William Chaplin, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Marillac Hall, Room 409