Department of Psychology

Studying Psychology at Simmons University

Students may earn a BA in Psychology or a BS in Neuroscience & Behavior, and our flexible curriculum enables students to map a course of study based on individual interests. Our department is distinguished by the rigor and depth of our programs, which include a year-long field placement and abundant research opportunities. Students collaborate in faculty research, present at conferences, and even co-author papers with faculty mentors.

Though their career paths and specialties are diverse, students and faculty in the Department of Psychology share a desire to improve people’s lives and a commitment to social justice. The School of Sciences & Health Professions offers opportunities for interdisciplinary education in health and science fields, and as Simmons University undergraduates, psychology majors receive a world-class liberal arts education, rooted in Simmons traditions of leadership, service, and women-centered education.

Highlights of Psychology and Neuroscience at Simmons

  • Small classes foster interactive learning and strong student/ faculty connections.
  • The Neuroscience & Behavior program is offered jointly by the Departments of Psychology and Biology.
  • Field placements, senior capstone projects, faculty/student research, and independent research build experience and professional skills.
  • Social justice and service to historically marginalized populations are central to our teaching and research.

The faculty care deeply about their students. We want to empower them to express their ideas, and use their voices.

- Greg Feldman, Professor, Department of Psychology

A rigorous curriculum prepares psychology students for success

  • In advanced seminars, students and faculty explore topics such as the applications of psychology to real-world problems, ethics and professionalism in psychology, and careers.
  • Seniors work in teams with a faculty mentor to complete capstone research projects. Recent projects include studies of emotional expression and management in young children, and the impacts of how mindfulness meditation on physiological markers of stress and relaxation.
  • Our location gives students incredible field-work opportunities at institutions like Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Gateway Arts, Judge Baker Children’s Center, and Nashua Street Jail.
  • Faculty members engage students in their research and support independent student projects. Students regularly co-author papers and present their work at conferences with faculty mentors.

Honors in Psychology

Candidates for honors in psychology should fulfill the University requirements as described on page 23 and have a GPA of 3.5 in psychology. Candidates will submit a proposal for a thesis to the Psychology Department. The members of the Department will determine candidacy. In addition, an honors candidate will be required to complete PSYC 350 or 380 in the first semester of their senior year. Upon completion of that course and with departmental approval, she will then register for PSYC 355 or 381 in the second semester of her senior year.


Our graduates pursue a wide variety of careers, including applied clinical work, research, law, education, marketing, computer science, the non-profit sector, and social services. Others pursue further academic training; recent graduates have been accepted to prestigious programs at the University of Vermont, Northeastern University, and Boston College. The Psychology Department and the Neuroscience and Psychology Liaison foster friendships and networking among students and alumni.

Psychology Faculty and Staff

Faculty research includes: treatment strategies to prevent or reverse deficits in learning and memory and neurophysiological mechanisms underlying behavior change and the aging brain; biological, psychological, and social factors in health; understanding different ways people regulate their emotions in daily life and how this impacts mental health; early childhood development and mental health; the psychology of gender and diversity; memory formation; and time perception.


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Sarah Martin

Professor and Chair of Psychology

Full-time Faculty

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Elaine Augustine

Associate Teaching Professor

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Amanda Carey

Associate Professor

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Elizabeth Donovan

Associate Professor

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Gregory Feldman


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Kelsea Gildawie

Assistant Professor

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Megan McCarty

Associate Professor

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John Reeder

Associate Professor

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Geoff Turner

Associate Professor

Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty

Neha Dhawan

Adjunct Faculty

Anne Dufault

Adjunct Faculty

Alexandra Ehrhardt

Adjunct Faculty

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Rachel Galli

Adjunct Faculty

Carolyn Knoepfler

Adjunct Faculty

Lexi Michaud

Adjunct Faculty

Caitlin Ridgewell

Adjunct Faculty

Allison Smith

Adjunct Faculty

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Department of Psychology

Students and faculty in the Department of Psychology share a desire to improve people’s lives and a commitment to social justice.