Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Simmons University provides outstanding education in psychology and neuroscience through small, student-centered classes and hands-on training. Our faculty are leading scholars and passionate educators, dedicated to preparing their students for professional success and lifelong learning.

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 College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences 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.

Programs in this department

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 of Psychology and Department Chair

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.

Careers

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.

Faculty highlights

  • Nine full-time faculty.
  • 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.
Dean Lepaine Sharp-McHenry

Meet Dean Sharp-McHenry

"My vision for CNBHS is to create a collaborative culture of inclusive excellence that fosters inquisitive inquiry among science and health professionals which ignites intellectual curiosity focused on solving problems through research, education, and innovation." Learn more about Dr. Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, Dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences.

Meet the Dean

Tyler Jeanlouis

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