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The Department of Psychology seeks to teach knowledge and skills to investigate and engage the world through psychology, the scientific study of the mind and behavior.

Students in our classes engage in critical inquiry, research conceptualization, data analysis, scientific writing and thoughtful discussions as they explore the breadth of the discipline. Our introductory courses present nine subdisciplines of psychology, ranging from principles of learning to clinical psychology. The expertise of psychology faculty spans a wide range of subdisciplines, including social, cross-cultural, clinical/counseling, community, health, developmental, cognitive, behavioral neurobiology, neuroscience and the psychology of women, gender and sexuality.

Among psychology majors nationwide, Dickinson grads rank #7 for starting salaries at U.S. bachelor-degree-granting institutions (Texas Public Policy Foundation, 2020)

Dickinson psychology offers extraordinary training in research methodology. Our majors learn the fundamentals of research design and strategies for clear scientific communication in four semesterlong courses, and all majors are able to experience the process of psychology research firsthand. Students also have the opportunity to engage in independent projects and collaborative research with faculty and are able to participate in community-based programming.

Contact Info


Michele FordSenior Lecturer in Psychology

Department Coordinator

Erin SlatteryAcademic Department Coordinator






Kaufman Building Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Brain Balance Achievement Center of Wexford
  • Commission on Economic Opportunity
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Deloitte
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Teach for America

Graduate Schools

  • Clemson University
  • Georgetown University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • London Business School
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
  • University of California
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Yale University
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Children's National Health System
  • City of Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management
  • Columbia University
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
  • Global Mental Health Program, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins University, Lieber Institute of Brain Development
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • LGBT Center of Central PA
  • National Eating Disorders Association
  • New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Peloton Advantage
  • Premier Sports Psychology
  • YWCA Carlisle Sexual Assault and Rape Crisis Program

Student Perspective

“Community Psychology has been my favorite course I've taken at Dickinson! I am majoring in psychology but, sustainability is still very important to me, so I was thrilled when the class focused on sustainable behavior and how to change behaviors to be more sustainable on a personal and systemic level. I loved diving into various sustainable actions, such as reducing water use, changing transportation modes, reducing GHG emissions, etc., and putting a psychological/cognitive-behavioral spin on it. We reviewed various psychological studies surrounding each environmental behavior and discussed further how to implement what we’ve learned from studies about everyday society.”

— Jada Witkowski ’24

Psychology News

Graduate Story: Dara Pappas ’17, Kantar

Graduate Story: Dara Pappas ’17, Kantar

"Staying at the forefront of innovations is crucial," says Dara Pappas '17, whose Dickinson education and AI certification has placed her well ahead of the curve in marketing and research.

Four Countries, One Campus Home

Four Countries, One Campus Home

“I have a packed schedule each week, and I love it,” says Caro Carneiro ’24, who’s lived in four countries and found a campus home here as a student-researcher, tour guide and TA.

Psychology Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2024

Psychology Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2024

Psychology majors secure jobs at Beyond Autism, Imagine 360 and the FARM Institute.

Dickinson Launches Human Anatomy Course

Dickinson Launches Human Anatomy Course

Learn more about Dickinson's first Human Anatomy course.

Dickinson to Host the ‘Father of Positive Psychology’

Dickinson to Host the ‘Father of Positive Psychology’

Martin E.P. Seligman, the “father of positive psychology” and director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, will receive Dickinson’s Joseph Priestley Award.

Finding Belonging and Paying it Forward

Finding Belonging and Paying it Forward

"The college’s dedication and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure my success has made a profound impact on me.” Meet Abigail Foster ’26.