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


Sharon KingstonAssociate Professor of Psychology

Department Coordinator

Amy McMurdy






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

“It’s important to go into the field and see real-life applications of what you’re learning about in class, and it’s something that we get to do right at the start at Dickinson. [Elsewhere] it’s often not until after graduation that you get to have these experiences.”

—Sam Gerhard ’19

Psychology News

Dickinson Professor and Alumnae Examine What Drives COVID-19 Preventative Behaviors

Dickinson Professor and Alumnae Examine What Drives COVID-19 Preventative Behaviors

A new study led by a Dickinson professor and published in the journal 'Psychology & Health' finds people who worried more about COVID-19 also took more precautions against catching the disease.

Psychology Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2022

Psychology Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2022

Graduating seniors secure jobs in education, counseling and the military and are accepted into graduate programs at Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University and others.

Sharing Scientific Research—and Passion

Sharing Scientific Research—and Passion

Students present original scientific research on everything from the geoarchaeology of stone steps to the impact of climate change on snapping turtles.

Dickinson College Professor Explores How Perceived Social Status Affects Health of New Mothers

Dickinson College Professor Explores How Perceived Social Status Affects Health of New Mothers

A Dickinson professor’s newly published research reveals that perception may be as important as reality when it comes to the link between socioeconomic status and health.

Rene Vath Smythe ’48

Rene Vath Smythe ’48

"I’m giving because I want to make sure someone else gets the same type of education that I had."

Student Snapshot: Chinemerem Nwanze ’23

Student Snapshot: Chinemerem Nwanze ’23

“Dickinson creates environments that encourage building valuable relationships,” says Chinemerem Nwanze ’23, a psychology major, Student Senate member, Posse Scholar, Civic Action Intern and author.