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    What is Psychology?

    These are amazing times for those who study Psychology, the science of brain and behavior. Breakthroughs are being made every day in our understanding of the emotional, cognitive, and social aspects of humans throughout the lifespan, and new therapies to help those with mental illness are also being developed regularly.

    The Psychology faculty at Le Moyne College is a broad representation of the discipline; each person brings expertise from a different area of Psychology to share with our students. Our Department’s primary goal is that our students will develop a solid understanding of theoretical and empirical aspects of Psychology that will prepare them for the future, regardless of whether the future entails immediate employment or entry into a graduate school program. We hope that our students will be able to use the existent Psychological literature to answer questions that they may have and that they will be able to employ a scientific approach to investigating behavior and experience.

    We would like for our students to demonstrate critical thinking and analytic skills in evaluating psychological theories or evidence for those theories. It is also important to us that our students are able to behave as ethical professionals after they graduate, so students are trained to apply the ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA) and asked to demonstrate knowledge of discipline-specific writing standards. The faculty of the Department of Psychology at Le Moyne College is deeply committed to encouraging students and eager to help them to develop both themselves and their knowledge of Psychology.

    A Student's Thesis: Hey, Are You Listening?
    Musical Training and the Psychology of Listening Comprehension

    In a room full of accepted students, Christina Nicolais '11 and the other students from the College’s a cappella musical group, Fermata Nowhere, spontaneously break into song. The creation of this ‘flash mob’ demonstrated the impact that music can have to create a memorable experience.

    The question of how music and memory are related is what drove Christina Nicolais to turn her love of music into her Departmental Honors psychology research thesis. Under the mentorship of a faculty member, Christina examined the impact of musical training on students listening comprehension. She was interested in learning how listening to music while studying affects how we learn. Her research has taken her to an International Psychology Conference in Washington, D.C., and to Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Miami, Florida where she is pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

    Psychology Courses and Requirements

    If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities for the Psychology major or Psychology minor, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.

    Mission Statement

    Students will develop an understanding of theoretical and empirical knowledge in the discipline of Psychology, along with an understanding that the discipline employs a scientific approach to investigating behavior and experience.

    Student Learning Goals

    Knowledge Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to differentiate between various theories in Psychology.
    2. Students will be able to differentiate between different career paths in psychology.

    Skill Development Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to apply the research methods and techniques used by psychologists.
    2. Students will be able to write using discipline-specific writing standards.

    Ways of Thinking/Dispositions Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to critically evaluate information relevant to the study of psychology.
    2. Students will be able to apply the ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA) to research.

    Psychology at Le Moyne


    The major objective of the psychology department is to familiarize students with the basic methods and theories utilized to study the behavior of humans and animals. Through an offering of lecture, discussion, laboratory and field experiences, the department provides students with a comprehensive overview of the various approaches employed by psychologists while enabling individuals to pursue specific interests in greater depth.

    Meet the Faculty

    Brenda J. Kirby

    Brenda Kirby

    Department Chair, Professor View Bio
    Shawn L. Ward

    Shawn L. Ward

    Associate Professor View Bio
    Theresa L. White

    Theresa L. White

    Professor View Bio

    Our Next Social Sciences Seminar

    Tuesday, September 19

    My Heart is Too Steep: Emotional Moderation and the "Level" Self Among the Akha of Thailand and Burma
    Dr. Deborah Tooker
    Department of Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology, Le Moyne College

    Reilley Room (Reilly Hall 446), 4:00 pm
    Presentation and Q&A: 4-5 pm; time to socialize: 5-5:30 pm

    Click here for the full schedule of Fall 2017 Social Sciences seminars.

    Social Sciences Seminars
    Presentations by invited guests and Le Moyne faculty and students

    Join us to learn about the active social science research programs at Le Moyne and beyond. Speakers include Le Moyne faculty members and students, as well as researchers and professors from other colleges and universities.

    Sponsored by the social science departments. For more information, contact Dr. Wayne Grove.

    Seminars are held on Tuesday afternoons in the Reilley Room, Reilly Hall 446, at 4:00pm

    Tuesday, September 19

    My Heart is Too Steep: Emotional Moderation and the “Level” Self Among the Akha of Thailand and Burma
    Dr. Deborah Tooker
    Department of Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology, Le Moyne College

    Tuesday, October 3

    Not Your Average Master’s Thesis: Connecting Research to Practice
    Brianna Vespone ’13 M.S., N.C.C.
    Career Advisor, University of Rochester

    Tuesday, October 24

    Valuing Recreational Services, Like Hunting, Fishing and Camping, Using the Travel Cost Method
    Mariela Cavo, Ph.D.
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, Le Moyne College

    Tuesday, November 14

    Right to Sell in the City: Politics of Informal Retail in the Neoliberal Era
    Anirban Acharya, M.A., M.Phil.
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Le Moyne College

    Get Involved on Campus

    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Theresa White

    Psychology Club

    The Psychology Club promotes Psychology both on the Le Moyne College campus and in the world. The goal of Psychology Club is to stimulate student interest in the Psychology around us, as well as to promote interactions between students learning about this topic. Members educate others about the field of psychology, through films, lectures, panels, and a variety of other activities, including service.

    Psi Chi

    Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology. This Honor Society was founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Psi Chi now has more than 1,000 chapters world-wide, including Le Moyne College. Students are invited to join Le Moyne’s Psi Chi chapter based on their academic achievement; completion of at least three semesters of college and at least 15 credit hours of psychology are also required. Once a student accepts the invitation, the formal induction ceremony takes place near the end of the spring semester. Membership in Psi Chi is life-long, and it provides members with opportunities for scholarships, fellowships, and professional development as a psychologist.

    Visit the Psi Chi website here.

    Connect with the Psychology Club & Psi Chi

    Exploring Careers in Psychology

    O*NET OnLine

    Hotlinks to Careers

    This document contains 2,400 hotlinks that psychology majors can use to explore 300 careers they can prepare to enter that have been organized into 15 broad occupational categories to facilitate searching.

    Additional resources for learning more about career opportunities in psychology.

    Psychology Alumni

    Bri Vespone

    Bri Vespone

    Psychology / 2013

    "Le Moyne was the greatest college experience I could have ever hoped for."

    View Story
    Christina Nicolais

    Christina Nicolais

    Psychology / 2011

    "As a psychology major at Le Moyne I was able to tailor my degree."

    View Story
    Lindsay Monnat

    Lindsey Monnat

    Psychology / 2008

    My favorite thing about being a psychology major was...

    View Story

    Get in Touch

    Contact the Department Chair:

    Dr. Brenda J. Kirby


    (315) 445-4788


    Contact the Department:

    Reilly Hall 201
    Department of Psychology
    Le Moyne College
    1419 Salt Springs Road
    Syracuse, NY 13214


    (315) 445-4100


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