Students graduating with a degree in psychology engage in a broad based program with roots in research methodology toward a better understanding of behavior and mental processes. Emphasis is placed on sharpening critical thinking, communication, and presentation skills. Advanced exploration of psychological phenomena is encouraged through fieldwork opportunities and research.
The UTM Psychology program provides students with solid training in research psychology (preparation for graduate school training), and opportunities for learning more about clinical practice (fieldwork, internships, etc). Two of our faculty members work with children who have developmental problems (Dr. Gary Brown and Mrs. Denise Jones). Additionally, Drs. Susan Buckelew and Michelle Merwin have experience working in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, specifically assessment, older adults, and neuropsychology.
The positive features of our program include small class size. UTM students receive instruction from experienced instructors and professors, rather than graduate assistants. The classes offered reflect the standard psychology curriculum. Additionally, the program provides opportunity for students to work closely with teachers in research and fieldwork, and to tailor the program to fit individual goals.
Advanced students may gain hands-on experience working with children who have special needs using the method of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Students may complete a course in ABA as well as complete advance hands-on experience. Some students complete summer internships, earning course credit during the academic year. Students have presented research at local, regional, and national conferences. Students have traveled to conferences in Memphis, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Additionally, occasional travel study opportunities are available.
Students graduating with a bachelor degree in psychology enter the workforce in a variety of settings, including mental health and drug rehabilitation, business, industry, and human resources. Many students go on to graduate programs in psychology, while others complete professional degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, law, and medicine.
What kind of student organizations, clubs, or honor societies can a student join? Students can join Psychology Club, which is open to all students. Students meeting designated scholarly achievement may join Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.
Students can join Psychology Club, which is open to all students. Students meeting designated scholarly achievement may join Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.
The Psychology Department houses three main laboratories, two designated for research with human subjects, and one designated for animal research, totaling approximately 1900 square feet. The human subject laboratory is outfitted with biofeedback equipment, a variety of testing measures that assess sensation and perception, visual and auditory reaction time, eye-hand coordination, and motor dexterity, biofeedback equipment, microscopes, and computer-based tests of mental abilities. Although no animals are currently being used in research, the animal laboratory has housed vertebrates and invertebrates, and includes facilities for housing and researching mice. Additionally, the laboratory is equipped with operant chambers, forced exercise apparatus, and mazes.
The psychology major laboratory is equipped with 13 computers. Students have access to Microsoft Office, SPSS (a statistical package used to analyze research data), and the internet.
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