Exploring Perceptions, Changing Minds
Shannon Harper ’11 received a Master of Arts in Psychology from the College. She was awarded the School of Science and Mathematics Graduate Award in April 2011. Shannon took full advantage of opportunities to become involved in psychology research projects, while she maintained a 4.0 GPA. Her work with Dr. Jennifer Ratcliff investigated the perceptions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride as being either hubristic or genuine and examined how those perceptions affected support for the LGBT community. However, Shannon is most passionate about her work with parenting processes and childhood behavior problems. She presented at conferences of the Society for Research in Child Development and the Association of Psychological Sciences. Shannon is currently pursuing a PhD program.
The MA in Psychology program is designed to prepare students for further study at the doctoral level and/or for careers in psychology and the helping professions. Students choose one of three tracks that best serves their educational goals:
All three tracks share a core set of courses, taken in the first year and building upon their undergraduate experiences, that provide advanced knowledge of scientific psychology, often in a seminar format. In the clinically-focused tracks, students are trained as scientists and practitioners, concerned with the application of psychological principles to the treatment and prevention of behavior disorders. Courses provide theoretical and practical training in contemporary methods of assessment, behavioral and cognitive-behavioral clinical intervention, and program evaluation.