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Master of Arts in Psychology

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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.


About the 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:

  • Clinical (with applied emphasis): a 48 credit program designed for students interested in developing clinical skills; it emphasizes diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of psychological and behavioral disorders, and it culminates in a semester-long practicum placement in an applied setting.
  • Clinical (with research emphasis): a 39-42 credit program designed for students who want to move on to PhD programs, usually in clinical psychology; it emphasizes diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of psychological and behavioral disorders, but students in this track also engage in research; the culmination is a Master’s thesis based on empirical research, rather than a practicum.
  • General: a 30-36 credit program designed for students who want to move on to PhD programs, usually in non-clinical areas of psychology; through independent study and active research collaboration, this track provides the most opportunities for working closely with faculty mentors; the culmination is a Master’s thesis based on empirical research.

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. Program Director Dr. Sara Margolin discuss our requirements in the video below.

 

Department of Psychology
133 Holmes Hall
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420 

Telephone: (585) 395-2488
Fax: (585) 395-2116

E-mail: psychdpt@brockport.edu

 

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