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Psychology brings science and compassion together to move the world

Psychologists have developed ingenious ways of helping people solve problems, thereby influencing the quality of life for millions of people. If you are intrigued by human behavior and inspired by the potential to make a difference, welcome to the Psychology Department at Iona. Our students learn how to apply the scientific skills, practices, procedures and strategies of psychology to solve problems, improve the lives of others––and move the world.

Advanced learning and research

As a psychology major at Iona, you will benefit from small classes taught by accomplished faculty, who are practicing professionals, actively engaged researchers, and outstanding teachers. While our programs are demanding, our high student success rate reflects the high degree of personal attention and support you will receive as you pursue your studies.

Our graduate and undergraduate programs focus on the science of human behavior, understanding the biological, social, emotional and cognitive processes that affect that behavior.  In courses that range from quantitative methods to personality theory to applied psychology, you’ll develop your analytical skills and your communication skills; and you will have many exciting opportunities to pursue research projects in the field. Iona psychology students regularly engage in original research and present their findings at local, regional, and national conferences.

Outstanding fieldwork and internship opportunities

Iona’s location just 20 miles north of midtown Manhattan provides enviable internship and career opportunities. It is quite common for Iona students to be hired by organizations in the NY metropolitan area as well as Westchester and Fairfield counties, often after completing internships in a wide variety of sites such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Schools
  • Rehab facilities
  • Human resource departments
  • Research companies
  • Financial services firms
  • Guidance offices
  • Training and coaching organizations


Drug and Alcohol Abuse (DAA) Studies Program

Well-trained and devoted drug and alcohol abuse counselors are in great demand in today’s society. If you are interested in a dynamic and meaningful career helping others, our DAA program is an excellent choice. The program fulfills New York State’s educational requirement for the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) qualification. After completing your eight courses at Iona, you will be qualified to begin the work experience required for the CASAC credential. Our program is an Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved program. Please note that our program does not provide graduates with the CASAC; it does fulfill the educational requirements to register with the state and become a CASAC-T (trainee).

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Student Success

"As a psychology major, the five-year BA/MA program offered at Iona was something that was important to me. Through my internship at March of Dimes, I had a rewarding experience and got to see what it is like to work in a real office environment."

Jessica Scaparro

Psychology/5-year track for Industrial Organizational Psychology

Course Spotlight

Consulting and Organizational Change

Introduced in Spring 2013, this popular course appeals to psychology students who want to learn how to lead change, and help organizations and their staffs manage through change. This course is not open to business students.