If you are intrigued by human behavior and inspired by the potential to make a difference in the quality of life for others, our Psychology Department will show you the path forward.
You will learn from faculty who are practicing professionals how to apply the scientific skills, practices, procedures and strategies of psychology to solve problems and improve the lives of others.
You will hone your understanding of the science of human behavior and the biological, social, emotional and cognitive processes that affect that behavior.
You will explore opportunities to pursue research projects in the field, because every solution starts with desire to help.
Mission & Student Outcomes
The Psychology Department is committed to improving the quality of life for people, communities, and organizations. The Department aims to accomplish these goals through scientifically grounded training that allows faculty and students to identify and solve complex psychosocial problems and meet organizational challenges. Consistent with the overall mission of Iona University, the Department strives to recognize diversity, stay abreast of current scientific literature, methods, and procedures, and foster intellectual curiosity and critical thinking so that our students can move the world.
(Approved by the Psychology Department, 2014)
- Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology
Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.
- Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.
- Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
The skills in this domain involve the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.
- Goal 4: Communication
Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.
- Goal 5: Professional Development
The emphasis in this goal is on application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation.
Colleen Jacobson, Ph.D.