2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 06, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology and Sociology

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Chair: Alexandria E. Guzmán, Ph.D.

Professors: Amy Nicole Baker, Ph.D., University of Maryland; Fadia Narchet, PhD., Florida International University ; Gordon R. Simerson, Ph.D., Wayne State University; Melissa L. Whitson, Ph.D., Columbia University Teachers College

Associate Professors: W. Amory Carr, Ph.D., Fordham University; James Cassidy, PhD., Hahnemann University; Kendell Coker, Ph.D., Nova Southern University;  Alexandria E. Guzmán, Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton; Stuart D. Sidle, Ph.D., DePaul University

Assistant Professors: Tara L’Heureux-Barratt, Ph.D., University of Connecticut; Paul Bourgeois, PhD., University of Arizona;  Marisela López, Ph.D. 

Lecturer: Maurice Cayer, PhD., New York University; Kimberly Craig, PhD., University of Michigan; Eric Marcus, PhD., Columbia University; Rachel Torello, PsyD., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

The relatively new branch of social science, Psychology, endeavors to answer some of humanity’s oldest questions: How does our mind work? How do we interpret and use the information gathered by our senses? How do we learn things? How do we remember things? How and why are some things forgotten? How do we acquire language? How do we communicate verbally and non-verbally? What kinds of behavior are abnormal, why do they occur, and how can they be prevented? In what ways do our intellectual and perceptual faculties break down following brain damage? As the scientific study of mind and behavior, psychology tries to find answers to these and many other fundamental questions.

Our dedication to these goals requires that students study psychology from a variety of viewpoints. Thus, students take courses in cognitive, developmental, social, physiological, and clinical psychology. Our students also develop skills in experimental design and scientific analysis through the study of statistics, experimental methods, and applied experimental psychology. Furthermore, through involvement in fieldwork and internships, students have the opportunity for direct, practical experience in areas such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, substance abuse treatment, children and family systems, and community-clinical psychology.

We offer a general psychology concentration, which permits students to tailor their preparation in a number of areas. This program combines basic science and applications and prepares students for further professional training in psychology or for careers in human services, law, education, business, and industry. We also have a specialty concentration in clinical or forensic psychology for those students who have well-defined professional goals.

Psychology majors are also encouraged to widen their preparation by taking courses (or minors) in sociology, political science, legal studies, music, hospitality, criminal justice, mathematics, and biology. This ensures that our students have a broad knowledge of many disciplines across the university. 

The University of New Haven also offers Master of Arts degree in community psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, and clinical mental health counseling, as well as graduate certificates in applications of psychology and conflict management. For descriptions of these programs, see the Graduate School Catalog.

Psychology Club

Students in psychology have the opportunity to participate in the Psychology Club. Its purpose is to provide opportunities both to socialize and to develop students’ interests in the science and profession of psychology. Throughout the year, the club sponsors guest lecturers and a variety of field trips. All students are welcome to join.

Psi Chi Honor Society

Membership in the University chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society, is open to students in the top 30 percent who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests.


McGough Award

Yearly, the McGough Awards are given to two graduating senior. One award is given to a senior who has excelled in the classroom and provided exemplary leadership in the community. Another is given to a senior who has excelled in psychological research.


Assistant Professor: Patrick McGrady, Ph.D., Florida State University

Associate Professor: Jeffrey S. Debies-Carl, Ph.D., The Ohio State University 

Sociology is the study of social life and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociology’s subject matter ranges from analysis of families, corporations, cities, and sports to that of sexuality, death, race, gender, and ethnicity, as well as the impact of demographic and environmental policies and other social phenomena. The sociological perspective is empirically grounded and sufficiently broad to be relevant to those considering careers in related fields such as research, governmental service, social work, personnel management, advertising, law, medicine, journalism, social gerontology, and hospitality and tourism.

The University of New Haven currently offers a minor in sociology.

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