“Juniata’s psychology professors are extremely helpful, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of them in and out of the classroom.”

Lauren Miller ’18

A Distinct Experience

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    • Cynthia Boo ‘17
    • is enrolled in a master’s program, with a research assistantship, at the New School for Social Research in New York, NY.
    • Carissa Kelly ‘16
    • is enrolled in the applied development psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education.
    • Clay Reichart ‘17
    • is enrolled in the PhD program in applied organizational psychology at Hofstra University.
    • Olivia kruse ‘19
    • is employed as a data analyst at Gloo in Boulder, CO.


In the Psychology Department, 100 percent of faculty have earned Ph.D.s, and they serve, first and foremost, as professors. They are active members of national and regional psychological science organizations. One has won the Lindback Foundation Award and two others have won the Gibbel Award—both accolades honor distinguished teaching. Another is certified in school psychology in Pennsylvania. Several teach interdisciplinary courses that take students to the Colorado Plateau, China, and Ireland.

“Our psychology department works to be on the cutting edge of psychology research while providing students a comprehensive and individualized education.”

Daniel Komar ’18

Additional Opportunities

Psychology Student Organizations: Join the Psychology Club, which conducts fundraisers for mental health charities and hosts student-faculty social events. And, be recognized for outstanding work in psychology by joining Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

Internships: Juniata has an active internship program. Our psychology students have interned at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Smithfield State Correctional Institute, J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, the Washington Center, Wediko Children’s Services, and in the clinics of psychiatrists and psychologists throughout our region. Our psychology students have also completed hands-on experiences in Mexico, Scotland, China, and England.

David R. Drews Psychology Fund: Developed by alumni donors, this fund supports students traveling to major conferences and provides annual awards to the most outstanding junior and senior psychology student.

Undergraduate Research: At Juniata, more than 60 percent of psychology students conduct research. Our students present empirical findings at national and regional conferences (e.g., American Psychological Association, Eastern Psychological Association, NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society) and, in collaboration with their faculty mentors, publish in scholarly journals. Prior projects have included explorations into human sexual attraction and how personality factors and decision-making affect political attitudes. Recent examples: Madeline Bennetti '17, “Female sexual fluidity and gaze on nude images;” DaVon Mitchell ’18, “Breaking the Silence: The Psychology of Collective Identity.”

What Can You Do With a POE in Psychology?
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