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1 The Psychology Major Workshop
Presented by the Psychology Resource Office

2 Welcome to the workshop!
What we will be covering: The Psychology Department at CSULB Resources on campus The Psychology Major Psychology vs. Human Development & Social Work Getting involved! Internships and volunteer opportunities Popular fields in psychology Research Why its important How to get involved

3 Welcome to the Psychology Department!
The Psychology Department at CSULB is part of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) We are one of the largest departments in CLA Psychology is an impacted major! We have more students than space available Over 1500 of them! Majors Minors Pre-majors (less than 60 units)

4 Psychology Department Chairs
Dr. David Whitney Assistant Chair Dr. Dan Chiappe

5 Important Offices in the Building
First Floor PSY 100 Department Main Office Forms, add/drop, withdraw Second Floor PSY 206 Psychology Resource Office (PRO) Grad school & career resources, PSY 301, course syllabi Third Floor PSY 314 Psychology Student Study Center (PSSC) Get help with coursework from SAs and GAs

6 Advising for the Psychology Department
All advising for our major is done by ATLAS (Advising Teaching Liberal Arts Students) ATLAS is located in PH1-104 Reasons to visit ATLAS: Declare Psychology as your major or minor Get GE or psychology advising Class planning Timely graduation help and grad checks!

7 Psychology Resource Office (PRO)
Job & volunteer opportunities in the CRR Grad school, GRE, and application process information in the GRR Financial aid information News about psychology related activities on campus Psychology course syllabi PSY 301 Information about how to get involved in the department: research and student organizations Visit a PRO Guide PALS – new student mentoring program starting this semester!

8 More on Campus Resources
Career Development Center (CDC) Job and internship info Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Free counseling and help with stress Learning Assistance Center Free tutoring Leadership Resource Center Offers certification from the Leadership Academy Library Tons of resources (such as PsychInfo) Writer’s Resource Lab Free help with writing

9 The Psychology Major Psychology is the science of behavior. It seeks to understand the causes of behavior in individuals in terms of biological, environmental, social, and cultural variables. A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology provides solid preparation for students who aim to: Seek an understanding of behavioral principles while pursuing a well rounded education. Further study the field of psychology in graduate programs. Pursue a career in any field that deals with people, such as guidance counseling, human resources, nursing, social work, and teaching. CSULB’s psychology major is heavily statistical and research based.

10 How to Become a Psychology Major
Complete the prerequisites with a grade of C or better PSY 100  General Psychology PSY 210  Introductory Statistics PSY 220  Research Methods Overall GPA of at least 2.5 To declare psychology as your major, second major, or minor visit ATLAS in PH1 104. Note: PSY 241 Psychobiology is not required to declare the major, but it is a requirement for the degree and is a prerequisite for other upper division courses. Once in the major Must take PSY 301 within the first two semesters 400 level psychology courses are open to majors only

11 Defining Human Development and Social Work
Studies the lifespan development within societal and cultural contexts Examines development primarily from the perspectives of Anthropology Biology Psychology Sociology Aim to enrich the quality of life by helping individuals, groups, and communities reach a higher level of development and build a better and more just society for all Strive to change the various social institutions which are not meeting the needs of the people whom they are supposed to be representing

12 Human Development & Social Work Employment Opportunities
Human Resources School & Health Administration Elementary or School Teacher Educational Counseling Academic Advising Parent & Health Educator Program Evaluator Occupational/Physical Therapist Training and Development Specialists Case Managers Recovery Support Coordinator Mental Health Assistant Social Services Assistant Group Home Worker Program Coordinator Activity Director Community Outreach Coordinator Care Coordinator

13 Getting Involved Psychology Honors Program Requirements
- Must be admitted to the major; all pre-requisite courses completed by end of semester -Minimum 3.25 overall GPA; 3.50 psychology GPA -Be able to commit for THREE semesters -Must have identified a faculty member willing to supervise their honors thesis project -To stay enrolled in program, must earn B” or higher in each Honors course to continue participation

14 Getting Involved Student Organizations

15 Getting Involved Volunteer & Internship Opportunities
PSY 405 – Fieldwork (Internship) PSY 406 – Applications of Psychology (PRO Guide) PSY 499 – Independent Study (Research) PSA/Psi Chi Halloween Haunted House in Fall Psych Day in the Spring Check postings in the CRR in PRO!

16 Popular Fields of Psychology
What are you interested in? Popular Fields of Psychology

17 Clinical vs. Counseling Psychology
Severity of Problem More severe Less severe Nature of Problem Internal to self, broad in scope External to Self, Narrow in scope Length of Problem Longer-Term Shorter-Term Focus of Treatment Cure the problem Restore functioning and growth

18 Clinical and Counseling
Degree Requirements PhD or PsyD Yearly Salary Ranges from $51,885 - $90,330 Average is $87,015 Typical Job Settings Private Practice Hospitals Mental Health Clinics Academic Settings Courses to Consider PSY 314 Assessment PSY 315 Psychological Testing PSY 370 Abnormal PSY 373 Intro to Clinical PSY 405 Fieldwork PSY 406 Applications of Psych PSY 475 Clinical Interviewing Clinical Psychology Faculty Members Dr. Chun Dr. Span Dr. Fiebert Dr. Urizar Dr. Gonzalez

19 Developmental Psychology
Study human growth and development throughout the lifespan Physical, cognitive, social, intellectual, perceptual, personality, and emotional development. Specialize in specific ages and stages of life: Infant, child, adolescent, adult, and elderly.

20 Developmental Psychology
Degree Requirements PhD or PsyD Yearly Salary Average is $56,500 Typical Job Settings Schools Learning Centers Hospitals Mental Health Facilities Nursing & Retirement Homes Academia Courses to Consider PSY361 Child and Adolescent Development PSY 362 Autism Spectrum Disorders PSY 363 Developmental Psychopathology PSY 365 Adult Development and Aging PSY 463 Social and Personality Development Developmental Psychology Faculty Members Dr. Halim Dr. Correa-Chavez Dr. Pentz

21 Educational Psychology
Educational psychologists focus on how humans learn in educational settings. They focus on factors such as: Motivation Intelligence Study habits and organization Perseverance Response to success or failure They also evaluate instructional methods by studying: Learning outcomes Teaching materials Curriculums Assessment methods Use of technology and media

22 Educational Psychology
Degree Requirements PhD Yearly Salary Average is $67,000 Typical Job Settings Schools Government Military Corporate Settings Private Enterprise Courses to Consider PSY 315 Psychological Testing PSY 332 Human Cognition PSY 333 Psychology of Learning PSY 361 Child and Adolescent Development

23 Forensic Psychology Forensic psychology is the production and application of psychological knowledge to the civil and criminal justice system. Forensic psychologists provide their expertise to the judicial system; their knowledge is generally within the areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, neuropsychology, school psychology, or other applied areas within psychology. Forensic psychologists: Perform assessments; provide treatment; consult with attorneys, courts, and insurance companies; do trial consultation; provide testimony; participate in program development and administration. Addressing a common misconception: Forensic Psychologists DO NOT do criminal profiling

24 Forensic Psychology Degree Requirements Masters or PhD Yearly Salary
Entry level $60,000-$70,000 Private practice $85,000-$95,000 Typical Job Settings Government agencies Academia Correctional settings Law enforcement & police departments Court clinics Hospitals Private practice Common Job Duties Competency evaluations Sentencing recommendations Evaluating the risk of reoffending Testimony as expert witness Child custody evaluations Courses to Consider PSY 332 Cognition PSY 351 Social Psychology PSY 356 Personality PSY 363 Developmental Psychopathology PSY 370 Abnormal Psychology PSY 495 Psychology and the Law *Minoring or double majoring in Criminal Justice

25 Health Psychology Health Psychology examines how biological characteristics, behavioral factors, psychological factors, and social conditions interact to influence health and illness. Health psychologists can participate in clinical work, research, or public policy work. Applied health psychology research investigates topics such as: Identification of disease risk Health promotion and disease prevention Psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness

26 Health Psychology Degree Required Yearly Salary Typical Job Settings
PhD or PsyD Yearly Salary $40,000-$85,000 Typical Job Settings Hospitals Health Care Clinics Private Corporations Government Academia Courses to Consider PSY 336 Emotion PSY 337 Psychology of Happiness PSY 378 Health Psychology PSY 379 Stress PSY 477 Psychology of Addiction Health Psychology Faculty Dr. Amirkhan Dr. Urizar Dr. Chun

27 Human Factors Human factors is a field that seeks to improve design by increasing the usability, safety, and efficiency of systems. The goal of human factors is to create a user-center design. Human factors is interdisciplinary and applied. HF professionals use knowledge from various fields to improve product and system design. In terms of psychology, the focus is to apply knowledge about perceptual and cognitive processes to improve the design and usability of systems. Human Factors can be applied almost anywhere! A few examples: Human computer interaction (HCI), aviation and aerospace, automobiles, medical, mobile devices, aging, usability, design, and error prevention.

28 Human Factors Degree Requirements Yearly Salary Typical Job Settings
Masters or PhD Yearly Salary Average Starting: $81,444 - $122,166 Average :$98,896 - $148,344 Typical Job Settings Academia Industry Medical Government Anywhere humans interact with machines and technology! Courses to Consider PSY 310 Intermediate Statistics PSY 327 Intro to Human Factors PSY 331 Sensation & Perception PSY 332 Cognition PSY 418 Computer Applications PSY 427 Human Factors Human Factors Faculty Dr. Strybel Dr. Vu Dr. Miles Dr. Chiappe

29 Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology
Industrial organizational psychology is the branch of psychology that applies psychological theories and principles to organizations. This field focuses on increasing workplace productivity and related issues such as the physical and mental well being of employees. I/O is an applied field with the goal of understanding the workplace. I/O professionals perform many tasks such as studying worker attitudes and behavior, evaluating companies, and conducting leadership training.

30 Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology
Degree Requirements Masters or PhD Yearly Salary Average $87,960 Typical Job Settings Consulting Services Industry Government Academia Research Institutions Schools Employment Services Courses to Consider PSY 315 Assessment PSY 381 Intro to I/O PSY 383 Women, Family and Work Issues PSY 384 Workplace Diversity PSY 453 Group Dynamics I/O Faculty Members Dr. Whitney Dr. Warren Dr. Quon

31 Marriage and Family Therapy
Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are relationship specialists who treat persons involved in interpersonal relationships. They are trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups to achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive marriage, family and social adjustment.

32 Marriage and Family Therapy
Requirements for Licensure Ph.D. or Masters Passage of a comprehensive written and oral examination At least 3,000 hours of supervised experience. Yearly Salary $45,000-$60,000 Typical Job Settings Outpatient Care Centers Inpatient Care Facilities Schools Social Service Agencies Mental Health Facilities Private Practice Courses to Consider PSY 332 Human Cognition PSY 336 Psychology of Emotion PSY 351 Social Psychology PSY 361 Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development PSY 365 Psychology of Adult Development and Aging PSY 3843 Women, Family, and Work Issues *Minoring in Child Development and Family Studies

33 Neuropsychology Neuropsychologists focus on how injuries or illnesses of the brain affect cognitive functions and behaviors. The following are typical responsibilities of neuropsychologists: Conducting academic research on neurological disorders Assessing and assisting people recovering from strokes, head injury and other neurological disorders Forensically assessing individuals for neurological disorders Administering brain scans and other neurocognitive tests Consulting with pharmaceutical companies that develop drugs affecting the central nervous system Providing expert testimony during court trials

34 Neuropsychology Degree Required Yearly Salary Typical Job Setting
Ph.D. Yearly Salary Average Starting: $77,000-$80,000 Average: $94,000-$150,000 Typical Job Setting Private or Government research facilities Academia Hospitals and Clinics Private Practice Consulting Firms Courses to Consider PSY 310 Intermediate Statistics PSY 314 Psychological Assessment PSY 332 Human Cognition PSY 341 Neuropsychology PSY 342 Psychopharmacology PSY 363 Developmental Psychopathology

35 School Psychology School psychologists seek to improve students’ well-being by addressing developmental, emotional, social, and academic problems that interfere with their education. They assess students with special needs such as physical, emotional, and learning disabilities and assess the coordination of special education programs designed to assist them. Examine factors such as: Adjusting to school Academic Achievement Mental Health Substance Abuse Social Relationships Life Stress

36 School Psychology Degree Required Yearly Salary Typical Job Settings
Masters, EdS, or PhD State certification required Yearly Salary Average $62,200 Typical Job Settings Public Schools Private Schools Community agencies Hospitals and clinics Academia Courses to Consider PSY 314: Assessment PSY 332: Cognition PSY 333: Learning PSY 361: Child and Adolescent Development PSY 362: Autism Spectrum Disorders PSY 363: Developmental Psychopathology

37 Social Psychology Social psychologists specialize in the factors influencing human behavior in groups. In other words, they rely on scientific research to explain why people behave and think the way they do in social settings. Although differences exist between psychologists and sociologists, social psychologists utilize research and analytical methods used by both types of specialists. Social psychologists examine factors such as: prejudice aggression conformity social perception group behavior criminal activity community health problems, like HIV and AIDS substance abuse family and domestic problems

38 Social Psychology Degree Required Yearly Salary Typical Job Setting
Masters or Ph.D. Yearly Salary $70,000-$100,000 Typical Job Setting Private or Government research facilities Schools Correctional Faculties Social Welfare Organizations Universities Courses to consider PSY 310 Intermediate Statistics PSY 314 Psychological Assessment PSY 351 Social Psychology PSY 375 Community Psychology *minoring in Sociology Social Psychologist Faculty Members Dr. Pedersen Dr. Thoman

39 Sports Psychology There are two key areas of interest in sports psychology Understanding how psychology can be applied to improve motivation and performance. Understanding how sports and athletics can improve mental health and overall well-being. Sports psychology includes a range of topics including: Motivation to persist and achieve Psychological considerations in sport injury and rehabilitation Counseling techniques with athletes Assessing talent Exercise adherence and well-being Self-perceptions related to achieving Youth sports Performance enhancement and self-regulation techniques

40 Sports Psychology Degree Requirements Yearly Salary
Masters, PhD, or PsyD Yearly Salary $60,000-$80,000 Can earn up to six figures if works with professional athletes Typical Job Settings Athletic organizations, departments, & teams Military Private Practice Consultant work Academia The Kinesiology department at CSULB offers a BS in Sports Psychology Psychology Courses to Consider PSY 336 Emotion PSY 351 Social Psychology PSY 378 Health Psychology PSY 453 Group Dynamics

41 PsyD vs. PhD Differences in Emphasis Funding Time to Degree
PsyD is practice based PhD emphasizes research & practice Funding PhD programs generally offer more funding, therefore, PsyD programs are usually more expensive. Time to Degree Generally PsyD students complete their degree in a year or two less than PhD students. Most of this has to do with the fact that PhD students have to design, conduct, write, and defend a dissertation. Bottom Line Both are doctoral degrees. Which type of program you decide to attend depends on your personal career goals.

42 Graduate Programs at CSULB
The Psychology Department at CSULB offers three graduate programs. MAPR: Master of Arts, Option in Psychological Research MSIO: Master of Science, Option in Industrial/Organizational Psychology MSHF: Master of Science, Option in Human Factors Psychology There are also Psychology related programs that are offered outside of the psychology department. Masters in Counseling Option in Marriage and Family Therapy Masters in Education Option in Educational Psychology Masters in Kinesiology Option in Sport and Exercise Psychology Masters in Social Work Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology

43 More Options after Undergraduate Degree in Psychology
Non-Psychology Graduate Programs Medical School Law School Occupational Therapy Creative Arts Therapy Student Development in Higher Education Jobs with a B.A. Psychiatric Technician Human Resources Management Probation and Parole Officer Laboratory Assistants Child Care Elementary or High School Teacher

44 The Why, What, and How Research

45 The Importance of Research Experience
What are the benefits of research? Gain a better understanding of psychology Understand what an academic research career would be like Decide if you enjoy research-especially if you want to attend a research based grad program! Learn new skills in research methods, statistical analysis, teamwork, and oral presentation Network and meet other students Receive advising and mentorship from faculty Access to opportunities such as authorship, presentations, competitions, and conferences Experience for graduate school

46 Qualifications for Research
Should have completed at least PSY 210 (Intro Stats) and PSY 220 (Research Methods) Preferably completed PSY 310 and several upper division psychology courses Computer skills (such as SPSS, excel, etc.) Most of all be interested, enthusiastic, reliable, punctual and honest!

47 Typical Research Tasks
Data collection Data encoding Data analysis Literature reviews Animal care Computer data entry Interviewing Running subjects Running statistical programs

48 Getting Involved in Research
Most important tip is to be proactive! Ask you professors! (tenure and tenure track) Take classes with faculty you are interested in working with Take classes related to your research interests Get to know faculty and visit office hours Participate in class Look at department website under people for faculty interests Check the Psychology Major Handbook for research interests Use PsychInfo to look up past publications and show professors you are genuinely interested and made an effort to research their previous work Network! Join clubs, make friends, and don’t be afraid to ask other people about their research experience PSA/Psi Chi is a great way to meet other psychology students Look in to joining PALS – a mentorship program in PRO

49 Final Reminders

50 Funding and Financial Aid
FAFSA Scholarships Fellowships Grants Loans Check in PRO for the scholarship boards CSULB Psychology Department Facebook will be posting scholarship opportunities Be Aware! Know your Options 

51 Visit the Psychology Resource Office (PRO)!
Try to visit at least once a semester! We are here to help. Contact info Located in PSY 206 FaceBook: CSULB Psychology Department Website: Phone number:

52 Thank you! Any questions?

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