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1 Careers in psychology

2 What do psychologists do?
Psychologists study mental processes and human behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people and other animals relate to one another and the environment. To do this, psychologists often look for patterns that will help them understand and predict behavior using scientific methods, principles, or procedures to test their ideas Conduct research at universities, government agencies, and private organizations Promote physical and mental health as a health care provider

3 Schooling for Psychologists
Degrees are offered at these levels: Bachelor’s (B.S. or B.A.) Master’s (M.A., M.S. or M.Ed.) Doctorate (Ph.D. or Psy. D.) The degree you need depends on which field of psychology you want to go into

4 Bachelor’s Degree Sales associates Administrative support
Public affairs Education Human Resources Health care professions Employment counseling Corrections counselors Personnel analysts Probation officers

5 Master’s Degree Some find jobs in health, industry, and education, the primary work settings for psychology professionals with master's degrees Jobs for persons with master's degrees in psychology become available in community mental health centers (e.g. case management, licensed clinicians Graduates with a master’s degree in Psychology may conduct research and data collection and analysis

6 Doctoral Degree Those with a doctorate in psychology are the highest paid and have the widest range of opportunity Usually work in health service provider subfields, industrial–organizational psychology, educational psychology, and other fields with applications in these settings

7 Fields of Psychology Art therapists Clinical psychologists
Cognitive and perceptual psychologists Counseling psychologists Developmental psychologists Educational psychologists Engineering psychologists Evolutionary psychologists Experimental psychologists Forensic psychologists Health psychologists Industrial/organizational psychologists Neuropsychologists Quantitative and measurement psychologists Rehabilitation psychologists School psychologists Social psychologists Sports psychologists

8 Forensic Psychology Forensic psychology is the intersection between psychology and the criminal justice system. It involves understanding criminal law in the relevant jurisdictions in order to be able to interact appropriately with judges, attorneys and other legal professionals. The psychologists can, for example, help a judge decide which parent should have custody of a child, evaluate a defendant's mental competence to stand trial, or evaluate the relevance and validity of psychological assessment results Forensic psychologists also conduct research on jury behavior or eyewitness testimony, and some forensic psychologists are trained in both psychology and the law

9 Clinical Psychology Clinical psychology is an integration of science, theory and clinical knowledge for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal development Clinical psychologists treat those with chronic illnesses as well as short term conditions Focus on specific problems as well such as: phobias, eating disorders, PTSD and clinical depression

10 Developmental Psychology
Studies the stages of a person’s psychological development throughout the lifespan Focus is usually on childhood and adolescence As life expectancy increases, developmental psychologists are becoming more prominent

11 Experimental Psychology
Wide range of focus including cognitive processes, comparative psychology, learning and conditioning Work with the empirical method and the manipulation of variables to understand particular phenomena

12 Health Psychology Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological, and social factors affect health and illness These psychologists may study how patients handle illness, why some people don't follow medical advice, and the most effective ways to control pain or to change poor health habits Often team up with medical personnel in private practice Also studies issues like teen pregnancy, substance abuse, dieting, exercise and risky behaviors

13 Psychology at URI Join the psychology club
Apply for Psi Chi- the honors psychology program Apply for a relevant internship in your field of interest Participate in research on campus Connect with professors involved in areas you are interested in

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