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Psychology

Psychology

A hands-on approach to the life of the mind

Earlham’s Psychology Department combines a hands-on approach with a remarkable diversity of faculty interests, including infant development, human development in Japan, prejudice, counseling and psychotherapy, stress and health, community psychology, biological basis of memory and positive psychology. Students can practice real-life observation, hone counseling skills, assist with faculty research, and conduct research of their own. This rich hands-on approach allows students to be involved in their discipline in ways that are both relevant and demanding.

Our graduates have pursued advanced degrees in psychology at places like Washington University in St. Louis, Bryn Mawr College and Ball State University in cognitive, developmental and clinical areas. Recent graduates also have pursued advanced degrees in social work, education, medicine, law and business at Boston, Cornell and George Washington universities, among others.

Mindset for research
Mindset for research
Boxes of toys, a puppet theater and an assortment of praise phrases are all important elements in Assistant Professor of Psychology Rachael Reavis’ Peer Lab. Lara Khalifeh '18 (pictured left) conducts in the Growth Mindset research.
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Earlhamites from the Psychology Program

Natalie Schelling
Notes from Natalie

Natalie Schelling '12 has taken her self-designed major in Integrated Math Education from Earlham to an Educational Psychology doctoral degree program at Ball State.

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Karli Oxford-Jordan
Research for Good

Babies are pint-sized moral philosophers? It may not be such a silly question. In her senior project, Karli Oxford-Jordan ’17, equipped with puppet shows and parent questionnaires, is determined to explore morality in babies as young as four months.

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Erik Patel
Lemur Researcher

Erik Patel’s doctoral research on the silky sifaka lemur has received press from such publications as National Geographic magazine and The New York Times; the BBC will soon release a documentary. But it got off to a humble start.

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