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.
Faculty-student research project seeks to help children resolve conflict, build stronger friendships
Visiting Professor of Psychology Rachael Reavis wants to know how children resolve conflict and build stronger friendships. She has begun a study called “Thoughtful Friends” that could help find new way to help children age 7 to 9 who are having social problems.
Earlhamites from the Psychology Program
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. More
Learning from soccer, poetry, sharks and psychology
Jacob Ebbs '16 uses a variety of lenses to study human nature.More
What is human dignity? Professor of Psychology Vince Punzo teaches a course pondering that question, thanks in part to a $22,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to foster exploration of enduring questions.More