Psychology

Department Location

Academic Building, HC 219
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825 

Interim Chair

Rachael E. Bowman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Contact Us

Tel: 203-371-7720
Fax: 203-371-7998
psychology@sacredheart.edu

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The Psychology Program at Sacred Heart University provides its students with a basic foundation in the scientific study of human behavior. This background is of value to two groups of students: those who enter the employment market after completion of the baccalaureate degree, and those who further their education through graduate study and pursue a career in psychology or a related field.

The Psychology department at Sacred Heart is the largest undergraduate program at the university.  The department serves approximately 500 full-time and 50 part-time psychology majors, and provides students with an excellent foundation in research methodology and a broad exposure to many different areas of psychology.

The Psychology major includes courses on conducting experimental research, and provides internship opportunities and a wide range of elective courses covering many different areas of interest. The department also offers a minor and an associate degree in psychology.

All psychology majors take four courses in research methods, in which they learn to do primary research by working on a real data collection project.  These research courses are taught exclusively by full-time faculty members, and often involve having students participate in the ongoing research being conducted by these faculty members.  Students are involved in all phases of the research process, and these research projects often result in publications in professional journals, such as The Journal of Social Psychology, Endocrinology Social Development, and The Journal of Genetic Psychology.  Furthermore, students often have the opportunity to present the results of these studies at local, regional, and national conferences.  Recent research topics include infant brain development, attachment styles, children's peer relationships, and attitudes toward stigmatized individuals.

Students may choose from a wide variety of electives on such topics as psychological counseling, abnormal psychology, drugs and behavior, psychology of women, sports psychology, and many others.  These electives are taught primarily by full-time faculty, and some are taught by adjunct faculty who are well-known experts in their fields.  Psychology majors also do a semester-long internship in a setting (educational, social service, etc.) that fits with each student's personal career goals.  Students also can gain real-world experience through the community service components that are part of several psychology classes.

The Master of Science in Applied Psychology degree is offered both on ground and completely on line, and all courses in the program were developed and are taught by full-time faculty members in the department. This degree prepares students for careers in human resource management, community and governmental agency administration, or for further doctoral study.
 
Psychology faculty members provide individual advising to all psychology majors, as well as hosting a workshop each year for students interested in pursuing graduate work in psychology or related fields.  Several full-time faculty members are involved in activities outside the department related to professional development, such as consulting work or counseling services.  Faculty members are also involved in collaborative working relationships with other faculty from Yale, University of Connecticut, Connecticut College, Emory, and a number of other universities around the country.
 
Mission
The Department of Psychology supports the goals of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences as described in their respective mission statements. In addition, the Psychology Department has the goal of providing its students with a basic foundation in the scientific study of behavior. Included in this goal is an understanding and appreciation of the history of the discipline and all of its many current subspecialties. Upon completion of the Baccalaureate degree, graduates will be prepared to pursue graduate work in Psychology or a related field, or will be ready for employment in a variety of entry-level human services positions.
 
Latest News

SHUsquare to Enhance Teaching and Learning Across Disciplines

September 26, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s SHUsquare website made its official debut on September 10 at a meeting attended by first-year students and faculty in the Fairfield campus’ Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. Marie Hulme, an English instructor and director of SHUsquare, which has been described as a “Virtual Public Square,” introduced the new and exciting initiative. She told the audience that SHUsquare is “a social media platform that allows students and faculty to keep conversations going beyond the classroom and a place of intellectual connectivity.”

Psychology and Sociology Clubs to Host Domestic Violence Rally

April 1, 2012

On Saturday, April 14, the Sacred Heart University Psychology and Sociology Clubs will host a rally to stop domestic violence. The event will take place from 1-5 p.m. on the dining hall patio on the south side of the main academic building. The day’s events will include a self-defense workshop, speakers, an eco-friendly balloon launch, a live DJ, as well as free food and games.

Psychology Prof Albert Wakin Featured in Marie Claire Article on 'Limerance'

August 1, 2011

Psychology Professor Albert Wakinis quoted as an expert on “limerance,” the state of being addicted to and obsessed with another person, in the August 2011 issue of Marie Claire magazine. In the 1970’s, Wakin worked with Psychologist Dorothy Tennov who introduced the term “limerance” after years of researching romantic love experiences.