Department Location

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

Department Chair

Rachael E. Bowman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Contact Us

Tel: 203-371-7720
Fax: 203-371-7998

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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'a degree in psychology.

The Master of Science in Applied Psychology degree is offered both on ground and completely online, 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.
Psychology Programs Offered
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

SHU Team Collaborates on Body-Image Research Published in Journal of American College Health

June 30, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – In its May issue, the Journal of American College Health has published a paper authored by a team of Sacred Heart University professors and personnel, including a chart of body types that could change the way body-image studies are conducted.

Seven Faculty Members Awarded Tenure

June 2, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s faculty was celebrated recently at the University’s annual Faculty Reception. During the ceremony, University Provost Laura Niesen de Abruna announced that seven faculty members have been awarded tenure by the Board of Trustees. They are Kwamie Dunbar of Oxford, Anna Greer of Bridgeport, Dawn Melzer of Trumbull, Heather Miller-Kuhanek of Southington, Patrick Morris of Norwalk, Christopher Kelly of Hamden and Mary Treschitta of Fairfield.

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.”