The psychology major provides a broadly based education in the content, methods, principles, and theories of the science of psychology. The required courses in the major expose students to the traditional important subject areas of psychology; and the elective courses in the major allow students the flexibility to pursue their own interests and goals.
Typical bachelor's level careers in mental health settings include hospitals, half-way houses/group homes, community agencies, and hospice programs. Some public sector and business-related careers are personnel testing, advertising, and human resources. For those who obtain a master's or Ph.D. degree, career opportunities and pay expand significantly; jobs are available in mental health as well as research, teaching, and business. Some of the mental health careers for individuals with graduate degrees are clinical psychologist, social worker, professional counselor, marriage and family counselor, and school psychologist.
Students who intend to pursue graduate study in psychology or a related field should discuss this with their advisers as early as possible to develop a plan of study that will prepare them for graduate school. These students should plan to take more than the minimum 39 credits for the major, and should complete an Independent Study Research Project (PSYC 499) or Externship (PSYC 410)under the guidance of a faculty member. They should also consider completing one or both of our certificate programs.
Students majoring in psychology may be eligible for membership in Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. This organization, which is affiliated with the Psychology Club, co-sponsors activities that are of broad interest to psychology students (e.g., workshops on graduate school, discussions of employment opportunities). Consult the department for information about how to join Psi Chi and/or the Psychology Club, as well as for a schedule of events.
Dr. Sylvia Beyer, PHD
Dr. Beyer has been working on understanding gender differences in the accuracy of self-evaluations for over 30 years. This work has led her into applied areas such as causes of the underrepresentation of women in computer science. She has also conducted research on the accuracy of gender stereotypes, and is currently working on a project assessing gender differences in political attitudes.
Edward Bowden, PhD
Dr. Bowden earned his B.S. from the University of Washington, his M.S. from Eastern Washington University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His teaching interests include cognition, learning and memory, problem solving, creativity, and reasoning.
Dr. Aaron Carlstrom, PHD, LCP
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Dr. Carlstrom is a Licensed Psychologist, and earned a doctorate in Urban Education-Counseling Psychology from UW-Milwaukee. He spent 10-years at Kansas State University where he provided mental health counseling, and was a faculty member in the graduate programs in counseling. His research interests include the effects of career counseling interventions on career development and mental health. He is the recipient of the 2016 Advising Excellence Award at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Dr. Carlstrom teaches courses in counseling theory, assessment and career counseling.
Dr. Ann Friesema, PHD, LCPC, ACS
Practicum & Internship Coordinator
Dr. Friesema is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Northern Illinois University. She has worked in outpatient, inpatient, agency, and private practice settings, using a relational approach in working with adults managing anxiety and depression. Her research interests include qualitative work addressing trauma-informed care, trauma-specific treatment, and supervision of trauma counselors. As a faculty member, Dr. Friesema teaches core courses as well as crisis and trauma counseling classes.
Dr. Melissa Gregg, PhD
Director of the Perception, Cognition, and Neuroscience Lab
Dr. Gregg earned her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from SUNY, Stony Brook in 2010. After completing her Ph.D., she spent three years conducting postdoctoral research in the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Gregg conducts research on plasticity of the sensory systems, the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying natural auditory scene perception, long-term memory for sounds, and auditory scene analysis.
Dr. Meredith McGinley, PhD
Dr. Meredith McGinley joined the UW-Parkside community in Fall 2017 as an assistant professor in the psychology department. In her faculty role Dr. McGinley teaches undergraduate courses in Introduction to Psychological Science, Introduction to Human Development, Infant Development, and Adolescent Development. She will be teaching Lifespan Development in Counseling in the new Masters (MS) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Dr. McGinley has been collaborating with students on quantitative research projects focusing on the social, emotional, and moral development of adolescents and emerging adults.
Dr. Marisa Rapp, PhD, LPC, NCC
Dr. Rapp has spent the past three years at Idaho State University earning her doctorate in counselor education and counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho and currently seeking licensure in Wisconsin. Most recently, Dr. Rapp worked at a residential facility for adolescents struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. She has experience facilitating trauma-informed counseling groups, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) groups, family therapy, and individual counseling to a wide range of clientele. Scholarly areas of interest include substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, behavioral-process addictions, feminism, social justice advocacy, gatekeeping within the helping professions, and qualitative methodologies.
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Students successfully communicate psychology related material.
Students apply critical thinking skills to reading scholarly material and writing a scholarly paper.
SOCIAL AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
Students apply psychological principles.
Students can explain the major theories and research findings in cognitive, developmental, social, and personality psychology.
The Psychology Department is committed to: promoting knowledge, understanding, and appropriate application of the scientific approach to Psychology among UW-Parkside students and in the communities we serve; involving students and faculty in collaborative research and scholarship which in part addresses community needs; and providing service appropriate to our training and perspective at campus, local, national, and global levels.