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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.

Faculty Highlights

  • Sylvia Beyer headshot

    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 headshot

    Edward Bowden, PHD
    Associate Professor

    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 with a black background

    Dr. Aaron Carlstrom, PHD, LP
    Associate Professor and CMHC Program Director

    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.

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    Dr. Ignacio Rivero Covelo, PHD
    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Covelo uses animal models to study the neurobiological mechanisms underlying motivated behaviors (feeding, drinking, sex, drug intake, etc.). Before joining the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Dr. Covelo obtained his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014, and spent three years conducting postdoctoral research in the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute at the University of Michigan.

  • Ann Friesema, psychology professor

    Dr. Ann Friesema, PHD, LCPC, ACS
    Assistant Professor 
    Clinical Training Director

    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.

  • Melissa Gregg headshot

    Dr. Melissa Gregg, PhD
    Associate Professor and Department Chair
    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.

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    Dr. Meredith McGinley, PhD
    Assistant Professor

    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.


Miles Holvick
Academic Department Associate 
MOLN 275 

Sylvia Beyer
MOL 266    

Edward Bowden
MOL 372      

Aaron Carlstrom
MOL 268    

Ann Friesema            
MOL 264

Melissa Gregg
MOL  270  

Erin Hillard
MOL  279 

Meredith McGinley
MOL  262  

James Peterson 
MOL 279         

Rebecca Rasper
MOL 279    

Ignacio Rivero-Covelo 
MOL 268         


Students successfully communicate psychology related material.

Students apply critical thinking skills to reading scholarly material and writing a scholarly paper.

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.



Melissa Gregg | 262-595-2142 |  greggm@uwp.edu

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