Department of Psychology
Psychology is concerned with all aspects of the study of behavioral, developmental and cognitive processes, and employs a broad spectrum of approaches, from the social to the biological, to understand them. The Hunter College psychology program reflects the diversity of psychology as a science and as a profession. Its course offerings span this spectrum, from clinical, social and developmental psychology to experimental psychology, ethology, biopsychology and behavioral neuroscience.
About the Department
Students have personal contact with faculty through an extensive advisement system, involvement in departmental activities and committees, supervised field placement, and participation in research laboratories under the guidance of faculty mentors as part of our independent study, honors and COR (Career Opportunities in Research and Education) programs.
A broad range of applied research opportunities are available within the department in developmental psychology, social psychology, human adjustment, animal behavior, physiological psychology and abnormal psychology. Departmental affiliations with mental health and community organizations make it possible for students to integrate their academic studies of personality, abnormal and child psychology with supervised practical experience by means of field placements and opportunities for applied research.
Hunter College offers two Master’s programs: a MA in Psychology and a MA in Animal Behavior and Conservation (ABC). The Master’s program in Psychology allows students to tailor their studies and thesis work toward the areas of Applied, Developmental Social and/or Biological Psychology. The Master’s in ABC is designed for students interested in the fields of Animal Behavior, Conservation, and Animal Welfare. Hunter College also offers a Certificate program in ABC (registered with the New York State Education Department) open to post-baccalaureate students who by virtue of prior education or experience are qualified for additional training Hunter Psychology Faculty are also on the faculty of several doctoral programs housed at The Graduate Center of CUNY. Qualified undergraduate students in their senior year may be admitted to graduate courses with the approval of the instructor and the department's graduate advisor. The presence of graduate programs at Hunter increases opportunities for undergraduates to interact and work with graduate students in research laboratories.
Dept. Office: Room 611 North Building
Phone: (212) 772-5550
Fax: (212) 772-5620
Psychology Department Chair:
MA in General Psychology
Program Director: Dr. Sandeep Prasada
Phone: (212) 772-5432
MA in Animal Behavior & Conservation
Program Co-Directors: Dr. Diana Reiss and Dr. Ofer Tchernichovski
Lab Technician: Naitram Baboolall