ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Psychology at Goucher?


The Center for Psychology has as its mission to educate students in the core knowledge and skills of the discipline of psychology, together with Goucher’s unique perspective that reflects a history and tradition of respecting diverse viewpoints and methods and connections with other traditions and disciplines. This education contributes to the overall mission of the college as a liberal arts institution, “to prepare students within a broad and humane perspective for a life of inquiry, creativity, and critical and analytical thinking.”

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?


Students who major in psychology will learn research methodology in psychology; understand the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology; communicate effectively and develop critical consciousness and an appreciation of a variety of ways of knowing; recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity as played out in psychology and related fields; and develop an ethical framework with regard to the study and practice of psychology.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?


Across the varied perspectives represented in our department, we strive to create an open, supportive, challenging and vibrant learning culture. We value sharing our passion for the field of psychology through close and active mentoring inside and outside of the classroom. We encourage and model experiential learning in the form of community engagement, social justice, active involvement in research, collaborative construction of knowledge, and self-directed exploration. 

Faculty

Director
Jennifer McCabe

Assistant Director
Dara Friedman-Wheeler

Major & Minor Program Contacts
Jennifer McCabe

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Katherine Choe, Associate Professor of Psychology: developmental psychology

Dara Friedman-Wheeler, Associate Professor of Psychology: clinical psychology

Thomas Ghirardelli, Associate Professor of Psychology: perception and attention

Nyasha Grayman-Simpson, Associate Professor of Psychology: counseling psychology, cultural psychology

Jennifer McCabe, Associate Professor of Psychology: cognitive psychology

Brian Patrick, Associate Professor of Psychology: social psychology

Rick Pringle, Professor of Psychology: relational psychology

Gillian Starkey, Assistant Professor of Psychology: neuroscience

Joan Wilterdink, Instructor of Psychology

Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Carol Mills, Emerita Professor of Psychology: cognitive psychology

Part-Time Faculty
Patrick LoPresto, Laboratory Instructor for Introduction to Psychology

Charles Seltzer

Douglas Girard

Affiliate Faculty
Tami Smith

Study Abroad

Much of what psychology students study in the classroom can lead to deeper understandings when viewed in a global context. For psychology majors/minors, study abroad is a chance to learn different perspectives about psychology and human behavior. When they come back from study abroad, students are much more aware of the world around them, and the diversities and similarities of people.

Some examples of programs that psychology students have attended in recent years are:

Please contact the Office of International Studies to learn more about approved study-abroad programs.

Office of International Studies

Opportunities & Internships

Internship Program


Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the psychology faculty members consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this department is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in psychology. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office (CDO), through faculty and staff members, or on their own. In the Baltimore area, there is a wide variety of possible placements for psychology students. Some of the more frequent internships are at:

View our Internship Guide (PDF) for information on the following internship opportunities:

  • Art With a Heart
  • Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust
  • Baltimore Urban Project at Mt. Clare Christian School
  • Children's National Medical Center
  • City Neighbors Hamilton School
  • Cool Kids Campaign
  • Days End Farm Horse Rescue
  • Erie County Family Justice Center
  • Goucher Center for Psychology
  • Holistic Life Foundation
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Karina Association Inc.
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Oregon Court of Appeals
  • Public Health Management Corporation
  • Rebounders Gymnastics Center
  • The Renfrew Center
  • TurnAround, Inc.
  • University of Texas Department of Psychology
  • Way Station of Frederick
  • Westchester Medical Behavioral Center

A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the CDO each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship in psychology should visit the Career Development Office, and then contact their individual academic advisers.

Upon completion of the internship, students must complete the online Internship Evaluation. Final grades for internships will not be issued until the evaluation is complete. Please email gwen.probst@goucher.edu for the link to the survey.

Psych Club


The Psych Club was created to promote learning and participation outside the classroom setting. The club sponsors a variety of activities including, "get-to-know-you" meetings; community service; information sessions on internships, graduate programs, and careers; guest speakers; and an annual picnic.

Membership is open to any Goucher student with an interest in psychology.

Psych Club

Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment


Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Development Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration


Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search


A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CDO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School


Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CDO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.

Meet Our Faculty

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    Jennifer McCabe, Ph.D.

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    Dara G. Friedman-Wheeler, Ph.D.

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    Nyasha Grayman-Simpson, Ph.D.

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    Gillian Starkey

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    Professor Wilterdink