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. 


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:

More internship sites are listed at the CDO psychology website.

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 the CDO psychology website), 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.

Psychology 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.

Psychology Club

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