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.
Major & Minor Program Contacts
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
Patrick LoPresto, Laboratory Instructor for Introduction to Psychology
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:
- Internships in Francophone Europe (IFE)
- University of Sunshine Coast, Australia
- Oxford University, England
- University of Westminster, England
- University of East Anglia, England
- Massey University, New Zealand
- Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
- Haifa University Psychology Honors Program, Israel
Please contact the Office of International Studies to learn more about approved study-abroad programs.
Opportunities & Internships
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:
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Kennedy Krieger Institute
- Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- National Institute of Mental Health
- Sheppard Pratt Health Systems
- St. Vincent Center
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to the survey.
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.
Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain
experience. Explore internships and credit options.
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.
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
Center for Psychology News
- October 25, 2017
This past summer, two of Goucher’s Center for Psychology faculty conducted summer research with students: Dr. Grayman-Simpson and Dr. Gillian Starkey. Both of these projects were funded by the Goucher Summer Research Program.
- September 11, 2017
Sarah Lummis, a 2017 Goucher graduate and psychology major, recently published an article in Psi Chi's Journal of Psychological Research.
- May 9, 2017
On Friday, April 21st, Dr. Choe's Child Development Lab presented a poster at the 11th Annual L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference at University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA).