Chair's Message

Welcome to the Department of Psychological Science! We appreciate your interest in our program and hope that you will find lots of useful information on our website.

Many people associate the discipline of psychology primarily with careers in mental health services. While it is true that many psychologists work in mental health fields, that’s not the whole story. Psychologists also work in jobs related to education, development and aging, management, sports, human-technology interface, public relations, marketing, law and medicine … you name it and most likely you will find someone with a background in psychology doing it.

Psychology is a diverse and rapidly developing discipline with an exciting future, one in which we want our students to be actively involved. Our department is composed of seven full-time faculty devoted to providing high-quality classroom teaching and hands-on learning experiences that will enable our graduates to successfully pursue a variety of career options. Central to our mission is providing the best combination of direct instruction and applied opportunities. Whether you plan to enter the job market after graduation or pursue an advanced degree, we strive to ensure that our students develop a solid academic background that includes the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for you to successfully meet your goals. We do this by providing a coherent scientific curriculum focused on the fundamentals of behavioral research that meets the American Psychological Association’s Guidelines for Undergraduate Psychology Majors and following a scientist-educator model of teaching psychology. We encourage our students to practice knowledge gained in the classroom in real-world contexts by providing opportunities for faculty-student collaboration on research and service learning projects. Our students also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by completing internships at a wide variety of local businesses and human services agencies.

If you would like to learn more about the discipline of psychology and related career opportunities, I recommend that you visit the websites for our two main professional associations: American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Psychological Science. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or would like to schedule a visit.

Best regards,
Patsy Marie Nix Marie Nix (Chair)
Associate Professor of Psychology

Office: LC 355
Phone: (864) 388-8374
Email: pnix@lander.edu