The psychology major provides excellent preparation for post-graduate work in psychology and recent graduates have gone on to programs at Columbia, Lehigh, NYU, Penn State, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Texas at Austin, Notre Dame, the University of Georgia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the College of William and Mary.
At the same time, the psychology major provides a strong liberal arts foundation for students interested in careers in the mental health field, medicine, law, marketing research, advertising, and teaching at all levels. Recent psychology graduates are working as mental health counselors, research assistants on behavioral medicine projects, project directors for marketing research departments, elementary school teachers, admissions counselors, and investment advisors. Many psychology majors teach, since about a third of those majoring in psychology are also enrolled in the Education Program at Muhlenberg.
In addition to the psychology faculty, the Muhlenberg Office of Career Development and Placement is an excellent resource for exploring your options in psychology.
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Here are some of the many career paths our alumni are following:
Jessica Kay ('06) is working on a Master's of Social Work degree at New York University.
Wendy Eichler ('05) is in the graduate program (Experimental Psychology) at Villanova.
Ben Solomon ('05) has begun a Ph.D. in school psychology in the prestigious program at University of Massachusetts.
Kate Richmond ('00) Dr. Richmond has returned to Muhlenberg as an assistant professor of psychology! She teaches a number of courses including Introductory Psychology and a special topics course on Multiculturalism. She completed her dissertation on femininity and gender role stress in 2005. Dr. Richmond has previously taught at The University of Pennsylvania and Nova Southeastern University. In addition to teaching at Muhlenberg, Kate also maintains a private practice.
Brian Hoshaw ('96) enrolled in a Ph.D. program in experimental psychology at Temple University.
Shawn Rubin ('97) is a Licensed Psychologist and a full-time faculty member at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in Farmington Hills, Michigan where he teaches and supervises from a humanistic-psychoanalytic orientation. In 2004 he completed a certification in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Since 2005 he has served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Dr. Rubin maintains a private practice of psychotherapy and supervision in Farmington Hills, MI where he treats children, adolescents, and adults.
Several of our alumni have put their research and quantitative skills to use in the business world. Jen Edel '98, Erica Pristash '00, Amy Weikel '00, Jen Sands, '01, and Kylie Green '02 all work for ARBOR, Inc., a national marketing research and consulting firm in the Philadelphia area.
In the fall of 1999, Nancy Donofrio ('94) began a research fellowship at Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation, an affiliate of Kessler Rehabilitation Hospital and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The position primarily entails neurocognitive research in the areas of memory and information processing, plus clinical work, teaching seminars, and supervising neuropsychology interns. Her graduate work was done at the MCP/Hahnemann University (Ph.D., clinical psychology, May 21, 1999) and her internship at Brown University.
Colette Candy ('94) earned her M.S. in clinical psychology from Mississippi Statue University and is completing her Ph.D. at Utah State University in a combined Ph.D. program in Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology. She completed an internship in 1999-2000 at the Air Force hospital in Washington, DC.
At last report, Holli Harvey ('94) was working in residential life at the University of Delaware while working on her Ph.D. (Pictured at right with Dr. Harring at Homecoming.)
Lowell Gaertner ('92) completed his Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and now holds a faculty position at Texas A & M. He is interested in the processes that influence whether persons behave prosocially or aggressively toward individuals and collectives. This general interest manifests itself in research on intergroup conflict, entitativity, the interplay between the collective self and the individual self, and close-relationship violence.
Merrill Berkowitz ('92) obtained a master's degree in clinical psychology from Loyola College of Maryland and a doctorate in school psychology at Syracuse University. While in school, he interned at the Marcus and Kennedy Krieger Institutes/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and he now works as the behavior analyst at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ.
Shelly Gable ('91) is a faculty member in Social Psychology at UCLA.
Jon Abramowitz ('91) received a masters in psychology from Bucknell University and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Memphis. He is currently director of the obsessive-compulsive disorder program at the University of Pennsylvania. He will be moving to Minnesota this fall to start a new position as director of an anxiety research/treatment program at the Mayo Clinic.
Jeffrey Andre ('89) - After working at Texas Tech University, he headed to Portland, Oregon, to teach in the Psychology Department at Lewis and Clark College. Since receiving his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 1995, he has held a National Institutes of Health sponsored post-doctoral position at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, for two years, and was later hired at F&M as a visiting assistant professor. His current research interests include human visual perception and performance with applications to pedestrian safety and night driving.
Ryan McQuinness ('88) earned a master's degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from Penn State. He manages workers' compensation issues in the risk management office at the corporate office of RiteAid.
Jeannette R. Ickovics ('84, Ph.D., George Washington University) is currently an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and of Psychology at Yale University. She is an Associate Director of the Yale Center for Interdisplinary Research on AIDS. Dr. Ickovics' research focuses on women and HIV/AIDS as well as more general research on the interaction of biomedical and psychosocial factors that promote good health and recovery. She was the recipient of a Scholar Award from the American Foundation for AIDS Research (1993-1996), received the 1991 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychologythe Emerging Leadership Award from the Committee on Women in Psychology of the American Psychological Association (1999), the Frontrunner Protegee Award from the Sara Lee Foundation (1999), and the Early Distinguished Contributions for Psychology in the Public Interest from the American Psychological Association (2000). Dr. Ickovics is the recipient of research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and several independent foundations.