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Psychology Alumni

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 Career Center is an excellent resource for exploring your options in psychology. Also check out the links on the Resources page.

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Alumni Updates:

Will Osei ('10) is studying for his Master's degree at the Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development program at the University of Pennsylvania.

A.J. Barnold ('09) is attending Temple University for a Master's Degree in the Psychology of Human Movement - Exercise and Sport Psychology.

Wendy Eichler ('05) - after completing her Master's Degree at Villanova, Wendy is now working on her Ph.D. in the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara. To learn more about Wendy and read her advice for applying to graduate school, visit this page.

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 GfK ARBOR (formerly ARBOR, Inc.), a national marketing research and consulting firm in the Philadelphia area.

Kate Richmond ('00) Dr. Richmond has returned to Muhlenberg as a full-time faculty member in Psychology. She teaches a number of courses including Multicultural Psychology. She completed her dissertation on femininity and gender role stress in 2005. In addition to teaching at Muhlenberg, Dr. Richmond also maintains a private practice.

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. Dr. Rubin maintains a private practice of psychotherapy and supervision in Farmington Hills, MI where he treats children, adolescents, and adults.

alumni 2Nancy (Donofrio) Chiaravalloti ('94) is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and the Director of Neuroscience Research at the Kessler Research Center. She is also a professor in the Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UMDNJ Medical School, and a licensed psychologist. She studies learning, memory and cognitive dysfunction in populations with brain injury or illness. For more, visit this page.

Colette Candy ('94) works as a clinical psychologist. She earned her M.S. in clinical psychology from Mississippi Statue University and completed her Ph.D. at Utah State University in a combined Ph.D. program in Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology.

Lowell Gaertner ('92) completed his Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and currently holds a faculty position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 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 Ph.D. in school psychology at Syracuse University. While in school, he interned at the Kennedy Krieger Institutes/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and is working as the behavior analyst at the Center for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, NJ.

Shelly Gable ('91) is a faculty member in Social Psychology at UC Santa Barbara. Her research interests include motivation, close relationships and positive emotions.

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 a faculty member at the University of North Carolina, and serves as the Director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. He also maintains a private practice specializing in the treatment of OCD and other anxiety disorders.

Jeff Andre ('89) received his masters and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Penn State University in 1995.  Dr. Andre is a faculty member at James Madison University in 2004, and also works at Robson Forensic as a Human Factors expert with an emphasis on visual perception.

Ryan McGuinness ('88) earned a master's degree in Counselor Education from Penn State. He is currently the Senior Director of Risk Management at the Rite Aid Corporation.

Jeannette R. Ickovics ('84, Ph.D., George Washington University) is a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and of Psychology at Yale University, Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program at the School of Public Health, Deputy Director for the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, and Deputy Director for Community Outreach at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation.  According to her bio, "Dr. Ickovics investigates the interplay of the complex psychological, medical, and social factors that influence the health of the person and of the community. She uses this lens to examine the challenges faced by those who have often been marginalized by the health care system and by society. Dr. Ickovics is an expert on women's health, with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS, as well as more general research on the interaction of biomedical and psychosocial factors that promote good health and recovery. Her community-based research -- funded by NIH, CDC, and private Foundations -- is characterized by methodological rigor and cultural sensitivity. She is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. For more, click here.