Department of Psychology

What is Psychology?
 Psychology is “the study of the behavior and mental
processes of humans.”
 Draws students who want to work with people
Why Study Psychology?
“A human being is a microcosm of the universe, ‘a rare
example of God’s power, goodness, and wisdom, and
contains within…enough miracles to occupy our
minds’.” – John Calvin
Distinctives of Psychology at
Messiah College
 Students
 Faculty
 Facilities
 Faith Integration
 Enrollment has consistently been one of the highest for all
the departments at Messiah College.
Psychology Curriculum at
Messiah College
 Comparable to psychology programs at other schools
 Students will take courses that are theoretical, clinical, and
experimental nature
 Many courses combine academic theory with hands on
Psychology at Messiah College:
Degrees offered
 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology
● with optional Counseling Concentration
 Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology
 B.S. in Biopsychology
 Psychology Minors
● Psychology
● Counseling
● Community Psychology
Psychology at Messiah College:
B.A. vs. B.S.—
What’s the Difference???
a B.A. in Psychology:
a B.S. in Psychology:
 prepares students for
● is designed for students
who intend to work in a
field that has a stronger
emphasis on science or
math or for those who
wish to pursue graduate
studies that lean more
towards research and
the sciences.
placements in entry-level
positions in the helping
professions or for
graduate school in many
sub-fields of psychology.
Psychology at Messiah College:
Division of Credits for the B.A. & B.S. in Psychology
General Education Requirements (50)
Psychology Major Requirements (46)
Free Electives (27)
Psychology at Messiah College:
 Biopsychology is the scientific study of the biology of behavior
and mental processes (such as learning, memory, perception,
attention, motivation, emotion, and cognition).
 Our B.S. in Biopsychology is a collaborative effort with the
Department of Biological Sciences.
 Prepares students who are interested in fields such as:
● Medicine
● Psychiatry
● Cognitive neuroscience
● Evolutionary Psychology
● Psychopharmacology
● Neuropsychology
● Behavioral genetics
● Comparative Psychology
Psychology at Messiah College:
Division of Credits for the B.S. in Biopsychology
General Education Requirements (47)
Biospychology Major (61-63)
Free Electives (13-15)
Psychology at Messiah College:
Concentrations and Minors
 Counseling Concentration – ideal for students who are interested
in counseling or a counseling-related field. In this concentration,
students take a specified 12 credits that provide a firm grounding in
the basics of counseling.
 Psychology Minor – designed for non-majors who wish to develop
a more sophisticated understanding of the person.
 Counseling Minor – prepares graduates for entry level positions
which require basic people helping skills
 Community Psychology Minor– provides students with an
understanding of 1) the individual in the context of his/her community,
and 2) the theories of assessment and evaluation of community-based
programs and agencies.
Lists of required courses for our minors can be found in the college catalog or on-line at
Psychology at Messiah College:
State-of-the-Art Equipment
• An academic building that includes:
 Interview rooms with recording capability
 Group observation/counseling area with
recording capability
• Physiological recording equipment for Biopsychology:
 Biopac Student Lab Equipment
EEG (electroencephalogram - brain waves)
EOG (electrooculogram - eye movement)
EMG (electromyogram - muscle contraction)
EKG (electrocardiogram-- heart)
reaction time measurement.
Psychology at Messiah College:
Opportunities in Psychology
 Join the Psychology Club, which hosts speakers, movie nights,
and other events related to Psychology
Become a member of Psi Chi, the national honor society for
Connect faith and academics through the completion of service
learning projects related to psychology
Research, write, and present with faculty members
Complete a Senior Major Honors Project
Gain additional experience through an internship or practicum
related to Psychology
Psychology at Messiah College:
The Faculty
Research & Professional Interests:
 Evaluation & Assessment of Local
Service Agency Projects
 Fathering Issues
 Children’s Views of Parenting
John Addleman, Ph.D.
Frequently Taught Courses:
 Adolescent Development
 Positive Psychology
 Senior Seminar
Psychology at Messiah College:
The Faculty
Research & Professional Interests:
 Fathering
 Divorce
 Cross-Cultural Psychology
 Technology & Its Psych. Effects
Frequently Taught Courses:
 Opportunities in Psychology
 Cognition
 Personality
 Experimental Psychology
 Science, Technology & the World
John Bechtold, Ph.D.
Psychology at Messiah College
The Faculty
Research & Professional Interests:
 Counseling & Supervision
 Positive Psychology
 Social Justice
 Research Methodology
Frequently Taught Courses:
 Counseling Techniques
 Graduate Courses
Sara Cho Kim, Ph.D.
Psychology at Messiah College:
The Faculty
Research & Professional Interests:
• Immigration Attitudes
• Intelligence Test Performance
• Reconciliation
Frequently Taught Courses:
Social Psychology
Lifespan Development
Topics: Research
Henry A. Danso, Ph.D.
Psychology at Messiah College
The Faculty
Research & Professional Interests:
 Severe and Persistent Mental Illness
 Recovery Model
 Personality Disorders
 Integration of Psychology with Faith
Frequently Taught Courses:
 Introduction to Psychology
 Introduction to Social Research
 Psychology of Aging
 Personality
Heather Hostler, Psy. D
Psychology at Messiah College:
The Faculty
Research & Professional Interests:
 Integration of Psych & Theology
 Christian Higher Education
 Faculty Development in Classroom
Frequently Taught Courses:
 Psychology Seminar
 Women and Men in American Society
Rhonda Jacobsen, Ed.D.
Psychology at Messiah College:
The Faculty
Research & Professional Interests:
• Impact of Beliefs on Behavior
• Impact of Technology on Families
• Impact of Work on Adolescent
Frequently Taught Courses:
• Counseling Theories
• Abnormal Psychology
• History and Systems of Psychology
Charles D. Jantzi, Psy.D. • Adolescent Development
• Graduate Courses
Psychology at Messiah College
The Faculty
Research & Professional Interests:
 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
 Developmental Disabilities
 Psychological and
Neuropsychological Evaluation
 Mood Disorders
 Body Image and Spirituality
Frequently Taught Courses:
 Psychological Testing
 Group Dynamics
 Life Span Development
 Graduate Courses
Valerie Lemmon, Psy.D
Psychology at Messiah College:
Alumni Profiles
Eric Allen, Class of 2006
Graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Philosophy
Education plans:
Eric is currently attaining his MA in psychology, after which he hopes to
pursue his MSW, LSW, LCSW, and eventually his Ph.D. in psychology
Career plans:
 Own his own practice
 Teach in an undergraduate setting
 Guide students on their way to licensure
Current Positions
 Outpatient therapist doing individual psychotherapy as well as family
therapy and group therapy.
 Student Assistance Programs (SAP) Agency Representative for two
different school districts running support groups and doing preconsultations for students who are possibly in need of further assistance.
Psychology at Messiah College:
Alumni Profiles
Kelly Sherman, Class of 2007
Graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a Counseling Minor
Current Program: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Immaculata University
Current Employment:
-Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS) with CCRES/CCIU in Lancaster, PA
(1 yr: 9/07-present)
-Graduate Assistantship; Learning Support Specialist at Immaculata University
(2 months; 9/07-present)
Messiah Experience:
“I started my current program feeling like I was miles ahead of my peers in terms of my
experiences and knowledge. At Messiah, I was able to be involved in a multitude of
activities that has given me the depth of experience necessary to be marketable in nearly
any experience I desire; from children to adults, from making behavior plans for persons
with special needs to doing therapy with adults with serious mental illness; from working
in a school environment to inpatient hospitals to rehabs to higher education.”
Psychology at Messiah College:
Alumni Profiles
Melanie Huber, Class of 2006
Graduated with a B.A. in Psychology
Current Education Program:
Masters of Special Education at George Mason University
• Melanie will graduate with a teaching license to work
with children who have learning disabilities, mental
retardation, autism, as well as sometimes kids with
emotional disabilities. She plans to pursue a career as a
special education teacher.
Experiences since Graduation:
Melanie and the special needs 2nd graders at
Cunningham Park Elementary in Vienna, VA.
Current Employment:
• Melanie worked as a camp counselor with special needs Special Education Instructional Assistant at an
children at summer camp
elementary school in Virginia
• She also worked for a year at The Center for autism in
Springfield, VA
Psychology at Messiah College
Alumni Profile
J.R. Nissley, Psy.D. – Class of 1999
Current Employment: Forensic Psychology
 Employer: Hugh S. Smith, Ph.D., & Associates, P.C.
 Psychological Associate – performs forensic assessments in areas such as
fire-setting, sexual offense, predatory behavior, personality concerns, and
J.R. also…
 Has taught Child Development here at Messiah College
 Has taught classes at Harrisburg Area Community College
 Is doing a post-doctoral fellowship in Texas focusing on rural psychology
Psychology at Messiah College:
Alumni Experiences and Reflections
“My experience in the Psychology Department helped prepare me
for graduate school. I have more knowledge in a variety of areas
of psychology than most of my classmates.”
“My experience as a Psychology major gave me a solid foundation of how to
interact and begin to understand other human beings. Learning about
cognitive development, abnormal behavior, theories/skills of counseling, and
about groups has enriched my understanding of human behavior and has
been especially applicable in my work with college students as a residence
hall director.”
“Messiah College is invested in their students – the
Psychology Department staff is a great reflection of the
principles of Messiah College.”
Psychology at Messiah College
Post-Graduation Assessment
Other *
2007- Psychology
2006- Psychology
2005- Psychology
2004- Psychology
2003- Psychology
From the program’s start to date, all of our biopsychology graduates have become professionally
employed in the first year after graduation.
* “Other” includes volunteer opportunities, missions work, and employment unrelated to the degree earned.
Psychology at Messiah College:
Examples of Student Entry-Level Positions
 Case Manager
 organizes and coordinates services and supports for patients, such as
children with mental health problems and their families; oversees the
overall medical, personal, and social service needs of the patients.
 Counselor
 provides professional help in coping with life issues such as emotional
and relationship difficulties; helps clients and families evaluate their
patterns of problem solving and develop more effective ones
 Psychiatric Assistant
 Assists counselors in non-therapeutic therapy. Monitors and assesses
patient progress to ensure that patient treatment objectives are met.
Records and reports patient information. Implements patient treatment
plans and selects patient activities.
Psychology at Messiah College:
Examples of Student Entry-Level Positions
 Crime Victim Advocate
 counsels victims and their families; accompanies and supports victims
through the criminal justice process; provides community education,
training and consultation
 Social Worker
 provides social services and assistance to improve the social and
psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize
the family well-being and academic functioning of children.
 Therapeutic Staff Support
 provides one-to-one behavioral health interventions to a child or
adolescent with a serious emotional disturbance in order to prevent more
restrictive services or out-of-home placement and to promote ageappropriate psychosocial growth.
Psychology at Messiah College:
Examples of Student Entry-Level Positions
 Rehab Specialist
 manage the components important in the rehabilitation process of
individuals with physical and mental disabilities. They help prevent
fragmentation and gaps in services to people seeking to move from
psychological and economic dependence to independence.
 Residential Counselors
 Person in charge of group homes. The residents of these homes
include emotionally disturbed, developmentally disabled, and mentally
ill youth and adults. People in homes supervised by residential
counselors may also have physical problems, but the problems that
keep them from being self-sufficient are primarily mental or
 Home Care Aide
 helps elderly, disabled, and ill persons live in their own homes or in
residential care facilities instead of in a health facility.
Psychology at Messiah College:
Graduate Schools of Recent Grads
Messiah College Masters of Arts in Counseling
American University
Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology
Evangelical Theological Seminary
MCP Hahneman University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Jerusalem University College
Millersville University
New York University
Regent University
Shippensburg University
Wheaton College Graduate School
Psychology at Messiah College:
Graduate Schools of Recent Grads
State University of NY at Albany and Brockport
Temple University
Towson University
Mount St. Mary’s College
University of Connecticut
University of Maryland
University of Wisconsin
St. Joseph’s University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
William and Mary School of Law

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