The Psychology Department offers an undergraduate major and minor in psychology. An important aspect of the program is the science/research orientation built into the curriculum. Students may specialize in areas emphasizing preparation for graduate school or for working in the profession at the bachelor's degree level. The program also provides practical experiences through an optional internship opportunity. In addition we have graduate program in School Psychology.
The Psychology Department takes great pride in the accomplishments of its students and faculty. Our students are actively engaged in faculty-mentored research and present their research at local and regional conferences. Additionally, our faculty are not only outstanding teachers, they are routinely recognized for their excellence in research and service to both the university and Fargo-Moorhead communities. Take a look at some recent achievements to get a feel for the standard of excellence you’ll receive in MSUM’s Psychology Department.
Chalikia attended three IFO-sponsored trainings: the GLBTIQAA conference in St.
Paul, anti-bullying training, and anti-racism training.
attended the PREPaRE I crisis intervention training at the National Association
of School Psychology Annual Conference, February 2016, New Orleans, LA.
attended the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference in
San Diego in January, 2016.
Mary Dosch and
Christine Malone served as faculty panelists for AVID student visitors.
AVID is a college preparation course at Horizon Middle School.
substantially revised our Departmental Assessment Plan (Bergstrom and Malone,
Assessment Co-chairs). We based our new student learning outcomes (SLOs) on the
American Psychological Association (APA) learning goals and outcomes for the
psychology major. We submitted the
revised Assessment Plan Cover Sheet and Assessment Planning forms on 11/17/15. We completed our first assessment report on
these new goals on 5/9/16.
continued awarding our Departmental Awards to undergraduate students at both
the Junior and Senior level to recognize their achievements. The Psychology
Research Award and the Psychology Departmental Award include a plaque and $150
(Junior award) or $250 (Senior award) in funding to support psychology research
and related activities. The Diana Divecha Award for Developmental Science also
recognizes an undergraduate student for achievement in the field of
developmental science. In the fall of 2015, Caroline Kinskey was given the
Senior Psychology Departmental Award (Senior Psychology Major), while Samuel
Birkholz and Aubrey Borgen were given the Senior Psychology Research Award
(Senior Psychology Majors) for demonstrated excellence in research activities.
During the spring of 2016, Ashley Doll and Emma Johnson were given the
Psychology Research Award (Junior Psychology major). Aubrey Borgen was selected
to receive the Diana Divecha Award for Developmental Science.
continued to publish The Red River
Psychology Journal as an online academic resource for students, faculty,
and alumni of the Psychology Department. For 2015-2016, faculty editors were
Lisa Nawrot and Rochelle Bergstrom, with Aubrey Borgen as the student editor. The
RRPJ is designed to showcase
Psychology student research at MSUM, offer students the opportunity to be
involved in the scientific publication process, and keep in touch with our
alumni with news and featured stories. An editorial board consisting of student
editors working with faculty advisors reviews all manuscripts in a peer-review
process. Regular departmental news, including student and faculty
accomplishments is included in each issue. The 2105 issue includes research articles by
eight of our undergraduate students-- Eloise M. Warren, Sara Rundlett, Rachel
Tengwall, Shawn Carlson, Shelby Folkers, Aubrey Borgen, Jacob J. Haile, and
Kelsey Ihringer. https://www.mnstate.edu/RRpsychjournal/issues.aspx
continued to strengthen our commitment to student advising and retention. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Mary
Dosch, Christine Malone, and Lisa Nawrot were LEAD advisors. Rochelle Bergstrom
participated in Cohort 1 of the Advisor Certification Program. Bergstrom will
be a LEAD advisor for 2016-2017.
Dosch and Lisa Stewart are leading an interdisciplinary Summer Study Abroad trip
to Peru 5/25-6/7/16.
Psychology undergraduates (Samuel Birkholz, Emma Johnson, Ashely Doll, Joshua
Johnson, Kate LeBrasseur, Cory Ambrose, Caroline Kinskey, Ryan Hamilton, Emily
Flake, Sarah Hawn, Bianca Milz, Nicole Savageau, Katrina Cibuzar, Rebecca
Greenmyer, Kyle Pollack, Tyler Carlson, Caleb Buttenhoff, Kristin Hawkinson, and
Aubrey Borgen) and six School Psychology graduate students (Anne Langlois,
Alyssa McDonough, Carly Drew, Emily Steinle, and Kristin Boomer) made
presentations at the 2016 Student Academic Conference. Faculty mentors included
Mary Devitt, Mary Dosch, Christine Malone, Lisa Nawrot, Gary Nickell, Michael
Root, and Lisa Stewart.
Psychology student Alannah Dosh won the MSUM Graduate Student Lecture
Award. She presented her research
entitled Resources for Improving
Evidence-Based Practices in Schools at the 2016 Student Academic
Psychology undergraduate students (Samuel Birkholz, Emma Johnson, Caroline
Kinskey, Ryan Hamilton, Emily Flake, Sarah Hawn, Bianca Milz, Katrina Cibuzar,
Kyle Pollack, Tyler Carlson, and Aubrey Borgen) presented their research at the
2016 Red River Psychology Conference hosted by NDSU. Faculty mentors included
Mary Devitt, Christine Malone, Lisa Nawrot, Gary Nickell, Michael Root, and
of our undergraduate students presented at the Stanford Undergraduate
Psychology Conference in May 2016—Aubrey Borgen, Katrina Cibuzar, and Emma
Johnson. Faculty advisors—Nawrot and Malone.
Dosch and Magda Chalikia attended the IFO Professional Anti-Bullying Training,
October 17-18, 2015, Roseville, MN. Dosch,
Chalikia, and the seven other MSUM faculty members attending the training were
honored at the 2016 Employee Excellence Awards with the Culture Champion Award.
Gary Nickell had two research papers published in 2015. A paper
titled “The prediction of workers’ food safety intentions and behavior with job
attitudes and the reasoned action approach” was published in the Journal of work and Organizational
Psychology. The second paper “Regulatory-fit theory at work: Prevention
focus’ primacy in safe food production” was published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
Lindsey Leker (Robert Stupnisky, UND, co-author) presented a talk
at the ND EPSCoR in Grand
Forks on April 19th--
Examining Undergraduate STEM Success: Testing Emotions, Math Identity and
Stereotype Threat as Predictors Using a Mixed Methods Approach.
School Psychology faculty (Dosch, Melroe, Potter, and Stewart) attended the
National Association of School Psychology Annual Conference in New Orleans,
with Verlin Hinsz at NDSU, Gary Nickell submitted a $622,540 National Science
Foundation grant in February 2016. The MSUM portion of the grant requested was
$197, 640. The title of the project was “Toward a Theory of Motivated and