Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior, mind, and brain. We seek to understand how people think and act, both as individuals and in groups.  The department has 18 faculty providing expertise in six subareas of study: cognitive, cultural, developmental, social, psychopathology, and neuroscience.  Features of the major include foundational courses, training in statistics and research methods, a cultural immersion experience, small advanced seminars, and opportunities to conduct original research.

DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

COLLOQUIUM SERIES

May 3
12:15 – 1:15 pm, Judd Hall 116
“NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US: CENTERING ADVOCATE AND SURVIVOR VOICES IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESEARCH”
Lisa Goodman
Boston College

1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men in the United States experience intimate partner violence.  Since original passage of the Violence Against Women Act, advocates have worked to create a network of domestic violence programs across the country, and researchers have investigated myriad dimensions of the problem.  Yet, survivors and practitioners often feel alienated from and exploited by researchers whose studies are not relevant to their needs, and resentful that the academy serves as a gate-keeper of knowledge production.  Recognizing these harms, a growing number of researchers have embraced community-based participatory research (CBPR), an approach in which researchers and community members share power at every level of the research process, co-creating knowledge that can enhance community well-being.  This talk describes the process of CBPR through the story of an ongoing CBPR collaboration among researchers and 18 domestic violence programs.  Our research illuminates how survivors define and move towards safety in the context of complex trauma histories and multiple forms of social oppression; and how they navigate the unintended negative consequences of help-seeking and help-giving.

Lisa Goodman is a Professor at Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Her research engages communities to illuminate and transform the lives of intimate partner violence survivors. Her expertise encompasses community-based participatory research, community-based responses to intimate partner violence, domestic violence program evaluation, and social justice teaching.

DEPARTMENT PEER ADVISOR PROGRAM

The goal of the department peer advisor (DPA) program is to provide additional peer advising support to pre-major students and to answer questions about specific requirements for the psychology department. Click on the link above for more information.