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Daemen College’s Psychology Program provides students with an understanding of the science behind human behavior, the tools to research the human mind, and the skills to communicate effectively with other members of the scientific community. Students have the flexibility to choose elective courses in psychology and minor fields of study that meet their personal interests and professional goals. 
The Psychological Sciences department offers both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree. Both programs require breadth in the field of psychology, an in-depth sequence of statistics and research methods courses, and a senior capstone course. In addition, the B.S. program requires that students take 3 or 4 natural science lab courses in biology, chemistry, and/or physics - all of which are also required pre-med prerequisites. ​

Program Highlights

  • Students learn skills that are marketable in a variety of professional fields, including careers in the human services professions, research professions, and opportunities in the business world.
  • Opportunities to gain hands-on, applied experience by completing field placements at various Buffalo area community agencies, and research projects on an assistantship basis with faculty conducting innovative research projects.
  • Preparation for admission into competitive graduate school programs in a variety of disciplines (e.g., clinical, cognitive, health, forensic, neuroscience, social, and developmental psychology) and beyond (e.g., mental health counseling, law school, medical school, business school, social work, journalism and communications degrees).
  • Our research sequence teaches many useful skills through hands-on projects. Students will be able to apply the findings of research on human behavior to promote healthy living and to facilitate appropriate change in institutions and in society.
  • Our program provides students with exposure to a wide variety of content areas including forensic psychology, neuropsychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology.
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Rachel Shapiro

Psychology and Political Science

Rachel Shapiro, a senior from Buffalo, NY, is pursuing a dual-degree in psychology and political science. Rachel is the President of the Psychological Science Student Association, works in the Financial Aid Office as a work study, and is also the senior tour guide in the Admissions Office.

Rachel recently worked for a licensed psychologist at the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and shadowed a team of psychologists that work with individuals on a Support-Risk-and-Accountability committee.  With the help of Dr. Denise Emer, Rachel found an internship that blended psychology and political science. In January of 2018, Rachel began her internship with the COURTS Program of Buffalo where she interviews clients and assists in coordinating placements within treatment facilities. In the fall of 2018, Rachel will begin her graduate program in clinical mental health counseling. ​

Psychological Sciences Student Association
Psychological Sciences Student Association

The Psychological Sciences Student Association spends much of its time together raising money for charity and engaging in community service activities.

Contact Denise Emer, Department Chair, for more information about our program.