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Psychology

At LMU, Psychology students learn to apply psychological knowledge and theory to benefit the individual, community, and democracy. The program encourages the development and application of psychology knowledge in the broadest possible manner by developing skills in research and in real-world application of research findings.

 

Special Features

Students in the Psychology program are engaged in a well-rounded curriculum that examines multiple aspects of behavior including biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental and social. The faculty-to-student ratio creates an environment of genuine support and individual attention, while the challenging academic program truly prepares students for employment or advance studies following graduation.

 

Four Year Plans

 

Course Offerings

Courses necessary for a psychology major at LMU exceed the requirements of the American Psychological Association. Psychology course offerings include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences
  • Research in Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • History and Systems in Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development
  • Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Psychological Tests and Measurements

 

Minors

Many students choose Psychology as a minor, or secondary field of study, which can enhance career opportunities in a wide variety of professions. The required courses for a Psychology minor are:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Two Elective courses in Psychology (any level)
  • Three upper-level (300/400) Electives in Psychology

 

Internship Opportunities

Psychology faculty guide students toward a variety of valuable, practical internships in the field of mental health counseling - past internship facilities have included:

  • Blount Memorial Hospital Emotional Health & Recovery Center, Maryville, TN
  • CRCC Centers, Middlesboro, KY and Corbin, KY
  • Helen Ross McNabb Center Children & Youth Center, Knoxville, TN
  • Knox County Detention Facility, Knoxville, TN
  • Pineville Schools, Pineville, KY
  • Peninsula Lighthouse Center, Knoxville, TN
  • Peninsula Psychiatric Hospital, Alcoa, TN
  • Tennova Hospital A&D Unit, Knoxville, TN

 

Career Opportunities

Psychology graduates often find entry-level employment in positions related to marketing, human resources, public relations, sales, education, administrative support, healthcare, probation, and parole. Psychology graduates also find employment as case managers in community mental health centers and as psychiatric technicians in inpatient mental health and rehabilitation facilities. For more detailed information on current job prospects in the U.S. labor market, please refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook on the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics website.

Psychology graduates are also prepared to begin graduate programs in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, and Social Work. Advancing from undergraduate studies in Psychology at LMU to a graduate degree in one of these fields further prepares students to become licensed mental health practitioners.

 

Alumni Success

Our graduates are working in mental health areas that include:

  • Community mental health
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Corrections
  • Child and family services
  • School psychology and school counseling
  • Social services
  • Residential treatment facilities

 

Clubs & Organizations

Our majors can participate in a variety of activities through membership in the Psychology Club and may qualify for membership in Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology.

Meet the Faculty

  •   Savannah Campbell, PsyD

    Dr. Campbell is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in psychology and a major completed in journalism from Eastern Kentucky University. While completing that degree, Dr. Campbell conducted research on the effect of background music on short-term recall. She then completed a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Eastern Kentucky University and following her graduation, worked for a number of years in providing mental health services of both therapy and assessment with different community agencies. She later returned to Eastern Kentucky University to earn her PsyD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in rural mental health. Dr. Campbell’s doctoral specialization project focused on a therapeutic intervention that combined expressive techniques with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She completed a doctoral internship as a therapist at the Ball State University Counseling Center. In her nonteaching time, Dr. Campbell enjoys reading, creative writing, listening to music, and spending time with her family and friends.

  •   Lee Gilroy, PhD

    Dr. Gilroy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University’s liberal arts campus in southeastern Florida. During that time, he also collaborated with faculty at the University of Miami, conducting research into mechanisms of visual perception. He then completed his master's and Ph.D. degrees at Florida Atlantic University’s main campus in Boca Raton, FL., concentrating on neuroscience, cognitive, perceptual, and experimental psychology. Subsequently, Dr. Gilroy completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN., where he engaged in additional research and training as part of the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Gilroy’s career path led him into teaching, where he has held various appointments before arriving at Lincoln Memorial University. He is passionate about nature, music, “all things” science, and common sense.