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What motivates you? How do you make decisions? The answers might surprise you.

Psychology is a rich and varied discipline dedicated to the scientific study of the complexity and diversity of the mind and behavior. Psychology covers a broad area of study, including cognition, personality, memory, emotion, interpersonal relationships, psychological disturbance and psychotherapy.

Psychology majors at Emmanuel receive a broad liberal arts education as well as training in the specialized knowledge and skills of psychology. Students engage in research with faculty and present their findings at national conferences and in publications. Beyond the classroom, students are able to take advantage of the various research and internship opportunities in Boston, from world-class medical centers to nonprofit and human services organizations.


Emmanuel’s psychology department allows students to develop their individual interests with concentrations in developmental psychology, counseling + health or a new bachelor of science in psychology neuroscience.

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  • Psychology

    To study psychology is to seek the answers for fascinating questions about the life of the mind and how people think, act and perceive the world.

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Faculty research, publish and present in their field and often collaborate side-by-side with students to help them explore their disciplines in greater depth, building on knowledge gained in the classroom and offering a unique hands-on, real-world experience. At Emmanuel, there’s an energy on campus that brings people and ideas together - in the classroom, across campus, throughout Boston and beyond.

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Department Highlights

Small classes, big advantages

Our dedicated Psychology Department faculty regularly collaborate with undergraduate students on research, allowing for both personal attention and the unique opportunity to publish in renowned journals and present at national conferences.

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Recent News


December Grad Stevens '16 Lands Job as Behavior Technician

Following her December 2015 graduation, developmental psychology major Cara Stev...

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Jarvinen Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Associate Professor of Psychology Michael Jarvinen was recently awarded a grant ...

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DiStefano '17 Gets Inside Look at Human Services Field

Psychology and philosophy double major Samantha Distefano '17 interns at Bridge ...

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Equipped with a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education and real-world experience within their disciplines, Emmanuel graduates go on to make their mark at companies and organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Many students also choose to continue their education at the master’s or doctorate level. Check out where some of our recent graduates are thriving!

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Class of 2015: Where We Work

Position Company Major
Associate Behavior Therapist Beacon ABA Services Psychology: Counseling + Health
Behavior Therapist RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting Psychology: Counseling + Health
Business Development Assistant Reticent Media Psychology: Counseling + Health
Counselor Easter Seals Psychology: Counseling + Health
Customer Service Representative Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts Psychology: Developmental
Dental Hygienist Portsmouth Dentistry Psychology: Counseling + Health
Lead Research Assistant Boston Children's Hospital Psychology: Developmental
Mental Health Associate Pembroke Hospital Psychology: Counseling + Health
Patient Service Associate Boston Children's Hospital Psychology: Developmental
Research Assistant Massachusetts General Hospital Psychology: Neuroscience
Research Assistant II Boston Medical Center Psychology: Neuroscience
Site Merchandising Associate Wayfair Psychology: Counseling + Health
Social Worker MA Dept of Children and Family Services Psychology: Counseling + Health
Technical Recruiter Workbridge Associates Psychology: Counseling + Health

Class of 2015: Where We Attend Grad School

Degree Institution Major
M.A., Clinical Social Work Boston University Psychology: Counseling + Health
M.S., Counseling and Health Columbia University Psychology: Counseling + Health
M.A., Music Therapy Lesley University Psychology: Counseling + Health
M.S.W. Simmons College Psychology: Counseling + Health
M.S.W. University of Connecticut Psychology: Counseling + Health
M.S., Psychology University of Edinburgh Psychology: Counseling + Health
M.S., Criminal Justice/Forensic Psychology University of New Haven Psychology: Counseling + Health
J.D. Villanova University School of Law Psychology: Counseling + Health
M.S.W. Boston College Psychology: Developmental
M.S., Child Life and Family Centered Care Wheelock College Psychology: Developmental
M.A., Psychology St. Michael's College Psychology: Neuroscience
Ph.D., Chemistry Tufts University Psychology: Neuroscience

What Next?

Whether you are a current Emmanuel student or a prospective student exploring Emmanuel for the first time, we can help you determine what’s next. Schedule a meeting with your Academic Advisor, connect with the Career Center or the Office of International Programs to explore internship or study abroad options, or contact the Office of Admissions to set up a campus tour.

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