About this Department
Students who study psychology develop a strong foundation in psychological theory, then build upon that foundation through experiential applications such as day-to-day fieldwork, student/faculty-led research opportunities, and internships.
Our psychology major emphasizes practical applications in all kinds of fields, including clinical settings, sports, legal systems, education, business, health promotion, decision-making, testing, and the environment. Students also may choose to pursue a concentration or a minor.
The department’s faculty members are active in a number of areas of psychology including clinical, cognitive, developmental, environmental, educational, health, and social behaviors. As dedicated teachers, they work closely with students in collaborative research, by supervising internships, or advising them about graduate school and careers.
The Bryant Psychology Association brings together all students who share an interest in the field of psychology and involves them in academic as well as social functions related to the field. The organization offers a wide variety of guest speakers as well as opportunities to attend annual psychological conferences, alumni panels, and graduate school seminars.
Professor of Psychology Allison Butler, Ph.D., co-authored a research article published in Research-Technology Management titled “When Cognition Interferes with Innovation: Overcoming Cognitive Obstacles to Design Thinking" with Trustee Professor of Management Michael Roberto, D.B.A., which details their latest findings on distinct psychological and behavioral patterns in the design thinking process, which is a unique methodology for generating innovative breakthroughs.
With the help of mentoring, expert faculty who create a supportive atmosphere, students build a strong foundation of psychological principles through experiential applications. This solid background in combination with exposure to core business courses prepares students for either entry-level careers or graduate study.
Meaningful Real-World Experience
Students develop critical research skills through coursework and graduate-level research projects with distinguished faculty, often resulting in co-publishing a paper with a faculty mentor. Students also apply what they’ve learned in internships with organizations like Special Olympics; the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp; and the Rhode Island Department of Health.
Our accomplished Psychology faculty are award-winning educators, and dedicated mentors with deep knowledge and real-world experience in a variety of disciplines. They include practicing clinical psychologists and scholars with expertise in decision-making, developmental and environmental psychology, psychosocial aspects of illness, leadership, and learning and cognition. Among them is:
Professor of Psychology
Katelyn Caldarone ’24
Stephanie Lherisson '19
Amber Thomas '18
Where our students go
Graduates of Bryant's Psychology program go on to prestigious graduate programs and are in demand by business, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.