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Psychology Overview

Welcome to the Psychology Department at Beloit College!

Please use the menu to the left or below to learn more about the program, including major requirements, student opportunities, and the faculty.


Congratulations to seniors Katylyn Frew, Josie Hirsch,and Brianna Mabie who have been elected to join the Phi Beta Kappa honor society!

Congratulations to seniors Katylyn Frew, Josie Hirsch, and Alissa Ryckert who were awarded the Walter van Dyke Bingham Scholar award!

Congratulations to sophomores Olivia Nasatir, Guadalupe Orbezo-Perez, and Kaveri Sakar who share the Guy Tawney award this year! 

Congrats to our student-athletes who were honored at the 2017-18 awards banquet. Award winners include Jeremy Dutton '18, Taylor Lewis '17, and Sonya Myscofski. 

Many Psychology students gave presentations at the 2018 Student Symposium. Check out the full schedule here:

Professor Kristin Bonnie and seven students ventured into Chicago on April 12th to attend a day of the Midwest Psychological Association Annual Meeting.

Several of our majors are studying off-campus this spring. Students are learning in locations including Spain and the UK.

Andreea Hrehrociuc-Caragea '17
and Professor Larry White have learned that their article, "An Investigation of the Relationship between Psychological Flexibility and Bisexuality” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Bisexuality. The article reports on the findings from Andreea's Senior Thesis research. Congrats!

Student Research

Sophomore Olivia Nasatir and Professor Alexis Grosofsky will participate in the Sanger Summer Scholars program. 

Seven of our seniors are completing their Senior Thesis projects. Students have investigated topics including gendered career stereotypes, attachment style, and gratitude.

Alumni News

Many recent graduates are pursuing an advanced degree in Psychology or a related field, including:

  • Marlena Fraune ’11, is at Indiana University, working toward a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Psychology.
  • Mara Haupert, ’11, is also at Indiana University, working toward a Ph.D. in Social Psychology.
  • Danica Slavish ’12, recently completed her Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University.
  • Max King '14, is at UW- Milwaukee, working toward an Ed.S. (education specialist degree) in School Psychology.
  • TingTing Fan '15, is at the University of Pennsylvania, working toward an M.A. in Human Development.
  • Hannah McNamee ’15, is pursuing a master’s degree in the Maternal and Child Health Program at the University of Minnesota.
  • Staci Gusakova'16, is at the University of Michigan, working toward a Ph.D. in the joint Women's Studies and Psychology program.
  • Hailey Stevenson '16, is at George Williams College of Aurora University, working toward an MSW.
  • Austin Brockmann ’17, is attending Oregon State University's College of Public Health and Human Sciences. He will pursue an MS/PhD in Human Development and an MPH in Biostatistics.
  • Madeleine Ipsen ’17, is attending Webster University in Vienna, Austria, to study counseling psychology.
  • Ruth McLeod ’17, is pursuing a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Connecticut.
  • Emily Splan '17, is in the School Psychology program at Marquette University.

Other News From Alums

  • Carmin Valerdi ’16, is the Crisis Line Coordinator at UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence in Madison. She supervises the Spanish-language crisis line.
  • Jonah Stoller '15, is a research assistant at The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Healthy Minds.
  • Jamie Eversage ’12, and her husband Jonathan live on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Jamie and Jonathan met at an ashram in India. In Hawaii, they operate a small business, selling handmade organic chocolates.
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Majka ’03, is an assistant professor of psychology at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.
  • Laura (Horsch) Nicolls ’01, is a partner in the Pacific Anxiety Group in Menlo Park, California. She provides cognitive-behavioral treatments to adults and children who suffer from depression or anxiety disorders.
  • Dave Stauffacher ’97, is Senior Storage Engineer (it’s an IT thing) at Direct Supply, Inc., in Milwaukee. Direct Supply provides “equipment, eCommerce, and service solutions for Senior Living.”
  • Tiffany Lightbourn ’94, is Chief of Research & Evaluation in the Office of Policy and Strategy at the Department of Homeland Security.