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Psychology Overview

Welcome to the Psychology Department at Beloit College!

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Advising Practicum Day is this Wednesday - November 1st! The Psychology Department is hosting two sessions - open to all students - beginning at 1 pm in SC 245. For more information, visit the Advising Practicum website for a schedule and session descriptions. 

The Spring 2018 course schedule is now available on Portal. 

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

Seven of our seniors have embarked upon their Senior Thesis projects. Students are investigating topics including gendered career stereotypes, attachment style, and gratitude. We look forward to seeing their projects develop!

Several students completed research over the summer of 2017. Check out our Facebook page to learn more!

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.
  • 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 fully-funded to attend 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, will attend Webster University in Vienna, Austria, to study counseling psychology.
  • Ruth McLeod ’17, will pursue a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Connecticut. “I’ll be working in Dr. Fitch’s lab, looking at how to model premature birth and early brain injury in rats—and finding interventions that help improve outcomes for these types of injuries.”

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.
  • Hannah McNamee ’15, has left Epic Systems in Madison to pursue a master’s degree in the Maternal and Child Health Program at the University of Minnesota.
  • 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.