Category Archives: Psychology Major

The psychology major is comprised of more than just courses; faculty, students, alumni, clubs, and events all contribute to the academic experience. So, what experiences did the year 2015 provide our psychology team? Here’s the year 2015 in hindsight.

  1. Dr. Carolyn West Carolyn West

Dr. West, a psychology professor who specializes in intimate partner violence and sexual assault in the SBHS Division in SIAS, performs on-going work pertaining to human and sexual trafficking.

In 2015, she worked with the organization Washington Engage about trafficking issues. Dr. West completed a research project with eight domestic violence and sexual coalitions around the country.  She was busy, in 2015, teaching her courses on Family Violence, Sex Crimes, and Sexual Violence. Dr. West won the Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in 2011 and the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013

2. Exploring Psychology: Austria, Summer 2015 Vienna

In the summer of 2015, students enrolled in 12 credits; five credits, Psychology of Food and Culture, five credits, Psychology of Superheroes, and an additional two credits in Directed Readings–all to be taken in Austria (with a visit to Prague).

Leighann Chaffee, one of two professors leading the group of students, said, “Austria is where Freud worked and studied as he was developing his perspective on the humankind. Also, immersion is especially useful in considering these concepts from a perspective other than your own, which is a lot easier in another country.”

The group went to the Natural History Museum, the open food market, participated in a food tour of Prague, toured Freud’s apartment, toured Munich, including a trip to the Dachau concentration camp. Did I mention they did a food tour of Prague?

IMG_00013. The Psychology Club

The main purpose of the Psychology Club is to help students understand the field of psychology, and assist those who are hoping to be employed in a related field after graduation. Meetings are the first Wednesday and last Monday of each month during the lunch hour.

“We do con­fer­ences so that atten­dees of the meet­ings can get first hand expo­sure into see­ing what pro­fes­sion­als in the field do and see if that is the right path for them,” adds Sum­mer Doll, Club Vice Pres­i­dent (Spring, 2015), on the pur­pose of Psy­chol­ogy Club.

4. Featured Alumni: Christina Shott Christina Shott

Christina Shott ’13 graduated with a BA in psychology and a minor in education. She is currently employed as a behavior therapist in Applied Behavior Analysis, helping clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn the skills necessary to become independent at school and in life.

Her advice to students interested in psychology and education is to take all of the classes you can within the program, as well as outside.

Shott says, “This will give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge you are learned in some classes to other classes, and will widen your understanding overall.”

5. Psychology Research Seminar Series

Mark Reinitz 2.0

Autumn quarter of 2015, the psychology faculty sponsored the “Psychology Research Seminar Series” to inform students of their own research areas. Student attendance, though mostly for extra credit purposes, filled the house to standing-room only.

Topics included “Values and Death: Probing the Depths of Prejudice toward Atheists” by Corey Cook (SIAS, UWT); “Memory Illusions in the Laboratory and in the Real World” by Mark Reinitz (University of Puget Sound, pictured); and “Color Vision during Twilight: The Influence of Rod-mediated Vision on Hue” by Roger Knight (SIAS, UWT).

Monique Larsen ’17, a psychology major, commented on Facebook in regards to Corey Cook’s presentation on October 14, 2015, “It was a good presentation, I’m glad I went.”


Posted by Christie Keifer, Administrative Coordinator for the SBHS Division

Welcome to the Psychology Club!

“We welcome everyone!”


Left to Right: Arnold Sze, Summer Doll, Jennifer Parada

Are you wondering what to do during your lunch hour every first Wednesday and last Monday of each month? Does the psychology field interest you? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of those questions, consider attending the next Psychology Club meeting!

Arnold Sze, Psychology Club President, explains the main goal of the club is to help students understand the field of psychology. The club tries to serve students who have an interest in psychology and those who are hoping to go into a related career field after graduation. Continue reading

Introducing Diversity and Health Psychology

Do you know why…
men are more likely to die of diabetes, heart disease or cancer than women?
more African American women die from breast cancer than White women, despite lower breast cancer rates?

In TPSYCH 441 Diversity and Health Psychology, we’ll discuss how factors such as socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity/culture, gender, sexual orientation, aging, and disability impact our health. This course counts as an Advanced Topics course for Psychology Majors. This course opens to juniors and seniors who are not Psychology Majors in Period 2. To be prepared for this course, you must have taken TPSYCH 101 or the equivalent at a community college. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Hyoung Lee at

If you have the prerequisite for this course and are having difficulty registering, please request an entry code using the form on this IAS webpage:

Register for new course on Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrmination (TPSYCH 345)

Have you ever wondered WHY people are prejudiced? In this course, we’ll take a look at the reasons why people develop prejudices toward others and how these attitudes have material, social, and psychological consequences We’ll also think about strategies to reduce stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. To be prepared for this course, you should have taken TPSYCH 240 (Social Psychology) or the equivalent at a community college. For Psychology Majors, this course counts in the Social/Applied Psychology Core. TPSYCH 345 Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination. If you have questions, contact the instructor: Corey Cook:

If you have the prerequisites for this course and are having difficulty registering, please request an entry code using the form on this IAS webpage:

New course in Psychopharmacology

New Course in Psychopharmacology

We are consistently bombarded with drug advertisements, news stories about promising new treatments, and tales of drug abuse, yet the complexity of drug action is rarely fully appreciated. This spring, students in TPSYCH 361 Psychopharmacology will explore the biological basis of drug action, including the ways psychoactive drugs affect behavior, mood, and thinking. Additionally, we will discuss the ways these drugs are used to treat psychological disorders and the social concerns related to media coverage of pharmaceuticals. Please note that this course has a prerequisite of TPSYCH 260 or TESC 130. This course will open to non-Psych Majors in Period 2 (March 2nd).

TPSYCH 361 Psychopharmacology. If you have the prerequisites for this course and are having difficulty registering, please request an entry code using the form on this IAS webpage:


Psychology will be offering offer TPSYCH 330 (Inquiry & Research in the Social Sciences) in the Spring 2015 and Spring 2016 quarters only.

This will only affect you if you plan to use the OLD Psychology Major requirements. If you using the NEW Psychology Major requirements, TPSYCH 209 and 309 (Foundations of Research I and II) will continue to be offered every quarter.

What you can do:

  1. If you are sure you want to graduate using the OLD Psychology Major requirements, you must plan to take TPSYCH 330 either Spring 2015 or Spring 2016 to complete this requirement. Be sure to register as soon as you can.
  2. Consider switching from the OLD requirements to the NEW Psychology Major requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about whether completing the new requirements would be beneficial for you. You can find information about the old and new requirements on this webpage:

If you have questions about this, please contact Nita McKinley: