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Psychology

Psychology

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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Many students conduct research with faculty and present their findings at professional conferences.

Our program provides practical training and focuses on behavioral therapies important to populations such as autism, Alzheimer’s and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. WVU Tech’s psychology program has small classes that strongly encourage student-professor interaction. Many students conduct research with faculty and present their findings at professional conferences. We are one of only two schools in the state with a full behavioral laboratory, giving students true hands-on experience.

Students begin by taking traditional courses that teach the science and ethics of psychology and introduce the critical concepts, theories and problems of the field. They later take a behavioral course designed to implement what they have learned in the full behavioral laboratory. Finally, students participate in supervised field placements and research opportunities with faculty to prepare them for careers.

As a part of their training, many psychology upperclassmen at WVU Tech complete an off-campus professional field experience for academic credit. Students have recently completed field placements at the Children’s Therapy Clinic, the Psychiatric Unit at Mt. Olive Maximum Security Correctional Facility and the Kennedy-Krieger Institute.

Our students have also created an active psychology club that sponsors guest speakers on campus, engages in volunteer work with organizations (such as the Special Olympics) and organizes group trips.

Profiles


WVU Tech Psychology faculty member, Gregory Lieving

Gregory A. 
Lieving, Ph.D.

Faculty Member

Dr. Lieving is an associate professor and chair of the WVU Tech Department of Psychology. His area of expertise is in the field of behavior analysis. Dr. Lieving's students learn how to conduct basic and applied behavioral research; how to assess and treat dysfunctional behavior in humans and non-humans; how to approach conceptually any behavioral problem associated with a psychological disorder; and how to construct effective interventions for children with special needs, including those diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder and other intellectual and developmental disorders. 

WVU Tech Psychology faculty member, Cynthia Hall

Cynthia R. 
Hall, Ph.D.

Faculty Member

Assistant professor Dr. Hall's areas of expertise are in social development, psychological assessment and quantitative analysis. Dr. Hall is an expert in helping students learn how to construct, implement and evaluate psychological tests for use in research, program evaluation and clinical settings. Her students also learn how disorders common in West Virginia and Appalachia are diagnosed and treated with both child and adult populations, including addictions, intellectual disabilities and personality disorders. 

Career Profile

Graduates of the psychology program are prepared for a varied set of career paths that all have at their core the skills of effectively changing and managing behavior. These paths may be in the fields of mental health, business, social work, education, behavioral medicine/psychiatry and child care, to name a few. Graduates are prepared to work with a variety of clinical populations in community, hospital, educational and institutional settings.

The WVU Tech psychology program offers coursework consistent with the requirements set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Students that complete the requirements are eligible to take the Board Certification examination to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. 

The program also prepares students to continue their professional and intellectual development in post-baccalaureate training. Many recent graduates have been admitted into medical schools and into masters and doctoral programs in psychology and related fields. 

Careers

Our graduates are putting their skills to work as:

  • Disability determination specialists
  • Vocational rehabilitation counselors
  • Social work consultants
  • Elementary school teachers
  • Tax fraud specialists
  • Behavioral therapists 
  • Day care administrators
  • Human resources specialists
  • Psychological assistants in corrections facilities
  • Substance abuse counselors
  • School counselors 
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioners
  • Case managers
  • Pet behavioral therapists

Animal Behavioral Lab

A fully-equipped behavioral laboratory allows students to work hands-on with living experimental subjects to explore fundamental operant conditioning processes. Mastering the analysis of these learning processes gives students the tools necessary to get a strong foundation in experimental principles for the conduct of basic research, and lays the groundwork for the technology required to change individual human behavior. In the required course PSYC 302, students will work with a partner studying the behavior of their own laboratory rat for an entire semester. Students also have the opportunity to conduct independent research projects with the animals for upper-level research credit. The Facility is federally-approved under WVU Assurance #A3597-01. 

THINGS YOU'LL LEARN

A background in the science and ethics of psychology and the tools you need to get to work in the field.


Biological Foundations of Behavior 

Explore this introduction to animal behavior, including a survey of fundamental concepts (evolution, genetics, adaptation and learning) and research methods in understanding animal behavior, including primate species. Includes laboratory exercises and demonstrations.

Personality Theory

Examine theoretical and empirical readings in a survey of major perspectives in personality theory, including dynamic, cognitive, humanistic and behavioral.

Applied Behavior Analysis

Learn the basic principles of behavior and their application to changing significant human behavior. Includes clinical, educational, parenting, industrial/organizational, community and other applications.

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