ACADEMICS

Psychology

Why study psychology at WVU Tech?

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 hands-on experience.

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.

How does the program work?

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.

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.

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

What opportunities are available for graduates?

Students pursue careers as school psychologists or school counselors and have worked in behavioral clinics for autistic children, mental health care centers and the American Red Cross.

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