Sunday, February 26, 2012

Psychology Internship Course Announced for Summer

Internships are a very helpful way to learn more about psychology through first-hand experiences, to explore career options in psychology, and to become a more competitive applicant for both graduate school and jobs.  The Department of Psychology will be offering an internship course — PSYC 393 – during the Summer 2013 semester that will be taught by Dr. Meyers.  PSYC 393 is a three credit class that counts towards the psychology major and towards graduation.  

Students will select a 150-hour internship placement at an approved site that interests them.  Undergraduates also will participate in an online component of the class that involves weekly discussion postings, readings, and written assignments about their site work.  This opportunity is open to both Chicago and Schaumburg students, and can even be completed out of state with appropriate arrangements.

Click here to learn more. 

New Undergraduate Concentrations Offered by the Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology is happy to announce the development of two new undergraduate concentrations beginning in Fall 2012.  Concentrations are optional class sequences that provide undergraduates a greater depth of knowledge within selected fields of psychology.  

Choosing a concentration area complements the breadth of exposure that we ensure within the psychology majors.  Concentrations are also open to students in other departments independent of the psychology major, similar to our minor.  We currently offer the Concentration in Child and Family Studies, and we are adding new Concentrations in Neuroscience and in Forensic Psychology.

Concentration in Neuroscience

The Neuroscience Concentration allows students to study the biological basis of behavior and organizational principles of brain functioning in depth. Students are encouraged to take courses in both psychology and biology because of the field’s interdisciplinary nature; however, students can meet concentration requirements from classes offered by the Department of Psychology alone. This concentration is well suited for students planning to go on to clinical neuropsychology, medicine, pharmacology, neuroscience, or allied health fields.

Four courses (at least 12 semester hours) are required from the list below. One of the four courses must have a service learning component or a laboratory component.

PSYC 310: Fundamentals of Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 325: Sensation and Perception
PSYC 326: Cognitive Processes
PSYC 336: Brain and Behavior
PSYC 350*: Human Neuropsychology
BIOL 201*: Organismic Biology
BIOL 301*: Cellular and Molecular Biology
* meets service-learning/laboratory requirement for concentration

Concentration in Forensic Psychology

The Concentration in Forensic Psychology allows students to study the field of psychology and the law in depth.  Students will explore areas such as police investigation, court proceedings, policy work, and learn about professions related to the forensic arena.  Drawing on knowledge from a range of subfields in psychology, students will gain first-hand experience with forensic research and related clinical interventions with forensic populations.  This concentration is well suited for students planning to pursue graduate school in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, experimental psychology (cognitive, developmental, or social psychology), criminology/criminal justice, or law school.

Four courses (at least 12 semester hours) are required from the list below. Students must enroll in PSYC 351: Law and Psychology. Students must also select a second class that has a service learning component or a laboratory component as part of their coursework.

PSYC 106: Forensic Science
PSYC 351: Law and Psychology
PSYC 360: Eyewitness Testimony
PSYC 368*: Child Abuse and Family Violence
PSYC 391*: Advanced Forensic Psychology Seminar
PSYC 392: Children, Psychology, and the Law
CJL 200: Introduction to Criminal Justice
* meets service-learning/laboratory requirement for concentration

Note.  Students may choose only one concentration.  All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. Only three credits of course work from another university may be applied towards a concentration.  Additional courses related to each area may be approved by the Department of Psychology if they are offered.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New Faculty Profile: Dr. Tom Farmer

Hello, my name is Tom Farmer. I am a Clinical Psychology Professor at Roosevelt. Additionally, I am the Associate Director of Training and assist students in developing and securing practical training experiences in the MA and PsyD Programs. As a Roosevelt graduate myself, I am quite happy to be back with the RU community. In addition to my teaching and training activities, I am interested in child and adult assessment, including neuropsychological assessment, as well as family therapy and treatment. I am a licensed psychologist who has experience in pediatric neuropsychology, pediatric health, as well as general mental health issues.

As a graduate of Roosevelt University, I am committed to the core mission of social justice. I have taught and developed several service learning courses where students can gain real world experience while promoting individual and community resilence. Students have volunteered in various agencies including homeless shelters, schools, and hospitals. Recently, some of my graduate students developed "strength-based" narrative life stories for some aging individual in a low income African-American community. The project was such as a success that I continue to consult with a not-for-profit agency with a mission of engaging multiple generations together in a similar low-income community. I find these experiences to be rewarding, and I think that many students do as well.

If you are a student interested in psychology in anyway, please stop by and chat (Schaumburg 360M, My engagement in the community through service learning, training, and clinical practice, I have become quite familiar with the psychological community of the Chicagoland area. As such, I would be happy to talk about many of the career and academic opportunities that exist.

Upcoming events for students from our psychology organizations

Psi Chi Chicago

February 13: 4:45-5:45 P.M. in AUD 320: General Members meeting

February 20: 6:00 P.M. in AUD 18th: Psi Chi Applications Due

March 8: 6:00 P.M. in AUD 18th: Psi Chi Membership Fee Due

March 20: 4:45-5:45 P.M. AUD 320: “Introduction to IO: IO Information Session”

April 2: 4:45-5:45 P.M. AUD 320: Psi Chi Officer Election Pizza Party

April 27: 1:00 P.M. in Fainman Lounge: Formal Psi Chi Induction Ceremony

Dates and time slots are tentative. For specifics as the dates approach, please contact the Chicago Psi Chi Executive Board at for more information.

Psi Chi Schaumburg

February 13: 5:15-6:15 P.M. in SCH 431: General Psi Chi Meeting

February 15: 4:30 P.M. in SCH 311: What can you do with a degree in Psychology? Careers in Neurodiagnostics.

February 24: 5:30 P.M. in Alumni Hall: Discussion on Award-Winning documentary film: The Interrupters.  The event is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff members.  Visit or email for more info on the event.
February 25: 7:00 P.M. Psi Chi Social Event at The Sushi Station in Rolling Meadows.

February 27: 6:00 P.M. in SCH 126: Psi Chi Applications Due

March 9: 5:15-6:15 P.M. in SCH 431: General Psi Chi Meeting  - APA Formatting Presentation (right in time for mid-terms!)

April 9: 5:15- 6:15 P.M. in SCH 431: General Psi Chi Meeting - "Opportunities in Psychology with a Masters Degree” Presentation
More to come! Email Siara Saliu at for more information


Coffee Hour with Psi Chi and Psychology Professors: The first Monday of every month (February 6, March 5, April 2, and May 7), from 4:30 - 6:00 pm in SCH 360.  Come and get to know your professors over a warm cup of coffee.  All students are welcome!