Majors & Minors

Psychology

 Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior.  The discipline is multi-faceted and contains a wide range of subfields.

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Fay Guarraci

Professor & Chair

Phone

512.863.1747

Fay Guarraci

Professor & Chair

Psychology
Psychology

By providing opportunities to develop advanced skills in oral and written communication, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and quantitative reasoning, students will be prepared for success in graduate school in psychology and related fields, for careers that value these skills, and for futures as lifelong learners who are prepared to adapt to an ever-changing world. 



AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

Featured Alumni Stories

psych alumni

Stephanie Braccini Slade ’02, Distinguished Professional

Humanity benefits greatly from her contributions to the well-being of the animal kingdom. The global perspective Stephanie Braccini Slade ’02 has achieved through her work with primates allows her to see—and share with others—that humans aren’t the only part of humanity; that human and animal lives are connected, influencing and relying on one another.

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Psychology Testamonial

Outstanding Education and Research Training at SU = Success

As a part of my graduate training, I have provided assessments, consultation, and therapy to children and families across a variety of settings, including schools, clinics, and hospitals.

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Finding Passion in the Work You Do

I immediately felt at home there and discovered a passion for crisis intervention and healthy relationship education.

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EXPLORE SOUTHWESTERN

Psychology News

Chantal Gonzalez and Devon Lucero, both '19, working in their "Chamber of Secrets."

Southwestern Undergraduates Present and Publish Their Groundbreaking Research

Devon Lucero and Chantal Gonzalez, both ’19, engage with experts at an international neuroscience conference and coauthor publications in animal behavior.

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Sanna Maknojia '16

‘Accidental’ entrepreneur founds new ride-sharing business

Austin native and psychology graduate Sanna Maknojia ’16 wanted her work to benefit people. She considered pursuing social work but discovered an entrepreneurial spirit and desire to try something new. Using research and communication skills developed at Southwestern, and the same ethic of care that motivated her major selection, Maknojia recently co-founded Trek, an Austin ridesharing company, together with her cousin. Proving that you never know where your career direction will take you, she quipped, “I’m a psychology graduate who accidentally turned into businesswoman!”

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Celia Caraccioli (left) and Meredith Rollins stand with Emilie Ross (right), an applied behavior analyst who works at R.O.C.K., and Shandy, one of the ponies the center uses to provide equine-assisted therapy to children. (Photo by Elizabeth Stewart)

Documenting the Power of Equine-Assisted Therapy

Partnership provides real-world research opportunities for students

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