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Applied Psychology

Program Highlights


Degree Option

Bachelor of Science (BS)


The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology is to produce graduates who, upon graduation, can find employment in educational, government, business or not-for-profit institutions and organizations. The curriculum in Applied Psychology, with an emphasis in either organizational psychology or rural community psychology is on practical applications to real-world problems that will assist students in finding employment in the field.

The minimum academic requirement will be a 2.0 GPA for students in the program. Students in the Applied Psychology program will gain experience in applying theoretical and practical knowledge to solving problems for business/industry and or social and community problems. This program will have a strong emphasis on national and cultural contexts and facilitate an awareness of both social and political systems and environmental influences on individual, group and organizational development.

The concentration in Rural Community Psychology will focus the application of psychological principles to resolve social problems in a variety of community settings. Attention will be paid to empowering and improving the quality of life for vulnerable social groups such as minorities, children and the elderly through advocacy and education. The concentration in Organizational Psychology will focus on the student’s ability to use basic psychological knowledge and skills to effectively solve real-life problems faced by business and industry. Students must earn a grade of “C-“or better in all major field and advisement track requirements as well as ENGL 101.

All Applied Psychology students do core theoretical coursework in their first and second years, after which they choose either a Rural Community concentration or an Organizational concentration in order to meet their individual career goals. These different concentrations offer appropriately tailored coursework and include an internship experience aligned with the student's concentration.

The Rural Community concentration focuses on advocacy or advancement in such community environments as those involving family and children, youth, drugs and alcohol, and poverty. Students in the Organizational track focus on business, organizational psychology or organizational communication.

Students will be exposed to many areas of study in psychology through varied course selections. They can also obtain work experience or get involved in supervised research. Sample courses include: 

  • General Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Adult Development & Aging
  • Rural Sociology
  • Management Communications
  • Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Group Dynamics
  • Community Psychology
  • Field Experience I & II

Graduates of SUNY Cobleskill's Applied Psychology program often establish careers as:

  • Affirmative Action Officers
  • Recreational Workers
  • Urban Planning Officers
  • Human Resources Agents
  • Advertising Copywriters
  • Media Buyers
  • Health Educators
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Hospital Program Administrators
  • Psychiatric Assistants
  • Directors of Volunteer Services
  • Public Statisticians
  • Insurance Technicians
  • Technical Writers
  • Sales Representatives for Academic Texts
  • Opinion Survey Researchers
  • Lab Assistants


Some of our recent program graduates are now employed by:

  • New York State Office of the Deputy Comptroller for Human Resources
  • Springbrook
  • US Army
  • Berkshire Farm
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • Bryant and Stratton College
  • Columbia Memorial Hospital

Amy CorbettAmy Corbett, Ph.D.              

Warner Hall 201


 Dr. Corbett is a professor of Psychology with more than 25 years of experience in higher education. Research and collaboration are integral to her work focusing on mindfulness meditation, becoming more eco-friendly, and the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans. These focus areas provide great applied examples in the Research Methods course required of all Psychology majors.

Dr. Corbett’s international psychology coursework offers students a multicultural and advanced educational experience. Students also have independent and supervised research opportunities. Her students can apply to present their research at SUNY-wide and national conferences.

Her education includes a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University at Albany and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She spends her free time in the mountains & lakes of New Hampshire, where she grew up.


Christina PoorChristina Poor

Visiting Instructor, Coordinator for Veteran Services and First Year Experience
Warner Hall 204

Christina Poor is a visiting instructor for Applied Psychology. Prior to teaching, Christina worked with Educational Support Services and Student Development. She is an alumna of SUNY Cobleskill and the first graduate from the BS: Applied Psychology degree program. Christina earned her M. S. in Organizational Leadership from National University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Leadership with a concentration in Education and Counseling with University of the Cumberlands.

Christina is also serving as the Veteran Affairs & Military Affiliates Director and the First Year Experience Coordinator. Christina teaches General Psychology, Child Psychology, Group Dynamics, and Student Success courses. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets.


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