Bachelor of Science (BS)
The Bachelor of Science degree program in Applied Psychology educates a select group of students in theoretical psychology and research, and provides them with direct applied experience though a 15-credit internship that is integrated into the program.
As a result, students graduating from this program will have the knowledge, practical experience and professional exposure to enter directly into the workforce.
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:
Graduates of SUNY Cobleskill's Applied Psychology program often establish careers as:
Some of our recent program graduates are now employed by:
Dr. Amy Corbett is a Professor of Psychology who started at SUNY Cobleskill in 2009. She has been a college educator for over 20 years and uses that experience to teach a wide variety of psychology courses. She offers multicultural experience via faculty-led international psychology coursework, and provides diversified experience via independent and supervised research programs. Her students can present their research at SUNY-wide and national conferences.
Amy finds it rewarding to mentor students in their career preparation. She helps students identify career goals and begin working toward them in the Field Experience and Internship programs. Research is a regular part of Amy's work, and this helps to keep her current on topics such as stress, anxiety, depression, justice and aggression. She is also involved in publication-based curriculum editing and can adopt successful measures to enrich the SUNY Cobleskill Psychology curriculum. Dr. Corbett earned her PhD in Social & Personality Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY, and her B.S. in Psychology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She spends her free time in the mountains and lakes of New Hampshire, where she was raised.
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Dr. Mary T. Guerrant, Assistant Professor of Psychology, started at Cobleskill in 2017. She earned her PhD in Applied Social and Community Psychology from North Carolina State University and holds bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Music Performance from Centenary College of Louisiana. Dr. Guerrant enjoys teaching a variety of psychology courses, especially those related to her emphasis on health and community psychology. Her goal as an instructor is to encourage student development within and beyond the classroom by blending individual critical thinking with group discussion and collaborative projects. She looks forward to working with advisees in the spring, providing opportunities for student involvement in research, and is always open to engaging with students outside the classroom. Her primary areas of interest center around issues of diversity (particularly LGBTQ+, immigrant, and racial/ethnic), community engagement, and health equity. She applies these interests through active research and holding leadership roles within professional organizations. In her free time, Dr. Guerrant enjoys playing music and attending concerts, traveling (especially internationally), trying new cuisine, and biking.
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Joan Thalheimer, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, earned her B.A. in psychology from Russell Sage College and her M.A. in Counseling and Community Psychology from Sage Graduate School. Professor Thalheimer has worked with college students in many capacities, most recently as a mental health counselor at a Wellness and Counseling Center. Professor Thalheimer has experience teaching general psychology, child and adolescent psychology, and social psychology. Professor Thalheimer's area of interest is attachment theory, and she enjoys reading about research in the fields of developmental and counseling psychology. She completed her Master's Thesis in 2016, which examined the correlation between attachment and academic achievement among college students. In her free time, Professor Thalheimer enjoys baking, listening to country music and spending time at the beach, especially in Cape Cod.
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