Psychology Opportunities

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  • Pitt-Greensburg Scholarships
  • Helen Conors Psychology Award is given to the student who has demonstrated the highest quality scholarship and service to psychology on and off campus. Named after the first full-time Pitt-Greensburg counselor.
  • Randi Koeske Scholarship is is given to the sophomore with the best academic record and greatest financial need. Renewable! Named after the late Pitt-Greensburg Associate Professor of Psychology.

Career/Internship InformationPitt-Greensburg Psychology Interns

Explore the successful internship experiences completed by the following Psychology students - and learn more about finding an internship! To obtain course credit, students can apply for departmental approval to complete an internship during their junior or senior year through Dr. Russ Phillips. Ideally internships are completed in the spring - students take PSY 1976 Psych in Action (3 CR). Fall or summer internships are completed in PSY 1910 Supervised Field Experience (1-6 CR).

Internship activities include interviewing clients, keeping records, facilitating group interventions, devising treatment plans, writing grants, scheduling clients, managing cases, coordinating recreational activities, and billing. Students have the opportunity to provide services and sit in on professional settings such as psychotherapy or advocacy. The following is a list of local internship sites:

- Adelphoi Village - Gateway Rehabilitation Center
- Alternative Living Solutions - Key Care Hospice
- Big Brothers Big Sisters - Pressley Ridge Day School
- Blackburn Center - Southwestern PA Human Services (SPHS)
- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh - Wesley Family Service
- Creative Dialogues - Western Psychiatric Institute
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) - Westmoreland County Children's Bureau
- Family Behavioral Resources - Westmoreland Casemanagement & Supports

Clubs/Honors Societies/Organizations

Active Minds is a student club that promotes awareness, education, and advocacy for mental health issues. This club works to reduce the mental health stigma and encourage students to take advantage of campus resources. Pitt-Greensburg students have held informative and entertaining events on campus on topics like body image and stress. There are no requirements to join Active Minds; it is open to all students. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact advisor Mrs. Gayle Pamerleau.

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, encourages, stimulates, and maintains excellence advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact advisor Dr. Kristen Asplin.

Graduate Studies

Research Opportunities

All students conduct a research project in Senior Thesis (PSY 1925), working in small groups, reviewing prior research, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting the results to the campus community.

Students can also work one-on-one with a professor or in small groups conducting research projects, and obtain credit, conducting their own research (PSY 1913 Directed Individual Research for 1-3 CR) or working on a faculty project (PSY 1920 Supervised Practicum or PSY 1976 Psych in Action; both 3 CR).

Students might submit their work to a student or professional journal, or present at a student or professional conference, as graduate schools and employers value these "outcomes." Past projects include working with the local courts, examining the effectiveness of juvenile placement programs, examining the personality types of students who identify as geeks, studying the effects of aversive events on behavior, and evaluating quantitative models of signal detection. Students can explore the psychology faculty webpages to examine faculty research interests.