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Psychology Department

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Psychology explores the complex reasons for why people do what they do. Guilford College Psychology majors develop a sensitivity for these reasons behind human behavior, as well as an appreciation for different approaches and points of view. They are taught to understand how clinical and laboratory methods supplement each other while they develop rigorous habits of observation. They also learn how to avoid the simple explanation and recognize the role of multiple causes in the determination of human behavior.

Topics of study include Mass Media, Environmental Psychology, Psychology of Language, Sex and Gender, and Psychology of African Americans, among others. Students also have the opportunity to design an independent study or participate in an internship tailored to their personal interests.

Students learn through analytical writing, research, and hands-on projects, which provide skills that translate well into careers and graduate study. Recent graduates have jobs in mental health, education, research, and administration. Others have entered graduate school in Psychology or social work or have thrived by taking creative alternative career routes in environmental routes, including environmental studies, writing, and politics.


College Catalog

For more information about courses for the Psychology Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. The Undergraduate Catalog also includes academic department and major information, academic regulations and resources, admission standards and requirements, and tuition, fees, and financial aid information.

Majors and Minors

“My relationships with professors who genuinely cared about me as a student and person promoted an environment where I could thrive. Guilford really does inspire a lifelong love of learning and a commitment to helping each student access and maximize their potential.”

Sara DeHart-Young '89
Psychology major, partner at Triad Counseling and Clinical Services

Awards and Scholarships

The Psychology Department offers two outstanding student awards (one for traditional students, one for Center for Continuing Education students), as well as the Kathy Adams Research Methods Award. The Kathy Adams award is given each year to a student who demonstrates a solid work ethic and exhibits extraordinary skill and enthusiasm for research, as demonstrated by their performance in the Research Methods and Analysis course. Preference is given to students who in their junior year or earlier in order to give recipients ample time to conduct additional undergraduate research.

Psychology Department News and Events

Professor Explores Transgender Parents’ Perspectives

Professor Explores Transgender Parents’ Perspectives

Research from faculty at Guilford College and Pennsylvania State University suggests many transgender parents of children between 18 months and six years of age take a child-centered perspective to gender in families.

Molding Young Minds

Molding Young Minds

Psychology and Modern Language Studies (Spanish) double major Andrew Orchowsky ’20 uses the lessons he learned at Guilford to land a job he’s passionate about, teaching Spanish, amidst a pandemic.

Meet a Quaker: Darniece Carter '25 [VIDEO]

Meet a Quaker: Darniece Carter '25 [VIDEO]

Meet Darniece Carter '25, a Guilford College transfer student and Psychology major and Criminal Justice minor. In this video, find out why Darniece chose to…

The Art of Helping Others

The Art of Helping Others

Lele Graves ’20 shares how Guilford has inspired her to use her talents in art and activism to help those in need.

Prisons, Partnerships, and Progress

Prisons, Partnerships, and Progress

Students collaborate with the N.C. Department of Public Safety and Norwegian prison officials to find solutions to improve the criminal justice system.

Guilford State of Mind

Guilford State of Mind

Psychology major Maya Brown ’21 knew from her first visit that Guilford was the school she wanted to attend. "It had a sense of community, and the College’s open-minded and accepting values made it stand out.”

Psychology Personified

Psychology Personified

People are Josie Schoenberg’s ’24 top priority. The rising sophomore Honors student from Dunwoody, Ga., is a natural fit at Guilford, where she’s enjoying theater productions and her Psychology major.

Horizons Unlimited

Horizons Unlimited

Psychology major Finn Shepherd ’19 went local when he chose Guilford College for undergrad, and he expanded his worldview when he chose to add a major in German. Now a graduate student in Wisconsin, read about his big plans for the future.

Courting Destiny

Courting Destiny

Brittany DeCesare ’15 has spent much of her life on the volleyball court. Her dedication to the sport — and to her studies — paid off many times over at Guilford and beyond.

Early Achiever

Early Achiever

A native of the Dominican Republic, Marisabel Guzman Cruz ’23 had her sights set on studying English at a young age. A double major in Psychology and Business, Marisabel plans to add Analytics as a third major and Economics as her minor.

A Vocation to Heal

A Vocation to Heal

Psychology major and Honors student Jillian Morrison ’21 added two strategic minors in Education Studies and Modern Language Studies (Spanish) during her time at Guilford. Her next goal? A master's in social work at the University of Pennsylvania.

Pursuing Purpose

Pursuing Purpose

An outstanding student and inspiring campus leader, Psychology major Dayna Bryden ’20 shares how Guilford helped her find purpose and a plan for her future.

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Sarah Estow

Sarah Estow

Associate Professor of Psychology

Chris Henry

Chris Henry

Associate Professor of Psychology

Julie Jacks

Julie Jacks

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

Eva McGuire

Eva McGuire

Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology

Rachel Riskind

Rachel Riskind

Christina B. Gidynski Associate Professor of Psychology

Karen Tinsley

Karen Tinsley

Professor of Psychology