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Illinois Tech’s Department of Psychology believes that the study of human behavior has tremendous scientific and practical significance, and is deeply committed to creating an environment that fosters innovations in psychological education, research, and service. We are actively contributing to research in several broad areas of human behavior, including attitudes toward people with disabilities, communication in social networks, depression, developmental issues, eating disorders and body image, infant mental health, health behaviors, leadership, organizational training, personnel selection, quantitative research methods, school-to-work transitions, social support, stigma, test development, and more.
In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, our faculty members maintain vibrant and active research labs, are the recipients of federally funded research awards, serve on editorial boards of prestigious scientific journals, and are invited to deliver presentations across the nation and around the world. Our students work with our faculty in ongoing research, present their work at regional and national conferences, and apply their knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems.
Graduates from the Department of Psychology comprise a distinguished group. Our alumni include individuals who have excelled in academic and scientific professions; achieved recognition as leaders in the local, regional, national, and international business communities; and remained closely connected to Illinois Tech.
As part of the department’s commitment to applied learning, student research opportunities in a variety of faculty labs are available. Assistant Professor of Psychology Steve Du Bois and the graduate student researchers conduct work in the Du Bois Health Psychology Lab.Learn More
A Clinical Perspective
Assistant Professor of Psychology Alissa Haedt-Matt, an expert on eating disorders and body image, takes a deeper look at selfie culture for National Selfie Day.
Shaking Off the Stigma
Patrick Corrigan is a distinguished professor of psychology and the principal investigator of the National Consortium for Stigma and Empowerment, an Illinois Tech-based research group advancing recovery from mental illness by understanding stigma and promoting empowerment.Learn More
The faculty of the Department of Psychology are dedicated to wide-ranging research spanning the fields of clinical psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, and counseling and rehabilitation science.
Elizabeth Dougherty’s research on eating disorders is getting noticed. The clinical psychology Ph.D. student saw her work recognized this year through a Rising Star Award from the UC San Diego Eating...
Incorporating elements of gaming into learning environments and workplaces is proving not just trendy, but also effective in producing positive learning outcomes, according to new research from...
New research from clinical psychology Ph.D. graduate Hayley Perelman shows that interventions geared toward educating male college athletes about body image and nutrition could help reduce their drive...
Originally from Pakistan and the first woman in her family to graduate from college, Mehak Hafeez has launched her career as a psychotherapist in Chicago.Mehak Hafeez (PSYC ’17, M.S. REHC ’19)
Arryn Guy is helping to improve the health of gender, sexual, racial, and ethnic minorities through the real-world research experience she is gaining as a graduate student in clinical psychology.Arryn Guy (Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Student)
Industrial-organizational psychology alumnus Trenton Adams expanded his ability to understand and communicate data as a graduate student at Illinois Tech. Now he’s putting those skills to use for United Airlines.Trenton Adams (M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology ’18)
Maya Al-Khouja’s experiences conducting research and creating a program helping to erase the stigma around mental illness set her apart as she applied to graduate school.Maya Al-Khouja (PSYC ’16)
Robin Chaurasiya conceived of her nonprofit, Kranti, while studying global women’s movements as an undergraduate with one of her favorite Illinois Tech professors, Margaret Power.Robin Chaurasiya (PS, PSYC ’06)
“I love the fact that all the professors here want students to gain experience and get involved. My first semester, halfway in I received a lab position with Kristina Bauer's Psychology Laboratory. I was so excited to be able to participate and create a new study from the beginning; I got to input ideas and help out with designing the possible study. The lab position also opened up my connections to psychology graduate students and other people within the department who have great advice. They have been very influential and helpful with my future plans.”
“I like that [as students] we can do research and that our professors make it really easy for us to get involved. They really teach us how to be effective scientists and allow us to take the lead of our own research. I hope to continue on to graduate school (specifically a doctorate in clinical psychology) and, after completing all of my schooling, open up my own practice that focuses on providing mental health care and mental health advocacy to black women in Chicago’s south-side neighborhoods.”
“My eventual goal is to go to law school, and I think the analytical skills that I will learn throughout my degree will help me prepare for the LSAT. I have really enjoyed my courses and professors so far. Being at a smaller school is very helpful when you need help in a course because professors are usually very open to meet and discuss materials. I appreciate the wide variety of courses that I am able to take through my degree, and I feel that the knowledge I have gained will help me later in life.”