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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.
Exploring the Link Between Eating Disorders and Mental Health
Clinical psychology Ph.D. student Elizabeth Dougherty has been recognized for her research investigating the connection between mental health and eating disorders.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
Tackling Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue
Associate Professor of Psychology Arlen Moller offers a course designed to give students the tools to explore this issue from a public health and communications perspective.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.
When it comes to video games, what are the first thoughts that come to mind? Entertainment? Distraction? Just fun and games? Illinois Institute of Technology Associate Professor of Psychology Arlen...
As a world-class scholar, late Illinois Institute of Technology Distinguished Professor Nambury S. Raju made an impact not just for his decades-long contributions to the field of psychology and for...
In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, the issue of reducing prejudice within police forces took center stage in the United States and abroad. As protesters marched through Chicago...
Interning at the Clinical Nutrition Research Center at the Institute for Food Safety and Health, Rebecca Oziemkowski is gaining direct insight into how diet and nutrition can influence the longevity of people’s lives.Rebecca Oziemkowski (BEHW 4th Year)
A military veteran and native of the Midwest, Tim Carsel is now utilizing people analytics to improve the employee experience at Meta.Tim Carsel (PSYC ’14)
Now a brand-new med student, alumna Joyce Gu prides herself on the work she’s done to lift herself up and be identified as a leader who “serves for the betterment of humanity”—an ethos she aims to build upon as she works to become a physician.Joyce Gu (BIOL/PSYS ’22)
Alumna Lynda Gibson is working to understand and address the impact of community violence on children.Lynda Gibson (Ph.D. PSYC ’20)
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)
“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.”