Colloquium Series

This series brings students, faculty, and the Bucknell community together to discuss research in progress and hear talks by visiting scientists. It is sponsored by the Psychology Department, Psi Chi, and the University Lectureship Committee (and sometimes others). All interested members of the community are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are served and a short reception after each talk offers the opportunity to chat with the speaker.


Number of psychology courses required for a pyschology major.

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Aaron Mitchel

Assistant professor of psychology, Swanson Fellow in the Sciences and Engineering

Aaron Mitchel

"We don't live in just an auditory environment. We typically have multiple senses interacting, with very important and very rich cues coming from visual input."

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Bucknell, Geisinger open autism treatment and research facility

This joint effort will connect Geisinger Hospital with Bucknell's programs in neuroscience, psychology, education, mathematics and computer science. Bucknell students and researchers will have the opportunity to work with Geisinger's clinicians and scientists in a collaborative and integrated manner.

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Tricia Collins '14

Tricia Collins '14

"The psychology department does a great job guiding students on their own individual paths and groups classes together to focus on different psychological disciplines."

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Investigate the causes of autism in children. Study social cues among capuchin monkeys. Or learn about positive psychology alongside inmates at a women’s prison.

By studying psychology at Bucknell, you’ll gain real-world experience in the field and in the lab and challenge you to learn why people and other animals do what they do, and feel what they feel. 

Bucknell's psychology program emphasizes research and collaboration between faculty and students. You'll get a broad education in traditional areas of psychological experimentation and theory, along with opportunities for more advanced studies of topics that appeal to you.

A significant number of psychology majors become psychologists, delivering clinical services or teaching and doing research at other colleges and universities. However, the careers entered by former majors are extremely varied, ranging from human resources specialists to legal consultants.


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Psychology majors learn critical thinking, scientific reasoning, writing and quantitative analysis.

Students grow to understand and conduct studies of the mind and behavior of a variety of species from multiple theoretical and practical perspectives.

Students enrolled in developmental psychology courses gain hands-on experience and can conduct research with children aged six weeks to six years at the on-site Sunflower Child Care Center.

Abnormal psychology courses allow students to interact informally with patients at Danville State Psychiatric Hospital. Some students conduct research at the hospital. This experience increases understanding of psychiatric illness and the sometimes fuzzy boundary between normal and abnormal behaviors.

The animal lab facility supports student research in animal behavior. Students can conduct projects using honeybees, and several species of primates, including Hamadryas baboons, macaques and capuchins. Research also is conducted using golden hamsters and rats.

We also offer a full-time, two-year program in general-experimental psychology that leads to a Master in Science degree. Our program is small and selective; we accept 2-3 students per year.

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Kim Daubman

Associate Professor

Kim Daubman

"Whether it's making music or solving a mathematical proof, when time flies and you feel fully engaged, you're experiencing what psychologists call flow. To create a good life, you need to recognize these moments of flow and figure out how to maximize them."

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Bill Flack

Associate Professor

Bill Flack

"I'm a critical clinical psychologist specializing in traumatology, and my research is focused on the causes, characteristics, contexts, and consequences of campus sexual assault."

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T. Joel Wade


T. Joel Wade

"I like the faculty-student interaction. The teaching facilitates the research, but the research also facilitates the teaching. It all fits together."

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Hands-on Experience

Study Abroad

Make the World Your Campus

Psychology students often choose to spend a summer, semester or year abroad. Recently, students in the program have studied in: South Africa, Barbados, and Prague.

Additionally, Professor Bill Flack is co-director of Bucknell in Northern Ireland, a three-and-ahalf week program for students interested in studying social conflict and peace-building.

Undergraduate Research

Earn a Spot at the Kalman Research Symposium

Bucknell students can collaborate with faculty on research within many areas of psychology, including those of animal behavior, development, developmental or adult psychopathology, human cognition, learning, neuroscience, personality, sensation and perception and social psychology.


Real-World Experience

Psychology students can gain career experience through summer internships. Recently, students have been interns at Brown Brothers Harriman, KidTherapy, and The National Ability Center.

In addition, students enrolled in developmental psychology courses gain hands-on experience and can conduct research with children aged six weeks to six years at the on-site Sunflower Child Care Center.


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