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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Social Sciences Division
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 226
    • tel: 610-499-4365
    • fax: 610-499-4603
  • Dr. Ross Steinman

    • Co-Chair, Psychology Department
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 137B
    • tel: 610-499-4266

  • Dr. Suzanne Mannes

    • Co-Chair, Psychology Department
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 340
    • Tel: 610-499-1343



Why Widener?

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Research Opportunities

Students conduct research as part of their coursework through laboratories and a senior research class. In addition, students can work one-on-one with faculty members on their research. Psychology topics under investigation in the department include jury decision-making, memory improvement, and brand transgression, among others. Through these opportunities, students acquire experience and skills valued by graduate schools and employers.

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Practicum/Internship Program

The practicum/internship program involves three steps: a professional development seminar, a practicum, and an internship. Students learn how to set up a practicum and network with guest speakers representing different placement sites. They are matched with an actual site by the end of the seminar. Placement sites include community mental health settings, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, businesses, counseling agencies, and schools.

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Faculty Mentors

Faculty and students can build meaningful bonds due to small class sizes. These bonds enable faculty to serve as caring and knowledgeable mentors who can help students achieve their unique learning and career goals. These bonds distinguish a Widener education from that which can be achieved at larger institutions.

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Nina F. Rizzo


Being involved in numerous organizations and clubs while at Widener made my experience fun and limitless in possibility. Widener's concerned faculty provided me with the space to be innovative and to develop into a leader. I was able to help kick-start a new club with Dr. Lori Simons and fellow students called the Practicum/Internship Club. I am still connected with this club and hear from the students involved in it.

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Michael Corcoran


My favorite professor was Ross Steinman. He taught the I/O Psychology course that steered me to psychology. Dr. Steinman was one of the driving forces behind me attending graduate school for my MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

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Potential Careers

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Behavioral neuroscientist
  • Child psychologist
  • Cognitive psychologist
  • Consumer psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Health and wellness educator
  • Industrial/organizational psychologist
  • Career counselor