Psychology is a broad discipline that employs the methods of scientific inquiry as it observes, describes and explores the brain's role in emotion, thought and behavior. Students in the psychology program are called upon to think critically and creatively as they examine how organisms adapt to their surroundings through biological, social, emotional, perceptual and cognitive capacities. Students learn to become clear communicators, attentive listeners and dynamic and sensitive problem solvers.
An undergraduate degree in psychology will prepare students for careers in human services as well as for graduate school programs in psychology, counseling, social work or law.
Psychology student presents at national conference
Ariel Lochman, a Lakeland University psychology student, presented research at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) in Chicago on April 12.
Lochman, Mai Lor and Molly Schwibinger, all research assistants in Lakeland’s Psychology Lab, made the trip.
Lochman presented a poster entitled “Factors Contributing to Stigmatizing Attitudes towards the Mentally Ill.” Authors of the research were Lochman, Lor, Olivia Hansen, Krystal Ferrell, Emilie Schartner and Assistant Professor of Psychology Jessica Kalmar, who made the trip with the students and is director of Lakeland’s Psychology Laboratory.
The research explored the impact of respondent age, education, race and sex on attitudes towards the mentally ill. The research found that while age and years of education were associated with attitudes towards the mentally ill, race and sex did not have an impact on stigma ratings. The research also concluded that potential societal shift in stigmatizing attitudes should be investigated.
The MPA program, part of the group’s 90th annual meeting, consisted of nearly a thousand research presentations across a broad range of disciplines, and included major addresses and methodology workshops.
'I want to help people'
When Krystal Ferrell talks about Lakeland University’s psychology faculty, her voice and smile reveal a genuine excitement for learning.
“Jessica Kalmar is an expert on neuropsychology, Elizabeth Stroot is an expert on counseling methods and Anthony Liguori is an expert in the area of drugs and resultant behavior,” says Ferrell, a senior psychology major from Ironwood, Mich. “They all really know what they’re talking about and they have so much knowledge to share.”
Kalmar, assistant professor of psychology; Stroot, professor of psychology; and Liguori, associate professor of psychology, all have helped Ferrell prepare for the challenging real-world experience she’s facing daily during a second consecutive internship with Mental Health America in Sheboygan County.
Working with Kate Baer, a double Lakeland grad and executive director of Mental Health America in Sheboygan County, Ferrell helps local young people – something she has realized is her calling.
“We visit schools and help kids with awareness of bullying, suicide, depression and other mental health issues,” says Ferrell, who also works as a research assistant in LU’s psychology lab.
After one in-school presentation, a girl approached a Mental Health America employee and opened up about her depression.
“That presentation may have helped save the girl’s life,” says Ferrell, who plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work. “I want to help people. I’ve wanted to work in counseling for a long time.”
Ferrell’s first internship with Mental Health America in Sheboygan County ran 150 hours, and concluded in November. Stroot says the organization valued Ferrell so much, it requested and received board approval to fund her second internship.
“I learned a lot about myself during the first internship,” Ferrell says. “I didn’t always think I wanted to work with kids, and now I know I do.”
Psychology Lab students showcase their work
Five Lakeland University Psychology Laboratory students presented extensive research at the recent Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) conference in Chicago.
Megan Gomez was the first author on a research poster, which detailed the group’s laboratory work on mental illness and the stigma surrounding it. The other authors are Lakeland Assistant Professor of Psychology Jessica Kalmar and students Julie Bender, Sarah Willihnganz, Grace Vos, Kimberly Daane, Holly Chambers and Amber Smith.
Lakeland forms Psi Chi chapter
Lakeland College officially formed the world’s 1,188th Psi Chi psychology honor society chapter when eight members were formally inducted during a ceremony earlier this week.
Seven current Lakeland students and one recent graduate were inducted and pinned as Lakeland became the 13th Psi Chi private school chapter in Wisconsin.
Recent Grads, Real Careers
Listed below are just some of the careers Lakeland University psychology students from recent graduating classes have landed:
- Youth advocate/street outreach, Project Youth/LSS
- Pre-vocational instructor, RCS Empowers
- Student support services counselor/advisor, University of South Florida
- Resident care worker, Willowglen Academy
- Substance abuse counselor, AIDS Research Center of Wisconsin
- Autism therapist, Phoenix Behavioral Health Services
- Customer service representative, Humana
- Line therapist, Wisconsin Early Autism Project
- Services and shelter coordinator, Sheboygan County Safe Harbor
- Direct support professional, Glenkirk
- Validation analyst, Abbott Pharmaceuticals
- Mental health specialist, Allendale Association
- Independent living assistant, Homes for Independent Living
Listed below are some of the internships Lakeland University psychology students have landed during their stay at Lakeland:
- Bridgeway House - Sheboygan, Wis.
- Open Door Drop-In Center - Sheboygan, Wis.
- Safe Harbor - Sheboygan, Wis.
- Sustainable Living Group - Elkhart Lake, Wis.
- Willowglen Academy - Plymouth, Wis.