Explore Psychology @ IUPUI School of Science
Explore the basic principles underlying behavior and mental processes. Learn how to solve social and personal problems through hands-on research, service-learning and collaboration with professionals in the community.
June 15, 2010 — Duration: 7:33
[L. Ashburn-Nardo] You know, if you think about just a layperson and what they spend most of their time thinking about its people. So as a social psychologist, in particular, you know I canít think of a discipline that you know could be more relevant to our everyday lives. Understanding people and why we do the things we do, understanding behavior and thought processes, those questions in and of themselves are really exciting.
[D. Appleby] Psychology is the scientific study of behaviors and mental processes. Behaviors and mental processes is what we do, what we do, and what our friends do, and what our loved ones do. And in order to be able to say, I think that I have fun with psychology, what that means is that Iím starting to understand things a lot better about why I do certain things.
Another aspect of our department, which is really quite different from a lot others is that we have things called track concentrations. We have four of them. We have three graduate programs and what this allows is for undergraduates to be taught by graduate faculty and to not only get a degree in psychology, either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, but also to basically concentrate in a particular area of study. The four we have right now, tracks, are clinical psychology, and industrial organizational psychology, and the psychology of the dictions, and also behavioral neuroscience.
[M. Jeschke] Itís a really exciting major, because well itís so broad, you can do lots of different things with your Bachelors Degree. You can go on and work in human resources, business, work for non-for-profit, or work in social services, or human services. Or you can take the Graduate school path and go on in psychology, or we have students who go on in law, medicine. We even have students who go on in other health disciplines, like OT and PT. So thereís just a variety of things that a student can do in psychology.
[K. Rand] So, thereís opportunities to get involved, not only with working with people and doing sort of perceptual experiments or social cognition experiments, but also working with animals in the laboratory to understand sort of the psychoĖphysiology of processes that are going on.
As you combine sort of the benefits of having a research focus big institution that has lots of connections in an urban setting with medical school and the other professional school and political and business enterprises in the city, but also that sort of small school feel that the faculty are approachable. Theyíre not going to sort of gruffly tell you to go away and leave them alone. Undergraduate education is one of our priority goals here.
[T. Allen] To be able to do research here at IUPUI, itís just an amazing experience that I think itís just irreplaceable. Iíve currently, well, I will be starting with my seventh research project, so Iíve had lots of opportunities. Iíve worked on many different projects. Theyíve ranged from looking at actually undergraduate research, like trying to assess the benefits of it and all the way to looking at clinical treatments for integrated dual disorders, and also looking at goals.
[L. Ashburn-Nardo] So, they know how to find information. They know how to make evidence based decisions. They know how to look at data and decide, you know, whatís the best course of action here, and that course of action doesnít have to be in research. It could be in counseling; it could be in teaching; it could be in business; it could be in a number of different kinds of careers.
[M. Jeschke] Weíve created sort of a little community here and a little family, and we have lots of opportunities for students to be engaged right here in psychology, which will make this big environment seem small.
[K. Rand] It kind of has a small college atmosphere around here. We definitely know our students by name and face.
[C. Frye] Thereís an open door policy with every teacher that I have. Basically, if you ever want to talk, if you have a question, if you just want to stop in and chat with someone about anything, thereís always an open door policy, and you can always walk in at anytime and ask any question. Theyíre very open, and they never make you feel like youíre asking a dumb question, even though you might be asking a dumb question.
[J. Guare] I really found that I love being in the classroom. I like working with students in an educational mode like the classroom. It gives me a chance to get them excited about material maybe they havenít been exposed to before. It gives me a chance to explain things to them in ways that maybe they havenít heard before, and just the interaction with the students I find very rewarding.
[A. Barnes] I mean, itís really the best deal for the experience youíre going to gain. With the psychology department, the reason why I donít feel like Iím a number is because the faculty are really good advocates. I havenít really needed an advocate in the sense that Iíve gotten in trouble or Iíve had issues, itís more so when I do things, they get recognized.
[C Frye] The psychology students at IUPUI are actually a pretty tight group. Since Iíve been here, Iíve actually really found kind of a niche, if you will. At IUPUI, the students, we all know each other in the school of science, especially psychology.
The one thing about IUPUI that I like more than anything else is how informative IUPUI is. I feel like Iíve been hand fed exactly, ďokay, you want to succeed? Hereís the formula for you to succeed.Ē
[T. Allen] I think that IUPUI has, I think itís just the environment here, the opportunities that are available, and really just, I think the faculty and the academics really make this school.
This, itís just, coming from a different university, and then also having an experience here, Itís just, I think this experience is so much richer, and you just gain so much more knowledge and hands-on experience that I just donít know, I donít know if you can gain that at other universities.
[J. Guare] We really are strong on undergraduate education and training. We have lots of resources available to students. I think the faculty are committed to teaching. Theyíre also committed to research as well, and the blending of their research and teaching is a wonderful mix for students to learn about.
We have other resources as well. We have a good advising program, so undergraduate students can get help. I think as their trying to figure out, ďwhat do I want to do, what courses do I want to take,Ē these kinds of things, thereís just a very rich environment.
[J. Cahall] I think it all starts with the people. I mean, I think anywhere thatís the case, and I think that the people here I think that their work speaks for itself. And, I think that the metrics of the school speak for itself too, but I think most of all itís the people, and I think that anyone who is a perspective student that gets the chance to really interact with some of the faculty here or even some of the other, you know, students or mentors, advisors, I think that theyíre all outlets where the department can really amplify you know its strengths.