Contact Us

Donald S. Leitner, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Psychology

dleitner@sju.edu 610-660-1802

Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of Graduate Program

jmindell@sju.edu 610-660-1806

Psychology Department

The Department of Psychology of Saint Joseph's offers students an exciting and challenging curriculum. The broad range of courses provides opportunities for understanding Psychology as a scientific discipline. The Department's focus is on relevant, current research and the application of that research in experimental, clinical, counseling, health care and corporate settings. The full spectrum of activities and concerns of psychologists are covered, with consideration given to ethical issues.

University students with a wide range of interests find Psychology personally appealing and professionally relevant. Students use the Psychology major as a gateway to a diverse range of employment opportunities, including the health and legal professions, human resources and management positions, education and school counseling, and other social, industrial and organizational situations. For those students interested in pursuing graduate study in Psychology, the Department offers a five-year Bachelor's/Master's degree program that offers training in the areas of behavioral neuroscience, clinical psychology and neuropsychology, behavioral pediatrics, social psychology, cognitive psychology, and developmental psychology.

Our graduates are currently college professors, researchers, school psychologists, counselors, developmental psychologists, personnel managers, educators, learning disability specialists, social workers, physicians, attorneys, and successful businessmen and business-women.

Our Mission

Goals & Objectives

In the spirit of the Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts tradition, the Department of Psychology of Saint Joseph's University provides students with an understanding and appreciation of behavior and mental processes in all of its diverse manifestations, for the betterment of the human condition.

The Department promotes excellence through the teacher/scholar model and provides an atmosphere for students to be intellectually curious, socially responsible, to reason well, and to become independent learners. This academic experience will change the way they conceive of their world and themselves and will promote a life-long commitment to social justice and learning.

The Department serves its academic discipline and the larger community through faculty scholarship and the preparation of future scholars, as well as providing students with the intellectual, interpersonal, and communication skills that promote success in a variety of career paths.

Guided by the philosophy of science as a worldview and its application to psychological processes, the Department of Psychology supports the University's mission by:

  • Excelling in teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Making a vital contribution to the general education of the University's students.
  • Modeling¬†cura personalis¬†(care for the person) through advising, mentoring, community and professional service, and assuming positions of leadership within and outside the University.
  • Preparing courses that reflect the historic roots of the discipline as well as contemporary thought, and making explicit the connections between basic science and real world applications.
  • Emphasizing professional ethics of psychology as a discipline.
  • Conducting and disseminating high-quality research, in partnership with students.
  • Providing students with experientially based learning.
  • Preparing students to contribute to the common good.

As a department, we have clearly identified the following learning objectives which we attempt to achieve through the sum total of our courses. Specific course syllabi reflect these learning objectives and assess student proficiency through papers, projects, and examinations.

Goal 1: Theory and Content of Psychology.
Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

Goal 2: Research Methods in Psychology.
Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

Goal 3: Critical Thinking and Communication Skills in Psychology.
Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

Goal 4: Application of Psychology.
Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

Goal 5: Values in Psychology.
Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

Goal 6: Information and Technological Literacy.
Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.