Few abilities are more central to a person’s successful and productive functioning in modern society than the sophisticated, insightful appreciation of one’s own behavior and the behavior of others. The University’s goal of developing liberally educated students in the 21st century and the Ignatian ideal of being “men and women for and with others” can be advanced by encouraging students to develop sophisticated insight into behavior, both their own and that of others, in all of its diverse manifestations. The study of psychology provides a theoretical and scientific framework that fosters the development of this sophisticated appreciation of oneself and others.

In the spirit of the Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts tradition, the department of psychology at 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 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.

Some of our graduates pursue an advanced degree. Recent SJU psychology students have entered doctoral programs at:

  • Duke University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Temple University
  • Phila. College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • SUNY Albany
  • Ohio University

SJU Psychology alumni are using their degree to build careers in many different fields:

  • Adriene Beltz - Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
  • Maureen Carrigan - Professor of Psychology, University of South Carolina Aiken
  • Ashley Chambers - Research Coordinator at The Monell Chemical Senses Center studying infant flavor learning
  • Jenna DiLossi - Cofounder / Owner, Center for Hope & Health, LLC, Ardmore, PA
  • Jacquelyn O’Malley - Founder / Director, Center for Mindfulness and Wellness, Flourtown, PA
  • Tara Filmyer - Middle school counselor
  • Adrienne Katra - Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) for children with autism
  • Brandon Perelman - Cognitive Scientist at Applied Research Associates