Friday, October 9, 2015

Psychology Major Named Peace Scholar

Congratulations to psychology major Emily Wirtz of Youngstown who was recently named a "peace scholar" through the Ashland Center for Nonviolence.  As part of this award, Emily will receive a $1,000 scholarship through the center.  Click HERE to read the official AU press release.  Congratulations Emily!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Youngstown State University is Accepting Applications for the MA in Gerontology Program

The new Master of Arts in Gerontology at YSU is among the few in the country that trains professionals to directly work with, advocate for, educate others about, and investigate issues surrounding the growing population of older adults.  As part of an interdisciplinary curriculum, students gain both research and applied skills working with faculty and doing internships with community partners. Importantly, these skills translate into diverse job opportunities or preparation for admission to doctoral level programs.  Gerontology is often misunderstood by students, yet is a burgeoning field with an attractive job outlook. Feel free to contact Dr. Tiffany Hughes ( for additional information or visit the program website by clicking HERE

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Psi Chi Co-Sponsors Lecture by New York Artist

Psi Chi, along with the AU Art Department, Coburn Gallery, Ashland Center for Nonviolence, and Student Activities,  is co-sponsoring a lecture by artist Traci Molloy as part of the Coburn Gallery's "Power of the Press" event. The lecture will will be Thursday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Ridenour Room in Dauch. Ms. Molloy will also join with community members and AU students to construct an art project on the theme of bullying. Contact Psi Chi President Beverly Paramore or Dr. Bonfiglio ( for more information about this event.

Monday, September 28, 2015

President Signs Executive Order on Behavioral Science

On September 15, President Obama signed the executive order of "Using Behavioral Insights to Better Serve the American People".  In essence, this order states that research findings from fields such as economics and psychology can be used to design government policies.  Click HERE to see specific details of the order at the White House website.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Psychology Fast Facts

Each year, our graduating seniors score well above the national average on exams that measure content-related knowledge.  In 2015 our seniors scored in the 72nd percentile on the PACAT exam, while the national average of over 5,000 students was the 50th percentile.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Psychology Fast Facts

Over the past ten years 96% of the graduates from our program who have pursued graduate studies have been accepted, and the broad training we provide our students prepares them for a variety of career options.  While many of our students pursue graduate degrees in counseling, there are many other career paths for psychology majors, as highlighted by the following institutions and programs to which our students have been accepted over the past five years:

Ashland Theological Seminary
Clinical Counseling

Barry University

Bowling Green State University
Clinical Psychology

Case Western Reserve University
Social Work

Gannon University
Occupational Therapy

George Mason University
Public Policy/Administration

Heidelberg University

John Carroll University

Kent State University
Higher Education Administration

Marymount University
Forensic Psychology

New Mexico State University
Social Work/Public Health

Palmer College of Chiropractic

Saint Louis University
Industrial Organizational Psychology

Tiffin University
Criminal Behavior

University of Akron
Community Counseling
Marriage and Family Therapy
Social Work
Industrial and Organizational Psychology

University of Dayton
School Psychology

University of Findlay
Occupational Therapy

Miami University (OH)
Speech and Language Pathology

Thursday, September 10, 2015

School Psychology Program at YSU Accepting Students for July 2016 Cohort

The Youngstown State University School Psychology Program is accepting student applications for the YSU School Psychology Program cohort to begin in July of 2016. Candidates will find that this school psychology graduate program provides comprehensive training which leads to an Ohio license as a school psychologist. Those with a background in psychology are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 31, 2016, and the interview process begins in February of 2016.  Information sessions (to describe the program and answer questions) with be held on Wednesday, October 7th at 1:00pm, in the Gallery Room of Kilcawley Center on the second floor, and Thursday, November 19th at 4:00pm, in Room 3322 of Beeghly College of Education on the third floor. For additional information and application materials (and to RSVP for the session), please visit our program website at:

Monday, September 7, 2015

Psychology Fast Fact

Psychology students at Ashland University complete internships at organizations including hospitals, women's shelters, mental health clinics, schools for children with developmental disabilities, and drug/alcohol rehabilitation centers.  To find out more about internship possibilities, contact the department chair, Dr. Metzger.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Chris Chartier and Ashland Univeristy Psychology Students Take Part in Landmark Study

Dr. Chris Chartier, along with Ashland University psychology students Olivia Perna and Taylor Nervie, were among 270 individuals across the globe who participated in the attempted replication of 100 different psychology experiments.  The results of this collaborative project were published last week in Science, one of the top international science journals.  Click HERE to read the entire story from the AU press release.  Congratulations!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Oliver Sacks, World Famous Neurologist, Dies at Age 82

Students of Psychology undoubtedly know of Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who studied, cared for, and wrote about people with a variety of unusual brain disorders.  The author of such classics as The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, The Island Of The Colorblind, Awakenings, A Surgeon's Life, and The Lost Mariner died of melanoma.  His insightful and profoundly moving accounts of those with brain dysfunction will surely be missed.  Click HERE for the full story from the New York Times.