Obtain a strong foundation in the scientific study of human behavior.
The Psychology degree program at Thomas provides excellent preparation for the real world of work in this important field. You’ll develop critical thinking skills and objective approaches to human behavior. But the program also focuses on the less-tangible, equally vital quality that distinguishes the real experts—a sense of compassion for the human condition.
- General Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Experimental Design and Analysis
- Abnormal Psychology
- Anatomy and Psychology
- Physiological Psychology
You can explore paths in:
- Clinical psychology
- Social work
- Occupational therapy
- Vocational rehabilitation counseling
The Psychology Degree program emphasizes learning by doing, giving you hands-on, direct experience in working with human subjects and designing experiments. The curriculum develops a foundation for understanding developmental, abnormal, physiological, personality and cognitive psychology, as well as career paths in these fields. You’ll graduate with the preparation you need for a career or graduate study.
You can take…
- General Psychology is your introduction to topics including learning, memory, motivation, consciousness, emotions, perceptions and experience, personality, interpersonal relations, conflict, and research methods
- Design, propose, and conduct an experiment based on your own research question in Experiential Design and Analysis II—and test your question on Thomas students
- Learn about psychological disorders, their treatment, and compassionate care in Abnormal Psychology
You’ll graduate with the ability to…
- Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology
- Apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation
- Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes
- Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues
- Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline
- Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use technology for many purposes
- Communicate effectively in a variety of formats
- Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural diversity
- Develop insight into your own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement
- Emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement your psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings
Outstanding personal attention from faculty.
- Tracey L. Horton, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology and Criminal JusticeTracey L. Horton, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice
Recent courses taught:
- Forensic Psychology
- Psychology and the Law
- Psychology of Criminal Behavior
- Restorative Justice
- Ph.D. in Human Services/ Criminal Justice Specialization from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- MA in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
- BS in Psychology from Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
Tracey Horton is a forensic psychologist who worked in the criminal justice system of North Carolina for fifteen years. She has treated and evaluated offenders in both community corrections and correctional institutions, investigated defendants facing felony charges, and prepared sentencing recommendations for the court, and assisted with mitigation investigations on defendants in capital murder trials. Dr. Horton has administered the forensic psychology program at Thomas College since 2010 and teaches classes in psychology, criminal behavior, and criminal justice.
Areas of Expertise:
Racial disparity in sentencing, mental health and criminal behavior, substance abuse and criminal behavior, psychological disorders.
Appointed member (since 2015) of Maine's Juvenile Justice Advisory Group - advises state policymakers and promotes effective system-level responses in Maine's juvenile justice system"
Alpha Chi Honor Society, Faculty Advisor
Faculty Professional Development
- Dale Dickson, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Psychology & Department
Recent courses taught:
– MS296: Statistics for the Social Science
– MS301: Statistical Inference and Decision Making
– PY111: General Psychology
– PY321: Adv. Experimental Design & Analysis
– PY422: Physiological Psychology
– PY475: Independent Research in Psychology
- President of the Faculty Senate
- Cynthia N. LepleyAssociate Professor of Psychology and College ChaplainCynthia N. LepleyAssociate Professor of Psychology and College Chaplain
Recent courses taught:
– Developmental Psychology
– Child Psychology
– Counseling Theory
– Abnormal Psychology
- BA Susquehanna University M.Div. Bangor Theological Seminary
- Working on a Doctorate in Counseling at the University of Maine
- Advanced Clinical Pastoral Education ( 3 year/1200 at Maine General)
- ACA American Counseling Association
- Presentation at the Maine ACA Conference in 2004 on the Neurobiology of Affect Regulation in Counseling process.
- Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society during the doctoral program