Psychology Major

Sarah Gibney presents at SURC 2018
Psychology class
Assistant Professor of Psychology Robert Kirk teaches a class in Fitzelle Hall


SUNY Oneonta’s psychology program provides a theoretical and practical background in psychology designed to prepare you for graduate school and a wide range of careers. Approximately one-third of our psychology graduates pursue graduate studies in psychology and related fields.


Special opportunities include teaching assistantships, off-campus internships and independent study projects, working closely with a faculty member in small groups. Recent research projects have been conducted in the areas of perception, verbal learning, implicit memory, early memory, visual imagery, communication, social psychology, perceptual styles, anxiety disorders, psychoneuroendocrinology, social cognition, stereotype and prejudice, adult development and aging, personality and aggression, gender cognitions, parenting and parent-child relations, health promotion, and behavior change.

Student Organizations

Two student organizations, the Psychology Club and Psi Chi (national honor society for psychology) chapter, arrange visits to educational and professional institutions, conduct workshops and panels, bring in speakers and organize trips to regional or national conferences, where students pursuing independent study projects have presented posters and papers.


Psychology Department
161 Fitzelle Hall

Ashley Mancino
I love telling the story of meeting my freshman-year roommate. We still live together now, and we have our first apartment together. When I first met her, it was over Facebook. We never met until our first night. … and we live together three years later!
Diamond Thomas
I found my friends through the clubs I’m in. The first time I roller-skated was up here. My friends and I like to go to the free movies in Red Dragon Theater. I live off campus now, but I miss everything that was on campus.
Luis Montalvo
Being an RA has been a challenge in a good way. It teaches you responsibility. It taught me a lot about myself and what I want to do after graduation. It was the greatest experience I could have ever gotten because I fell so many times, but it made me strong. It made me who I am today.
Nadina Espinosa
The moment I stepped on campus, I knew I belonged here. I love that I'm able to pursue what I want to do as a career – psychology – while also pursuing my passion for theater.
Tatyana Reese
Compared to some schools, you really get to know your professors here, and they get to know you. I refer to this place as home even though it isn’t really, because it just gives that vibe.