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|Dr. Edward Schicatano recently presented a paper on The Effects of Life Coaching on College Students at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference. He incorporates his expertise as a Life Coach into the classroom with a class on Life Coaching (PSY 398), focusing on techniques to change behaviors, improving the mind and body, and setting a path to create change in order to achieve ones goals in life.
Meeting of the Minds.
The Wilkes psychology program is a true social science that actively engages its students firmly in the study of behavior and its physical manifestations.
Wilkes psychology majors become trained professionals who are exposed to the experiences, facilities, and equipment that define the psychological profession today.
Wilkes students learn by using hands-on facilities.
Our Clinical Observation Suite is equipped with one-way mirrors and an intercom system.
Our Sensation-Perception/Biopsychology Laboratory exposes students to brain structure and function, neuroanatomy, and perceptual demonstrations.
Our computer lab gives students the ability to access software and computer demonstrations specific to the field.
And in our Experimental Psychology suite, students utilize a classroom equipped with cubicles for running experiments (typically on each other).
Class work is complemented by a wide variety of internships...
at places such as Mercy Hospital’s Adolescent Unit, the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center, the Gabriel Shelter (for troubled teens), and the Early Head Start Program.
Many graduates have received employment opportunities from their internships, while others have had success in furthering their educations in graduate or medical schools.
Our faculty are actively engaged in research,
have made numerous conference presentations, and have published journal articles that focus on collaborative faculty/student efforts.
Here's a sample of their work...
- Dr. Robert Bohlander conducts survey research on relationships and psychological well-being.
- Dr. Carl Charnetski investigates the influence of psychological variables on the immune system.
- Dr. Ed Schicatano conducts research in human neuroscience.
- Dr. Jennifer Thomas conducts research on adolescent peer relationships.
- Dr. Deborah Tindell conducts research on memory.
Students are given many opportunities to be actively involved in research...
with their faculty. Additionally, a capstone experience, which details a specific area of psychology, is a requirement of all seniors. Students present their research at formal sessions.
The department also has very active student organizations...
that include a chapter of Psi Chi, the psychology honor society; a Psychology Club; and a student-produced monthly newsletter.