Psychology majors display their research at the annual psychology poster session

About The Program

Our Psychology Program seeks to foster an understanding of human behavior that is built on a scientific foundation and is applied to real-world phenomena and problems. You’ll have the opportunity for collaborative research with departmental faculty, conducting empirical research in their area of expertise.

Students have the option to complete their capstone requirement through either internships or research. Recent internships included Dauphin County Probation and Parole, Hershey Medical Center, and Kindred Place. Graduates are prepared for positions in the workforce or graduate studies in a range of areas such as psychology, neuroscience, social work, medicine, business, education, and law.

Why LVC?

  • LVC’s Department of Psychology offers the ‘best of both worlds’: experiences and facilities usually associated only with larger universities, along with individualized instruction and advisement characteristic of small liberal arts institutions.
  • Department full-time faculty have expertise in clinical and counseling, forensic, cognitive, developmental, social, and physiological psychology. Their knowledge is complemented by adjunct faculty from area hospitals, schools, and private practice.
  • Teaching is the primary task of department faculty. However, the faculty are also active scholars, publishing their research (often with students) in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and books, and presenting at regional and national conferences.
  • The curricula within our programs are student-oriented, liberal arts endeavors that prepare students, following graduation, for applied entry positions in the workforce, or for graduate studies in a range of areas such as psychology, neuroscience, biology, social work, medicine/health professions, business, education, and law.
  • Psychology majors will become psychology-literate individuals who can learn independently, clearly articulate their knowledge, utilize their intellectual skills, attain significant professional accomplishments, and apply their knowledge.
  • One hundred percent of psychology majors gain practical knowledge through participation in either an independent and collaborative research projects under the guidance and supervision of individual faculty members; or, an internship, which enables students to receive college credit for work experience relevant to their particular interests within psychology. 

I loved being a student in the LVC Psychology Department because it felt like a family away from home. I always felt my professors were invested in me as a person and wanted me to do well.

Kathryn DeBlock ’09, M.A., Director of School and College Counseling, Mount Saint Dominic Academy