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Most people who continue to graduate school after earning their psychology degree decide to specialize in a particular area.  Below, we have listed some of the areas in which our own faculty have expertise, as well as some other areas of psychology you can explore.

Biological Psychology

Biological psychology is the study of physiological bases of behavior in animals and humans.  Biopsychologists typically work in research settings, and may use technologies such as CT scans, CAT scans, or EEG to measure brain activity.  Biopsychologists are often interested in neurochemistry, brain structures and their relationship to cognitions and behaviors, and hormonal influences.  If you are interested in learning more about biological psychology, you can contact Dr. ArsznovDr. Langley, or Dr. Steiner for more information.

Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology is the study of how psychological disorders are assessed, diagnosed, caused, and treated.  Some clinical psychologists work in research setting in universities and hospitals, where they might conduct research investigating the causes of disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, Alzheimers, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Other clinical psychologists work in applied settings, where they may assess, diagnose, and treat individuals with mental disorders.  If you are interested in learning more about clinical psychology, you can contact Dr. BuchananDr. Sprankle, or Dr. Houlihan

Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive psychology is the study of mental processes such as remembering, thinking, and decision-making.  Cognitive psychologists primarily work as researchers at universities.  Cognitive psychologists study topics such as attention, memory, perception, language use, metacognition, problem-solving, and intelligence.  If you are interested in this topic, you can contact Dr. Langley or Dr. Lassonde for more information.

Developmental Psychology

Developmental psychology is the study of cognitive and behavioral changes that occur throughout the lifespan.  Developmental psychologists typically work as researchers and consultants for a variety of organizations and educational institutions.  They address issues such as motor skills, problem-solving skills, language acquisition, moral reasoning, identity formation, and parenting behaviors.  If you are interested in this topic, you can contact Dr. Krawczyk for more information.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Industrial/Organizational (I-O) psychology is the study of human behavior in organizations.  I-O psychologists typically help organizations select and train employees.  They also address issues such as leadership, workplace stress, motivation, and organizational development. This short video also explains what I-O psychologists do.  If you are interested in these topics, you can contact Dr. CampanaDr. LassiterDr. Perez, or Dr. Sachau for more information.

School Psychology

School psychologists work with teachers, parents, and children to address students' behavioral, emotional, and learning difficulties.  Some school psychologists work in research or university settings.  Most work in applied settings, where they assess students' problems and develop intervention programs to address these problems.  If you are interested in learning more about school psychology, you can contact Dr. Brown,. Dr. Petersen-Brown, Dr. Filter, or Dr. Panahon.

Social Psychology

Social psychology is the scientific study of how our behaviors, thoughts and emotions are influenced by social situations.  Social psychologists typically do research and consulting for universities, businesses, and government institutions.  They address issues such as persuasion, stereotypes and prejudice, helping behaviors, aggression, decision-making, as well as many other topics.  If you are interested in this topic, you can contact Dr. Stark for more information.

Sport Psychology

Sport psychology is the scientific study of how psychological factors affect performance, and how participation in sports and exercise affect psychological and physical factors.  Sport psychologists conduct research and work in university settings.  Many also work as applied psychologists, who interact with athletes, coaches, and parents.  They address topics such as motivation, visualization, coping with injuries, and other similar issues.  At Minnesota State University, Mankato, the sport psychology department is housed in the College of Allied Health and Nursing-- you should visit their website for more information about their program.

Other Types of Psychology