Welcome to the Department of Psychology website! Psychology is a very diverse field that allows you to develop expertise in areas ranging from basic research in lab settings, to classroom instruction, to treatment delivery in schools and other institutions. Our students play an active role in developing such expertise by working closely with faculty in out-of-classroom experiences such as research, teaching apprenticeships, and practicum placements. If you are interested in psychology as a career path and like the idea of working collaboratively with faculty, please do not hesitate to contact a faculty member who shares your interests. We look forward to the possibility of working with you to help you develop your own expertise as a psychologist.
—Dr. J. Scott Jordan
The Department of Psychology is committed to the support and promotion of diversity on many dimensions. We will fulfill this commitment through our course offerings and content, faculty and student research, practical and applied experiences, and the recruitment and retention of a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff. This commitment to diversity includes providing equal opportunities and an educational and work environment for our students, faculty, and staff that is free from any discrimination and respectful of the differences, as outlined in Educating Illinois and in Illinois State University’s policies. In accordance with the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation’s Guidelines and Principles (Domain D, 2005), we recognize the importance of cultural and individual differences and diversity in the training of psychologists. By emphasizing the need for a respectful and inclusive environment, we seek to prepare students for community and work settings in which diversity must be embraced; to create opportunities in the department for research and practice that consider issues of diversity; and to help our discipline address the needs of a global community.