The Psychology Program, within the Department of Behavioral Sciences, offers a Psychology Major and a Psychology Minor


The psychology program provides excellent preparation for careers in

  • mental health,
  • child development,
  • psychological research,
  • human resources,
  • education, 
  • and more.
This major is also a strong choice for students who plan to pursue graduate school in psychology or related fields, such as law, social work or physical therapy.

A survey of our recent psychology graduates showed that 100% of them had either obtained full-time employment or were pursuing graduate study.

Our faculty have earned numerous state-wide awards for teaching excellence and college-wide awards for teaching excellence and distinguished scholarship.

The major focuses on the theories, research techniques, and applications of the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes, as we emphasize development of critical thinking and research skills.

Behavioral Sciences - Psychology Programs

  Psychology Major

Psychology majors at Mount St. Joseph University investigate human behavior and mental processes in a discipline that employers value.

Visit our Psychology Major page.

  Psychology Minor

The psychology minor focuses on the theories, research techniques, and applications of the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes.

Visit our Psychology Minor page.


Tracy McDonough

PhD Professor and Chairperson

Jim Bodle

PhD Professor

Kory Phelps

M.S. Instructor

Advisory Board

Tracy Bishop

M.S. Senior Specialist-Program Manager, Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center

Jenny Herzog

B.S. Home Provider Specialist at Hamilton County Job and Family Services

Amy Murdoch

Ph. D. Assistant Dean of the Reading Science Program

Debra Reisinger

Ph. D. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Julie Schroer

B.S. HR Business Advisor at Strategic HR a Division of Clark Schaefer Hackett



  Psychology Students in the News

Psychology Student Q&A: Robin Carpenter

Criminology and Psychology Student Q&A: Megan Winders

Psychology and Liberal Arts Student Q&A: Addaleigh Conley

Seniors Presentations at Professional Conferences

This year, four of our seniors--Kamryn Magee, Amber Reiner, Zenbech Seifu, and Leah Falco--all had their senior thesis projects accepted for presentation at a professional psychology conference (The Southwestern Psychological Association conference)!  In addition, they won the following two awards:

  • Zen Seifu – SWPA Student Research Competition Finalist (for being “an exemplar of high-quality student work”).  Zen will present her thesis in a special Undergraduate Student Showcase session at the conference. 
  • Kamryn Magee – Psi Chi Regional Research Award (these awards are extremely competitive; out of hundreds of undergraduate students who submit projects to the conference, only 16 of these awards are handed out).  Kamryn will present her thesis in a special Psi Chi Research Awards session at the conference. 
  Faculty Members in the News


Dr. Tracy McDonough, Ph.D. was recently interviewed for PsychCentral: The History of Schizophrenia

PsychCentral: The History of Schizophrenia

Dr. Tim Lawson was recently interviewed about his beer brewing process and awards!

Dr. Tim Lawson's Beer Brewing Journey

Dr. Tracy McDonough, the new Chair of the Psychology Department, was recently featured twice on about Can I Inherit Schizophrenia? & What is Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder?

Dr. Tracy McDonough: The New Psychology Chairperson at Mount Saint Joseph University