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Department of Psychology

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2024 Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference

The Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference is sponsored by a consortium of Ohio colleges and universities to provide undergraduate psychology majors with an opportunity to present their original research papers in a public forum. Consortium membership fees will be collected for the 2024 meeting, based on submission timeframe. The conference was initiated at John Carroll University in 1987. All students who submit papers are accepted for presentation. Their presentations should be 10 minutes in length with a brief question and answer session of 2-3 minutes.

The 37th annual conference will be hosted by John Carroll University, Main Campus on Saturday, April 6, 2024. Schedule details will be provided the week before the conference.

Keynote Speaker: to be announced.

To register and submit presentations please visit the Student Resources tab at the top of the page and click on Ohio Undergraduate Psychological Research Conference from the drop down menu. (Deadline for registration and presentation submissions is March 25, 2024.)

Programs of Study

We offer a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Psychology. Psychology majors can additionally pursue one of five optional concentrations in Psychology. We also offer a minor in Psychology and provide several opportunities for you to save time and money by participating in streamlined graduate admissions programs. 



The major provides a base for a variety of academic and professional fields, such as psychological research, counseling, clinical psychology, social work, business and industry, medicine, human resources, and law.

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Psychology majors with the child and family studies concentration examine development from infancy through late adulthood, focusing on the individual and individuals in a family context.

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The Clinical and Counseling concentration provides a foundation for understanding how people handle stress, relate to others, and make life choices.

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If you have an interest in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, criminology, law, or employment in the criminal justice system, this is the concentration for you.

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The Industrial/Organizational Psychology concentration applies psychological theories and evaluation methods to organizations to understand human behavior in the workplace and thereby increase productivity and the well-being of employees.

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The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience concentration is coordinated by the Department of Psychology and is intended for biology, chemistry, and psychology majors who desire an interdisciplinary approach to the study of physiology, biochemistry, and behavior of higher organisms.

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Acquire a B.S. in Psychology and a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) in social work in five years via the 3/2 program with John Carroll University and Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

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Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (I/O Concentration) and an Masters in Business Administration from the Boler College of Business in just five years

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A general psychology minor exposes you to the basics of human behavior. Students have three options to minor in psychology: general psychology, forensic psychology, or psychology of human diversity. Only 18 credits.

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John Carroll University’s Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program is designed to exceed the gold standard in graduate-level training for this emerging discipline.

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Prospective Students: Department Highlights

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Our faculty will engage you in innovative research projects that will help you develop the critical-thinking skills and problem-solving abilities desired by internship sites, employers, and graduate schools. 

Psychology students conduct research on campus with faculty or on their own individual or group projects and off at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Brain Health and Cleveland Clinic Children's Rehabilitation Hospital, among others.

For 29 consecutive years, JCU neuroscience students have earned first place/excellence awards for a research paper or poster in biology, chemistry, and/or psychology at the Eastern Colleges Science Conference. ECSC award winners

Psychology majors regularly win Psi Chi Regional Research awards at the Midwestern Psychological Association's annual conference in Chicago. Psi Chi award winners

We have several curricular opportunities for students to conduct their own research using our psychology subject pool, including PS299, PS301, PS401, PS497N, and PS499

Did you know that the majority of clinical psychologists have never published a scientific study? Yet our undergraduate students publish research in scientific journals! Below are two recent examples. 

Whitman, M. R., Tarescavage, A. M., Glassmire, D. M., Burchett, D., & Sellbom, M. (2019). Examination of differential validity of MMPI-2-RF scores by gender and ethnicity in predicting future suicidal and violent behaviors in a forensic sample. Psychological Assessment, 31(3), 404–409.

Carey, A. D., Tarescavage, A. M., Block, A. R., & Ben-Porath, Y. S. (2019). Flexible and Conditional Administration of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory–2–Restructured Form in Presurgical Psychological Evaluations of Spine Surgery Candidates. Journal of personality assessment, 1-9.


The $66 million dollar Dolan Science Center was built in 2003 and is home to the Psychology Department. 

There are 20 individual testing rooms in the department that can be used for research. There are also three observation rooms with video recording facilities and a state-of-the-art neuroscience lab. Students have access to each of these facilities as they conduct their own research and collaborate with faculty.

Neuroscience Research Lab


The Control Room and Observation Room


Control Room


Observation room

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Internships afford Psychology students time to apply academic theories and principles to practical real-world professional situations as well as resume building opportunities in businesses and human service agencies throughout Greater Cleveland and beyond.

CFS internships allow students to learn about human service agencies and/or client populations first hand. These include, but are not limited to: working with autistic populations in homes or schools, , planning adoption network events, patient assistant for Child Life Specialists, observing students in classrooms.

I/O internships take place in both private sector or public sector organizations, and can provide very different experiences depending on the primary services of the department. Some I/O interns research and develop training curricula; others draft job postings and screen resumes and cover letters or attend networking events. Students should research the sponsoring organization’s mission and activities to find the “perfect” fit internship.

CC internships provide real-life experiences such as:

  • Sitting in on individual or group therapy sessions
  • Planning programs for seniors with cognitive issues
  • Statistical analysis of data in research projects
  • Observing children with disabilities

Forensic internships can include:

  • Observing evaluations and screenings at juvenile detention centers
  • Helping with support groups for previously incarcerated populations
Counselor speaking with patient

Professional Development

All JCU Psychology majors are required to take PS 1900, a hybrid course with comprehensive information and guidance on professional development topics in psychology. Major topics include careers in Psychology with a Bachelor’s degree and preparation for graduate applications at the Masters and Doctoral level. Students are encouraged to take this as early as possible. 

Psychology majors end up in a very diverse range of careers. Get a glimpse of your different career options from our own Dr. Tarescavage's Youtube Channel!

Psychology graduate programs are very competitive and are necessary for many careers. Common areas for Master's degrees include:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Social Work
  • School Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Human Resources (Masters in Business Administration)

A doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) is necessary for:

  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Research Psychologists

JCU Psychology majors have pursued graduate studies in a variety of fields at institutions across the U.S. and abroad. Selected schools

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Streamlined Graduate Admissions

Our department is frequently looking for ways to save students time and money via streamlined graduate admissions

Students in the I/O Psychology Concentration are eligible to have up to 18 credit hours of graduate course requirements waived for the Boler School of Business MBA Program. Learn more!

Our department has partnered with the Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Social Work to offer a 3-2 Program. Learn more!

Did you know Psychology is the second most popular major for law school applicants? The 3+3 Dual Admission in Law Program is a partnership between John Carroll University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law wherein a student obtains a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University followed by the Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University in six years. The 3+3 Law Program is a non-traditional path that saves the student a total of one year in studies and expenses. Learn more!

Earn your B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Non Profit Administration in only 5 years. You'll be prepared to serve your organization and community through a curriculum that teaches leadership, team-building skills, ethical values and practices, and nonprofit financial and resource management, as well as provides planning, strategy, and development tools. Learn more!

The John Carroll University Substance Use Disorders Counseling Certificate program prepares you to become license eligible as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) with a B.S. in Psychology. You can complete this certification while a student at JCU. Learn more!

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By the numbers, the Psychology Department has the most diversity among both faculty and students across JCU's undergraduate programs. 

Appreciation of diversity is a learning goal for our department and we have several courses related to this goal, including:

  • Introduction to Psychology: Issues in Social Justice
  • Psychology of Prejudice
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Life Span Development
  • Health Psychology

For students who wish to only minor in Psychlogy, we have an option to minor in Psychology of Human Diversity

Psychology News and Events

October 4

JCU Psychology Professor Appointed to the Federal Autism Advisory Committee

January 24

Dr. Thomas Frazier Receives SFARI Grant

June 2

Class of 2022 Graduate Published in May Issue of Cleveland Magazine

October 13

Amanda Maggiotto ’08 Featured on NBC’s Today Show