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College of Liberal Arts

Department Chair: Kenneth F. Green

Department Office: Psychology Building (PSY), Room 100
Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-5001 / (562) 985-8004
Website: http://www.csulb.edu/~psych/

Faculty: Courtney Ahrens, James H. Amirkhan, Virginia L. Binder (Emerita), Dan Chiappe, Young-Hee Cho, Chi-Ah Chun, Keith R. Colman (Emeritus), Michael E. Connor (Emeritus), David A. Dowell, Martin S. Fiebert, Dennis G. Fisher, Kenneth F. Green, Joellen T. Hartley (Emerita), Scott L. Hershberger, Ralph B. Hupka (Emeritus), Dale O. Jorgenson, John R. Jung (Emeritus), Robert W. Kapche (Emeritus), William Kelemen, Diane W. Lee, Kevin MacDonald, Lisa Maxfield, Hannah-Hauh Nguyen, William Pedersen, Patricia Rozee, Sara W. Smith (Emerita), Sherry A. Span, Thomas Z. Strybel, Robert E. Thayer, Cher C. Thomas, Guido G. Urizar, Jr., Kim-Phuong L. Vu, Christopher R. Warren, David J. Whitney, Bianca D.M. Wilson

Department Administrator: Sheri Hale

Undergraduate: Miranda Barone (562) 985-5011
Graduate: Diane Roe / (562) 985-5000
Peer Advising Office: PSY 206 / (562) 985-5680

Career Possibilities

Professor • Research Scientist • Research Analyst • Clinical Psychologist • Research Technician • Safety Officer • Laboratory Manager • Market Research • Statistician • Nursing • Human Factors • Counselor • Community Organization Worker • Personnel Officer • Employment Interviewer • School Psychologist • Sports Psychologist • Career Counselor • Marriage and Family Therapist • Lawyer • Parole and Probation Officer • Teacher • Public Relations Worker • Researcher • Claim Adjuster • Sales Representative • Industrial Psychologist • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor • Manager Trainee (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see www.careers.csulb.edu.) Various entry-level positions in business and industry are available for graduates regardless of academic discipline.


Psychology is the science of behavior. It seeks to understand the causes of behavior of individuals in terms of biological, environmental, social, and cultural variables. The Department has wide and varied course offerings and is housed in a building with specially-designed facilities, including computer rooms and laboratories in physiological, human factors, social, clinical, and other areas of psychology.

The Department of Psychology offers the Bachelor’s degree and three Master’s degrees.

The Bachelor’s degree provides solid preparation for students who aim to: seek further study of psychology in graduate programs; pursue a career in any field that deals with people, such as guidance counseling, human resources, nursing, social work, and teaching; or seek an understanding of behavioral principles while pursuing a well rounded education.

The Master’s Programs provide specialized training in three areas. The Master of Arts – Research Program prepares students for research and for continued study at the doctoral level. The Master of Science in Human Factors provides training in human-machine interactions, leading to employment or to doctoral study. The Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology provides training in organizational and personnel work, leading to employment or to doctoral Study.