Administrative Assistants


Academic Advisor



  • Kohlert, Jess  (2015) A.A. 1982, Ricks College; B.S. 1985, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 1995, Brigham Young University.


Associate Professor

  • Timothy, Boyd (2011) B.S. 2003, Brigham Young University;  Ph.D.  2008, Clark University.


Assistant Professors

  • Beckstead, Zachary (2016) B.S. 2005, Brigham Young University; M.A. 2007, University of West Georgia; Ph.D. 2012, Clark University.
  • Orr, Eric (2017) B.S. 1994, University of Utah; M.S. 1996, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2003, Brigham Young University.
  • Scanlan, Spencer (2018) B.A. 2010, Brigham Young University-Hawaii; M.Ed. 2013, University of Hawai'i at Manoa; Ph.D. 2018 (Expected Completion), University of Hawai'i at Manoa.


Emeritus Faculty

  • Burroughs, Jeff (1993-2015)
  • Funaki, Inoke F. (1975-2013)
  • Kinghorn, Edward W. (2006-2016)
  • Mahony, Diana L. (1994-2005)


The Discipline

Psychology is the study of the human mind, emotions, and behavior. Psychologists observe and record the way humans and animals communicate and relate to each other and to their environments. They observe behavior, make predictions, and test hypotheses scientifically. Psychology seeks to answer important questions concerning human identity, feelings, and the reasons for behavior.

Career Opportunities

Many psychology majors go on to do graduate work in psychology and other fields. Others work in business, particularly in personnel work. Others engage in varieties of social service, teaching, and administration. Psychologists engage in a variety of academic roles as teachers, researchers, and administrators and also provide counseling, clinical, and consulting services to individuals and organizations. Psychologists are employed by colleges and universities, public and private schools, clinics, and hospitals. They work in private practice and for corporations and government entities. The study of psychology has particular value for family life and for civic and cultural roles generally. The psychology major provides a well-informed perspective on human and organizational behavior in preparation for occupations in law enforcement, law, or business.

Most professional positions require a master's or doctoral degree, although a bachelor's degree may be sufficient to gain employment in high school teaching, mental health care, detention and probation services, auxiliary social work, personnel, or human resources. Further, the psychology major gives students a particularly strong background leading to graduate study in business, law, or medicine.

Programs and Degrees

  • B.S. in Psychology Clinical/Counseling Track
  • B.S. in Psychology General/Experimental Track
  • Psychology Minor
  • Organizational Behavior Minor

Program Outcomes

Upon completing a major in Psychology, students will:

  1. Write effectively using the American Psychological Association Style.
  2. Communicate effectively in professional presentation situations.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding and awareness of differences among peoples.
  4. Use technology effectively.Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of psychological theories and principles.
  5. Understand and apply ethical principles, particularly those stressed by the "Ethical Principles of Psychologists."
  6. Understand the process of moving from undergraduate to graduate programs and/or the marketplace.
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