New Masters Program in Cognitive Neuroscience at CUNY Accepting Students for Fall 2018

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York has launched a new master’s program in cognitive neuroscience that is now accepting applicants for the Spring 2018 semester. Dr. Lanagan-Leitzel received the following information by email:

“Our M.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience is an affordable, 32-credit program designed for exceptional students with diverse backgrounds who wish to gain knowledge of the biological bases of cognitive functions, including perception, attention, memory, language, and decision making. Students will have opportunities to get involved with leading edge research in CUNY’s state-of-the-art facilities that house several electroencephalography (EEG) systems, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) units, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) systems, a fast signal optical imaging system, and a new research-dedicated Siemens Prisma 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner at the Advanced Science Research Center.

Students in our program will learn the best ways to conduct research in cognitive neuroscience by collecting and analyzing data in addition to taking coursework that covers areas such as the neuroscience of consciousness, the neural basis of decision making, language acquisition, attention, and learning and memory. World-renowned cognitive neuroscientists who are doctoral-level faculty members from throughout CUNY teach our courses and lead research projects.

Our program helps students build a bridge between cognitive neuroscience and its applications in the fields that interest them, such as biotechnology, health care, medical imaging, social media, data science, forensics, and linguistics, to name a few.

We are located in midtown Manhattan, within easy reach of some of today’s most prestigious hospitals, largest tech companies, and most exciting startups. Students can learn more and apply online at http://www.gc.cuny.edu/cognitiveneuroscience.”

An information session will be held Wednesday, March 14th, between 4 and 6 PM. To reserve a spot for this information session, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ms-program-in-cognitive-neuroscience-info-session-tickets-42537842833. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Director Tony Ro at tro@gc.cuny.edu or (212) 817-1815.

Spring 2018 Psychology Club Speakers and Events

The Psychology Club is hosting a number of different guest speakers and events for students this semester:

Psychology Club Meeting, Feb 15th, 6pm, Student Center 107, Guest Speaker: Taylor Barr, I.O. Psychology, Reducing Burn Out

Psychology Club Meeting, Feb 22nd, 6pm, Student Center 107, Guest Speaker: Blerim Rexhaj, Clinical Psychologist

Psychology Club Meeting, Mar 22nd, 6pm, Student Center 107, Guest Speaker: Steve Rumery, I.O. Psychology

Psychology Club Meeting, Mar 29th, 5pm, Student Center 107, UCONN Graduate School Panel

Apr 5th, 6-7pm, Betty Tipton Room, Psychology Grad School Fair

Apr 10th, 5-7pm, Student Center Theater, Movies for Mental Health: https://artwithimpact.org/event/eastern-connecticut-state-university-presents-movies-mental-health/

Spring 2018 Message from the Department

On behalf of the Department of Psychological Science, we want to welcome you to the Spring 2018 Semester. Throughout the coming academic year, we will be reaching out to you via your school email account. However, we will be relying primarily on our website to keep you up to date on news and events in the department (http://www.easternct.edu/psychology/blog-posts/).

The department is pleased to announce that we are now offering a concentration in Mental Health Counseling and the Child & Youth Concentration is now a Developmental Concentration. Remember that the concentrations are unique for the Bachelor’s Degree. If you have any interest in changing concentrations, you should pick up the form (outside of the Department Office) and meet with an advisor in that concentration (this information is on the department webpage).

We have several events planned for this semester. If you have met the requirements for Psi Chi, you will be receiving an invitation from a faculty member over the next 2 weeks.

We will be holding our first Psychology Graduate School Fair in the Betty Tipton Room on April 5th between 6-7pm. More details will be posted on our website as they become available.

On April 23rd we will hold our Honors Night in the Betty Tipton Room starting at 6pm. We will be inducting members into our chapter of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology and recognizing students who have met the criteria for our departmental honors distinction.

On May 4th the CSU Psychology Day will be held at Central Connecticut State University. Students who have research they have completed should talk their faculty member about the possibility of presenting at this event.

For any students who will be graduating in May or August of 2018, the dates and times for the Exit Exam sessions (which is a graduation requirement for Psychology majors) are listed below. You will be receiving email notification to save the date very soon and later in the semester you will receive notification to sign up for a session. If you have any questions, email Dr. Keyes at keyesme@easternct.edu.

Monday 4/2 4:00-7:00pm
Monday 4/2 7:00-10:00pm
Tuesday 4/3 4:00-7:00pm
Tuesday 4/3 7:00-10:00pm
Wednesday 4/4 4:00-7:00pm
Wednesday 4/4 7:00-10:00pm

Psychology Summer Courses

Stay on Track to Complete Your Degree with Summer Courses

The following courses are being offered in the summer:

PSY 208 Psychology of Adolescence (online beginning June 1) meets the Developmental Course Requirement for any concentration
PSY 212 Lifespan Development (online beginning June 1) meets the Developmental Course Requirement for the General, Industrial Organizational, and Mental Health concentrations or as an elective in other concentrations
PSY 227 Behavioral Science Statistics (MW 3pm-9pm beginning June 4) is a required course
PSY 247 Research Methods I (MW 8am-2pm beginning June 4) is a required course and can be taken after PSY 227 Behavioral Science Statistics is passed with a minimum of a C and 9 credits in Psychology (excluding PSY 100 and PSY 101)
PSY 301 Abnormal Psychology (online beginning June 1) can be used to meet the requirements for any concentration
PSY 306 Cognitive Psychology (online, pending university approval beginning July 9) can be used to meet the requirements for any concentration except for Behavior Analysis
PSY 319 Human Sexuality (online beginning July 9) can be used to meet the requirements for the General, Behavior Analysis, or Mental Health concentrations or as an elective in the other concentrations
PSY 418 Physiological Psychology (TR 8am-12:15pm beginning July 9) can be used to meet the requirements of all of the concentrations or as an elective
PSY 435 Controversies in Child Psychology (MWF 9am-4:15pm June 4 – 16) can be used to the meet the requirements of the Developmental concentration or as an elective. PSY 227 Statistics and PSY 247 Methods I must have been taken and passed with a C or better.

Enrollment must reach a total of 10 students or the course may be cancelled.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the professor.  You can also contact the Financial Aid Office to see if adjustments can be made to allow for you to use funds for summer courses.

Two Students Awarded Travel Funds

The Department of Psychological Science has awarded two student research grants:

Michael K. Pelletier received funding to present his project, Increasing Composting on a College Campus (co-authored by Melanie Byrne), at the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis & Therapy annual meeting.

Rachel Pilver received funding to present her project, Improving the Public Image of Psychology: Who Should Interventions Target?, at the New England Psychological Association annual meeting.

Winter 2018

In just a couple of weeks, the schedule for Winter and Spring 2018 will be live. Wintersession courses are a great way to catch up if you are behind or work ahead if you want to finish your degree sooner. Below are a list of courses that the department is planning to offer this upcoming Winter semester.

Please note that this list is NOT guaranteed – the university will cancel classes due to low enrollment if there are too few students registered. Usually this is done one week prior to the start of the course. You should have a backup plan in case the course you want to take gets cancelled.

  • PSY 208 – Psychology of Adolescence
  • PSY 230 – Family Psychology
  • PSY 301 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 435 – Controversies in Child Psychology