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The psychology department offers a wide variety of courses in academic and clinical psychology. The department also offers a degree program, General Studies: Psychology Option, for students interested in continuing their psychology studies at a 4 year school. Courses may be taken on campus, at our extension centers, or online. Co-op education is also available.

Opportunities for students to engage in research projects are supported by a grant from the American Psychological Association (APA) and coordinated by professor Sonia Bell (see below for contact information). 

The department co-sponsors the Psychology, Sociology and Education Collegian Center. Contact Dr. Dawn Lewis for information about opportunities for getting involved. 

For additional information about opportunities within the department contact the Chair, Dr. Swazette Young (301-322-0547) in Marlboro Hall 2079, or the Division Offices (301-322-0525) in Marlboro Hall 2054. 


Full-Time Faculty

Dr Swazette Young, Chair

Marlboro Hall 2079

Esther Hanson

Marlboro Hall 2079

Sonia Bell

Marlboro Hall 2054

Dr. Sherry Kinslow

Marlboro Hall 2024

Dr. Diane Finley

Marlboro Hall 2049

Dr. Dawn Lewis

Marlboro Hall 2038

Dr. Tonya Fridy

Marlboro Hall 2032

Dr. Mary Helen Spear

Marlboro Hall 2040

Dr. Robin Hailstorks

Marlboro Hall 2035

Dr. Marilynn Thomas

Marlboro Hall 2020

Adjunct Faculty

Messages for adjunct faculty may be left with the departmental administrative assistant (301-322-0525) in Marlboro Hall 2054.

Departmental Vision Statement

Vision Statement:
The Department of Psychology will excel as a nationally recognized leader in undergraduate education that lays a foundation in psychological science for students to understand the biological, psychological and social basis of behavior and that prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions. The Department of Psychology shall provide opportunities for the professional development of students in the areas of science, public policy, education, and applied psychology.  The Department of Psychology shall develop partnerships with research institutions, state and county government, the public schools, and community service agencies to create internships that will prepare students for careers in psychology.  The Department of Psychology shall adhere to the guidelines of professional psychological organizations and shall be a leader among two-year institutions in transforming the science of psychology in the 21st century.  This transformation shall include changes in curricula and pedagogy that best reflects the communities we serve as well as the nation and the world.


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