Psychology at Aquinas College

Psychology: Hands-On Experience


Psychologists provide psychological services to individual persons and to groups, and engage in research, teaching, consultation, and administration. Most psychologists devote themselves to more than one of these activities. For example, most research psychologists also teach; many teachers also engage in some applied or service functions; and some practitioners also do research.

To pursue a career as a professional psychologist requires an undergraduate degree as well as a graduate degree, either a Master's or Doctorate.

On the other hand, an undergraduate degree in psychology is highly valued in many career paths, because psychology students are trained in critical thinking, observation, and the complexities of human functioning. Therefore, the opportunities are limited only by the individual's interests, and willingness to explore the options.

Examples of career options for bachelor-level psychology graduates include:

  • Aides in educating or caring for the emotionally disturbed or developmentally disabled
  • Aides and activity specialists in day care or respite setting for children or older adults
  • Community mental health workers
  • Computer analysts for survey research
  • Substance abuse program workers
  • Social service agency workers
  • Organization managers
  • Customer service and customer relations employees
  • Legal aides
  • Police officers, probation officers and court employees
  • Authors and editors
  • Personal trainers or image consultants

Our guest speaker, psychiatrist and author Colin A. Ross, M.D., is an international lecturer, an expert on trauma and dissociation, and founder and president of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers in professional journals. His many books include The Trauma Model: A Solution to the Problem of Comorbidity in Psychiatry; Dissociative Identity Disorder: Diagnosis, Clinical Features and Treatment of Multiple Personality; and The CIA Doctors: Human Rights Violations by American Psychiatrists. He directs trauma programs at three psychiatric hospitals, including Forest View in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

While grounded thoroughly in science, Dr. Ross’ writings and lectures also reflect his deep interests in history and philosophy, as well as his wry humor. The lecture he will deliver at Aquinas College is entitled “Dissociation: From Pierre Janet to C. A. Ross’ Proposed Modification of Van der Hart, Nijenhuis, and Steele’s Theory of Structural Dissociation.”