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SUNY Niagara’s Psychology degree program is curated for students who are interested in the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Our curriculum offers introductory courses in general psychology as well as advanced subjects that investigate abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, and methods of scientific inquiry in psychology. Graduates are prepared to transfer into baccalaureate programs with an aim to become counselors, therapists, psychologists, and researchers.

Program Goals and Objectives
  • To assist students in meeting a minimum number of SUNY General Education requirements.
  • To develop a student’s verbal and written communication skills.
  • To enhance critical thinking skills.
  • To prepare students for successful transfer to upper-level institutions in Psychology.

Faculty Spotlight

Laura Scaletta

Laura Scaletta has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Brock University, Canada and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology, specializing in Neuroscience, from the State University of New York.  She is a Professor of Psychology, coordinates the A.S. degree program in Psychology, and teaches Introductory, Lifespan Developmental, and Abnormal Psychology.  What she loves most about Psychology is the research and how it can affect the quality of life.  The most important feature of obtaining a degree in Psychology will be to hone your critical thinking skills.  You will learn how to systematically evaluate information and reach conclusions based on the evidence that is presented.  Whether you take a few courses or obtain a degree, studying psychology is important because it applies to everything.  Every aspect of what you do and every aspect of what you think is psychological.  Even by reading this paragraph, you are experiencing psychology!

Laura Scaletta in classroom


Graduates from the Psychology program will be able to use their knowledge and skills in a variety of career opportunities.

Careers directly related to your program of study include:†

  • Advertising Agent
  • Career Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Child Care Worker
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Market Researcher
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Researcher
  • School Counselor
  • Social Service Specialist
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Teacher
  • Victim Advocate

†Some careers may require more specialized education.

Degree Program Learning Outcomes

  • Compare and contrast the contemporary theoretical perspectives by which behavior and mental processes are influenced.
  • Differentiate among the various factors that shape and influence behavior and mental processes.
  • Identify and analyze the strengths and limitations of the scientific research methods used by psychologists.
  • Identify the ethical issues in the study and practice of psychology.

Program Contact

Laura Scaletta
Program Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-6767
Location: E-127
Division Office: 716-614-6710