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Nichole Hansen

Nicole Hansen ’16 of Johnsonville, N.Y., is taking her psychology degree to the next level as she pursues her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y.

As an undergraduate, Hansen served an internship at the Brien Center in North Adams, which provides mental health and substance abuse services.

At MCLA, “I took many different kinds of classes,” Hansen continued, “expanding my knowledge from abnormal psychology to organizational psychology. I am most interested in helping to improve peoples’ environments in order to better their future.”

“The best thing about the psychology program at MCLA is that it encourages students to discover their interests by offering a wide variety of classes,” she said. “There isn’t a certain track that you must take; there are many options to tailor your education in order to get the most out of it. Most classes are also on the smaller side too, providing a comfortable space in which to get to know the professors and classmates on a more intimate level.”

A manuscript describing a project conducted in the vivarium has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, my field’s flagship journal. Recent graduates Amanda Hoag and Taylor Manning will receive acknowledgements for their assistance with data collection.

Byrne, T., & Poling, A. (In press).  Behavioral effects of delayed timeouts. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

Read more about our graduates.

As a Psychology major, you are encouraged to:

  • Expand on classroom experience by conducting, writing about, and presenting research under faculty direction.

Meet the Psychology faculty

Psyc Faculty 2016-2017

From left: Dr. Claffey, Dr. Foss, Dr. Bartini, Dr. Byrne, Dr. Wood, Dr. Jay and Dr. Vega

Why MCLA is Different

Working with faculty members who are published scholars, you have opportunities to co-author professional articles and give presentations at regional and national psychology meetings. You are encouraged to participate in MCLA's annual undergraduate research conference and to join the student-run Psychology Society, which sponsors field trips, activities, and presentations. In addition, you can join other students who have received recognition and funding from the national Psi Chi organization. The MCLA chapter of the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology was installed in December 2002 under the leadership of Dr. Peggy Brooks.

Through a cooperative program with the New England Center for Children, a premier treatment and research center for autism spectrum disorders, you can spend a semester working directly with children under the close supervision of Center personnel. Our Behavior Analysis minor satisfies the coursework required for certification as a board certified associate behavior analyst.