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Psychology Department

Welcome to the SUNY Plattsburgh Psychology Department! We offer an undergraduate major or minor in psychology and a graduate program in school psychology.

In our undergraduate program, you will learn about psychology as a scientific discipline, preparing you for work or graduate study in a diverse range of fields. Please visit our psychology major page to learn more.

School psychology graduate students earn the M.A./C.A.S. in school psychology. Our NASP-accredited program provides carefully focused knowledge and training in school psychology, following the scientist-practitioner model. You will work closely with individual faculty members, and become eligible for certification as a school psychologist in New York state. More information can be found on our school psychology graduate program page.

During the college’s open house events, prospective students can attend a psychology-specific information session. You are also welcome to visit our department during any time of the year — please contact the department chair if you would like to arrange a visit.

Services & Community Outreach

The psychology department hosts the campus-wide Center for Neurobehavioral Health, which provides numerous services to the community. Both graduate and undergraduate students gain invaluable community service and research experience through assisting with these programs. Affiliated clinics include:

  • Neuropsychology Clinic and Psychoeducational Services
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Center
  • Nexus Program for children with autism spectrum disorders


Psychology majors can find answers to many common questions in the student handbook. This handbook provides detailed information about classes, expectations, internships, career options, graduate school, and more. Hard copies are also available in the psychology department main office.

Student News

Image of Kass DoranWe are pleased to announce that senior psychology major Kassandra “Kass” Doran is among 127 students across the SUNY system to receive The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, an honor given annually to exceptional students across the state who demonstrate integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives including leadership, campus involvement, athletics and service.

Kass plans to attend Brandeis University for her master’s in psychology, which will dovetail into a doctoral program.

Kass and fellow SUNY Plattsburgh Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recipient James Faraci will be recognized by Chancellor Jim Malatras at a virtual ceremony April 14.

READ MORE: Two Receive Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence


Departmental Awards & Scholarships

  • Award for Academic Excellence in Psychology

    Purpose: This award recognizes senior-level psychology students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement in psychology.

    Eligibility and Criteria

    • Full-time or part-time matriculated students who are completing their senior year (eligible to graduate, 120 credits minimum) majoring in psychology.

    • A minimum major GPA of 3.9 in psychology.

    • A minimum of nine credits completed in the major at SUNY Plattsburgh.

    • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.

    All students meeting these criteria will be considered for this award, including December graduates.

    Deadline: First Friday after spring break.

Redcay Awards & Scholarships for Student–Faculty Collaboration

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