General Experimental Psychology

At Xavier our students explore methods, create research designs, collect data, and analyze results to study behavior and mental processes. They explore such topics as social processes, cognition, learning, and memory. With the support of a Jesuit education, they know how to think critically and become excellent learners and communicators ready to tackle today's global issues.

Psychology Options

We offer several ways for you to earn your advanced psychology degree

Doctoral program: PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Our APA accredited Doctor of Psychology embraces Xavier's highest standards of ethics, service and academic excellence.

Designed to transform students into highly skilled general practitioners of clinical psychology, every graduate completing this program successfully finds employment. Far from being a purely academic degree, the 2016 Bureau of Labor statistics reports that doctoral candidates have the best job opportunities in clinical, counseling, school psychology or private practice.

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MA in General Experimental Psychology

Understanding behavior evolves from research. And many of the historical breakthroughs that popularly define "psychology" in the broadest sense, from the Pavlovian response to delayed gratification, began as an experiment. General Experimental, or research Psychology explores, develops and tests methods to study behavior and mental processes. The General Experimental Psychology program at Xavier is a very small program that supports the work of individual students with particular faculty with whom they share a research interest. Graduates of the program frequently apply to Ph.D. programs at other Universities.

MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

According to the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology is the scientific study of working and the application of that science to workplace issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations. The scientific method is applied to investigate issues of critical relevance to individuals, businesses, and society. From organizational consultants to multinational corporations your expertise will be called on for organizational development, talent management, human resources research, employee evaluation and much more. Our program is dedicated to training students to be successful scientists-practitioners in the field of I-O psychology.

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The 2015 Outlook Occupational Handbook published by The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a job-growth rate of 19% (much faster than the average for all occupations) in the fields of psychology.

General Experimental Psychology Program

Gain Academic Expertise

Under the supervision of an advisor, you'll develop, produce and present a thesis to a three member committee made up of faculty members and/or interested psychologists from the Cincinnati community.

Learn in a Professional Environment

A six-credit hour internship comprises a minimum of 240 hours of supervised work experience in a setting appropriate to the student's interests

Develop a Network of Colleagues

Graduate student organizations include the Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students, the Xavier Psychological Association Graduate Students and XU Graduate Student Organization

Graduate Faculty Profile: Dr. Christian End

Dr. Christian End is, arguably, the most quoted professor on campus. The associate professor of psychology is an expert in understanding the behavior of sports fans, who sometimes seem to defy logic but leave him with an unending source of examples for his research.

"I research the identification between sport fans and their teams, and how this identification impacts behavior such as fan aggression, defensive reactions to defeat, affiliation tendencies and the use of technology. I recently examined the impact of sports on romantic relationships.

My classes are designed to showcase the "real world" applicability of psychological theory and research. My social psychology course examines how one's behaviors and thoughts impact others and are impacted by others. My experimental psychology course provides insight into the research process and develops critical thinking, writing and presentation skills. So far no one has booed or thrown a beverage at me. Yet."


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