From the Department Chair, Dr. Kevin Sailor
Psychology at Lehman College is a research-oriented program that incorporates quality undergraduate education into the research process. Three primary and interrelated objectives constitute the mission of the Psychology Department:
To contribute to the undergraduate liberal arts education of all our students and to instill an understanding of psychology as a science and a profession.
The Psychology Department has one of the largest number of majors at Lehman College. Students use their training in psychology to enter a variety of careers in business, education, and mental health, to name just a few. Many of our graduates enroll in masters or doctoral programs and some even pursue academic careers. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty research programs faculty members for information about their research), and all students are required to take courses in statistics and experimental methods before graduating. The Department's past and present faculty includes more recipients of the Lehman College Excellence in Teaching Award than any other department at the College. In fact, three current faculty have received this award. Excellence in teaching is a hallmark of the Psychology Department. The department also supports a track in Primate Behavior and Evolution within the interdisciplinary program in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry. To support and encourage its faculty to engage in research that will contribute significantly to the academic discipline of psychology.
Most of the Department's faculty regularly publish their research in respected peer-reviewed journals and present this research at local and national conferences. Several faculty are affiliated with CUNY doctoral programs (in Neuropsychology, Experimental Psychology, Biopsychology, and Anthropology) and with other institutions, such as the Smithsonian Institution, the NYU School of Medicine, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Most of the faculty's research is supported by major grants from the National Institutes of Health (through the Support of Continuous Research Excellence Program - SCORE) and National Institutes of Mental Health (through the Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program —M-RISP), as well as from internal CUNY sources. Psychology ranks high among Lehman departments in the obtainment of external grant monies. Faculty research has the additional benefit of providing undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain valuable research experience through working with faculty members.
To provide support and motivation for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in psychology. The Department is especially committed to preparing disadvantaged and underrepresented minority students for graduate study in psychology.
Programs for Minority Students
Because of its status as a minority institution, Lehman houses many programs designed to encourage and support minority students in achieving their career goals. The Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program (M-RISP), funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, supports faculty research and pays students to work in the faculty's research laboratories. Students are provided with hands-on research experience; opportunities to attend national scientific meetings where they present the results of their research; opportunities to meet and talk with scientists who visit the programs on campus; and advice and help in graduate school applications. The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program is a National Institutes of Health program designed to increase the number of minority students going on to obtain Ph.D.'s in the various biomedical fields. The program provides tuition and a stipend for the students, who must have a Grade Point Average of 3.2 or higher to be eligible. Students are required to work in a faculty research laboratory, complete one summer in a research laboratory at another institution, and present their work at a national scientific meeting.