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Expand Perspectives with a Psychology Degree from Northern Vermont University

Psychology is an evolving field that touches every aspect of our lives. Psychologists work in laboratory and non-laboratory settings to find answers to difficult personal and societal issues, using their research to help people and groups overcome challenges and improve performance.

Psychologists work to understand what makes us tick and why we behave the way we do. Why do babies laugh? Why do people become addicted to drugs or alcohol? How can we use psychology to help people change negative behaviors into positive ones? With the comprehensive psychology curriculum at NVU-Johnson, our faculty challenge you to explore the psychological aspects of everything from the Civil War to gender to aging.

A Hands-On Focus

Research and internship opportunities are numerous in our program. You might work with at-risk children at a local family center, conduct assessments under the supervision of a professional counselor or social worker, or work as a research assistant in professor Gina Mireault’s internationally recognized “laughing babies” study.

What Makes the NVU-Johnson Psychology Program Stand Out?

  • As a student in our program, you can concentrate in health and sport psychology to apply your knowledge in medical and athletic settings.
  • You’ll complete an internship before graduating. NVU-Johnson is affiliated with over 300 internship sites, so you’ll find an internship that fits your professional interests. Over 60% of our interns are offered jobs directly from their internship sites.
  • You can enroll in courses through our NVU Online psychology program, an option that’s very helpful in the summer, and complete your degree in less time for less money.
  • Our psychology students can engage in academic research with full-time faculty members. Current projects include studying stereotyping and stigma (Dr. Leslie Johnson) and infant psychological development (Dr. Mireault).
  • Our curriculum follows the recommendations of the American Psychological Association. In our small classes, students study the mainstream, cutting-edge psychology offered at major universities around the world.

Career Possibilities

An NVU-Johnson psychology degree has taken our graduates down many career paths, including school counseling, private therapy, research, medicine, education, consulting, human resources, business, and nonprofit development.

Types of Employers

  • Community mental health centers
  • Centers for older adults
  • Nursing homes
  • Social service/nonprofit organizations
  • Hospitals/healthcare providers
  • Wellness and fitness centers
  • College and university counseling, career, and wellness centers
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Testing centers
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Market research firms
  • Staffing and employment services
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Educational and financial institutions
  • Insurance and real estate companies
  • Property management firms
  • Public relations departments

Related Occupations

  • Counselor
  • Coach
  • Psychologist
  • Teacher or instructor
  • Art, dance, or music therapist
  • Crisis worker
  • Social worker
  • Police officer
  • Applied behavior analyst
  • Human resources specialist
  • Researcher
  • Advocate

Minor in Psychology

Students at both NVU-Johnson and NVU-Lyndon may minor in psychology by taking courses in behavioral science topics, including an introduction to psychology and abnormal, social, and developmental psychology.


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Advising: Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) & Addictions Counseling (M.A.)
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“Professors encourage an experiential and compassionate approach to the psychology and human services discipline that both challenges and inspires students.”

– Olivia Lapierre ’17


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