Psychology Department

Psychology is one of Siena’s most popular majors. Our psychology program prepares you for a wide range of graduate degrees and careers in academic and professional psychology, law, business and the health professions.

Siena’s psychology program focuses on skill development necessary for careers in the helping and health professions. Here, you’ll develop strong critical thinking, scientific reasoning, communication, and micro-counseling skills, as well as experience in research and data analysis. 

Studying psychology at Siena

As a psychology major at Siena, you’ll take a wide range of courses in child, adolescent, and adult psychology, as well as courses in personality, abnormal and physiological psychology, perception, testing, and research methods. You’ll also get plenty of hands-on experience in laboratories and internships, as well as through independent research and opportunities to collaborate on faculty research.

Our psychology faculty

At Siena, you’ll learn from faculty who are experts in their field. Their expertise spans the spectrum from clinical and counseling psychology to cognitive, experimental, and school psychology. Our professors are also active in research interests that include romantic relationships, bullying and school violence, health psychology, and stereotypes and prejudice.

Life after Siena

Siena’s psychology graduates have had considerable success in competitive graduate programs, including those at the University of Connecticut, Seton Hall University, St. John’s University, SUNY Albany, and Lehigh University. Our alumni also have launched successful careers in psychology practices, counseling centers, human resources departments, colleges, and school systems. 

"I loved the interactive psychology professors and enjoyed the conversations we had because they cared about our opinions and thoughts."
Ellen Lowndes '13

  • Psychology Sensation & Perception Course
    Psychology Sensation & Perception Course
  • Psychology Club Llama Walk 2014
    Psychology Club Llama Walk 2014
  • PSYC 400 (Research Methods II) Poster Presentation 2015
    PSYC 400 (Research Methods II) Poster Presentation 2015
  • Psychology Club Llama Walk 2013
    Psychology Club Llama Walk 2013
  • PSYC 400 (Research Methods II) Poster Presentation 2015
    PSYC 400 (Research Methods II) Poster Presentation 2015
  • Psychology Club Llama Walk 2014
    Psychology Club Llama Walk 2014


Department Chair

Dmitry Burshteyn

Associate Professor of Psychology

415 Roger Bacon

(518) 782‑6729

Saint Spotlight

Kathryn Hagen

Class of 2014

Psychology Major

Berlin, Conn.


Kathryn fell in love with her major after taking a general psychology course. "The professors in the psych department are very passionate about their teachings which makes our classes very interesting," she says.