Psychology and Community Studies

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The Psychology & Community Studies major is an interdisciplinary program (we draw from anthropology, psychology, sociology, natural sciences, economics, arts, and humanities) through which you can explore human community and learn how to understand, manage, and promote change - change in your life, change in your community, global change.

In addition to traditional coursework, our majors immerse themselves in their education through field work and internships rooted in Downeast Maine. Our 2005 graduates found work in such roles as: Direct Care Counselor, Family Support Worker, and Community Care Manager.

Psychology & Community Studies students graduate not only with the knowledge and skills they need to compete in the job market or go on to graduate school, but also with a set of tools that they can use to meet and greet many of life's opportunities and challenges. The Psychology & Community Studies major offers a concentration in applied psychology:

Applied Psychology

If you're interested in the human mind - how it works, why we think, feel, and behave in the ways we do - then you'll want to focus on Applied Psychology. Applied psychologists do such diverse things as mental health counseling, consulting with engineers about the safer design of equipment and architects about the design of buildings, helping athletes and actors perform as well as they can, telling managers how to motivate employees, working with police to apprehend criminals, and assisting communities to solve problems like substance abuse and poverty.  You'll have the opportunity to develop marketable skills in research methods, team-based problem solving, documentary film and Geographic Information Systems. You will have a chance to apply your knowledge and skills through cross-cultural opportunities from "Soliya" (an online, facilitated interaction with students from the Middle East) and from internships in Downeast Maine.

Community & Civic Engagement

Throughout the program of study, our students work with community members on understanding problems that are specific to Washington County, but that generalize to any community.  As students progress in their learning, there are opportunities to directly apply what is learned in the classroom to helping our community members on more specific issues.  Here is a partial listing of community members who have partnered with our students in and out of the classroom:

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Community Caring Collaborative
  • Downeast AIDS Network (DEAN)
  • Down East Health Services
  • First Step Domestic Violence Project
  • Pine Tree Legal  Services
  • Rose Gaffney Elementary School
  • Seacoast Mission
  • Sunrise Opportunities
  • Washington County Children's Program
  • Washington County Literacy
  • Washington County: One Community
  • Washington County Probation Office
  • Whiting Food Pantry

Full-Time Faculty

Part-Time Regular & Adjunct Faculty

  • Lisa Athearn, Ph.D., Communications
  • Chris Crittenden, Ph.D., Philosophy
  • Matthew Day, Ph.D., Psychology
  • Pamela Feeney, Ph.D., Counseling
  • Jody Grimes, A.B.D., Sociology
  • Kathy Hecht, B.S., Animal Science/Psychology
  • Tora Johnson, M.S., Human Ecology
  • Frank Lane, Ph.D., Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • Jordan Litman, Ph.D., Psychology
  • Kharyssa Rhodes, Ph.D., Anthropology
  • Corey Schwinn, M.S.W., Social Work
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