Humboldt State University

Department of Psychology

News & Announcements

The Department of Psychology at HSU offers an undergraduate major leading to the B.A. degree, a minor program, course options for general education requirements and electives, service courses for other majors, and three active graduate programs leading to the M.A. degree, including preparation for the California School Psychology Credential, and preparation for licensure as a Marriage Family Therapist (MFT), and studies in Academic Research.


Quick Facts

  • 592
    Undergraduate Students
  • 73
    Graduate Students
  • 8
    Research Labs
  • 3
    Graduate Programs

Hands-on Learning


Research Participation for Psychology

Students serve as participants in research studies, and may have opportunities to assist with faculty research and to present and publish with faculty members in the department.

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Community Counseling Clinic

We're here for you. Our staff and students welcome the opportunity to assist you during times of emotional challenge.

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Since 2015 the Psychology department has be hosting a colloquium which provides HSU the opportunity to learn about psychological practice and research from experts in their fields and HSU students.

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Community Spotlight

  • Kashia Axthelm
    As a transfer student, I was worried about being able to make connections with my professors in such a short amount of time; however, I found the psychology faculty at HSU to be very welcoming and approachable. I was able to get involved in research as an undergraduate and continued working on those projects during my MA degree. I'm about to start a PhD program, and my course work and research experience at HSU definitely prepared me for this next step in my career. I will forever be thankful for the guidance and mentor-ship I received from the amazing psychology professors and staff at HSU! Thank you!
    Kashia Axthelm
    Academic Research masters program alumni
  • Haley Jones
    I already knew when I entered HSU for my undergraduate degree in psychology that I would pursue a graduate degree in School Psychology. I chose to apply to the program at HSU, because as someone who grew up in Humboldt County, it was important for me to stay close to home where I had support from friends and family. I didn’t know when I started the program that I would soon have a newfound group assisting me to realize my goal. I was amazed and honored by the support I received from the faculty and staff in the School Psychology graduate program. Not only did I have wonderful professors who supported my journey - I was placed at school sites where I experienced hands-on practical learning and professional development opportunities. I made school-site connections with teachers, administrators, other school personnel, students and their families. After a successful internship at Humboldt County Office of Education, I was subsequently hired full time as a school psychologist working with diverse populations, and am engaged in an exciting school transformation initiative with the Northern California MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) Coalition, providing training and consultation to local school districts focusing on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), restorative practices, academic interventions, inclusion, and other critical initiatives supported at the local and state level. I am grateful to be engaged in this exciting and enriching work.
    Haley Jones
    School Psychology masters program alumni
  • "The biggest preparation for both graduation and becoming a psychiatric assistant was my Humboldt State experience. Professors sharing knowledge on topics was helpful, but to see the same professors continue to work hard to further their knowledge was inspirational. My time spent at Humboldt state has taught me that anything is possible through hard work and perseverance."
    Brandon Cameron-Vaughn
    Psychiatric Assistant
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    "I struggled a little because I would hear that I was not going to get a job that I wanted because I had no experience but the best advice I can give is to continue doing what you do and don't doubt yourself; you've done it this far why doubt now what you're capable of doing. Don't let others define who you are and what you can and can't do."
    Arlyn Hernandez
    Class of 2016
  • Jack Allen
    “Working with the faculty and staff of the HSU Psychology Department was the highlight of my undergraduate education. It was encouraging to be able to form a connection with a diverse group of professors. They have great stories and advice to share about our community. There were a lot of opportunities to work with faculty members conducting research, which made me feel confident with my graduate school applications.”
    Jack Allen
    Grad Student


  • Thu Mar 2nd, 2017
    Lambie Family Scholarship Deadline
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Scholars of Academic Research (SOAR) will be hosting a movie night tonight! Join SOAR for A Beautiful Mind at 6:30 P.M in Goodwin Forum, located in Nelson Hall East. A discussion will follow the film and snacks will be available for purchase! 📽 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsusoar Our very own Dr. Kauyumari Sanchez will be our speaker at today's Psych Talk! Join us today at 5 P.M in SH 108 for her talk and for some snacks and refreshments a bit earlier at 4:30 P.M in SH 128! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychtalks Psych Talks is going on now! Don't miss out on some free pre-Psych Talk food in Siemens Hall 128! The Psych Talk is at 5 P.M in Siemens Hall 108! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Happy Valentine's Day from the Arcata High Choir and the HSU Psych Department! ❤ #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies We are pleased to announce that the HSU Psych Dept. has a new scholarship available - The Lambie Family Scholarship! This $2,000 scholarship is available to HSU psychology majors who have completed at least 60 units, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and demonstrate a financial need as determined by FAFSA. The deadline to apply is March 2nd! To apply, please visit the link in the bio. 📖💸💰 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies The Spring 2017 series of Psych Talks is about to begin! Come and join Scholars of Academic Research as they host the first Psych Talk of the semester on Wednesday, Feb. 15th from 5 P.M - 6 P.M in Siemen's Hall 108! Jovonne Dempster, MSW has prepared a great talk and you won't want to miss out! Free snacks and refreshments will be served at 4:30 P.M in Siemen's Hall 128. #hsupsych #hsuprofstudies #hsuprofstudies #hsusoar #hsupsychtalks We invite students to apply for The Dr. Chester Collins Memorial Psychology Scholarship! This $2,000 scholarship is awarded to full-time graduate or undergraduate Psychology majors who have shown evidence of involvement in and commitment to the discipline of psychology, such as evidence of competence in psychology and a desire to engage in a psychology-related career, and who have a 3.75 or better cumulative GPA.
The deadline to apply is 03/02/2017!
For more information and to apply please visit (link embedded in bio). #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Psych Club and Psi Chi are at the Clubs Fair! Come join them tonight at 6:30 P.M in Art B 102 for their first meeting! #hsupsych #hsupsychpsichi #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Scholars of Academic Research (SOAR) at today's Clubs Fair! SOAR will be having its first public meeting today in BSS 306 at 2:30pm! #hsupsych #hsusoar #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies A beautiful view of the sunset from behind the trees surrounding BSS. Happy Friday! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Gear up for this semester with Psych Club and Psi Chi shirts and sweatshirts on sale now! 😀👕 #supportpsychclub #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychpsichi Save the dates! These are the Psych Club and Psi Chi meeting dates for the Spring 2017 semester! Join them next week on Wednesday, Feb 1st at 6:30 P.M in Art B 102 for their first meeting! New members are always welcome, psych majors or not! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychpsichi Psych Club and Psi Chi meetings are starting up soon - on Feb. 1st to be exact! Students of all majors are invited to attend as the clubs make plans for an exciting semester! Join them on Wednesday, Feb 1st at 6:30 P.M in Art B 102! 😀 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychpsichi We hope you've all been enjoying the kickoff of the Spring 2017 semester! We look forward to watching you all achieve your goals and we're here to help you every step of the way! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Congratulations on finishing the Fall 2016 semester! 🎉🎊 The HSU Psychology Dept. wishes you all a happy and safe winter break! ❄ #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Did somebody say that there's dogs to pet in the library?! 🐶 @coolmusic94 is busy making friends with Tola in the library lobby! Tola and friends will be here until 8 P.M, so come out and say hi! 🐾 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Happy finals week to you all - we know that you've all been studying very hard! PSYC 641 students celebrated the end of the semester today with a quote-reading and a potluck. May you breeze your exams and likewise, treat yourself to something sweet and delicious! 😁 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Studying for finals may be puppies have come to the rescue! Come to the library lobby to pet some adorable and adoring dogs on Monday, Dec. 12 from 1 - 2:30 P.M and Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 6:30 - 8 P.M! 🐶 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies A PSA: free food, drinks, coffee, study materials, and tutoring services will be offered in the UC South Lounge from 5 P.M - 9 P.M this coming Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday to help you prepare for your finals! 😎 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies The last Psych Club and Psi Chi meeting of the semester will be today at 6:30 P.M in Art B 102! Come and join the clubs as they wrap up the semester! 😊 #hsupsych #hsupsychpsichi #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies

Excellence in teaching and research are hallmarks of the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Humboldt State University. Faculty members are drawn to the university by its stellar reputation for quality instruction, smaller classes, and excellent students, as well as the scenic beauty of a campus nestled between a redwood forest and the Pacific Ocean.