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 a certificate program in Institutional Research.


Quick Facts

  • 787
    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


  • Wed Oct 26th, 2016
    Psych Talks: Research by the students
  • Wed Nov 2nd, 2016
    Psych Talks: Dr. Amber Gaffney
  • Fri Nov 11th, 2016
    Veterans Day Holiday Observance - Campus...
  • Wed Nov 16th, 2016
    Psych Talks: Kim Kowalski, M.A.
  • Mon Nov 21st, 2016
    Fall Break Nov. 21 to 25 - Campus Closed
  • Wed Nov 30th, 2016
    Psych Talks: Dr. Sangwon Kim

Stay Connected

At tomorrow's Psych Talk you'll have the opportunity to learn about the variety of psychology research labs and clubs on campus! This Psych Talk will highlight labs' current research and provide students with information on how they can get more involved with student research and our psychology-oriented clubs! The Psych Talk is Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 5 - 6 P.M in Natural Resources 101, with a reception to follow from 6 - 7 P.M in Natural Resources 107. #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Please help the CSU system learn more about how to increase access to food and housing support for CSU students by taking a brief 10-15 minute survey (link in bio). At the end of the survey you have the option of being entered into a drawing to receive a $40 Target gift card! 🍅🍊🍏#hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies A reminder that our grad program info meeting is today from 4 P.M - 5 P.M in BSS 420! Get the details on our programs, deadlines, and more. Bring your questions! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies A big thank you to Dr. Marcela Raffaelli for visiting our beautiful campus and delivering an excellent Psych Talk! Another big thank you to all of you who braved the rain to attend! Have a great weekend! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Our Psych Talk is beginning soon! 2 P.M in BSS 166! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies A It's Tuesday of Internship Week! Have you registered for your favorite workshop(s)? Register on Springboard and see if there are seats open for the workshops that interest you! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Our next Psych Talk will be this Friday, October 14th from 2 P.M - 3 P.M in BSS 166! 💬 Dr. Marcela Raffaelli from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be speaking about risk and resilience in adolescence from a cultural perspective. Stop by a bit earlier at 1:30 P.M for some snacks and refreshments. Don't miss this fantastic talk! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychtalks Today's lovely Psych Club/Psi Chi setup! Thanks for coming out and playing Happy Homecoming Thursday! Did you play There will be a Psych Club/Psi Chi meeting tonight at 6:30 P.M in Art B 102! 😃 All are welcome to attend - don't miss out! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychclubpsichi These envelopes with posters promoting our Psychology graduate programs are headed for universities in California serving undergraduate students! In the background you can also catch a peek at our beautiful poster design! 🌲There's one hanging in the office for those who wish to appreciate it in person. 👀 #hsupsych #hsupsychacrossca #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Are you interested in attending grad school at HSU? Are you interested in Academic Research, Counseling, or School Psychology? The HSU Psychology Department will be having a grad program informational meeting on October 17th from 4 P.M - 5 P.M in BSS 420. Come learn about any of our fantastic graduate programs! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Internship Week 2016 is coming up on October 10th - October 13th! Be sure to pre-register on Springboard or call (707) 826-3341 to register for the workshop(s) that interest you! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies A reminder that our second Psych Talk of the semester is today! Sherri Whitt, MFT will be speaking about infant-family early childhood mental health at 5 P.M in Natural Resources 101. Stop by at 4:30 for some snacks and refreshments! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychtalks Come join us for our upcoming Psych Talk this Wednesday, Sept. 28th from 5 P.M - 6 P.M in Natural Resources 101! Sheri Whitt, MFT will be speaking about infant-family early childhood mental health. Snacks and refreshments will be served at 4:30 P.M. Don't miss out on a great talk! For more info about Psych Talks, please visit the link in the bio. #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychtalks Good Afternoon! Our New Faculty Friday series comes to a close with Dr. Ben Graham!
Dr. Graham is a community psychologist with a focus in working with marginalized communities, including people with disabilities, youth in urban public schools, and sexual minority communities. Dr. Graham comes to HSU from the National Center for PTSD in Palo Alto, where his work involved evaluating real world interventions through implementation science. He received his Ph.D. from DePaul University, and previously served as a community mental health practitioner. His hobbies include hiking, biking, and all things musical. 
Welcome to the HSU Psychology Department, Dr. Graham! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies There's a Psych Club/Psi Chi meeting TODAY at 6:30 in Art B 102! Don't miss out! Save all the meeting dates for this semester! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychclubpsichi Have you checked out the Brain Booth at the library? 💭 There's all sorts of activities to stimulate your mind and also some to give your mind a break! The Brain Booth is open every Wednesday in Room 114 from 10 A.M - noon and Thursday in Room 208 from 1 P.M - 3 P.M.#hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsulibrary The Graduate and Professional School Fair is today from 10 - 2 on the Quad! Speak with a variety of different schools and learn about programs you're interested in! #hsupsych #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.