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

Stay Connected

Future HSU Psychology students, be sure to attend one of our Open House events! One is at 1 P.M - 2 P.M and the other is from 2 P.M - 3 P.M! Both Open House events will be held in BSS 408. 😁 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies The Majors Fair at Spring Preview is about to begin! Come and join us in the Forbes Gym - we're excited to meet the next HSU Psychology students! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Our latest Psych Talk is about to begin at 3 P.M! Come to Native American Forum (BSS 166) to attend another great talk! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsupsychtalks #hsuprofstudies Psych Club and Psi Chi will be hosting a Vision Board Workshop tonight at 6:30 P.M in Art B 102! Stop by for a fun evening of crafts, snacks, and inspiration! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychpsichi Welcome back! This Wednesday Psych Club and Psi Chi will be hosting a special event geared at helping you realize your goals! Be creative and have fun with your friends as you create a vision board, a tool to help inspire and aid you in organizing and visualizing your goals in a way that reflects YOU and what YOU want to achieve. The Vision Board Workshop will be tomorrow (Wed) at 6:30 P.M in Art B 102! Bring your friends and creativity! Snacks and refreshments will be provided! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychpsichi Our department is hosting another faculty search candidate today! Dr. Steph Anderson will be speaking about the role of gender expression and race in experiences of antigay discrimination. The talk will be from 1 P.M - 2 P.M in BSS 204. #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies A beautiful rainy day captured from the 4th floor of BSS. ☔🌧 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Thank you to everybody who came out to today's Psych Talk with Dr. Matthew Callahan - there was a great turnout! Happy Friday to you all! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychtalks Join us for today's Psych Talk at 12 P.M in BSS 166! Dr. Matthew Callahan will be presenting research on perceptions and reactions to transgender women and men in public restrooms. Don't miss out on this great talk! Snacks and refreshments will be served at 11:30 outside of BSS 166. #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies TODAY is the deadline to apply for our psychology department scholarships! For more information on the scholarships and for instructions on how to apply, please visit Don't miss out on these great scholarship opportunities! 💸💸💸 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Tonight's grad panel at the Psych Club and Psi Chi meeting! Thinking of going to grad school? Joining Psych Club and Psi Chi is a great way to be involved as an undergrad and an awesome way to find opportunities to boost your CV! #getthatdegree #hsupsych #hsupsychpsichi #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies This Friday the Psych Dept. will be hosting faculty search candidate Brandilynn Villarreal, MA, ABD. Faculty and grad students are invited to attend a pizza lunch with our candidate at 1 P.M in BSS 508 and faculty and students are invited to attend our candidate's talk at 3 P.M in BSS 408. 😊 #hsupsych #hsuprofstudies #humboldtstate 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

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.