Humboldt State University

Department of Psychology

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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


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A wonderful time was had at the Fall 2016 Psych Club and Psi Chi student and faculty mixer! 😁 #hsupsych #hsupsychpsichi #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Psych Club and Psi Chi will be hosting a student and faculty mixer TODAY from 5 P.M - 7 P.M in the KBR! There will be catered food and beverages to enjoy while faculty and students build connections through facilitated discussions and icebreakers. All are welcome! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychpsichi Welcome back to our last few weeks of the semester! There will be a Psych Talk tomorrow from 5 P.M - 6 P.M in Natural Resources 101! Dr. Sangwon Kim and Dr. Pio Choong Yuk Kim will be discussing the psychology of religiosity/spirituality in relation to adolescent mental health. Snacks and refreshments will be served at 4:30 P.M, so come by early! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychtalks Whether you're traveling near or far or staying right where you are, we hope you have a great fall break! 🍂🍃🍂#hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Congratulations to the 2016 Psi Chi inductees! We're very proud of all of you and you should all be proud of yourselves! 📚 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychpsichi In addition to our Psych Talk there will also be a Psychology Club and Psi Chi meeting today at 6:30 P.M in Art B 102! One of the highlights of today's meeting will be the Psi Chi induction ceremony! 😃 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychpsichi There will be a Psych Talk today from 5 P.M - 6 P.M in Natural Resources 101! Come and listen to a great talk by Kim Kowalski, BCBA who will be discussing locally provided applied behavior analytic services. Stop by a little earlier at 4:30 P.M for snacks and refreshments! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychtalks Many students, faculty, and staff members are dealing with a wide array of stressors at this time of the year. Here is a non-exhaustive list of mental health services available to students, faculty, and staff. If you need help, please reach out. #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Come and join Check It this Wednesday, Nov. 9th from 5 P.M - 8 P.M in the KBR where they will be hosting the Consent Project - an annual consent-centered campus event. ✅ #checkithsu #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Learn about social identity rhetoric in the 2016 election at today's Psych Talk! The Talk is from 5 P.M - 6 P.M in Natural Resources 101, but food and refreshments will be served at 4:30 P.M! Don't miss out on this fascinating, informative talk! #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies #hsupsychtalks Happy Halloween! Have fun, be safe, and eat lots of candy! 👻🍬🍭🎃 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies It's 2 P.M and time for our Fall Admissions Day presentation in BSS 166! Stop by and meet the departments in the College of Professional Studies! 😃 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies Thank you for coming out to yesterday's Psych Talk! We hope you learned everything you wanted to learn about our various labs and psychology-oriented clubs! 😃 #hsupsych #humboldtstate #hsuprofstudies 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

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.