Bloomsburg’s Department of Psychology provides instruction, opportunities, and resources for undergraduate students to acquire scientific knowledge and skills in psychology and apply that understanding to socially responsible, personal, and professional growth.

Psychology Teaching Assistants

Peyton Ordway

Major, Minor, Concentration: Psychology major, with a minor in Child Life Specialist

Peyton Ordway

Hometown: Boyertown, PA

Career Goal: Child Life Specialist

What you enjoy about psychology:

“I love the diversity of psychology. There are so many things that come together to form psychology, like science, applications, history, and so many more things. In every course within the major, there are so many moving parts, and there's always something new behind each door."

What you enjoy about Bloomsburg:

“In terms of this major, the community behind it is extremely supportive. Every professor is willing to help you in any way they can.”

Mia Noland

Mia Nouand

Major, Minor, Concentration: Psychology and Criminal Justice Major, with a minor in Sociology

Hometown: Coatesville, PA

Career Goal: Police or Correctional Psychologist 

What you enjoy about psychology:

“I enjoy how vast of a topic psychology is, and how I can always be learning something new in psychology. All my psychology classes have surprised me in what else psychology has to offer, and how it can help ourselves and our communities".

What you enjoy about Bloomsburg:

“I have always enjoyed how beautiful the campus is, especially in the fall. When the leaves are yellow and orange and you can feel the buzz of everyone talking and laughing between classes, it feels like you're meant to be at BU".

Destiny Hickey

Destiny Hickey

Major, Minor, Concentration: Psychology major

Hometown: Philadelphia Pennsylvania  

Career Goal: Clinical Psychologist

What you enjoy about psychology:

"As a Senior at BU, I have taken many courses in psych and what I love about it is that it never gets boring. Psychology is very intriguing, there is so much to learn".

What you enjoy about Bloomsburg:

“What I enjoy about Commonwealth University- Bloomsburg is that most of the professors are very helpful and understanding. The professor's helpful nature makes it easier for me to learn content that is presented in the course".

Delaney Ditillo

Delaney Ditillo

Major, Minor, Concentration:  Psychology Major

Hometown: Downingtown, PA

Career Goal: Eating Disorder Therapist  

What you enjoy about psychology:

“I love that psychology is all about getting a deeper knowledge of ourselves and others".

What you enjoy about Bloomsburg:

“Besides the beautiful campus, I love the professors we have at BU and how much they care about the success of their students".

What inspired you, motivated you to pursue psychology?

"I was inspired to pursue psychology because of the people in the field who have had such a positive effect of me. I want to be able to support people who are struggling and show them that whatever they are dealing with is not going to last forever and it is possible to live a full, happy life".

What's been your favorite psychology class (course), and why?

"My favorite class so far is Psychological Disorders. I love this type of content and think it is such an interesting area to study in the field, and I especially love how we are constantly learning more every day".

Sydney Lehman

Sydney Lehman

Major, Minor, Concentration: Psychology major

Hometown: Orefield, PA

Career Goal: High School Counselor and Youth Counselor

What you enjoy about psychology:

“I find it fascinating to learn about mental disorders and how areas of the brain affect a person both physically and mentally healthy".

What you enjoy about Bloomsburg:

“I love how Bloomsburg University offers so many classes on the different branches of psychology. This allows its students to explore the many possible job opportunities. Jobs that they might not have originally been aware of".

Juliana Kley

Julianna Kley

Major, Minor, Concentration: Psychology major, with a minor in Aging Studies and Gerontology 

Hometown: Bethlehem, PA

Career Goal: Clinical Mental Health Counselor 

What you enjoy about psychology:

“I enjoy learning about others, and why people behave the way they do. Learning about the human mind and how it develops is fascinating".

What you enjoy about Bloomsburg:

“I enjoy having opportunities to get involved on campus and meet new people".

Alyssa Bowen

Alyssa Bowen

Major, Minor, Concentration: Psychology major

Hometown: Clarks Summit, PA

Career Goal: Substance abuse counselor

What you enjoy about psychology:

“What I enjoy most about psychology is how it directly affects and correlates to our daily lives. It has and continues to open up my mind to see things from different perspectives.”

What you enjoy about Bloomsburg:

“I love psychology because it is in everything we do, I believe. I feel like it is the basis to understanding people, which is something I enjoy deeply. Getting to know people, the nitty gritty, is the best part of talking to others".

Becca Bonomo

Becca Bonomo

Major, Minor, Concentration: Psychology major, with a minor in Political Science

Hometown: Sweet Valley, PA

Career Goal: I’d love to be able to one day teach psychology at a university.

What you enjoy about psychology:

“I enjoy the relatability of psychology. I have been able to immediately apply everything I have learned to my own life and found that extremely interesting and helpful as a student.”

What you enjoy about Bloomsburg:

“I enjoy our student-to-professor ratio at Bloom. The professors here are able to get to know you as a student and not just as a face in their classroom. It has been essential in forming mentorships between myself and my professors.”

What psych career pathway, continued education opportunities are you looking to pursue? Why?

"After Bloomsburg, I plan on attending University with a master's program in psychology. Now my goal is to earn a master's in general/general experimental psychology. I chose this path because Bloomsburg emphasized the importance of research in psychology, I'd like to one day contribute to the field of psychology by doing my own research. This path would also work as a paunch pad into a doctoral program, where I could earn my Ph.D. and one day teach at a university".

How has Bloom's psychology program best prepared you for this next step?

"Bloomsburg's staff and curriculum have prepared us by emphasizing research in all of our courses. This is essential in entering master's/doctoral programs, especially in earning a PhD. As I continue to research my options, I found that so much higher education emphasizes research, but also provides an independent study course where students can work with a mentor/faculty member in conducting their own research. I believe Bloomsburg's psychology department has given all of their students a leg up in applying to graduate programs by doing this".

Duane S. Manson Jr.

Duane Mason JR.

Major, Minor, Concentration: Psychology major

Hometown: Sharon Hill, PA

What you enjoy about psychology:

“I enjoy the way I can analyze people more effectively and easily".

What you enjoy about Bloomsburg:

“I enjoy the campus life all in all, there's always something to do not matter the time".

What inspired you, motivated you to pursue psychology? 

"My love for hearing a story and helping others get through tough times (mostly relationship-wise) came to me as an unexpected surprise up until my freshman year of college. I would say the outcomes I get, and the results of my "talks" inspired to me pursue psychology. And the experiences I've had in my college courses motivated me to continue down this path".

What psych career pathway, continued education opportunities are you looking to pursue?

"I am looking to become a Forensic psychologist. I admit I know very little about the profession in full detail, but I do know it's something I have set my eyes to being able to do since before I started my college career. A PhD in psychology and a master's degree in criminal justice is something that's required for me to be able to become a forensic psychologist and I don't want to give up on it. Couples therapy or general therapy is another career path I wouldn't mind getting into deeply. Also requiring me to have a master's degree in psychology at a minimum".

Marium Kamran

Marium Kamran

Major, Minor, Concentration: Psychology major, with a minor in Sociology

Hometown: Shamokin, PA

Career Goal: Teach psychology at a University

What you enjoy about psychology:

“It is fascinating subject overall. I am able to apply so many concepts in my daily life, which allows me to understand myself and others on a deeper level".

What you enjoy about Bloomsburg:

“The professors are really dedicated towards all their students, and are always willing to help. I also love the beautiful campus, which has a unique feel during each season".

What's been your favorite psychology class (course), and why?

"My favorite psychology class was developmental psychology. It was fascinating to learn about the physical, cognitive, and social changes that occur throughout our lifespan. This course allowed me to understand people of different ages".

What psych career pathway, continued education opportunities are you looking to pursue? Why? Basically, what's your expected next step after Bloom... and why that preferred option?

"I plan to attend graduate school after graduating from Bloomsburg University. My ultimate goal is to get a PhD".

How has Bloom's psychology program best prepared you for this next step?

"The Bloomsburg psychology program has prepared me for my next step by requiring classes that cover different areas of psychology. The psychology program challenged me to work harder as I progressed, and I could feel that I had grown through my experiences each semester. This growth allowed me to be confident that I can take on further challenges in graduate school".

Kegan Gordner

Kegan Gordner

Major, Minor, Concentration: Psychology major and Art History minor

Hometown: Bloomsburg & Pine Grove, PA

Career Goal: Psy-D in Psychotherapy

What you enjoy about psychology:

"I enjoy how psychology can reach to the core of the human spirit and human behavior through theory, data, and conversation. People and personalities are like onions and psychology gives you the tools to peel back the layers".

What you enjoy about Bloomsburg:

"Bloomsburg's Psych, Bio, and Art departments has offered me some of the best academic minds to help further my educational career and point me down the best avenue to achieve my goals".

What inspired you, motivated you to pursue psychology?

"As a former pre-med major and current medic in the military, helping people has always been a passion of mine. Psychology, to me, allows you to know and help someone on a deeper level that you might not get in a more medically focused career".

What's been your favorite psychology class (course), and why?

"My favorite psych course I have taken at Bloomsburg is a toss-up between Social Psych with Dr. DeVries and Behavioral Modification with Dr. Kontos Social Psych helped show how psychology is a part of every aspect of our lives and Behavioral Modification supplied us with tools to modify behavior in our everyday lives".

What psych career pathway, continued education opportunities are you looking to pursue? Why? Basically, what's your expected next step after Bloom... and why that preferred option?

"My next step after Bloomsburg is to attend Graduate school in the pursuit of becoming a Licensed Practical Councilor". 

How has Bloom's psychology program best prepared you for this next step?

"The faculty and course content throughout the major has helped me understand the future academic road I plan on taking after Bloomsburg".

Searia Calhoun

Searia Calhoun

Major, Minor, Concentration: Psychology major, Theatre minor 

Hometown: Lykens, PA

Career Goal: "I'm not entirely sure yet but currently I am thinking about becoming a professor for psychology at a University".

What you enjoy about psychology:

“I enjoy learning about the many different disciplines of psychology and how they interact with one another".

What you enjoy about Bloomsburg:

“I enjoy that there are many different opportunities for students to get involved in things that they are passionate about and find people who share those same passions".