Congratulations to Dr. O'Quin on her retirement!
The Psychology Department would like to announce the retirement of Dr. Karen O’Quin effective December 31, 2021. Over the years, Dr. O’Quin has been an outstanding and integral part of the social, intellectual, and institutional fabric of Buffalo State College, and she will be greatly missed by all. You would be hard-pressed to find someone at Buffalo State who hasn’t been impacted (directly or indirectly) by Dr. O’Quin’s dedication to the advancement of the college, and more importantly, to the growth and well-being of its members. The magnitude and ultimate impact of the service that she has provided to the College, Department of Psychology, and most importantly our students, over the years is immeasurable. There simply is no metric for how dramatically her efforts have benefitted Buffalo State College. In addition to serving in the department of Psychology, she was also the Associate Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences for nearly 20 years - singularly focused on making Buffalo State College a better place to learn, work, and thrive. From serving on committees, to teaching and engaging in award winning research, to advising, assisting, and trouble-shooting with faculty, administrators, and students, the outcomes of her efforts have made a lasting positive impression on the success of our college. Fittingly, Dr. O’Quin was awarded the Buffalo State College President’s Award for Career Achievement for Faculty in 2021. Please join us in wishing Dr. O’Quin continued success as she moves on to the next chapter in her life. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered! Congratulations Dr. O’Quin.
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The 2021-2022 Guide to Psychology Handbook is available for download.
Students who graduate with a major in psychology have many career options. Psychology majors are prepared for careers in human services, human resources, research, counseling, and other fields.
Start planning your career while you have plenty of time left in school. That way, you can tailor your experiences here to make sure that you will love your career later. The best place to start is with your adviser.
One good way to get started is through our internship program. An internship can help you choose with what population you want to work, can give you local contacts (many students have received jobs through their internships), and can give you a boost if you choose to go to graduate school.
There are also many local agencies and businesses that have hired psychology graduates from Buffalo State in the past and many more that might hire you if your interests and skills match their needs.
Many careers in psychology require a graduate degree, either at the master’s or doctoral level.
Most graduate programs require that applicants take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The GRE consists of two major sections: the general test and subject tests. Check with the graduate programs to which you are applying to see whether you need both sections or just the general test. The general test is offered throughout the year, but the subject test is given only three times a year (November, December, and April).
A good place to start looking for programs is the American Psychological Association’s the Graduate Study in Psychology, a listing of all of the psychology programs in the country. The guide is broken down by specialty and state. You may look at this guide in the department office.
- Association for Psychological Science
- Peterson's Grad School Bound
- Psych Web
- Psychology Degree Guide
- So You Want to Be a Clinical Psychologist?
- So You Want a Good Paying Job after You Graduate?
- Applied Careers in Forensic and Industrial/Organizational Psychology
- So You Want to Work with Children?
To participate in the internship program, you must:
- Be a second semester junior or beyond
- Have at least a 2.50 GPA in psychology and in the college
- Have completed relevant coursework (i.e., developmental psychology if you plan to work with children; abnormal psychology if you plan to work in a mental health setting)
- Receive an endorsement from a faculty member
- Be able to commit 12 hours per week to the internship site
Each semester a meeting is held prior to the advisement period for students interested in the internship program. At this meeting, the paperwork and other registration requirements (DOC, 29KB) will be explained.
Following the meeting and submission of paperwork, students work with the Internship Coordinator to achieve the best possible internship match for their skills and interests and then complete the PSY 488 form, which is the contract with the department and the Internship Learning Agreement, which is the contract with the site.
- Crisis Services
- Human Resources
- Mental Illness
- Refugee Placement and Support
- School/Youth Counseling
- Substance Abuse
Our list of internships is always evolving to meet student needs and interests. Some recent sites include:
- International Institute
- Compass House
- Family Help Center
- Journey's End Refugee Services
- Falk School
- Northpointe Council
- Transitional Services Inc.
The Psychology Club is open to all students with an interest in Psychology. Look up Psychology Club on Bengal Connect for more information on meetings and events.
Club activities include sponsorship and hosting of outside speakers, career seminars, field trips, fundraising activities, research projects, and a year-end picnic.
Psychology Students Interested in Community Outreach is a charity drive run by the club members that helps disadvantaged families in the surrounding Buffalo State College neighborhood. Each year student members decide on a charity or cause to support. Contact Dr. DiPirro for more information.
Faculty organizer: Dr. Jean DiPirro
This is the international honorary society in psychology. The chapter is actively involved in the department and coordinates activities with the Psychology Club. Members of Psi Chi informally sponsor a tutoring program for psychology courses on an as-needed basis. Recruitment to Psi Chi is by invitation only and one initiation ceremony for new members is conducted each year.
- Minimum 3.5 GPA in psychology and a 3.25 overall (at Buffalo State)
- Completed a minimum of 9 credits in psychology, including PSY 306
Faculty adviser: Dr. Kim Kamper-DeMarco
Buffalo State’s SHRM student chapter is sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association, a local chapter of SHRM. This student organization complements the courses offered by the Psychology Department in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and helps prepare students for possible careers in human resources.
Student members can become involved in a variety of activities that allow them to be in contact with HR professionals from the community. Through monthly dinner meetings, invited guest speakers, tours of organizations, and campus conferences, students are provided the opportunity to explore this profession. A number of students have gained internships with local organizations or have sat for the certification exam in HR offered by the national SHRM association.
Faculty adviser: Dr. Robert Delprino