Pitt-Johnstown Psychology

The psychology major at Pitt-Johnstown, through its clinical approach, emphasizes the theoretical, research, and applied foundations of this science, which is the study of human behavior in individuals and in groups.Through active involvement in their profession, Pitt-Johnstown faculty lend contemporary real-world perspectives to their classrooms.


Pitt-Johnstown graduates have established successful careers in areas including behavioral health, crisis response, law enforcement, rehabilitation services, education (special education, educational psychology, or school psychology), community relations, and advocacy. A growing number of states require that practicing psychologists be licensed; many state licenses require graduate-level training in psychology or a related field.

At the bachelor's level, psychology graduates are sought in fields like statistics, probation and corrections, public relations, health education, social work, human resources, recreational therapy, and physician assisting. Students seeking careers in these areas of applied psychology also benefit from a program that equips them for further training.

The Pitt-Johnstown program has a strong focus on real-world learning. Many students take advantage of internship opportunities through our numerous contacts in the region. Students also work one-on-one with faculty members on research projects, present at national conferences; students may be credited as co-authors in professional publications. Additionally, students regularly present at the annual Symposium for the Promotion of Academic and Creative Enquiry (SPACE).

These opportunities provide students with a distinctive edge when entering a graduate program in psychology or related areas, or competing for jobs in the human services fields.

Sharon BertschPhD
Department Chair