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Dr. Derek Montgomery
Bradley’s Department of Psychology offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. The program provides students with a broad, scientific understanding of human behavior. The breadth of the curriculum establishes an excellent foundation for students preparing to become professionals in:
- clinical and counseling settings
Core courses address physiological, cognitive, and societal influences on behavior and how these influences interact with one another. Specialized course offerings in diverse areas such as forensic psychology, child psychopathology, environmental psychology, neuroscience, and others enrich the curriculum.
Students in Bradley’s Psychology program work directly with faculty in the classroom and collaboratively on research projects. Collaborative research topics include:
- alcohol abuse
- attention and visual performance
- developing self control in children
- DUI court outcomes
- personality and sexuality
- gender-role development
Bradley's Distinctive Approach
The Bradley University Psychology Club and Psi Chi routinely host professional, social, and philanthropic activities. Psi Chi is the psychology honor society and Bradley’s chapter was recently recognized as the best chapter in the nation by winning the Psi Chi/Ruth Hubbard Cousins National Chapter Award.
The psychology department at Bradley offers an Honors Research program funded by the Daniel J. Elias Endowment Fund. Participants have excelled in national research competitions.
Students can earn course credit by working with children, adolescents, and adults in applied settings such as hospitals and substance abuse treatment centers. Psychology students also earn course credit through opportunities in forensic and business settings.
Bradley Psychology graduates enjoy an excellent placement rate in jobs and graduate schools. Recent graduates have been accepted into competitive graduate programs at the University of Chicago, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, Washington University and many others. Bradley psychology graduates include:
- Clinical Director, Child Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Former Director of Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
- President and CEO of the Children's Home Association of Illinois
- State Senator, Kansas
- CEO of Family Violence and Prevention Services, San Antonio TX
- Best-selling psychology author
- Former Vice President of Human Resources for a Fortune 500 company
- Judge, Tenth Judicial Circuit Court, Illinois