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Welcome To Psychology

Why people think, feel and do the things they do is an age-old question. The early roots of psychology (psyche is a Greek word) extend back to the Greeks some 2500 years ago with Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and many others. Psychology grew out of Philosophy and influences from such greats as Socrates, who said: "The unexamined life is not worth living."

Psychology as a Science is a broad discipline, essentially spanning subject matter from biology to sociology. Biology studies the structures and functions of living organisms. Psychologists study the intersection of two critical relationships: one the biology of brain function and behavior and one between the environment and behavior. As scientists, psychologists use scientific methods, carefully observing, experimenting, and analyzing both human and animal behavior, physiology and mental processes.

Psychology is a tremendously varied field. Psychologists conduct both basic and applied research, serve as consultants to communities and organizations, diagnose and treat people, work in industry and government, and teach future psychologists and other students as well as conducting research. Clinical psychology can test intelligence, personality and assess behavioral function and well being. Cognitive, clinical and industrial psychologists study how human beings relate to each other and also machines, and they work to improve these relationships.

Psychology Courses Student Learning Outcomes


Wallace Community College offers several courses in psychology.

Psychology Faculty

Dr. David Payne
Psychology Chair
Rane Hall 111-E,
Wallace Campus
AS, Wallace Community College
BS, Syracuse University
BS, Auburn University
MS, PhD, University of Louisville

Lorraine Richardson
Rane Hall 111-B,
Wallace Campus
BA, MA, New Jersey City
Ed.S. Seton Hall