What do psychologists do?  Psychologists study mental processes and human behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people and other animals.

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<p>Careers in psychology </p> <p>Careers in psychology</p> <p>What do psychologists do?Psychologists study mental processes and human behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people and other animals relate to one another and the environment. To do this, psychologists often look for patterns that will help them understand and predict behavior using scientific methods, principles, or procedures to test their ideasConduct research at universities, government agencies, and private organizationsPromote physical and mental health as a health care provider</p> <p>Schooling for PsychologistsDegrees are offered at these levels:Bachelors (B.S. or B.A.)Masters (M.A., M.S. or M.Ed.)Doctorate (Ph.D. or Psy. D.)The degree you need depends on which field of psychology you want to go intoBachelors DegreeSales associatesAdministrative supportPublic affairsEducationHuman Resources</p> <p>Health care professionsEmployment counselingCorrections counselors Personnel analystsProbation officers</p> <p>Masters Degree Some find jobs in health, industry, and education, the primary work settings for psychology professionals with master's degreesJobs for persons with master's degrees in psychology become available in community mental health centers (e.g. case management, licensed cliniciansGraduates with a masters degree in Psychology may conduct research and data collection and analysis </p> <p>Doctoral DegreeThose with a doctorate in psychology are the highest paid and have the widest range of opportunity Usually work in health service provider subfields, industrialorganizational psychology, educational psychology, and other fields with applications in these settingsFields of PsychologyArt therapistsClinical psychologists Cognitive and perceptual psychologists Counseling psychologists Developmental psychologists Educational psychologists Engineering psychologists Evolutionary psychologists Experimental psychologists </p> <p>Forensic psychologists Health psychologists Industrial/organizational psychologists Neuropsychologists Quantitative and measurement psychologists Rehabilitation psychologists School psychologists Social psychologists Sports psychologists </p> <p>Forensic PsychologyForensic psychology is the intersection between psychology and the criminal justice system. It involves understanding criminal law in the relevant jurisdictions in order to be able to interact appropriately with judges, attorneys and other legal professionals.</p> <p>The psychologists can, for example, help a judge decide which parent should have custody of a child, evaluate a defendant's mental competence to stand trial, or evaluate the relevance and validity of psychological assessment results</p> <p>Forensic psychologists also conduct research on jury behavior or eyewitness testimony, and some forensic psychologists are trained in both psychology and the law </p> <p>Clinical PsychologyClinical psychology is an integration of science, theory and clinical knowledge for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal developmentClinical psychologists treat those with chronic illnesses as well as short term conditionsFocus on specific problems as well such as: phobias, eating disorders, PTSD and clinical depressionDevelopmental PsychologyStudies the stages of a persons psychological development throughout the lifespanFocus is usually on childhood and adolescenceAs life expectancy increases, developmental psychologists are becoming more prominentExperimental PsychologyWide range of focus including cognitive processes, comparative psychology, learning and conditioningWork with the empirical method and the manipulation of variables to understand particular phenomena Health PsychologyHealth psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological, and social factors affect health and illness These psychologists may study how patients handle illness, why some people don't follow medical advice, and the most effective ways to control pain or to change poor health habitsOften team up with medical personnel in private practiceAlso studies issues like teen pregnancy, substance abuse, dieting, exercise and risky behaviors</p> <p>Psychology at URIJoin the psychology clubApply for Psi Chi- the honors psychology programApply for a relevant internship in your field of interest</p> <p>Participate in research on campusConnect with professors involved in areas you are interested inResourceshttp://www.apa.org/divisions/div12/aboutcp.htmlhttp://www.buzzle.com/articles/different-fields-in-psychology.htmlhttp://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos056.htm</p>


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