Psychology

Psychology student reports at the annual Research Symposium

Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes (perception, emotion, and cognition), and the application of the knowledge acquired to the resolution of personal and social problems. For students seeking a B.S., the Department of Psychology offers a major in psychology with an optional applied concentration in either human performance or counseling/clinical psychology.

A major in psychology is an excellent choice for some students. Some students majoring in a different area who have the ability to complete two majors may wish to major in psychology as well. Given its nature, it complements many other academic areas.

Mission

The Psychology Department seeks to develop students who understand the psychological functioning of themselves and others, know how psychology is applied to enhance human life, know the ways knowledge (especially scientific knowledge) is acquired, and are prepared to enter graduate school or the workforce. The Psychology Department supports the mission of the university, with particular emphasis on providing an education grounded in the liberal arts tradition and developing whole persons who will make substantial contributions.

Goals

  1. Students will acquire a significant understanding of their psychological functioning (perceiving, feeling, thinking, and behaving) and its development and that of others.
  2. Students will acquire significant knowledge of the application of psychology to the enhancement of human life.
  3. Students will acquire significant knowledge of different approaches to attaining knowledge, with an emphasis on the scientific approach.
  4. Students who major in psychology will be prepared for entrance into a graduate program in psychology or an entry-level job related to the provision of psychological services in which a baccalaureate degree in psychology is a requirement or an alternative requirement.

Contact the Psychology Program

Dr. Mark Kline

Mark Kline, Ph.D.

Chair, Psychology; Associate Professor of Psychology
(910) 480-8470
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Dr. Mark Kline
Mark Kline, Ph.D.

Chair, Psychology; Associate Professor of Psychology

B.S., Ph.D., Indiana University

Bio:

I came to Methodist University with a wide variety of lifetime experiences. I went to high school in Alice Springs, Australia and enlisted in the U.S. Navy following graduation. After trying my hand at construction, food service, and insurance sales, I landed on the academic path and haven’t looked back.

I am primarily interested in the relationship between belief and experience as influences on behavior. Early in my career I focused on the topic of alcohol use in adolescents. My experiences at Methodist University have expanded those interests into the realm of PTSD and to a focus on intervention studies surrounding binge drinking and academic performance. I have recently been addressing the topic of social media use and negative impacts that come from that.

My passion is to find new and engaging approaches to teach students about Psychology. I have used zombies, teenagers, and research projects to allow the world of Psychology to come alive for the students.

Research Interests:

Undergraduate Alcohol Use, Binge Drinking, Risky Behaviors in general, How belief affects behavior, Behavior Genetics of Alcohol Use (How biological and Environmental variables interact to cause a behavior)

Personal Interests:

Swim Coach, Soccer, Guitar, Stand Up Comedy

(910) 480-8470
Trustees 122