Chatham University

Chatham University's M.A. in Psychology program is a 36-credit hour program that provides graduate-level education and training in psychology. The mission of the M.A. in Psychology program is to provide students a foundation in the study of human behavior and skills for working with people.

Chatham's M.A. in Psychology program offers small classes with individualized attention, creating a rich and stimulating environment that highlights our knowledgeable and experienced faculty, opportunities to conduct research, and activities that foster leadership skills. The program emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills, self-awareness, attention to socio-cultural diversity, application of knowledge, and both collaborative and independent work.

Graduates of the program are able to use their understanding of psychological science and theories to further their professional careers in many ways, including work in research settings, in human services, health, or educational organizations, and advancement to doctoral programs in psychology.

M.A. in Psychology Program Chatter

  • "Our students learn and are committed to seeing the people they work with as unique, "whole" individuals, with rich histories, hopes, dreams, and courage. Students and faculty feel honored to be part of their clients' life journeys toward health and happiness."

    – Mary Beth Mannarino, PhD
    Associate Professor

  • "I'm very proud of our students and the training we provide. I'm consistently told by internship supervisors that our students are well-trained, responsible, and eager learners."

    – Anthony Isacco, PhD
    Assistant Professor

  • "Our master's programs strive to embody the core value of promoting, valuing, and supporting diversity in all of its forms. Importantly, this includes welcoming students from diverse backgrounds and life circumstances, and actively supporting them as they embark on a variety of exciting and challenging career paths."

    – Jill Cyranowski, PhD
    Associate Professor

  • "The MAP and MSCP programs aim at offering a diversity of clinical training experiences to students. Our programs prepare students for psychology work in multiple professional settings."

    – Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky PhD
    Assistant Professor


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Research Groups

Psychology of Gender Research Team
Co-directed by Dr. Britney Brinkman and Dr. Anthony Isacco, the research team includes a dynamic network of researchers, practitioners, and students and is the home base for a wide variety of research projects. Learn more »

The HAPPI Project
The HAPPI (Healthy Attachment through Parenting Practices for Infants) is led by Dr. Robert Gallen.

Women's Career Development
Focuses on leadership experiences and confidence in negotiation. Led by Dr. Gina Zanardelli with Dr. Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky.

Dream Research Group
Conducts research on using dreams in therapy and how to conduct dream sessions. Led by Dr. Wonjin Sim.

International Communities Research Team
Examines the mental health concerns and social disparities of international populations (e.g. immigrants, refugees, international students). Led by Dr. Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky.

Adherence Research Team
Evaluates the quality of Problem Solving Therapy (PST) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in intervention and prevention sessions. Led by Dr. Jennifer Morse.

Transgender Research Team
Coding for PhotoVoice project qualitative data. Led by Dr. Jennifer Morse in collaboration with Dr. Michael Marshall (U-Pitt).

Intellectual Disability Quality of Life Team
Focuses on quality of life factors among individuals with intellectual disabilities and ways to improve. Led by Dr. Anthony Goreczny.

Eating & Weight Psychosocial Research Group
Explores psychosocial factors that determine eating behaviors. Led by Dr. Anthony Goreczny & Dr. Joseph Wister.

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  • Aliya Khan '12

    Aliya Khan

    I chose to attend the Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) program at Chatham for many reasons. I wanted to get into a PhD program, and the Psychology of Gender Research Team matched my research interests. I could not have predicted how good of a match the entire program would be.
    Read more.

  • Ethan Saker '12

    Ethan Saker

    Chatham's Counseling Psychology program has been a fantastic experience for me and has exceeded all of my expectations. My goal in entering the program was to gain research and practical experience that would serve as a strong background suitable to enter into PhD training. Read more.

  • Nicole Beyer '13

    Nicole Beyer

    After graduating with a BA in Psychology, I was focused on pursuing graduate studies and eventually obtaining a PhD, but I had not yet developed solid research interests. When I found Chatham's MAP program, I was excited because it seemed like a great stepping stone to future doctoral studies. Read more.

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