Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

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. In addition to the core graduate courses in psychology, the M.A. in Psychology degree offers focus areas in Health & Wellness and Science & Theories.

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Faculty & Students

Research & Practice


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Research Teams

Students have opportunities to engage in a broad array of faculty-led research. Learn about the work being done by our psychology research teams:

▶ Long Purple Line

Investigates perceptions of diversity, inclusion, exclusion, as well as experiences of discrimination among students at a university at the outset of its transition from single-sex to coeducation. Led by Drs. Jen MorseMary Jo Loughran, and Wonjin Sim.

▶ Women's Career Development

Focuses on leadership experiences and confidence in negotiation. Led by Dr. Gina Zanardelli.

▶ Psychological Well-Being

Focuses on collaborative projects that explore aspects of health and well-being across a variety of populations, including mental health professionals and counselors in training, college students, and individuals who have struggled with mental health issues. Led by Dr. Deanna Hamilton.

▶ Mood Disorders

This research team focuses on analyses of treatment trials for unipolar depression and anxious depression, many of which include novel variants of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), an empirically-supported treatment for mood disorders. Led by Drs. Jill Cyranowski and Holly Swartz (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center).

▶ Dream Research 

Conducts research on using dreams in therapy, including use with international student populations and Asian populations. Led by Dr. Wonjin Sim.

▶ Girls' Studies and Youth Activism

This group examines the lives of children and young adults from an intersectionality perspective, explores youth experiences of and resistance to oppression, girls' and young adults' engagement in social justice advocacy and activism, and collaborates with community based programs designed to empower girls of color.

▶ International Communities

Examines the health disparities of international populations (e.g. immigrants, refugees, international students) as well as the cross-cultural perspectives of diversity and multiculturalism among communities from different countries. Led by Dr. Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky.

▶ Intersectional Identities

Explores the intersectionality of cultural identities (e.g. race, ethnicity, gender identification, affectional orientation, SES, immigration status, and age) and its relation to social power, privilege, oppression, and wellbeing. Led by Dr. Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky.

▶ Adherence Research

Evaluates the quality of Problem Solving Therapy (PST) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in intervention and prevention sessions. The current project will evaluate PST for family caregivers of veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Led by Dr. Jennifer Morse in collaboration with Dr. Linda Garand (Duquesne University).

▶ Group Therapy

Focuses on extending our understanding of group dynamics and mechanisms of change in effective group therapy, with a particular focus on group intervention with traditionally underserved and culturally diverse populations. Led by Dr. Jill Paquin.

▶ Women in Male-Dominated Careers 

Focuses on examining facilitative factors and barriers to advancement and career success for women working in STEM and other traditionally male-dominated fields. Led by Dr. Jill Paquin.

▶ Intellectual Disability Quality of Life

Focuses on quality of life factors among individuals with intellectual disabilities and ways to improve them. Led by Dr. Anthony Goreczny.

▶ Eating & Weight Psychosocial Research

▶ Explores psychosocial factors that determine eating behaviors. Led by Drs. Anthony Goreczny and Joseph Wister.

"Early in my graduate career, I became actively involved with the Psychology of Gender Research Team. I joined the team having minimal exposure to conducting research and left the team as a competent researcher who has presented the team's research findings at national professional conferences."

– Christine Keller Simpson, M.A. '11, Psy.D. '16

Recent Grants

Jennifer Morse, PhD

Dr. Jennifer Morse received a $1.8 million grant for a program designed to raise the number of psychologists trained to meet the behavioral health needs of vulnerable and medically underserved populations and provide quality care in an interdisciplinary setting from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This includes clients whose care is complex because of psychosocial pressures, required medical care, or both, such as LGBT youth, medically challenged youth, pediatric transplant patients, cancer patients, GI disease patients, and medically complex older adults. Learn more.

Dr. Wonjin Sim

Dr. Wonjin Sim has been awarded a grant to investigate the process and outcome of Vocational Growth Psychotherapy Sessions (VGPS) in India, Korea, Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malta, Czech Republic, Italy, Bosnia, Belorussia, Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, and Colombia using a mixed method practice-based evidence research. VGPS is a form of spiritually integrated psychotherapy and her research team is especially interested in studying spiritually integrated therapy as a way to improve the cultural sensitivity and effectiveness of psychotherapy for clients outside of North America.

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