Prepare for a career that focuses on human or health services. As our faculty and students study human behavior and mental processes, they improve the health and well-being of people across North Carolina and beyond. Psychologists provide health services in clinics, hospitals, schools or in the private sector. In diverse settings, psychologists provide training, evaluation and research for industry, business, nonprofit and government organizations.
Undergraduate study of psychology can lead you into such fields as counseling, social work, education, management, human relations or the legal system. And the foundation you’ll build with an undergraduate degree will set you up to succeed in such graduate areas of study as clinical or health psychology, school psychology, or industrial and organizational psychology.
Careers in Psychology Meet a Psychology Alum
Alum Seeks Optimal Outcomes for Children with Autism
Meet alum Kevin Pelphrey (Psychology ’96), the Harris Professor at Yale University and director of Yale’s Center for Developmental Neuroscience.
Pelphrey is the principal investigator on a five-year, $15 million grant from the National Institutes of Health that is investigating why autism is more prevalent in boys than in girls. His grant is one of the largest awards the NIH has ever given for autism research.
Psychology has been taught at NC State since 1915.
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Psychologists ask: What motivates older adults to stay active?
As we age, it can be harder to do what’s good for the mind. While research shows that regularly exercising the brain, for instance, can help older adults mitigate normal declines in cognition, that effort comes with costs — such as mental fatigue — that typically increase as we get older. Psychologists at NC State University want to know how those increased costs affect our motivation to engage in cognitively-rewarding tasks.