Redefining the Classroom

The Best Training in Undergraduate Psychology

LSSU's Psychology department strives to offer the best training in undergraduate psychology in the state of Michigan. Our heavily research focused program offers students the preparation that graduate programs desire most of all no matter what direction the student intends to pursue in psychology as a whole. Students receive the individualized attention you would find at a private small college at the price of a public University. Our graduates are successful in their many diverse graduate plans and careers

Lake State's Psychology Program provides a rigorous education in scientific psychology including Neuroscience, Learning and Motivation, Research Methodology, Cognition, and Personality. Psychology electives include Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, and Child and Adolescent Development. The Psychology program also provides applied courses required for many minors that can also be taken as Psychology electives including Health Psychology, Behavior Modification, Communication Skills in Counseling, Family Therapy, Group Therapy and the Psychology of the Exceptional Child/Adolescent.

LSSU is the Place to Study Psychology

  • Strong, rigorous background in psychology as a science.
  • Faculty know the psychology majors (and many of the minors) on an individual basis.
  • Three specialties represented in the full-time faculty:
    • Social-Developmental
    • Behavioral Neuroscience
    • Clinical Psychology
  • Able to provide personalized career guidance to our majors.
  • Faculty who are helpful to students if they encounter academic difficulties.
  • Senior Research Projects: Individualized student generated projects that the student completes in their final year under faculty supervision. These projects are presented in a poster session format similar to professional conferences.
  • Approximately 70% of our graduates have gone directly into graduate school with many others working for 1 - 3 years then applying.
  • Multiple students have co-authored articles or book chapters with faculty.
  • Counseling minor is very popular among psychology majors.
    • Counseling skills
    • Family therapy
    • Group therapy
    • Behavior modification
    • Health Psychology
    • In addition, there is a practicum at a community agency to obtain direct experience.
  • Psi Chi Chapter: International Honor Society in Psychology.
  • Active student involvement in Psychology Club.

Lake Superior State University psychology professor H. Russell Searight poses with Shaoxing University students between classes. Searight joins business professor Ralf Wilhelms in Shaoxing this summer as part of an exchange program about instructional approaches and research. Searight is teaching classes in Shaoxing University’s Teacher Education program. In addition, he is providing faculty development training on learning disabilities and writing for scholarly publication. Searight is also visiting local preschools, elementary and high schools as well as facilities for children with developmental disabilities. Recently, more than 200 people attended a campus-wide talk that Searight provided on childhood behavioral and learning problems. There are relatively few clinical psychologists in China - only about 800, compared with more than 60,000 in the United States. Before leaving China, Searight was a speaker at a regional conference on special education for local teachers.


Career Options

In the past several years, all of our graduates who applied to graduate schools in public health, psychology and social work were admitted. Students have been admitted for graduate work in Masters'and PhD programs in both clinical and experimental psychology.

  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Psychology Assistant
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Research Assistant

The majority of our graduates go onto graduate school in fields such as Clinical or Counseling Psychology, Social Work, Public Health and General Experimental Psychology

  • Jacob Brushaber ('14)  - Accepted to Central Michigan University School Psychology PhD program for Fall 2014.  Also received assistantship
  • Brooke Lewis ('14) - accepted to Northern Michigan University General Psychology Master’s program; invited for Open House at Central Michigan University for Clinical Psychology PhD program
  • Lindsey Cooley ('14) - accepted to the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago for Fall 2014 PsyD
  • Sara (Yates) Krolewicz ('12) - accepted to the University of Wisconsin Madison Audiology doctoral program for Fall 2014 but decided to attend the program at Vanderbilt
  • Crystal Drake ('14) - Northern Michigan University Master’s in Experimental Psychology for Fall 2014; planning to attend the Art Institute's program in Art Therapy after
  • John Toon ('13) - accepted at Brooklyn College, School Psychology MS in Ed but chose to attend the University of Chicago instead
  • Jessica Van Horn ('12) - Clinical Social Work MSW at Michigan State University for Fall 2014
  • Julie (Armock) Herweyer ('13)-- attending Northern Michigan University General Psychology Master’s program
  • Jennifer Randazzo ('13) - working on MSW through Grand Valley University
  • Sydney Allmayer ('13) - Masters in Public Health program at New York University
  • Janelle Balkwill ('12) - Doctoral program in Audiology at University of Waterloo, Ontario
  • Cheyenne Shinabarger ('12) - Master’s program in Clinical Psychology at Central Michigan University
  • Nicole Graham ('12) - Valparaiso School of Law

Active Student Involvement

LSSU Psychology Club

The LSSU Psychology Club provides an opportunity for undergraduates interested in psychology to go beyond the classroom and experience psychology in the community. Our purpose is to supply information, support, opportunities, and resources to our members that will enhance their academic careers. We help members prepare for graduate school admission or the work force in a variety of ways including opportunities in volunteer work, research with faculty, informational meetings and discussions, and social events. Through these activities, we strive to introduce our members and interested persons to the science of psychology and the rich diversity the field offers. Membership is open to all majors. Please contact the club’s faculty advisor, Dr. Kristina Olson-Pupek (, for more information.

LSSU Psi Chi Chapter

Psi Chi is the international honor society in psychology founded in 1929. The Honor Society’s stated purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of psychology. As the largest student psychological organization in the world, Psi Chi has over 600,000 members. Membership in Psi Chi offers recognition for academic excellence, lifetime membership, access to grants and awards, opportunities to develop leadership skills, and participation in chapter activities. The LSSU Psi Chi Chapter was founded on April 27, 2014 and provides activities to enhance and complement the psychology curriculum. Eligibility for membership requires meeting certain requirements. Please contact the chapter’s faculty advisor, Dr. Kristina Olson-Pupek (, for more information.

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