The Department of Psychology is committed to presenting psychology as a behavioral science so that every student in the program becomes capable of appreciating and implementing the role and value of a scientific approach to understanding behavior and mental processes.


Majoring in Psychology at St. Bonaventure

The Department offers two majors, a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a bachelor of science degree in psychology, as well as a psychology minor. Currently there are approximately 150 undergraduates majoring or minoring in psychology.

A degree in psychology in conjunction with appropriate elective courses is an excellent preparation for careers in human services or social services, or post graduate studies in psychology, business administration, health care, law school, medicine, or veterinary medicine.


Students are encouraged to expand upon classroom knowledge through participation in one of several fieldwork opportunities, involvement in faculty research or independent studies, or participation in the department’s honor society or the psychology club

The Psychology Department is committed to presenting psychology as a behavioral science.  To that end, we have an active and accessible research program that allows our majors to become involved in doing research either independently or in conjunction with faculty.  Interested students typically become involved in departmental research in their junior and senior years and often have the chance to attend regional and/or national conferences to present their findings.




Dr. Gregory Privitera

Health Psychology: Eating Behavior

Exploring practical strategies for enhancing liking for healthier foods and controlling hunger without increasing caloric intake.

Dr. Althea Bauernschmidt

Cognitive Psychology: Human Learning and Memory

 What is the best way to study for my test? How do I know if I have learned the material? Why do I learn some things faster than others?

Dr. Darryl Mayeaux

Cognitive Psychology: Animal Learning

My recent research concerns hamsters' social learning and social memory, the very basis upon which social behavior and social organization rests.

Dr. Robin Valeri

Social Psychology: Social Influence

Social influence researchers attempt to understand the how, when, and why of social influence, so that we can become better at it and/or better at defending ourselves from such attempts.

Dr. Stephanie Vogel

Personality Psychology: Narcissism and erotophilia/erotophobia

My research program looks at personality – specifically the trait of narcissism and the dimension of erotophilia/erotophobia.

Dr. Charles Walker

Social Psychology: Well-Being, Rumor & Gossip, Social Flow