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Prepare for success in any career by understanding the human psyche.

Here’s our approach (we find it works well): small classes, close mentoring, dedicated faculty, (so many) opportunities for professional development, a rigorous curriculum, preparation for graduate school and/or careers, and a deep and nuanced understanding of human behavior. (Did we miss anything?)

We emphasize research methods (because this is good for you) and statistics (because they are fascinating and powerful) and applied behavior analysis (which is not offered at many colleges) and undergraduate research funding (which means money for you to pursue big questions).

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Hands On

You might work in the lab (great preparation for grad school) or as a psychology teaching assistant (deepening your own grasp of the material). Whatever position you take on, you’ll earn a paycheck while building professional and leadership skills.

Psychology FACULTY

Dr. Miguel Ampuero
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Miguel Ampuero

Miguel Ampuero, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an assistant professor of psychology and applied behavior analysis at Berry College. He teaches courses in applied behavior analysis, psychology and special education. Dr. Ampuero received his Ph.D. in special education with a focus on applied behavior analysis and autism from the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on the training of special education paraeducators in the implementation of behavioral interventions, the evaluation of behaviorally based training approaches, as well as communication and language training for students with autism and/or other intellectual disabilities. In addition, Dr. Ampuero holds a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level designation and has more than 20 years of field experience working with individuals with autism and/or other intellectual disabilities in clinical and educational settings.

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Dig In

Supersize your resume through funded research with professors, off-campus internships and community-engaged learning experiences. Rare among peer institutions, Berry’s George Scholarship funds psychology-specific independent research by Berry students.

Psychology Courses

PSY 441
Eyewitness Memory

Consider the science of eyewitness identification using an experimental approach, including estimator and system variables that affect accuracy of memory for both eyewitnesses and bystanders.

PSY 445
Social Innovation and the Psychology of Poverty

Explore the emerging field of social innovation and entrepreneurship within the framework of various psychological theories that explore the potential causes and consequences of poverty.

PSY 443
Human Factors

Engage in interdisciplinary examination of human abilities, limitations and other characteristics relevant to designing tools, machines, systems, tasks, jobs and environments that are safe, comfortable and effective for human use.

Psychology LIVES

Gabby Sanders

Professionally, Gabby Sanders ’23 describes herself as “the person in the middle.” That’s another way of saying she’s at the heart of the action as a human resources expert at the Target Store in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Courses that focused on personality, management, and industrial and organizational psychology inspired her decision to go into human resources. On-campus jobs and a real-world internship grew her transferable skills and people smarts.

Gabby Sanders

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