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Psychology at Lake Forest College

Through empirical investigation, faculty and students in the psychology department seek to understand the building blocks of behavior at all levels, from neural networks and sensory systems to more integrated dimensions, such as personality, life span development, psychopathology, and social interaction. 


From their very first class and throughout the curriculum, psychology students will gain valuable research experience as they replicate classic research and test their own hypotheses in laboratory courses. They’ll also have opportunities to conduct advanced research usually reserved for graduate students. This intensive training in research and analysis provides marketable skills for a variety of careers.

Field Experience

Our psychology department has an extensive internship program. We have partnered with more than 70 institutions in the Chicago area to provide practical and relevant field experiences for our majors in social service agencies, hospitals, and other applied educational, organizational, or legal settings. These experiences allow counseling, teaching, research, and other skills to be cultivated in preparation for later professional training and/or employment.

Internship Sites

  • A Safe Place Crisis Center
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Misericordia
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Autism Treatment at Mason Intervention
  • Lake County Addiction Treatment Program
  • Chicago Lighthouse
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Great Lakes Naval Base: Human Performance Center
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Counseling/Therapy
  • College/K-12 Education
  • Social Work
  • Health Professions
  • Law
  • Business & Marketing
  • Public Policy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Neuroscience
  • Human Resources
  • Consulting

The Department of Psychology works closely with the Data Science program.

My internship really opened my eyes to all the different routes I can take with my choices of study.
Kirsten Slora ’17

Related Programs

Susan Long
Professor of Psychology
Chair of Psychology
Lillard Science Center 250

Michelle Burgener
Department Assistant
Lillard Science Center 101