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In the classroom, lab, and field, our professors guide students through a scientific approach to the study of the mind.

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.

Department News

  • Psych students
    Lake Forest College psychology students have had great experiences at a variety of internship sites this year, including inpatient and outpatient clinical programs, school psychology programs, and addiction treatment programs. More »
  • Daniela Olmos Alvarez '18 and Maggie Kroeger '18 find their names in the programs.
    Both Maggie Kroeger ’18 and Daniela Olmos Alvarez ’18 took the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) by storm when they won first and second place in the poster presentations. More »
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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2172-taylor-tuscherer-10"><img src="/live/image/gid/66/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1363,2048/33482_dsc_9814.rev.1475174386.jpg" alt="Taylor Tuscherer ’10" title="Taylor Tuscherer ’10" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/66/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1363,2048/33482_dsc_9814.rev.1475174386.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/66/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1363,2048/33482_dsc_9814.rev.1475174386.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1363" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> Professor of Psychology Guglielmi perfectly balanced the qualities I needed in a mentor—kind, persistent, jovial, tough, and wicked smart. I was well prepared for the challenges that faced me in graduate school and beyond.</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2172-taylor-tuscherer-10">Read more about how Lake Forest prepared Taylor for grad school.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2115-kirsten-slora"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1541,1896/32752_kirsten_slora_cara.rev.1470069821.jpg" alt="Kirsten Slora ’17" title="Kirsten Slora ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1541,1896/32752_kirsten_slora_cara.rev.1470069821.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1541,1896/32752_kirsten_slora_cara.rev.1470069821.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1541" data-max-h="1896"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “My <strong>internship</strong> really opened my eyes to all <strong>the different routes</strong> I can take with my choices of study.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2115-kirsten-slora">Kirsten Slora ’17 interned at the Chicago Area Runners Association while studying psychology and communication.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2262-yaritza-cambron"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/532,503,1384,1355/34874_yaritza_cambron.rev.1480713732.jpg" alt="Yaritza Cambron" title="Yaritza Cambron" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/532,503,1384,1355/34874_yaritza_cambron.rev.1480713732.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/532,503,1384,1355/34874_yaritza_cambron.rev.1480713732.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1536"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “All of the departments at Lake Forest College offer so much help, from building resumes to letters of recommendation.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2262-yaritza-cambron">Yaritza Cambron ’15 is now a GI Tech at Northshore University HealthSystem. </a>