Welcome to the Psychology Department at Pine Manor College!

My name is Michele Ramirez and I am the Coordinator of the program. We are fortunate to have a number of dedicated and creative faculty members teaching in the program. The department prides itself on providing students with an applied approach to psychology by exploring the current research and theories in the field. From the first class, Introduction to Psychology, students have a lab in which they conduct experiments and participate in demonstrations of psychological concepts. You might get to visit our preschool or practice conditioning your classmates’ behavior in your labs! Psychology majors choose one concentration to focus on: General Psychology, Expressive Therapy, Human Services, or Organizational Psychology. Students can choose from a wide array of experiential learning options including mentoring, exploratory internships and service learning. All students participate in community-based research in which they work with a community agency to answer a research question of interest to the community. At the conclusion of their coursework, students choose a senior internship in their field of interest. Throughout their time at Pine Manor, students are closely mentored by the faculty in the department, their fellow students and alumni. Our students have gone on to pursue careers as Social Workers, Teachers, Mental Health Counselors, Human Resource Directors, and Expressive Therapists.

If you have questions or are interested in majoring in psychology, please feel free to contact me by phone at 617-731-7561, by email or stop by my office in Haldan Hall room 114.

Psychology Program:

The major in Psychology offers students the opportunity to grow in self-understanding and in the understanding of others through the study of social, developmental, cognitive and biological perspectives. Psychology majors take core courses that provide basic knowledge of psychological theories, methods, and research techniques. Students then select a concentration in General Psychology, Expressive Therapy, Human Services, or Organizational Psychology. The program uses an applied approach to prepare its graduates to be effective practitioners at the undergraduate level or to continue on to graduate school. Utilizing a systems approach to the study of psychology, our students understand the individual from multiple perspectives of ever widening spheres of influence: family, neighborhood, community, culture, and society. The program uses a science/practitioner model, which grounds the students in the theories and methods of psychology while teaching them how to apply these principles to effectively work with a diverse set of individuals. In their junior year, students take the community based research sequence which allows them to understand and apply research methods and statistics to real life research questions posed by community organizations. In the students’ senior year, they apply what they have learned as psychology majors in their senior seminar in the fall and their senior internship in the spring.

The major prepares students for careers in human services, research, and education and provides background for further training in medical or health-related fields. A minor in Counseling is available for non-Psychology majors and Psychology majors not concentrating in human services. 

Learning Outcomes of the Psychology Program

Pine Manor graduates who major in Psychology will be able to:

  • demonstrate familiarity with the major theories in psychology
  • understand the scientific method and the research designs used in psychology
  • read primary research studies critically and analytically
  • formulate hypotheses, analyze data using appropriate statistics and communicate findings
  • demonstrate familiarity with the major content areas of psychology: developmental psychology, personality theories, abnormal psychology, social psychology, physiological psychology, cognitive psychology and their interactions
  • understand how gender, race, ethnicity, culture and history affect behavior
  • demonstrate the ability to apply principles of psychology to current issues and real life problem solving
  • describe the ethical issues involved in conducting and applying the results of psychological research
  • demonstrate a familiarity with ethical issues in the field of psychology

For current information on College policies, organization, curriculum and academic courses, please see the Academic Catalog.


Program Faculty


  • Donna DeFuria
  • Devon Govoni
  • Nancy White


Michele Ramirez - Professor of Psychology
Tel: 617-731-7561

Program Courses

  • PY 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PY 110 Lifespan Development
  • PY 206 Social Psychology
  • PY 211 Theories of Personality
  • PY 216 Child Development
  • PY 217 Childhood Disabilities
  • PY 221 Counseling and Interviewing
  • PY 222 Introduction to Expressive Therapy
  • PY 224 Group Dynamics
  • PY 231 Abnormal Psychology
  • PY 234 Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PY 250/350 Forensic Psychology
  • PY 264 The Psychology of Adolescence
  • PY 270 Sport Psychology
  • PY 305 Personality & Social Dev. in Children
  • PY 320 Physiological Psychology
  • PY 328 Psychological Testing
  • PY 340 Research Design & Applied Stats
  • PY 341 Community-Based Research
  • PY 345 Psychology of the Family
  • PY 348 Cognitive Psychology
  • PY 364 Adult Development and Aging
  • PY 490 Senior Seminar
  • PY 495 Senior Internship
  • PY 497 Senior Internship II

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