The Psychology Department hopes to make registration an easy process by providing insight and direction to each student who walks through the door. Normally, Freshmen and Sophomores are cleared for registration by Dr. Yvonne Wells, Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising for the Psychology Department. In the Sophomore year, upper level mentor/advisors will be suggested for each student for their Junior year, based on interests and future plans. The upper level advisor will then clear the student for registration and provide any other advising needs. It is important to note that students may seek advising at any time from whichever Professor they feel most connected with, in order to optimize professional and career goals.
The objective of the Psychology Department advising procedure is to increase advising availability and continuity for Freshman and Sophomores, and to allow Juniors and Seniors to connect with faculty advisors who work in their areas of interest. Junior and Senior year advisors can better guide students toward graduate school or other professions after graduation. Juniors and Seniors may also choose to keep Dr. Wells as their advisor. Dr. Wells will be a point person for all undergraduates if they have specific questions about courses and course registration. Dr. Gary Fireman, the department chair, will also be available should any students seek more mentoring or advising beyond that provided by Dr. Wells and other faculty members.
Outline of Procedure for Freshman and Sophomore Advising:
All freshman and sophomore students will meet with Dr. Wells at least once each semester during the academic year, either:
- during Dr. Wells' open office hours
- during one of many group advising sessions (see table below on the procedure and times available)
- during extended advising office hours during the advising season (will be announced once advising for spring registration formally opens)
- during in-class advising sessions in Dr. Wells' Freshman Seminar section (psychology majors who are enrolled in that class will receive information about when this will occur during regular class time)
- via email after a phone conference, (in rare cases where a student cannot make any of the other times and the Chair, Dr. Gary Fireman, has approved this option)
- by appointment for those students who cannot meet with Dr. Wells' at any of the above times or by any of the above means
Group Advising Meetings for Spring 2016 Registration will be posted in October 2015.
Outline of Procedure for Group Advising Scheduling:
- Group advising requires sign-up through AdvisorTrac
- Sessions will be divided into 30 minute intervals for every five students
- If you have difficulty signing up, please stop by the Psychology Department for assistance. Or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign up for either an individual or group advising session with Dr. Wells, please follow the instructions below:
- Click (or type into your browser address field) https://trac.suffolk.edu to go to AdvisorTrac
- Enter your login and password
- same as your Suffolk email without the @suffolk.edu
- Click search availability > Under center select Psychology
- Click on the drop arrow next to the desired time slot
- Enter your ID number > select your name
- Enter the question you would like answered in the Notes section
- It is required to enter a question to ensure a succcessful session
- Click save. You will receive an email notification of this appointment.
- If you are unable to attend your schedule appointment please cancel and email email@example.com to reschedule
If you are unable to sign up in advance for a group session, feel free to stop by as there may be openings available.
Academic Challenges and Questions
The following are a list of topics that are often discussed with Dr. Wells:
- Courses and registration
- Courses that are closed and possible options
- Course evaluations
- Strategies to connect with professors who work in an area of particular interest
- How to talk with professors when you are struggling in the class
- Ways to head off potential worries regarding GPA and academic performance
- Planning for direct research and study opportunities-using Dr. Wells as a sounding board to get a sense of which faculty may be a good match
- How to approach professors to request recommendation letters
- For freshman: how the psychology courses will come to fit in with the core courses they are taking
- For sophomores: professors they might want to approach for long term mentoring in their junior and senior years
At any time, all students can still feel free to talk to or continue to talk to the Chair of the Department, or any faculty member with whom they have already connected.
Registering for PSYCH-346 Community Psychology?
This course is intended to provide you with practical experience working with the underserved in our local communities. Weekly meetings are focused on how to use community-based models of psychology when working with disempowered groups. Topics will include, but are not limited to, working with the underserved/disenfranchised, immigration and adaption, poverty, marginalization and social justice, role of power and values in helping relationships, tools and research for social change, as well as career opportunities in community psychology.
Things you should know:
- You are required to complete your community service with an underserved population.
- Placement must be volunteer (unpaid)
- You may work with on-going community service projects or find your own site.
- You should try to get your community service placements established before classes start.
- Placement must be 6-8 hours per week (or 66-88 hours total for the semester).
Contact Dr. Debra Harkins for more information.
Registering for PSYCH-350 Psychology Internship?
This course is intended to provide you with clinical or research experiences as way to guide you in your professional development in the field of psychology. In addition to the time you spend at the internship site we will meet as a class to discuss your experiences at your practicum sites and to discuss assigned readings related to working in the field of psychology. Class topics will include, but are not limited to, an overview of ethics, using supervision effectively, working with diverse groups, maintaining treatment records, coping with stress, as well as developing a CV and interviewing skills for future jobs.
Things you should know:
- PSYCH-340 - Professional Development in Psychology is a one-credit prerequisite for PSYCH-350.
- Students planning on enrolling for PSYCH-350: in Spring 2016 must take PSYCH-340 in Fall 2015.
- You are required to acquire an internship in the field before the semester begins (or you will have to drop the class)
- You are responsible for finding your own internship. We provide below a list of sites that have accepted Suffolk students in the past – if any of these sites look interesting you can certainly contact the site and see if they are taking interns next semesters. But you are not limited to these sites
- Placement can be paid or unpaid
- Placement must be 6-8 hours per week (or 66-88 hours total for the semester)
- You must have an on-site supervisor who has a Bachelor’s-level or higher degree (does not have to be in psychology)
Contact Dr. Sue Orsillo if you have questions.