Psychology

Program Purpose: The Psychology program is designed to prepare students with a theoretical and applied comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings, historical and contemporary trends in psychology. The program expands student’s comprehension of scientifically based research methods in psychology using statistical analyses appropriate for specific research problems. Additionally, the studies demonstrate the application of social interaction and life skills, including basic proficiency in information technology.

Program Description: Psychology is the study of behavior, mental processes, and our relationship to others within our society. Psychology is a science used to understand the diverse cultural, economic, ethnic, social, and historical viewpoints that exist in a multicultural world. This discipline seeks to understand how these viewpoints interact with individual and group behavior. An awareness of these viewpoints help students to understand themselves, the behavior of people in their environment, and how to actively participate within a society. A student graduating with an Associate of Arts in Psychology may transfer to a four year institution to complete a Bachelor’s Degree. Psychology is excellent preparation for a wide range of career paths in business, mental health, teaching, law enforcement, social services, and community relations.

Program student learning outcomes and mapping

Student Learning Outcomes for Individual Courses

Department Chair: Ronald Mules
Phone Number: 805-289-6000 x 6453
Office: LRC-344

Area Dean: Dr. Gwendolyn Lewis-Huddleston
Phone Number: 805-289-6000 x 6388
Office: LRC-353


Psychology is the study of behavior, mental processes, and our relationship to others within our society. The science of psychology is used to understand the diverse cultural, economic, ethnic, social, and historical viewpoints that exist in a multicultural world. An awareness of these viewpoints helps students to understand themselves and the behavior of people in their environment, and provides guidance in how to actively participate within a society. The Psychology program offers courses to help students in academic and vocational programs meet requirements for associate degrees and to prepare them for transfer to four-year universities.

Full-Time Instructors

Name Phone Number Office
Lucy Capuano-Brewer 805-289-6000 x 6213 LRC-329
Michael Cushner 805-289-6000 x 6513 LRC 345
Mark Pauley 805-289-6000 x 6227 LRC-356
Winnie Rivere 805-289-6000 x 6480 DO2-E.C.

Part-Time Instructors

Name Phone Number Office
Robert Pugh 805-289-6000 x 50946  
Bruce Reinauer 805-289-6000 x 50578  
Edelwina Rivere 805-289-6000