Psychology

PsychologyProgram 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.

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Area Dean: Felicia Duenas
Email: fduenas@vcccd.edu
Office: MCW-315

​Department Chair: Dr. Michael Ward
Social & Behavioral Sciences, & Modern Languages
Phone: (805) 289-6226
Email: mward@vcccd.edu
Office: LRC-341

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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:

Lucy Capuano
Professor of Psychology
Phone: (805) 289-6213
Email: lcapuano@vcccd.edu
Office: LRC-329

​Dr. Niki Milani
Associate Professor of Psychology
Phone: (805) 289-6513
Email: nmilani@vcccd.edu
Office: LRC-348

Mark Pauley
Professor of Psychology
Phone: (805) 289-6227
Email: mpauley@vcccd.edu
Office: LRC-349

Dr. Edelwina "Winnie" Rivere
Professor of Psychology
Phone: (805) 289-6480
Email: wrivere@vcccd.edu
Office: MCE-346

 

Part-Time Instructors*:

Farshid Moshrefi | fmoshrefi@vcccd.edu

Robert Pugh | rpugh@vcccd.edu

Bruce Reinauer | breinauer@vcccd.edu

Oliver Williams | owilliams@vcccd.edu

*Part Time Instructors can be left a Voice Mail Message by calling (805) 652-7779, and entering the instructor's last name when prompted.