Our graduates hold positions in community service, program administration and education. Many pursue graduate study to become school psychologists, therapists, research scientists and mental health administrators.

World-Class Opportunities

Collaborate in leading-edge research related to deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Contribute to Gallaudet's peer-reviewed Chronicles of Psychology journal, or present your research at the Psi Chi Regional Conference we sponsor.

In our psychology program, you will gain research experience, critical and analytical thinking skills and an understanding of behavior and diversity that you can tailor to a variety of career objectives. All students participate in at least one internship. You can also choose our psychology honors option, which includes an independent research project with a faculty supervisor. Our innovative faculty has developed courses such as Positive Psychology, Psychology of Deaf People, and Forensic Psychology.


Core faculty: Daniel Koo Ph.D., Shilpa Hanumantha, Ph.D.Poorna Kushalnagar Ph.D., Deborah McCaw Ph.D., Raylene Paludneviciene Ph.D., Caroline Pezzarossi Ph.D., Deborah Schooler Ph.D.  

Program Support Specialist: Renee' Smith

Emeritus and Retired Faculty: Dennis Galvin, Ph.D., Robert Williams, Ph.D.

For more information: Email Deborah McCaw Ph.D., Undergraduate Psychology Program Director, or call (VP) 202-250-2487 / (V) 202-651-5540.

Keep reading to learn more about the B.A. Program in Psychology and career outcomes.


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Courses and Degree Requirements


All students must complete at least one internship for career exploration and job experience. Faculty help students connect with the many opportunities in the nation's capital.

Career Outcomes

Within one year of graduation, all of Gallaudet's recent psychology majors are employed or in graduate school. Many students continue in the Gallaudet graduate programs in Clinical Psychology and School Psychology

Learn more about alumni of the Department of Psychology.

Training and Job Outlook

Psychology careers include community service, program administration and counseling, among others. Most community service managers must have at least a bachelor's degree and some work experience. Employment is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

School psychologists need an advanced degree such as a Psy.S. and certification. Clinical, counseling and research psychologists generally need a doctoral degree. Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 12 percent during this period, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Learn more about career opportunities for community service managers and psychologists.

Psi Chi Honor Society

Gallaudet's chapter of the Psi Chi international psychology honor society offers exciting opportunities such as a regional research conference.