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Department of Psychology

Dividing the Light, 2007 © James Turrell, photo Florian Holzherr Pictured above: The Turrell Skyspace, located in the courtyard of the Psychology Department building. James Turrell graduated from Pomona College in 1965 with a major in Psychology. Turrell is a pioneer in skyspace design, which 'captures' light for our perception.

The Psychology Department aims to enable students to develop understanding of theories and empirical findings in psychological science and to become critical consumers and producers of knowledge of human behavior. To accomplish these goals, the course of study focuses on understanding the methods, ethics, and cultural context of research in psychology, through coursework and associated laboratory experience. Students develop informational and technological literacy as well as written and oral presentation skills. As a capstone experience in their senior year, Psychology majors design and implement an empirical thesis. Through their thesis work, students demonstrate their ability to independently develop and test hypotheses, reflect on the importance for theory and application to the solution of human problems, and share knowledge with their faculty and student colleagues. The ability to engage in critical analysis of ideas and evidence is fundamental to a liberal education, a valuable personal asset, and a key to success in many professions, including law, business, medicine, social work, education, and clinical and academic psychology; the Psychology major provides excellent preparation for post-graduate work and study.  Indeed, data from the National Science Foundation show that, per 100 graduates, Pomona College graduated more students in 1989-1998 who went on to complete the Ph.D. in psychology in the years 1994 through 2003 than any other college or university in the United States.

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Jessie BorelliAssistant Professor (909) 607-3757Lincoln 2107
Raymond BurielProfessor (909) 607-2249Lincoln 2103
Sharon GotoProfessor (909) 621-8854Lincoln 2101
Eric HurleyAssociate Professor (909) 607-1023Lincoln 2102
Katrina KeilVisiting Assistant Professor (909) 621-8617Lincoln 2151
Richard LewisChair, Professor (909) 607-2445Lincoln 2100
Adam PearsonAssistant Professor (909) 621-8418Lincoln 2122
Ajay SatputeAssistant Professor (909) 607-2446Lincoln 2105
Shlomi SherAssistant Professor (909) 607-0865Lincoln 2106
Patricia SmileyProfessor (909) 607-2442Edmunds 208
Emeriti Faculty
Suzanne ThompsomProfessor, EmeritusLincoln 2121
Sandra Lundergan-PriceDepartment Coordinator (909) 607-2227Lincoln 2128
Student Liaisons
Claire  Brown
Anthony Gomez
Montez Brownlee
Cristina Salvador

Mailing AddressPomona College, Psychology, 647 N. College Way, Claremont, CA 91711

Phone(909) 607-2227

Fax(909) 621-8623

Campus LocationLincoln 2128