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Pre-Applied Psychology

Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience. Psychologists traditionally treat patients with mental and emotional problems, but they also serve as scientists researching the phenomenon of human (and non-human) behavior. They study how human beings relate not only to each other but also to their surroundings, and they work to improve these relationships. In particular, they concentrate on behaviors that affect the mental and emotional health and mental functioning of healthy human beings. These health professionals can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, schools, large companies, and community health organizations.

(source: Explore Health Careers - Psychologist)

The field of applied psychology includes several sub-specialties such as clinical and counseling, marriage and family, substance abuse, development and behavioral, education and career, forensics, financial, and research.

One of fastest growing professions is Sport & Performance Psychology. Performance psychologists help athletes, artists, and business leaders overcome psychological problems to enhance their performance and achieve their goals. Individuals and groups might consult performance psychologists if they become anxious or lose focus during competition, have trouble communicating with teammates or colleagues, controlling their temper, or simply motivating themselves. Performance psychologists also teach individuals to use various mental strategies, such as visualization, self-talk and relaxation techniques. These professionals can help individuals at all levels deal with pressure from parents, coaches, supervisors, or even their own expectations. Youth organizations may hire performance psychologists to educate coaches and teachers about promoting healthy self-esteem in participants.

Regardless of your desired specialty, advanced degrees in counseling or psychology are often required to gain competitive employment in this field.

(source: American Psychological Association)

Consider the U of I B.A. or B.S. in Psychology or one of the graduate degrees with the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Students in the Pre-Applied Psychology cohort of the Pre-Health Professions Program will work with their primary academic advisors and faculty members to complete the requirements of their degrees, while also working with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor to explore career and postgraduate opportunities related to this field and become successful applicants.

Pre-Health Professions Program

Physical Address:

Vandal Success Center
Idaho Student Union Building, 3rd floor

Mailing Address:

875 Perimeter Drive MS 2436
Moscow, ID 83844-2436

Phone: 208-885-5809