Stevenson University’s Psychology Club has made it a goal for the Stevenson community to recognize that psychology influences everyday life. With that goal in mind, the club hosts a speaker series to help faculty, students, and staff become more knowledgeable about the importance of psychology in their lives.
Different professionals are invited to speak at each event. Speakers from many fields discuss how their interest in psychology began, while relating it to their work experiences. The series is open to the entire Stevenson community and takes place on the Owings Mills campus; however, the exact room locations are to be announced.
“These lectures are important because they are a way for members of the Stevenson community to learn more about psychology. Our speakers prepare talks so that everyone, not just those interested in psychology, can understand how to approach experiences that they are unfamiliar with, and learn from them,” said psychology major Savannah Sommers.
SERIES BENEFITS PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS
While she believes these events are important for the entire Stevenson community, she also thinks they are beneficial for those students who are psychology majors, and who would like to further explore their career options.
Dr. Ajima Olaghere, a criminologist, visited earlier this semester and discussed both her profession and research on juvenile justice interventions. She also spoke about the relationships between re-entry processes and post-incarceration life outcomes.
Sophomore psychology major Alexis Green was enthusiastic about the series.
“I was so inspired that I am considering taking a different path from clinical psychology to counseling, and I am now focused on finding a counseling internship,” she said.
The topics for the series are often related to current events, which speak to the relevance of psychology.
“We have multiple speakers lined up to speak next semester, including a professor who specializes in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as a guest speaker from the National Institutes of Health (NIH),” said Sommers.
Students should look forward to upcoming speaker events, and be sure to contact the Psychology Club for more information.