Psychology Program Director Focuses on Developing Professionals

June 17, 2013-


We believe the best education prepares you for anything – a career, graduate school, and discovering what you want to do next. That’s a Mount Ida education. From internships, experiential learning, networking events, and professional connections through faculty, we show you how to become “career focused.” In our Psychology Program, Michelle Barreto Wilson, Program Director and Assistant Professor, Ph.D., ensures the career development of her students.

“With my new role as program director, my direction has shifted from the single classroom to the student’s four-year education,” she stated. “My goal has always been to educate students in the diversity of psychological theory, practice, and application in a manner that goes beyond the classroom and beyond our campus.”

Psychological studies come alive

As Program Director, Professor Wilson focuses on the career development of her students in three ways. First, her curriculum centers on applied psychology, such as organizational psychology, which provides students with the skills necessary to pursue a career in psychology. Secondly, she offers an ongoing colloquium series that introduces students to various careers. Finally, Wilson hosts a workshop series that provides hands-on tutorials in practical psychology topics.

Becoming leaders in the field

“The Positive Development Research Lab is a great way for students to see not only where our psychological knowledge comes from, but also how to generate new psychological knowledge for others to use,” said Wilson. “The lab is currently researching the positive functions of regret. The research of lab participants focuses on regrets throughout adulthood and whether regrets can serve as an impetus for goal-directed behavior.

Through the lab’s various research projects, students are given the opportunity to participate in every facet of the research process, including data collection and data analysis. The undergraduate students have also presented their latest findings at national conferences, including The Gerontological Society of America and The Association for Psychological Science.