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What Does A Forensic Psychologist Do?

 
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If you're pursuing an online psychology degree, then you might be interested in becoming a forensic psychologist.  Saint Leo Professor Dr. Christopher Cronin gives some insight into this fascinating field.

If you think of the “Criminal Minds” TV show when you think of forensic psychologists, you might want to reconsider.

Dr. Christopher Cronin, Saint Leo University psychology professor, says many TV shows glamorize and misrepresent forensic psychology.

“Forensic psychologists don’t run around with guns arresting people. They don’t fly on private jets, and mental health professionals don’t do criminal profiling,” says Dr. Cronin, who has practiced forensic psychology since 1991 and has conducted more than 6,000 forensic evaluations in the Tampa Bay area.

Online Psychology Degree Students: Join Psi Chi

 
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Students in Saint Leo’s online psychology degree program, and those enrolled at the university’s centers, now can be invited to join Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

B.F. Skinner, considered one of the most influential psychologists of the twentieth century, was a distinguished member of Psi Chi.

So were George Albee, a clinical psychology pioneer, and J.P. Guilford, who was known for his theory of human intelligence.

Psychology students who are accepted into Psi Chi, the prestigious international honor society in psychology, are in good company.

And while they also may wear special regalia – honor cords, stoles and medallions – at their graduation ceremonies, even more importantly, they have the opportunity to belong to an almost 85-year old organization that is recognized globally for academic excellence.

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Vet Credits Online Degree Program With Saving His Life

 
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John Sinclair is grateful to Saint Leo University faculty and advisors for providing strength, encouragement and warmth during a difficult time.

Teachers will tell you it isn’t unusual for a student to leave a lasting impression. But what about a student they’ve never met?

A student like John Sinclair.

Dr. Tammy Zacchilli, associate professor of psychology at Saint Leo University, first encountered Sinclair in 2011, when he enrolled as an online student in her social psychology course.

“He was a great student and worked very hard in the class,” she recalls. “His discussions each week were insightful. He found ways to get his work completed and rarely asked for extra time.”

Not exactly the evaluation you’d expect to describe a student living out of his car, struggling each day to pay for food, gas and the cell phone that allowed him to connect to his classes online.

But then again, John Sinclair isn’t your average student.

Turnitin Recognizes Saint Leo Professor

 
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With more than one million instructors worldwide using the academic tool, Turnitin, Dr. Shannon Farris is recognized for promoting its use to improve student learning – which supports Saint Leo’s core values.

When it comes to helping Saint Leo students achieve academic success, Dr. Shannon Farris’ passion is equaled only by his endless energy and enthusiasm.

A veritable whirlwind of ideas, Dr. Farris is quick to dive into new approaches and initiatives that can provide critical academic support to online and on-ground – traditional and non-traditional – students alike.

That’s why more than seven years ago, the assistant professor of psychology became an advocate of the fledgling educational tool, Turnitin.

14 Blogs For Students In Online Psychology Degree Programs

 
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Check out these 14 blogs to stay up-to-date on the latest psychology news, research and emerging fields as you pursue your psychology degree.

1. iNKBLOT: This is a must-read blog for all students enrolled in Saint Leo University's online psychology degree program or on-ground psychology program.

The blog is written by Saint Leo faculty and students, with the goal of sharing news, resources, announcements, accomplishments and more.

Recent posts include information on upcoming webinars and Psychology Club meetings. The blog also has information about the online psychology degree program at Saint Leo.

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8 Tips On How To Be A Successful Psychology Student

 
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Check out these practical tips that could help you succeed in an online psychology degree program.

Facebook creator and former Time Magazine Person of the Year Mark Zuckerberg went to Harvard and majored in psychology – so did Academy Award winner Natalie Portman. Actress Katherine Hepburn and pop singer Gloria Estefan also majored in psychology

From Nobel Prize recipients, including Ivan Pavlov, to innovators such as positive psychology originator Martin Seligman, psychologists have made tremendous contributions to society and to culture.

If you’re a psychology major, you may be thinking, “That’s all well and good, but right now I just want to ace Psych 101 and earn my bachelor’s degree. Then I’ll think about contributing to humanity.”

Fair enough.

For those of you who are in the same boat, here are some tips for being a successful psychology student that you can put into action right now.

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Is An Online Psychology Degree For You?

 
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If you’re thinking about majoring in psychology, you might be interested in what motivated other students to enroll in Saint Leo’s online psychology degree program.

Thinking about majoring in psychology but concerned that there may already be too many psych majors in the world?

Or maybe you’re worried that you won’t find a job?

Responding to similar concerns, the American Psychology Association and the Florida Psychology Department Chairs developed the report, “Are There Too Many Psych Majors?”

Here’s just one take-away from the report:

What Can You Do With A Bachelor's Degree In Psychology?

 
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Thinking about an online psychology degree program? Earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology opens the door to more career options than you may have ever realized.

Why do people behave the way they do? Make the choices that they do? What does it mean to be human?

Is there really anything more fascinating than people?

For so many of us, the answer is a clear, “Of course, not!”

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What Can You Do With A Psychology Degree? Plan Your Future

 
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If you’re enrolled in Saint Leo’s online psychology degree program, don’t miss the upcoming career and graduate school information webinar.

Are you enrolled in Saint Leo’s online psychology degree program? Great! Not only is exploring the mysteries of the human mind and behavior fascinating, psychology offers a multitude of real-world applications and career paths.

Which begs the question – “What will you do after you graduate?”

Do you want to put your bachelor’s degree to use right away in the work force? Or are you interested in doing counseling of some sort, which would require graduate school?

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