Psychology

Psychology

The field of psychology is exciting and diverse.  The Psychology Department at Midland University approaches psychology as an academic discipline, a profession, and a science.  Psychology at MU focuses on a scientific explanation of the underlying processes involved in human and animal behavior.  Our program provides the foundational knowledge applicable to many career paths as well as the comprehensive background necessary for graduate study in psychology. Through internships, students have opportunities to gain clinical experience and job-relevant skills.  We are also proud to provide one of the only minors in Applied Behavior Analysis in the region.

Faculty holds doctoral degrees in specialized areas of psychology and actively pursues professional interests in addition to their course instruction. Our Department provides individual attention to students by highly qualified faculty who has extensive academic preparation and professional experience.  This is reflected in the success of our graduates in both master’s and doctorate graduate programs and within their career positions.

Minor: Applied Behavior Analysis

MU offers a unique opportunity to minor in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a rapidly growing specialty in psychology.  ABA uses the scientific approach to discover environmental variables that influence behavior.  Procedures derived from the principles of behavior are applied systematically to improve socially significant behavior.

Behavior analysts work with individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities, children with behavioral difficulties, adolescents with mental health concerns, and in other areas where changing problem behavior is important.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. (BACB) has approved MU’s course sequence as meeting the coursework requirement for taking the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) examination.  MU is one of a few colleges in the nation and the only one in Nebraska to provide this exceptional undergraduate preparation for those seeking national certification as a BCaBA or for graduate study in behavior analysis.

Students accepted into the ABA minor have an extraordinary opportunity to complete a yearlong internship at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.  These students helpconduct research and deliver treatment in the Early Intervention Program, the Severe Behavior Disorders Clinic, and the Feeding Disorders Program under the supervision of nationally recognized experts in the field.

Careers: 

* Counselor

* Psychologist

* Behavior Analyst

* Human Services Professional

* Mental Health Technician

* Autism Training Specialist

* Behavior Technician/Psychology Assitant

* Case Manager

* Occupational/Physical Therapist

* Probation Officer

* Lawyer

Staff: 
Assistant Professor
Email Address: 
wilkinson [at] midlandu [dot] edu
Department: 
Psychology
Office: 
Anderson 415
Phone Number: 
402-941-6321
Professor of Psychology
Email Address: 
taylor [at] midlandu [dot] edu
Department: 
Psychology
Office: 
Anderson 412
Phone Number: 
402-941-6292
Adjunct Instructor
Email Address: 
foley [at] midlandu [dot] edu
Department: 
Psychology
Office: 
Anderson 411
Phone Number: 
402-941-6391
Student Organizations: 
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