As a behavioral science, and as a distinct but integral part of natural science, psychology stands between physiology and the social sciences. Psychology, like Anthropology, links the behavioral sciences with the biological sciences. The major areas of psychological study are concerned with individual human behavior conceptualized as a natural phenomenon, studied by scientific and experimental methods, and understood in terms of psychological theories and laws.
The general objectives of the program in Psychology are to increase students’ understanding of themselves and others, to enhance the skills of those specializing in related areas of study, and to prepare those pursuing psychology as a career for graduate study and professional work.
The student learning objectives for the Psychology Program are articulated with those of the American Psychological Association. Graduating students will demonstrate that they have:
Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in any course to be credited toward completion of the Psychology major. This requirement applies only to the 37 credits counted specifically toward completion of Psychology major requirements: the five required courses, plus eight elective courses in psychology. It does not apply to General Education courses, or to generic electives.
Required Courses (16 credit hours): PY101, PY210, PY210L, PY413, PY492a or py492B, and MA385 or MA387.
Electives (24 credit hours): At least 18 hours of upper division courses. Six hours of these must be 400-level Psychology courses, otherwise students may select from upper division (300, 400 level) Psychology courses or from BI157/157L and BI158/158L. The remaining six hours of electives may be selected from any non-required Psychology course.
Required Courses (7 credit hours): PY101, PY210, and PY210L.
Electives (12 credit hours): PY courses (200, 300, 400 level) six (6) credits of which must be at the 400 levels.
Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology
Dr. Paul Fleming joins the University of Guam as an Associate Professor of Psychology.
Dr. Fleming was born in Cork, Republic of Ireland and completed his first degree in Applied Psychology there. He then completed his clinical training at the University of Manchester Medical School. Following a period of clinical practice at The Institute of Psychiatry in London he moved to Wales to complete a Ph.D. in experimental psychology. Since then, Dr. Fleming has worked at combining clinical practice and education, and his most recent work was with the National Health Service in the UK as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.
Dr. Fleming loves music of all sorts, fiction, and poetry - particularly North American fiction and poetry.
Associate Professor, Psychology
Yoshito Kawabata is an associate professor with a background in developmental psychology. He received a B.A. and a M.A. in psychology from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.
Yoshi’s research interest focuses on interpersonal relationships and psychopathology and the roles of contextual factors such as schools, neighborhoods, and cultures on these domains.
He is particularly interested in examining risk and protective factors that may influence developmental processes involving parenting, peer relationships, and forms of psychopathology (i.e., anxiety, depression, and aggression) with a cross-cultural and ethnically diverse sample. In another line of research, Yoshi uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative data and analyzes how and why children and adolescents accept or reject intergroup contact or cross-ethnic friendships.
He has supervised undergraduate and graduate students with their thesis and provided considerable support for research and writing. He has enjoyed these mentoring experiences and is excited to work with students at University of Guam.
2009 Ph.D. in Child Psychology, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
2002 M.A. in Psychology, University of Oregon