Department Address
Cherry Hall, Room 324
5030 Cherry Street
(816) 235-1318 (Phone)
(816) 235-1062 (Fax - please use cover sheet)
Psychology EMail

Mailing Address
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Department of Psychology
5030 Cherry Street, # 324
Kansas City, MO 64110-9976

Department Chair:
Joan McDowd

Kymberly K. Bennett, Diane L. Filion, Jennifer D. Lundgren, Jacob Marszalek, Joan McDowd (Chair), Johanna Nilsson

Associate Professors:
Seung-Lark Lim,  Ricardo Marte, Melisa Rempfer, Joah L. Williams

Assistant Professors:
Oh-Ryeong Ha, Erin P. Hambrick

Department Description

The Department of Psychology is focused on behavioral science contributions to health and well-being. Our faculty members are national and international leaders in research on areas such as cognitive aging, development in children, obesity and eating disorders, neuropsychological functioning, child trauma, affective neuroscience, psychophysiological approaches to cognition and emotion, transnational methodology & motivational theories, international issues and populations, serious mental illness, consequences of trauma exposure and violence, and community factors in health. We have strong and active collaborations with important community partners such as Saint Luke’s Hospital, Mid America Heart Institute, KC Care, University of Kansas Medical Center, Truman Medical Center and the Calvary Community Outreach Network. At the undergraduate level, the department offers a general program of study leading to the bachelor of arts degree in psychology. A minor in psychology is available to students majoring in other disciplines. Graduate programs are also offered by the Department of Psychology and may be viewed via the 'Graduate' tab above.

Career Implications of the Degree

Psychology is a broad discipline incorporating material from the natural sciences, other social sciences and the humanities. The study of psychology entails an examination of the human condition that is relevant to a wide range of occupations. A psychology major serves as the basis for an excellent liberal arts education and also serves as an excellent introduction to the world of scientific inquiry. Psychology students learn about the important concepts that underlie current scientific thought and they receive training in the application of psychological research methods.

The educational background obtained by a student majoring in psychology will prove useful in a variety of professional settings and will provide adequate preparation for entry-level positions in a variety of fields. Graduates with bachelor's degrees in psychology have established careers in such diverse areas as:

  • Business and industry
  • Child care
  • General healthcare
  • Gerontology
  • Mental health services
  • Probation and parole
  • Public relations and marketing
  • Research or laboratory assisting
  • Services for people with developmental disabilities
  • Social services

For students interested in pursuing a career in the field of psychology, a psychology major is clearly a logical beginning. There are positions available to job candidates with bachelor's degrees in psychology; however, most professional opportunities in psychology require advanced degrees (i.e., master's, doctorate). Students who want to pursue a career in psychology are advised to prepare for graduate study. The psychology major at UMKC offers a solid educational foundation for students who plan to work toward advanced degrees in the field.

Department of Activities

Honor Society

The department has a chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. Each year Psi Chi presents a variety of educational and social programs. Membership is open to students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Regular meetings are held throughout the academic year. Information about membership and current events is available on RooGroups.

Psychology Club

The department also has a Psychology Club. The members of the Psychology Club join with the members of the Honor Society for educational social programs. Membership is open to students at both undergraduate and graduate level who have an interest in psychology. Regular meetings are held throughout the academic year jointly with PsiChi. Information about membership and current events is available on RooGroups.

Bernard Lubin Memorial Speaker Series

This speaker series is sponsored by UMKC's Department of Psychology and is named in memory of Dr. Bernard Lubin, Curators' Professor Emeritus, to honor his contributions and dedication to the field of psychology.

Graduate Psychology Activities Committee

The focus of the Graduate Psychology Activities Committee (GPAC) is to coordinate graduate student and student-faculty social events, enhance communication between the members of various graduate programs in the department, and coordinate educational events to support the professional development of students in the graduate programs. The committee and the events planned are open to graduate students within the Department of Psychology.

Financial Aid

Financial aid information can be found on the UMKC Financial Aid website.

Part-time graduate teaching and research assistantship positions may be available to Psychology doctoral students. These opportunities will be discussed with students at the time of their acceptance into the program.