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MU students present at Teaching of Psychology conference

A Misericordia University professor of psychology and two students discussed the value of an undergraduate degree in psychology and how it can be applied to careers in other fields at a conference recently held in Tarrytown, N.Y. 

Charles LaJeunesse, Ph.D. and students Alyssa DeCicco, a senior in the five-year master’s degree program in occupational therapy from Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and Marcie Cusatis, a fifth year student in the doctor of physical therapy program from Hazleton, Pa., discussed the formal arrangements that the MU psychology department has with their two majors, which are among the most popular on campus.

The conference, hosted by the State University of New York Farmingdale, is in its 26th year and is the longest running teaching of psychology conference in the United States. It featured presenters from across the country. 
The Misericordia University trio shared a profile of the types of students who major in psychology at the campus, such as those earning a traditional undergraduate degree in psychology; those who are earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology as part of the five-year master’s degree program in occupational therapy (OT); and those who earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology and continue in the six-and-a-half-year doctor of physical therapy (PT) program. In addition, numerous students in a variety of majors choose to earn a minor in psychology.
“I described the difference between OT and PT and how studying psychology has helped us prepare for our future careers that involve wellness and helping people,” said Cusatis. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at MU in May 2011 and will earn her doctorate in PT in 2013.
“We were able to discuss with them the clinical applications of a psychology degree and how they can implement collaborative arrangements in their school tying psychology together with other majors,” added DeCicco, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and will graduate in May of 2013 with her master’s degree in OT. “At Misericordia students can take psychology as a double major with a variety of other majors and it is okay.”
For more information the Department of Psychology at about Misericordia University, please log on to or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 37 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.
Picture: Misericordia students Alyssa DeCicco, of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., left, and Marcie Cusatis, of Hazleton, Pa., right, along with psychology professor Charles LaJeunesse, Ph.D., discussed the benefits of an undergraduate degree in psychology at a Teaching of Psychology conference held recently in New York state.