The study of psychology has a wide range of applications, not merely in clinical and mental health fields, according to Victoria Follette, Ph.D, Foundation Professor of Psychology and chair of the University of Nevada, Reno's Department of Psychology. With most jobs involving an understanding of people and their behavior and motivations at some level, psychology can be a valuable course of study for virtually any career path.
Dr. Follette visited about the Psychology program with University Provost Kevin Carman on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines.
Trauma experienced by many people today is a major focus of her research and instruction. Another of Dr. Follette’s research interests is “mindfulness,” which focuses on the practice of awareness in the present moment and can be helpful in breaking cycles that result in stress and anxiety, during the holidays and throughout the year.
With a commitment to community outreach and research focused on cognitive and brain sciences, behavior analysis, clinical psychology and social psychology, the Department of Psychology is one of the most popular and largest fields of study on campus.
(Interviewed by David Stipech on KUNR. Airdate: 12-19-14)