Psychology

Please note: Beginning in the fall of 2017, Aquinas will no longer offer degrees in arts and sciences, business and nursing, nor provide residential housing and student life activities. Aquinas will focus its academic programming on the School of Education and on course offerings in philosophy and theology. Read more here.

The Psychology major offers a sturdy foundation for psychological knowledge and will be taught by faculty with expertise in the discipline. Course rigor will focus on specific psychological topics congruent with the discipline at large. Scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and effective communication are foundational skills emphasized at every Level of the program.

The Psychology major curriculum grounds its understanding of human nature, personhood, and flourishing in the Catholic and Dominican intellectual tradition, particularly in a commitment to Thomistic anthropology. This program integrates the best of contemporary psychological research with the understanding that the human person—mind, body, and spirit—is made in the image of God.

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Degree Requirements

Meet the Faculty

Hope J. Link, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., The University of Memphis
M.S., The University of Memphis
B.A., Samford University
linkh@aquinascollege.edu
(615) 297-7545 x398

Dr. Link has dual appointment to the School of Arts and Sciences and to the School of Education. She teaches courses in human development, learning and cognition, education of the exceptional child, as well as courses concentrating on the psychological principles of teaching and learning. Dr. Link developed the Psychology major and minor for Aquinas College.

Her research interests include neurocognitive structures of learning, specifically working memory and metacognitive development, and self-regulated learning. Dr. Link is a member of the American Psychological Association and has provided papers, presentations, articles, and assistant editorial experience to APA, Journal of Nursing Education, Nursing Education Perspectives, and Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies.

Steve Stride, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Alliant International University
M.A., Azusa Pacific University
B.A., California State University, San Bernardino
strides@aquinascollege.edu
(615) 297-7545 x425

Steve Stride, from San Diego, California, teaches psychology. At the California School of Professional Psychology he studied Clinical Psychology with Robert Geffner, Alan Lincoln, and many other faculty members. His previous teaching duties include teaching as an associate professor in the Graduate Counseling program at Trevecca Nazarene University, undergraduate teaching as an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University, and the University of South Carolina. His research has appeared in the Journal of Emotional Abuse, Children Exposed to Violence, and the Journal of Systemic Therapies. He lives in Mt. Juliet with his wife, Leisha, and sons, Will, Seth, and Jake, and daughter Elsi.

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