Psychology

Psychology Flier

 

Psychology

The psychology major is designed to provide coursework and experience central to a basic understanding of the discipline and profession. Human behavior is examined from modern and historical perspectives in both the practical and theoretical realms. The purpose of the major is to prepare students for graduate education or vocational opportunities with a mature, uniquely Christian approach.

The psychology program at Simpson University is designed to meet the diverse needs of students and prepare them for a variety of career paths. Because of an increased demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, social service agencies, substance abuse treatment clinics, and private companies, your degree from Simpson University can help you move toward a career you’ve always dreamed of. In addition to providing you with the foundation for graduate work that can lead to a career as a psychologist, your degree will also prepare you for a wide variety of careers within and beyond psychology.

Career Opportunities

  • Behavior specialist
  • Career counselor
  • Case manager
  • Child development specialist
  • College resident director
  • Correction officer
  • Family preservation caseworker
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Rehabilitation specialist

Careers beyond the Field of Psychology

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Community Services
  • Consulting
  • Government
  • Human Resources
  • Labor Relations
  • Law Enforcement
  • Market Research
  • Media
  • Ministry
  • Relief / Aid Work
  • Teaching

*Also available for working adults and individuals wishing to complete their degree in Simpson University's convenient 16-month, Adult Studies (ASPIRE) program. Psychology - Adult Studies, ASPIRE program.

Danielle Beck, Ph.D.

A headshot of psychology professor Dr. Danielle Beck

Associate Professor of Psychology
Psychology Department Chair

dbeck@simpsonu.edu
(530) 226-4639

Profile:

Dr. Danielle Beck is a developmental psychologist who joined Simpson University's faculty in 2008. Her broad research interest includes the development of executive function in young children.

Dr. Beck also coordinates and conducts research projects with undergraduate psychology students.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle
  • B.A., Pacific Lutheran University

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistics and Research Methods
  • Child Development
  • Research Experience

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Ashley Brimager, Ph.D.

Dr. Ashley Brimager

Assistant Professor of Psychology

abrimager@simpsonu.edu
(530) 226-4712

Profile:

Dr. Ashley Brimager graduated from California State University Fresno with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a multiple subject teaching credential with an emphasis in cross cultural and bilingual education. She has taught at the elementary school level in various capacities for three years before earning a Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. She continued her studies at Alliant International University where she earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Health Psychology. Dr. Brimager's research focuses on the intersection of power and oppression dynamics and health psychology topics, especially as it pertains to women and children. Her research also included pediatric neuropsychology where she worked with a team to norm the first pediatric neurocognitive screening tool available for children with traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Brimager has put her research into practice while working at various hospitals and clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area that focused on fully integrating medical and mental health care for the benefit of oppressed and marginalized populations. Her work in community hospitals and research culminated in an award granted by the California Psychology Internship Council in partnership with the Mental Health Services Act and she hopes to continue research and clinical practice with these populations. Dr. Brimager has been at Simpson since 2015.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., Alliant International University
  • M.A., Alliant International University
  • B.A., California State University

Courses Taught:

  • Lifespan Development
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Statistics and Research Methods I

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Christina Newton, M.A.

Christina Newton

Instructor of Psychology

cnewton@simpsonu.edu
(530) 226-4638

Profile:

Professor Newton has been teaching psychology for ten years in master’s programs in the Redding area. She has also been involved with Kids Turn program to assist teens with coping in divorcing families. She most recently worked with at-risk youth who have special needs to help them develop coping strategies to manage emotional issues while in an educational setting. In addition, Professor Newton has been employed at several local agencies and provided counseling services to the Redding community for 12+years. Currently, she is an Instructor of Psychology at Simpson University while also in private practice, raising a family, and chasing her cats and chickens around.

Educational Background:

  • M.A., Chapman University
  • B.A., National University

Courses Taught:

  • Theories of Counseling
  • Marriage and Family
  • Counseling Skills
  • Field Experience

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  • Ethic of service to others
  • Content base of psychology
  • Research and language skills
  • Self-monitoring, self-awareness, sensitivity to others

"The Field Experience course really helped prepare me for my future career. Not only was I actually working somewhere, but in class we discussed things like resumes, interviews, ethics and situations we might run into in the field of psychology."

- Megan Hasebe, Class of 2016

"I am competent and confident in my abilities because of the professors close involvement with me. They are beyond encouraging and foster a program of holistic growth and knowledge."

- Sarah Stewart, Class of 2015