Dr. Karen Longest
Assistant Professor of Psychology
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The Psychology program is part of the department of Psychology, Sociology and Family Science in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
My degree options:
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology - This degree is designed for students who are interested in any of the several sub-fields of psychology (clinical, social, developmental, cognitive, biological, etc). It prepares students for graduate school (M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. programs), as well as for immediate careers in psychology-related settings.
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology: Pre-Counseling - This degree is designed for students who are primarily interested becoming a licensed counselor/therapist. It prepares students for graduate school (M.A., M.S. programs) in Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as for immediate careers in psychology-related settings.
What makes an OBU Psychology degree special?
The Psychology degree at OBU has a long history of academic excellence. Our students score among the top in the nation on standardized tests of psychology field knowledge. Every year we have students present their own research at regional Psychology conferences and several of our students have won awards for their research.
The Psychology: Pre-Counseling degree is special in that it has been tailored specifically for students who know they want to pursue a career in counseling. The degree includes specialized courses in counseling theory and practice not typically found in most undergraduate psychology programs. Furthermore, the degree contains some flexibility of courses to accommodate students with a wide range of counseling interests.
Both degrees enable students to attain the specific knowledge base and training required for careers or graduate study in the field of psychology while also encouraging and facilitating students' integration of their faith with their knowledge and understanding of the field of psychology.
What are OBU grads doing with their Psychology degrees?
- Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student at the University of North Texas
- MS students getting degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy at Oklahoma State University
- Teaching at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA.
- Working with Sunbeam Family Services in OKC.
- Program Specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
What courses can I take?
Some favorites among our students are:
- Basic Counseling Skills – A practical course that teaches students specific skills used in almost any counseling situation.
- Abnormal Psychology – Students learn about the range of psychological and personality disorders, including causes and treatments.
- Experimental Psychology – Students experience the complete research process, from designing an experiment to collecting data and presenting the results at a regional conference.
What do OBU Psychology faculty specialize in?
- Dr. Canaan Crane - Marriage and Family Therapy, Therapy Supervision
- Dr. Karen Longest - Child Development, Counseling
- Dr. Bret Roark - Cognition, Research, Educational Assessment
The OBU chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, invites professionals in various fields of psychology to come to campus for a Q&A session with our students. Psi Chi also participates in community service projects.
Students have several opportunities to become involved in research. All Psychology majors will be guided through their own independent research project as they take Experimental Psychology. However, students can also sign up for a Research Practicum to gain research experience in the context of a professor’s ongoing project. Students may also choose to do an Honors Research Thesis or an Independent Study with a research focus.
OBU also offers several practicum opportunities where students gain real-world experience while earning course credit for their volunteer work in a psychology-related setting.