Psychology Department

Why do people think and behave the way they do?

How do they process sensory information, and how do they learn? What factors, whether genetic or environment, contribute to personality and a healthy psyche, and how do we know? All of these questions are involved in the discipline of psychology.

The Benefits of a Psychology Major

In the Psychology Department at Saint Mary’s students learn from faculty who have working experience in the areas they teach and who conduct their own research. The study of psychology is useful in a wide range of careers, including teaching, management, research, ministry, law enforcement and corrections, social work, and counseling.

Goals for Our Students

  • Know and comprehend the basic principles and processes studied in the course materials
  • Know, comprehend, and apply psychological methods
  • Select an area and know, comprehend, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate a specific issue, topic, or hypothesis related to the selected area in an applied context
  • Develop written communication, oral communication, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills and apply them to the study of psychology
  • Demonstrate and promote ethical behavior in all aspects of the science and practice of psychology


Elizabeth Seebach, Ph.D.



HABC, 339B

Campus Box: # 1488

(507) 457-6991

Elizabeth Seebach Ph.D.
Daniel Bucknam, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


HABC, 337C

Campus Box: # 1449

(507) 457-6948

Daniel Bucknam Ph.D.
Crystal Carlson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


HABC, 339C

Campus Box: # 1497

(507) 457-1515

Ares of Expertise: Educational psychology, educational technology, fostering critical thinking skills, first-year and first-generation students

Meet Crystal Carlson
Molly O'Connor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


HABC, 337D

Campus Box: # 1479

(507) 457-1461

Molly O'Connor Ph.D.