If you want to be a psychologist but are considering a non-clinical route, this is a great episode to listen to. Social Psychology, just like clinical or counseling psychology, is only one of the many niches in the psychology world. This area of psych explores why people do what they do, why we think what we think--biases, perception, preferences, familiarity (to name a few phenomena). To be a social psychologist also probably means doing research, meaning you're also probably an experimental psychologist. My guest today is Clarissa Arms-Chavez, Ph.D, a tenured associate professor and social experimental psychologist at Auburn University. She and I discuss: social psych, working in academia, clinical psych, teaching at a university, tenure, impostor syndrome, and being a department chair. She also gives advice to undergraduates thinking about going to grad school!
Must have info about today's guest:
Clarissa J. Arms-Chavez, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Psychology Department at Auburn University Montgomery. She earned her M.S. in Experimental Psychology and her Ph.D. in Social Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has thirteen years of experience teaching undergraduate courses such as introduction to psychology, social psychology, social cognition, the psychology of prejudice & hate, and writing in psychology. She also has ten years of experience teaching advanced social psychology at both the Masters level (Auburn University at Montgomery) and the Doctorate level (Auburn University). In general, her research interests include the many various stigmas and prejudices involved within different social groups/categories (e.g., racial issues, colorism issues within the African-American community, sex and gender identity issues.