If you are one of those people who enjoys watching shows like Lie to Me, Criminal Minds, or psychological thriller movies, you may have more than a passing interest in Psychology. I caught up with Dr. Amanda Azarbehi, Professor of Psychology, to find out more about Tyndale’s Psychology program.
Dr. Azarbehi is a developmental clinical psychologist with a primary focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is licensed as both a child and adult clinical psychologist and works with a number of mental health organizations in the GTA and York Region. Through this work she does assessments and diagnosis, offers therapy and supervises many masters-level professionals and government funded autism programs. She also founded the Tyndale Research in Autism and Community Education (TRACE) program, which was formed to conduct research and offer services such as community workshops and summer camps for children living with autism.
When Dr. Azarbehi is not doing Psychological research, teaching, or getting to know her students, she is providing workshops in churches on how to support families impacted by autism, teaching Sunday school and occasionally preaching. She also runs a multi-denominational women’s ministry in York Region and is a wife and the mother of two school-aged boys in a house full of pets (two dogs, two hamsters, a lizard, and three goldfish!), demonstrating yet again how interesting Tyndale professors are.
When asked about what makes Tyndale’s Psychology program unique, Dr. Azarbehi said, “The program offers opportunities to undergraduate students that are typically only available to Masters or PhD students at larger universities. For example, our honours students present their research at provincial, national, and international conferences each year.”
Tyndale’s Psychology program also offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at child and youth mental health centers, which will greatly improve their appeal to employers once they graduate. Furthermore, she advises Psychology students to get to know their faculty advisor, become involved in Tyndale’s Association of Psychology Students (TAPS), and to discuss their career options with professors.
Upon graduation, Tyndale’s Psychology majors have considerable success both in securing jobs and pursuing graduate studies. For example, graduates have secured jobs as Autism Intervention Workers, Group Home Support Counsellors, Pregnancy Crisis Centre Counsellors, Early Intervention Workers, and more.
Even if you are not a Psychology major, Dr. Azarbehi says that it is beneficial for all majors to take a psychology course. Psychology is the study of humans, and “no matter what career you are in you are interacting with humans!” For example, Business Majors often take organizational or consumer psychology, while students in majors like Humans Services may choose to learn more about mental health disorders.
“Tyndale is an exciting and engaging community,” says Dr. Azarbehi. “And [the Psychology department] would love to have you join us!”
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