Psychology and the Military

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Earn your degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Psychology and Military at Pittsburg State.

Promote the wellness of active-duty service members, veterans, and their families. Our students examine the intersection between psychology and military operations.

Conduct impactful research on the effect of combat on psychological health and determine strategies from the coping skills of vets and their families.

What is military psychology?

Military psychology is a subfield of psychology that focuses on the mental health and well-being of service members and veterans. Military psychologists may work with active-duty service members to provide counseling and support for issues such as stress, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What can you do with a psychology degree with an emphasis in the military?

Our graduates prepare to gain civilian employment for Department of Defense programs. They become psychologists that serve both Military Service members and Military Civilian Corps.

Psychologists can conduct research on topics related to the military, such as:

  • The effects of combat exposure
  • The effectiveness of psychological interventions for military personnel
  • The impact of military service on family members.
This research can inform the development of new interventions and treatments for military personnel and their families.

Military psychologists also work with veterans organizations to provide mental health services and support to veterans and their families. This may include:

  • Providing counseling and therapy
  • Developing support groups
  • Conducting outreach and education programs

In addition, psychologists work with the military to develop and deliver training programs for service members and their families. This may include training on topics such as:

  • Resilience
  • Coping skills
  • Communication

About Psychology and Counseling Department

The Department of Psychology and Counseling has placed its graduates in schools, businesses, agencies and hospitals throughout the region, as well as provided teachers for two and four year colleges. The department enjoys a strong relationship with area mental health agencies, with many private and governmental establishments acting as training sites for students, and using department faculty and advanced graduate students as consultants. PSU is the only school within a 100 mile radius that provides graduate training in counseling, psychology and school psychology. Additionally, no other university in Kansas has an integrated psychology and counseling department, allowing the department to offer comprehensive, in-depth programs in each area and providing students with the opportunity to experience the best in both disciplines.

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