Ranking Top 20 Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Psychology in 2014

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By Kristen Fescoe
Posted March, 2014

An Online Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology can be the beginning of many successful and prolific career paths. Whether you hope to become a psychologist or you plan to branch out into another field where psychology will be a boost, this degree is an excellent foundation. Those individuals who earn their Bachelor’s Degree online have as many opportunities for graduate program admission as a traditionally earned Bachelor Degree. Students earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology have gone on to both pursue graduate education and pursue careers in government agencies, social service agencies, medicine, law, politics, education, business and many others. Students earning this degree can also pursue a graduate degree in psychology in order to become a psychologist or mental health practitioner. The field of psychology continues to grow steadily in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2011-2012 employment grew in this field 12 percent. An Online Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology will lay the groundwork to a successful career in many areas.

Ranking Methodology

This ranking list is created to summarize the highest ranked Online Psychology Bachelor’s Degree programs in the United States according to a combination of several ranking factors. Most importantly are the US News and World Reports Overall Ranking of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs and Student Services and Technology Ranking. The list is then ranked according to the tuition rates and accreditations granted to the college or university. The goal of this ranking list is to outline the highest ranked Bachelor Level Online Psychology Programs while considering the cost of tuition and the achievements earned by the college or university. Also noted are additional achievements, awards and benefits of each program.

Ranking Top 20 Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Psychology

# 20 – Washington State University – Pullman, Washington

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The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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Washington State University (WSU) is a public research university and is the state’s original and largest land-grant university. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named WSU as one of 96 public and private universities in America with “very high research activity”. Some of the suggested areas of study offered by the undergraduate psychology department are Biological Psychology, Neuroscience, Child Development, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Human Factors, Industrial / Organizational Psychology, Learning and Cognition, Sensation and Perception and Social Psychology.

US News and World Report Ranking: # 21
Tuition: $569 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: # 30
Accreditations: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

# 19 – Regent University – Virginia Beach, Virginia

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The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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Regent University is a private coeducational interdenominational Christian university. The university was founded by the legendary Pat Robertson in 1978 as Christian Broadcasting Network University, and changed its name to Regent University in 1989. The university offers a comprehensive online education program in addition to its traditional on-campus programs. Students in the psychology department learn psychological theories and methodology from the perspective of a Christian worldview. They may earn their fully accredited online Bachelor’s in Psychology from a respected academic institution.

US News and World Report Ranking: #21
Tuition: $395 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: #52
Accreditations: Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#18 – Marist College – Poughkeepsie, New York

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The School of Social and Behavioral Science

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Five Year Combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Psychology

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Marist College is a private liberal arts college established in 1905 by the Marist Brothers. For the tenth consecutive year, the Princeton Review named Marist as one of the best schools in their “Best 373 Colleges”. In 2006, Forbes and The Princeton Review ranked Marist among the 25 most connected campuses in the country. The student outcome for the psychology program include demonstrating familiarity with the major psychological concepts, understanding and applying research methods, critical and creative thinking skills, understanding the implications sand applications of psychological principles, demonstrating necessary ethical codes, technological competence, effective communication skills, understanding and respecting diversity, developing personal insight into psychological processes and being able to implement psychological knowledge in a variety of settings.

US News and World Report Ranking: #18
Tuition: $600 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: #58
Accreditations: The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

# 17 – University of Nebraska – Omaha, Nebraska

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The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) is a public research university. It is the state’s oldest and largest university and the flagship university of the University of Nebraska system. The Psychology Department offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, which is appropriate for students seeking a broad, liberal arts education. The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and is a more rigorous, challenging program of study, which includes greater focus on mathematical concepts (such as statistics) and research methodologies. The BS degree is a better fit for students who plan to attend a graduate program in psychology or a related field. Psychology majors can choose which psychology Bachelor’s Degree is most appropriate for their academic needs.

US News and World Report Ranking: #20
Tuition: $250 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: #19
Accreditations: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS) and Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

# 16 – Bellevue University – Bellevue, Nebraska

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The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Bellevue University is a private, non-profit university, which opened in 1966 with the primary goal of providing adult education and educational outreach. As of 2011, 80 percent of enrolled undergraduates were aged 25 and over. In addition to the traditional coursework, students enrolled in this program, either online or on campus, will have opportunities to conduct research, present their data at several conferences and even have their research published in a peer reviewed, scholarly journal. Students can earn an affordable Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Degree on their schedule.

US News and World Report Ranking: #18
Tuition: $375 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: #47
Accreditations: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

# 15 – University of La Verne – La Verne, California

University of La Verne Online Bachelor's

The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Child Development

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The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university located about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The small, intimate campus allows students a more personalized feel with nearby access to a major city. In addition to the traditional Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs, the University of La Verne offers accelerated undergraduate studies that can lead to an accredited Online Bachelor’s Degree in less than four years. This program, called the Campus Accelerated Program for Adults (CAPA), offers weekend, accelerated evening and online classes to committed adult students who want to earn their degree quickly.

US News and World Report Ranking: #13
Tuition: $570 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: #56
Accreditations: Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

# 14 – Colorado State University – Global Campus: Online

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The Global Campus

Bachelor of Science in Applied Social Science

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Colorado State University (CSU) is a public research university. CSU is the state’s sole land grant university, and the flagship university of the Colorado State University System. Established in 2007, CSU–Global Campus is part of the Colorado State University System and is geared toward non-traditional, adult professional students and students who do not have the time to embark on a traditional degree program. CSU – Global Campus was named #1 amongst SuperScholar Smart Choice 25 Best Online Colleges.

US News and World Report Ranking: #16
Tuition: $350 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: #47
Accreditations: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

#13 – Fort Hays State University– Hays, Kansas

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The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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Fort Hays State University (FHSU) is a public, co-educational university and is the fourth largest of the six state universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents, (based off enrollment numbers). The psychology department is an excellent place for students who are interested in how the mind works, who frequently wonder why people do what they do and who love to work with people. Some students enrolled in this program will pursue a career in counseling, research or education, while others may wish to pursue a career in business or another related field. The curriculum is full of both traditional psychological teaching as well as hands-on experiences to prepare graduates for work in the real world, armed with practical skills and theory.

US News and World Report Ranking: #16
Tuition: $182 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: #9
Accreditations: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#12 –Saint Johns University – Queens, New York

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Saint Johns College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology and Combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Psychology

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Names after Saint John the Baptist, Saint John’s University (SJU) is a private, Roman Catholic, coeducational university. The University was founded by the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentian Fathers) in 1870, and was originally located in Brooklyn, New York. In the 1950s, the school was relocated to its current location in the borough of Queens. SJU has campuses in Oakdale, Staten Island, Manhattan, Rome, Italy, and Paris. The Psychology Department provides students with extensive training in research methods and specialized areas of psychological study, including experimental, developmental, abnormal, personality and social psychology.

US News and World Report Ranking: #13
Tuition: $1,215 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: # 30
Accreditations: The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC), Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC)

#11 – University of Denver – Denver, Colorado

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The College of Arts, Human and Social Science

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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The University of Denver (DU), a coeducational, four-year university, is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States. For students with an active lifestyle it is worthwhile to note that in 2006, Men’s Fitness magazine ranked DU in the top-25 fittest colleges in America. This is largely because the university actively promotes a healthy lifestyle for its students. The Coors Fitness Center has top-of-the-line equipment, personal trainers, nutritionists and fitness classes. The mission of the undergraduate program of the University of Denver Department of Psychology is to promote learning by:

  1. Engaging with students in scholarly inquiry about psychology;
  2. Cultivating critical thought about psychology;
  3. Providing opportunities to generate knowledge in psychological science; and
  4. Providing opportunities to apply knowledge of psychological principles for the public good.

US News and World Report Ranking: #13
Tuition: $529 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: #14
Accreditations: Colorado Department of Education and The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#10 – The University of Illinois– Chicago, Illinois

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology

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The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a state-funded public research. It was the second campus established under the University of Illinois system, and is the largest university in the Chicago area, with approximately 28,000 students currently enrolled. The Department of Psychology at UIC is rated in the top 50 in the country in research productivity. The faculty participates in a broad spectrum of research, supervision, and course offerings. Students have the opportunity to focus on varying areas of psychology, such as Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Community and Prevention Research, and Social-Personality Psychology.

US News and World Report Ranking: tied for #9
Tuition: $572 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: # 102
Accreditations: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#9 – University of Wisconsin Superior– Superior, Wisconsin

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The College of Justice, Diversity and Human Behavior

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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The University of Wisconsin–Superior (UW–Superior) is a public university established in 1893 under its original name, The Superior Normal School. The curriculum created by the Psychology Department includes study in areas including emotions, social behavior, the brain, cognitive processes, and abnormal behavior. Upon graduation, students leaving this program will be prepared to either enter the workforce or begin advanced study in psychology and related disciplines within the context of a public liberal arts education.

US News and World Report Ranking: tied for #9
Tuition: $305 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: # 53
Accreditations: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#8 – Indiana University / Purdue University– Fort Wayne, Indiana

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The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is a cooperatively managed regional campus comprised of two Indiana public university systems; Indiana University and Purdue University system. It is the fifth largest public university in Indiana and the largest university in northeast Indiana. Students enrolled in this psychology Bachelor’s Program are offered a comprehensive psychology education. The core curriculum in the psychology major includes courses in the basic areas of psychology including developmental psychology, social and personality psychology, abnormal psychology, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, and statistics and research methods. In addition, students can choose specialized classes such as adolescent and adult development, death and dying, cross-cultural psychology, clinical psychology, psychology of women, gender development, and many others.

US News and World Report Ranking: tied for #9
Tuition: $328 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: # 96
Accreditations: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

#7 – Arizona State – Tempe, Arizona

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The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Psychological Science

Arizona State University (ASU) is a national space-grant institution and public metropolitan research university. It is the largest public university in the United States by enrollment, with just under 60,000 students currently enrolled. The Department of Psychology offers a fully accredited Bachelor of Arts degree for students who are interested in a general liberal arts curriculum, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree for students who plan to either immediately enter the field of psychology or continue to graduate studies in psychology or a related field of study. Both degree programs use a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of psychology and human behavior.

US News and World Report Ranking: tied for #9
Tuition: $460 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: #24
Accreditations: Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#6 – The University of Alabama, Huntsville – Huntsville, Alabama

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The College of Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UA-Huntsville) is a state-supported, public, coeducational research university. UA-Huntsville is one of three members of the University of Alabama System, which includes the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Each institution operates and awards degrees independently. The psychology department is considered to be “student centered” and focuses on the specific needs, career goals and strengths of each student. The curriculum covers such areas as clinical psychology, experimental psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, perceptual psychology, biological psychology, engineering psychology, industrial psychology and animal psychology.

US News and World Report Ranking: # 7
Tuition: $427 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: # 52
Accreditations: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#5 – University of Florida – Gainesville, Florida

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The College of Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

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The University of Florida (UF) is a public land grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university. It is a senior member of the State University System of Florida and is an elected member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization composed of sixty-one leading American and Canadian research universities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded UF the rare distinction of being a Research University with Very High Research. The psychology curriculum emphasizes the principles and applications of psychological knowledge, both as a natural science and as a social science.

US News and World Report Ranking: #5
Tuition: $812 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: # 21
Accreditations: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#4 – Pennsylvania State University – World Campus, Online

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The World Campus

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies

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Penn State World Campus is the online campus of The Pennsylvania State University. Launched in 1998, the World Campus grew out of the University’s rich and distinguished history as one of the pioneers in distance education (beginning in 1892 to reach farmers throughout Pennsylvania). The mission of the World Campus is to extend Penn State’s degree and certificate programs to students who cannot attend another Penn State campus because of geography or life factors. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology places a stronger emphasis on business courses through the Business Option. Students are given the opportunity to learn key business concepts within social service or study the application of psychology in the workplace. The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology provides a more broad, liberal arts education. It prepares students to develop a career as a mental health professional or social worker. Both online Bachelor’s in Psychology Degree program offer students the education that suits their academic and career aspirations.

US News and World Report Ranking: #3
Tuition: $518 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: #52
Accreditations: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC)

#3 – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach, Florida

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The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology and Safety

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Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is a non-profit private university with residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona, as well as a Worldwide Campus (which is offered online). The Worldwide Campus was initially designed for working civilians and deployed military personnel, offering an affordable online Bachelor’s in Psychology Degree. The Bachelor of Science in Human Factors prepares students for the applied research skills industry as well as government and academic labs. The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology and Safety offers students a foundation in safety that prepares them for any industrial setting and allows them to select an Aviation Safety or Occupational Safety and Health area of concentration.

US News and World Report Ranking: # 5
Tuition: $325 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: # 1
Accreditations: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#2 – Pace University – New York City, New York

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Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology and Human Relations

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Pace University is a private university in the New York metropolitan area with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology covers a broad range of liberal arts and social science curriculum. The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology and Human Relations prepares students for work in counseling and clinical psychology careers. An excellent faculty offers students training in their particular areas of expertise, including experts in child development, cultural diversity, women’s issues, school and community psychology, social behavior, cognitive psychology, clinical practice, experimental and applied research, industrial/organizational psychology, and counseling.

US News and World Report Ranking: # 3
Tuition: $570 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: # 6
Accreditations: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC)

#1 – Central Michigan University – Mount Pleasant, Michigan

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The College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Science

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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Central Michigan University (CMU) is a public research university and is one of the nation’s 100 largest public universities. It is the third largest in Michigan with more than 20,000 students at the Mount Pleasant campus and another 7,000 enrolled online and at over 60 satellite locations worldwide. The Bachelor of Arts program is an excellent option for students who are pursuing a career in psychology or other fields like law, medicine, business or advocacy. The Bachelor of Science program prepares students for either immediate placement at an entry-level mental health position or further graduate studies.

US News and World Report Ranking: # 1
Tuition: $370 per credit
US News and World Report Student Services and Technology Ranking: # 6
Accreditations: National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

Opportunities for a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology Online

Whether or not your future is in psychology, a Bachelor’s Degree in this field opens many doors for graduates. It allows you to enter the work force immediately at the entry level, pursue a graduate degree in psychology or pursue further study in a range of fields. With fully online degree programs as well as hybrid options, which include online and on campus learning, more and more students have the opportunity to earn a college degree. Across the country programs are being offered to students from any region. You no longer have to be restricted by the colleges or universities in your region of the country. You can now find an online program that offers the specific learning program that suits your needs. As more and more opportunities are available to individuals with an Online Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, the time to start your degree program is now.

For More on the Best Undergraduate Programs in Psychology Please Refer to the Following Articles:

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About the Author

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and then a Master of Science in Clinical and Forensic Psychology from Drexel University, Kristen began a career as a therapist at two prisons in Philadelphia. At the same time she volunteered as a rape crisis counselor, also in Philadelphia. After a few years in the field she accepted a teaching position at a local college where she currently teaches online psychology courses. Kristen began writing in college and still enjoys her work as a writer, editor, professor and mother.

 

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