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3 Ways A Psychology Degree Can Help You Make an Impact

By Kristen Lee
February 11, 2019

Do you find yourself wishing for a better world, one where people are given a fair chance to thrive? Where we can work together to find solutions to looming social and humanitarian crises? One that affords more opportunities and fewer disparities?

At Northeastern, we call this “inclusive prosperity”—the intentional act of striving to ensure access to the kind of economic, professional, and personal growth that fosters sustained resilience.

At a time when far too many are being left behind, many of us are called to make career and life shifts so we can best respond. We feel a sense of extreme urgency as we watch the news. We see what’s at stake. We know we cannot be passive bystanders.

We take our responsibility as citizens seriously. We recognize that the many crises at hand—whether mental health, opioid addiction, poverty, or otherwise—require us to do something bold and new. We recognize that we need to be equipped with the knowledge and resources to bring about the kind of change we desperately need.

How a Psychology Degree Can Help You Make an Impact

If you are a person who dreams of and seeks inclusive prosperity, now is the time to harness your passion. A psychology degree can help you make an impact, allowing you to elevate yourself personally and professionally, so you can do the same for others.

In a psychology degree program you’ll learn to:

1. Elevate the human condition.

There are endless populations and settings across the world that deserve and need partnerships with professionals who can provide access to high-impact interventions that support prevention, recovery, stabilization, growth, and well-being.

2. Promote critical thinking.

Psychology helps us see beyond the noise and draw upon critical thinking skills that help us reason and create innovative solutions to improve lives. It helps us become more discerning and find substantive methods that go beyond the superficial to move us towards informed progress and better outcomes.

3. Apply modern brain science to complex situations.

Many pop psychology strategies for success and prosperity are watered down. Discovering the workings of the mind—and how they impact our health and functioning as people and societies—can bring us to new heights in how we navigate the complexities of our world.

Those with psychology degrees can help us get to a better place, together. To learn more about how you can take the first step toward change, explore Northeastern’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology program.

About Kristen Lee
Kristen Lee is the lead faculty for behavioral science and leadership at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. Dr. Lee combines 22 years of direct practice and ten years in higher education to create innovative programs for students worldwide

Her research and teaching interests include individual and organizational well-being and resilience, particularly for marginalized and underserved populations. She operates a clinical and consulting practice devoted to preventing and treating burnout and is the author of RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress—winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Motivational Book of 2015—and Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking. She is a regular contributor to Psychology Today, and her work has been featured on NPR and CBS Radio.