• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities



At Ripon, we approach psychology as both a science and a profession. Our goal is to provide our psychology majors with the background they need for admission into graduate programs, master of social work programs, Ph.D. programs in psychology and study in many others areas, or for successful entry into various careers.

Our students conduct observational studies and research projects beginning with the first course in the department. Throughout their study in psychology, students engage in field studies and independent research. In addition, all senior majors conduct original research projects on topics of their own choice, write a thesis to describe them, and report them at our annual on-campus psychology symposium.

Learn about a major in Psychobiology

Have questions? Email the department at [email protected].


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.


Joe Hatcher

Joe Hatcher

Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Psychology Department

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Julia Meyers-Manor

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Kristine Kovack-Lesh

Kristine Kovack-Lesh

Associate Professor of Psychology

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Sahnya Thom

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology

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Career Tracks

What can I do with a psychology major?

Psychology can lead to careers in a wide variety of fields, everything from counseling and therapy to marketing and law. Our graduates have found the skills and background they acquire at Ripon useful in ways both expected and unexpected.

Recent graduates have taken many paths, including graduate school programs in counseling psychology, business, industrial organization psychology, clinical psychology, social work, and women’s and gender studies. Others have launched careers as psychologists, teachers, therapists, research analysts and mental health practitioners.

Recent graduates of our program work for:

  • Alverno College
  • American Marketing and Publishing
  • Capitoland Children’s Center
  • Community Support Network
  • Dept. of Health & Human Services of Nebraska
  • Friends of Abused Families Inc.
  • Galena Interior Learning Academy
  • Jewish Home and Care Center
  • Kenosha Human Juvenile Crisis
  • Massacusetts Executive Office of Public Safety
  • Peace Corps
  • The Black Stone Group
  • Washington County Mental Health Center
  • Wisconsin Early Autism Project

Job titles of recent graduates include:

  • Teacher
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Therapist/case manager
  • Human service treatment specialist
  • Director of youth & young adult ministries
  • Senior therapist
  • Crisis intervention counselor
  • Intervention specialist/school psychologist
  • Director of marketing
  • Grant manager
  • Hedge fund administrator
  • Executive director of marketing & communications
  • Dean of admission
  • Attorney/prosecutor
  • Psychotherapist
  • School psychologist for middle & high school
  • Human resources coordinator
  • Psychotherapist
  • Alderman
  • Line therapist

Off-Campus Study

Internships Many of our students participate in local and regional internship experiences. Coordinated by the psychology faculty, past internships have included volunteer work at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute, supervised assistance to school psychologists, assistance in drug rehabilitation counseling, research conducted on killer whales on San Juan Island, Washington, and work with autistic children.

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click here to learn more about Off- Campus Study at Ripon College.


Unique Opportunities

The Infant Cognition Lab (ICL), which has been in operation under the direction of Dr. Kristine Kovack-Lesh, associate professor of psychology, since 2008, provides significant applied opportunities for students in Ripon's psychology department. Research focuses on mental developmental stages in young infants. Students work in the lab year-round, where they gain valuable hands-on-training in the field of psychology and learn how to effectively communicate a research question to an outside community member. Click here to learn more.