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Earn your Psychology degree at UCM - Lee's Summit

Designed for busy, career-driven students, UCM offers a B.A. in Psychology completion program at UCM - Lee's Summit.

Testimonial about the B.S. in Psychology degree at UCM

"I chose Psychology at UCM because of the real-life aspect of the program and the technology in it."
- Madeline Cramer, B.A. in Psychology alumna

Testimonial about the B.S. in Psychology degree at UCM

"I've been able to experience on-the-job training while assisting Dr. Lundervold in the Behavioral Medicine Lab."
- Amy Garcia, B.S. in Psychology graduate and current Psychology graduate student

Testimonial about the B.A. in Psychology degree at UCM

"I've been able to apply what I've learned in my classes to the real world and many of my other classes."
- Sara Thomas, B.A. in Psychology graduate and current Criminal Justice graduate student

Testimonial about the B.A. in Psychology degree at UCM

"The psychology professors at UCM were more than willing to be mentors. They genuinely cared about my goals and success."
- Brittany Echols, B.A. in Psychology alumna


How We Selected Criteria for the Bookmark

Criteria for the bookmark were developed as a result of a study conducted by Chris Boeding and Laura Glass, members of the University of Central Missouri chapter of Psi Chi, along with Dr. David Kreiner, Professor of Psychological Science at UCM and chapter advisor.

The study will be presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in August, 2007. A summary of our methodology is below.

Eighty-six participants completed an online survey. An announcement and request to participate was sent to listserves for the American Psychological Association (APA) Divisions 2 and 46. The email asked for professionals to respond to a short survey concerning criteria for distinguishing scientific from non-scientific psychology books as well as including a list of scientific and non-scientific psychology books. The email also asked the respondents to forward the announcement to psychology students.

The survey consisted of 21 questions inquiring about scientific criteria for psychology books. In addition, for each of these criteria, participants had the opportunity to provide open-ended responses. Further, three open ended questions asked the participants to list examples of non-scientific books, examples of scientific books, and any additional criteria that may be helpful to the study.

Responses to the survey were analyzed to determine candidates for criteria that could be used to distinguish scientific from non-scientific books. Each of the scientific and non-scientific psychology books listed as examples by the participants were examined to evaluate whether they met the criteria, as defined by the participants, for being scientific or non-scientific. Criteria which were rated as highly important and which distinguished the examples of scientific and non-scientific books were selected for use on the bookmark.