Penn State Hazleton

personal photo Dr. Lisa Swenson
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Office: Memorial Building 104A
76 University Drive
Hazleton PA 18202

Telephone:  570-450-3023



PSYCH 100, Introduction to Psychology
Psychology is the study of mental processes and behavior. Throughout the semester we explore various subfields of psychological study and how these subfields research and explain behavior. Activities and projects in and out of the classroom help introduce you to the concepts that are presented in the textbook and in lectures.

PSYCH 212, Introduction to Developmental Psychology
This course is designed to examine human development beginning with conception and prenatal development, and ending with the adolescent years. We consider three types of development: biological/physical, cognitive, and psychosocial. Whether you are studying psychology, education, physical therapy or any other field, the study of human development can be useful. Understanding how we develop and what affects our development is important to our everyday interactions with others and to understanding human nature more broadly.

PSYCH 301W, Research Methods in Psychology
This course is designed to introduce you to the scientific research process. By the end of the semester, you will know the steps necessary to conduct a research study, including how to select a research design, conduct a literature search, prepare materials for the research environment, select a sample of participants, collect data, analyze results, and disseminate your research findings. You will learn these skills through both individual and group projects in and out of the classroom.

PSYCH 412, Adolescence
This course is designed to examine human development during the years between childhood and adulthood (roughly ages 10-25). In addition to discussing developments during the traditional adolescent age period (the teenage years), we also discuss the newly defined age period of emerging adulthood which spans from ages 18-25, approximately. For both age periods, we consider three types of development: biological/physical, cognitive, and psychosocial. We also discuss cultural similarities and differences in various forms of development.

PSYCH 413, Cognitive Development
This course is designed to teach you about human cognition and how it develops. We discuss the theories and terminology associated with the field of cognitive development. Much of the focus of the course is on development from conception through adolescence, but we also consider development during the adult years. Topics such as memory, spatial cognition, problem solving and reasoning are covered.

PSYCH 416, Development Throughout Adulthood
This course is designed to examine human development during the adult years, beginning around age 18. We consider three types of development: cognitive, psychosocial, and biological/physical. The objective is for you to leave this class with a better understanding of yourself, your parents, your significant others, your current (and future) coworkers, and any other adults in your life.

PSYCH 479, Psychology of Gender
Have you ever wondered why men and women behave differently? Have you ever wondered whether men and women are really as different as some stereotypes say they are? Did you ever notice how similar men and women can be? In this course, we explore the many ways in which men and women are different as well as similar. We begin by exploring definitions for the concept of gender and how an understanding of gender develops. We explore our gender identities and how gender factors into various aspects of our life, such as in education and in relationships. To help us explore these topics, we read both scientific and theoretically-driven publications, as well as pop-culture works.





Degree Programs at Penn State

Psychological Societies

Developmental Psychology Societies