What are our graduates doing?

The 2012-2013 Graduate Success survey found that 9% of that years Applied Psychology graduates were continuing education and 64% were employed with the average salary being $42,100. More information can be found at: http://www.oit.edu/academics/degrees/applied-psychology/careers

What are our students doing?


OIT has paired with a number of agencies in and around Klamath Falls to give students real world experience and course credit through working in the field with professionals.

Relationships Building Program

OIT has a team of students that assist DHS by assessing and working with families with children in foster care. The project is year round.Research  Students can engage in original research and apply to present at conferences. Research projects take place in conjunction with a professor fall term and the majority of conferences are in the spring.

Youth Mentorship Program

Students will be meeting with at risk high school students in a supportive class on the OIT campus to assist with homework, college questions, and life skills. 

What is an emphasis?

An area of focus that a student chooses their third year in the program. Each emphasis requires specific courses that enhance a students academic and professional competence in that area. An explanation of each emphasis can be found athttp://www.oit.edu/academics/degrees/applied-psychology

What does "Applied Psychology" mean?

Real world experience through externships and hands on classes. Students are not required to do an externship to graduate but it is encouraged. There are many hands on classes offered throughout the psychology major such as counseling techniques and behavior modification. These classes allow students the ability to practice needed skills in a multitude of settings with trained professionals.

Who are our faculty?

Alishia Huntoon, Program Director 

Dr. Huntoon earned her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology at Washington State University. She teaches a wide variety of classes including Introduction to Psychology, the Psychology of Eating, Human Growth and Development, Educational Psychology, Human Sexuality, and Social Psychology. Dr. Huntoon is the Externship Coordinator and director of the Youth Mentorship Program. 

Trevor Petersen, Assistant Professor 

Dr. Petersen earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ohio University. He teaches the more clinically focused courses. These classes include Basic Counseling Techniques, Advanced Counseling Techniques, Abnormal Psychology, Abnormal Behavior in Children and Adolescents, and Psychoactive Drugs I & II. Dr. Petersen is an advisor to the Psych Club/Psi Chi and a director of the Relationships Building/Community Engagement program. His research interests include studying the outcomes of secondary prevention for at-risk college student populations.