Branches of Psychology – How many are there? (Part 2)


Part 2 of 2!

Developmental Psychology – centres on how people change and grow throughout life; specifically physical and social growth, intellectual development, emotional and perceptual changes 

Educational Psychology – concerned with schools, teaching psychology, educational issues and student concerns such as learning disabilities, giftedness and the instructional process

Experimental Psychology – utilizes scientific methods to research the brain and behaviour. This includes correlational studies, case studies and naturalistic observation

Forensic Psychology – specializes in issues related to psychology and law. This branch involves analyzing criminal behaviour and treatments as well as directly working in the court system 

Health Psychology – area that looks at how biology, psychology, behaviour and social factors influence health and illness

Industrial-Organizational Psychology – branch of psychology that applies psychological principles to research on workplace productivity and behaviour and how to maximize the well being of employees .

Personality Psychology – focuses on the study of the thought patterns, feelings and behaviours that make each person unique. This includes Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of personality

School Psychology – involves working in schools to help children deal with academic, emotional and social issues to create a healthy learning environment

Social Psychology – studies and seeks to explain and understand social behaviour as well as investigate group behaviour, social interactions, leadership, nonverbal communication and social influences on decision making 

Sports Psychology  – studies how psychology influences sports, athletic performance, exercise and physical activity

At Safe and Sound Therapeutics, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is used to support individuals. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an approach of psychology that stems from process based approach to psychological intervention that is grounded in modern behavioural and evolutionary science. See the next post for more information about ACT! 


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