Hosted by Lyndsey Lanagan-Leitzel, the psychology department at Eastern Connecticut State University organized an event titled “The Science of Psychology at Eastern: A Look Back as We Move Forward” to acknowledge Eastern’s history. The event recognized faculty, alumni and students who have helped the Psychology Department to flourish over the past 60 years.
The first psychology class at Eastern was offered during the fall semester of 1954 when the school was still called Willimantic State Teacher’s College. Since then, the curriculum has been adjusted countless times and the university has made tremendous strides in offering classes that promote understanding of human behavior and the variables which influence that behavior.
Lanagan-Leitzel said of the Psychology Department and their students: “We take great pleasure in cultivating their young minds and developing them into the professionals needed in the field and the thinkers needed in society. By fostering research literacy and critical thinking, we prepare them not just for today’s world, but for the world to come.”