Welcome to the BCC Psychology Website!

Psychology is a diverse discipline, grounded in science, but with nearly boundless applications in everyday life.  Some psychologists do basic research, developing theories and testing them through carefully honed research methods involving observation, experimentation and analysis. Other psychologists apply the discipline’s scientific knowledge to help people, organizations and communities function better.

As psychological research yields new information, whether it’s developing improved interventions to treat depression or studying how humans interact with machines, these findings become part of the discipline’s body of knowledge and are applied in work with patients and clients, in schools, in corporate settings, within the judicial system, even in professional sports.

Psychologists study both normal and abnormal functioning and treat patients with mental and emotional problems. They also study and encourage behaviors that build wellness and emotional resilience. Today, as the link between mind and body is well-recognized, more and more psychologists are teaming with other health-care providers to provide whole-person health care for patients. (Taken from the A.P.A. website)

Please explore the links to the left to learn more about our program.

Psychology Faculty

Melina Bersamin
Dr. Bersamin has over 11 years of teaching experience. Prior to teaching at BCC, she was a professor in the Department of Child Development at CSU, Sacramento. Her research focuses on correlates and predictors of adolescent risky behavior including binge drinking, drinking and driving, and risky sexual behaviors. Samples of her research can be found here:

Classes taught at BCC:
Introduction to General -Psychology 1A
Social Psychology -Psychology 6
Lifespan Human Development -Psychology 21
Introduction to Research Methods Psychology -Psychology 28