The aim of the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Psychology Undergraduate Program is to introduce students to a wide variety of topics, perspectives and areas of inquiry; and to prepare them for postgraduate research in subfields such as social, developmental, industrial, traffic, health and clinical psychology. Basic courses in English and Turkish Psychology undergraduate programs are offered to students exclusively by the Psychology Department. The department also offers elective courses to students from other departments such as ‘General Psychology’, ‘Introduction to Psychological Science’, ‘Understanding Social Behavior’, which contain basic introductory information about the science of psychology.
The department’s General Psychology Master's Program, which has been enrolling students since 2018, aims to develop students' ability to conduct research under supervision and help them acquire necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in contexts where they can work as specialist psychologists. The General Psychology Doctorate Program, on the other hand, started accepting applications in the Fall of the 2022-2023 Academic Year, after receiving approvals by YÖDAK and YÖK.
Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. The aim of psychology is to understand the basis of behavior by examining biological, cognitive, intergroup and interpersonal dynamics. To achieve this, psychologists conduct research on many topics ranging from human development to interpersonal relationships from behavior patterns to the process of socialization within groups. The EMU Department of Psychology makes it its mission to contribute to the development of psychology as a esteemed field of science. With this aim, the department engages students in psychological research and knowledge of the highest quality within the subfields of psychology. We strive to encourage our students to apply their scientific knowledge and conduct top quality research in accordance with ethical and international standards.
Prof. Dr. FATİH BAYRAKTAR
Assist. Prof. Dr. BURCU KAYA KIZILÖZ
Assist. Prof. Dr. DİLEK ÇELİK
EMU Department of Psychology has a strong team of academic staff with 4 Professors, 9 Assistant Professors, 13 full-time faculty members, 6 part-time lecturers and 5 research assistants who have been educated at internationally renowned universities. The research interests of the academic staff include topics from various subfields of psychology such as intergroup contact and intergroup relations, bullying, the effects of new media on development, sleep and attachment in children, behavior of individuals in traffic; environmental psychology, gender relations and sexism, social identity and well-being, LGBTI+ psychology, memory studies and neuropsychology. The department also carries out interdisciplinary research projects with its teaching staff who specialize in Philosophy and Sociology. In addition to the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory, which is the first psychology laboratory among all universities in TRNC, EMU Department of Psychology also offers the opportunity to do research in the Forensic, Clinical and Lifelong Development Laboratory, the Memory and Action Research Laboratory with its EEG system and the Social and Traffic Psychology Laboratory. The department also provides students with two computer laboratories.
The Applied Memory and Forensic Psychology Lab
The Applied Memory and Forensic Psychology Lab was founded in 2022 and led by Assist. Prof. Dr. Dilek Çelik and Assist. Prof. Dr. Burcu Kaya Kızılöz. Our lab has a reading group consisting of graduate and undergraduate students, where we discuss theories, methodological issues, and practical applications of eyewitness memory research. Our primary objective is to carry out research on memory’s role in forensic settings. For this purpose we examine the impact of various system variables, such as the type of interview, interview instructions, misinformation effect, and estimator variables like witnesses' age, gender, suggestibility, and the characteristics of the witnessed event on eyewitness memory and confidence accuracy. Currently, we are conducting research on the ecological validity of using VR in eyewitness memory studies.
The Psycholinguistics Lab aims to explore how human language is presented and processed in our minds and brains and how these representations and processes interact with other domains of cognition. Our research is primarily experimental and interdisciplinary that spans various areas and topics in the language sciences such as linguistics. We are specifically interested in investigating language processing in understudied languages with unique orthographies. Areas of interest include, but not limited to, reading, typical and atypical language development, developmental dyslexia, the development of normative and diagnostic tools to assess literacy skills, cognitive neuropsychology of language such as acquired dyslexia and aphasia as well as the relationship between language and other cognitive systems, such as exploring the role of memory in bilingualism and Alzheimer’s.
Professor Dr Ilhan Raman
BSc(Hons), PhD, PGCertHE, AFBPsS
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK
Department of Psychology, EMU
UDAG (Turkish abbreviation of Lab’s name) is established in 2020 and led by Assist. Prof. Gökçe Yılmaz Akdoğan. Currently, lab consists of 3 undergraduate level and 1 graduate level student assistants.
Our mission is conducting research on understanding development and predictors of sleep behaviours as well as sleep problems in infants, children, adolescents, and emerging adults.
Currently, there are two ongoing projects looking at the effectiveness of internet-based behavioural sleep interventions for infants and an insomnia project for university students. So far, we presented our “The Effectiveness of a Behavioural Sleep Intervention in an Infant with Hyperphenylalaninemia: A Single Subject Research Design” at the 66th National Paediatrics Congress in Kyrenia, North Cyprus.
EMU Psychology Undergraduate Program curriculum is specifically designed to meet the standards of the European Diploma in Psychology (EuroPsy) and YÖK, to ensure that our students receive internationally recognized diplomas which will enable them to practice psychology anywhere they choose. The EMU English Psychology Program has been accredited by the Turkish Psychologists Association Accreditation Supreme Board until 2024. This program is one of the 12 programs accredited by the Turkish Psychological Association (among all psychology programs in Turkey and in TRNC) and is the only accredited psychology program in the TRNC.
Both the Turkish and English programs of the EMU Department of Psychology has graduated over 1000 students who obtained employment both on the island and abroad. Our graduates have obtained master’s degrees and Ph.D. degrees at universities in the UK, USA and Europe. In this context, the department puts extra emphasis on the importance of ethics in research and application of psychology and carries out studies in these areas with committees affiliated to the department.
Quality of Graduates
The department aims to provide an education in accordance with international standards, introducing students to various subfields of psychology and to provide a comprehensive overview of the field. Students who successfully complete the four-year undergraduate program will become psychology graduates; students who complete their graduate training and a one-year supervision will acquire the title of "professional psychologist". Over fifty percent of our graduates are now enrolled in postgraduate programs throughout Europe, UK and the USA.
Students who receive a bachelor's degree in the Department of Psychology can work in educational institutions, in the industry, in human resources departments, counseling centers and private or public institutions that provide psychological services.
Graduates can specialize in many subfields of psychology. Specialist psychologists who have completed a master's degree or an equivalent level of education can be eligible to work in specialist subfields such as cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, forensic psychology, traffic psychology, clinical psychology, and industrial psychology depending on their educational background and achievements.
TPD: Türk Psikologlar Derneği
EMU Psychology English Undergraduate Program possesses TPD accreditation.