Department of Psychology | American University of Sharjah

Head of Department

Confronting 21st century challenges requires resilience, creativity, critical insight and accountability. Studying psychology helps students learn why humans think, feel and behave the way they do, while building the critical skills needed to thrive in a changing world.

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at AUS was launched in Fall 2019. Employing an American Psychological Association (APA)-inspired undergraduate curriculum, the program focuses on preparing students for graduate school or diverse work experiences. Alongside innovative coursework that emphasizes research, analysis and ethics, students complete an internship and are encouraged to get involved with extracurricular activities including working with faculty on research projects or applying for undergraduate research grants, becoming teaching fellows in the Psychology Learning Center, serving as peer advisors, or taking on leadership roles in student organizations including the Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. |-BREAK-|

A strong foundation in psychological sciences prepares students for careers in social and human services, management, teaching, research, health and medical services, and other emerging careers that will help transform society, improving the lives of individuals and populations. Join us to start your journey today!

Angela Maitner, PhD
Head of Department



Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Minor in Psychology


Dr. Mark Aveyard
Associate Professor
PhD, Florida State University, United States
Christopher Bryan
Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Limerick,
Dr. Sariah Daouk
Visiting Assistant Professor
Dr. Ehab Hermena
Associate Professor
PhD, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Student Activities

Psi Chi

The AUS Psi Chi Chapter is part of an international network which aims to recognize and promote excellence in the science and application of psychology by highlighting the work of psychology students and faculty on campus. AUS Psi Chi Chapter was recently designated a Psi Chi Model Chapter 2021–2022 by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

To learn more about their activities, visit @psichi.aus.



Psychology Club 

The AUS Psychology Club welcomes students who have a passion for psychology. It aims to create an engaging and dynamic community for psychology enthusiasts that promotes individual well-being, fosters personal growth, raises awareness of mental health, and much more.

To learn more about the Psychology Club, visit @auspsychclub.

Hear from our Students


Psychology Laboratories

The department has 5 psychology laboratory spaces for research with human participants. During their time as students, psychology majors may participate in research, work as research assistants, or conduct mentored independent research in these spaces

Psychology Learning Center

The psychology learning center provides individual study support to students enrolled in PSY 101, PSY 102, and PSY 250 helping ensure students develop a strong foundation in the program. The Psychology Learning Center is hosted in the Psychology Multipurpose Room, which is a private workspace for student Research Assistants when not open for tutoring.

Student Organization Offices

HSB has offices for student organizations to hold meetings, office hours, or work on projects or events. This empowers student organizations to build a unique identity and work in a supportive environment.

Study Rooms

HSB has 3 state-or-the-art small group study rooms, allowing students to work together on projects or prepare for exams in a quiet area equipped with white boards and computer screens.

Careers in Psychology

A bachelor's degree in psychology provides a wide range of career opportunities in the following fields:

Education | Research | Business | Advertising | Human Resources | Health and Human Services | Training and Development

Other careers require graduate education and/or licensing, following completion of the bachelor’s degree:

Counseling or Therapy | Professor of Psychology | Licensed Applied psychologists (in Health, Education, Sport, Organizational, etc.)

BAPSY Majors: Employers

Our graduates have worked at:

BAPSY Majors: Internships

Our students have secured internships with:

  • Human Relations Institute & Clinics
  • The Lighthouse Arabia
  • Golin MENA
  • Erada Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • American Wellness Center
  • Sharjah Police
  • Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Lifeworks Holistic Counselling Centre
  • Swedish Specialized Center for Special Needs
  • Human Relations Institute and Clinics
  • Merchant logo
  • The Bridge Learning Center
BAPSY Major and Minors: Continuing Education in Psychology

Our students have gone on to honors or graduate programs at:

  • Arizona State University, USA
  • Florida State University, USA
  • UAE University, UAE
  • University College London, UK
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • Maastricht University, Netherlands

Faculty Research

Clinical / Counseling Psychology
Cognitive Psychology/Cognitive Science
Cultural Psychology
Educational Psychology
Social Psychology
Sport Psychology


Work and Organizational Psychology


For more information about our department or programs, please contact us:

Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
American University of Sharjah
[email protected]

Head of Department
Dr. Angela Maitner
Tel +971 6 515 2437
[email protected]

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