Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

Overview

Degree Program

Contact Information

Overview

Degree Program

Contact Information

Vision, Mission & Objectives

Recognitions

Updates

Vision, Mission & Objectives

Vision

The Department of Psychology envisions itself as an internationally recognized Center of Excellence in psychology education by incorporating competence, commitment, and compassion in teaching, research, community outreach programs, and the practice of psychology profession.

Mission

The Department of Psychology of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, the Catholic University of the Philippines, is an academic community dedicated to producing high-caliber psychometricians with unwavering commitment to excellence and who are imbued with a strong sense of moral and ethical precepts in the practice of the psychology profession, in response to national and global concerns.

Objectives

  1. To develop an excellent psychology education with competent faculty and staff, state-of-the-art facilities, and relevant curricula in response with national and global concerns
  2. To promote active research involvement among faculty members and students
  3. To imbue among faculty members and students a strong sense of moral and ethical precepts in the practice of the psychology profession
  4. To provide students in other disciplines an understanding of human behavior
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Recognitions

Certified

Center of Excellence

Level IV Accreditation

Updates

Research Agenda

Student Organization

Research Agenda

To ensure continuity and harmonization in the research undertakings for psychology in the University, the current research agenda of the Department are congruent with the agenda of the College of Science and the Psychology Research Interest Group of the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education.

Faculty members and students of the Department continue to do independent and/or collaborative scholarly research work within the areas of clinical, counseling, industrial/organizational, and educational psychology. These areas of psychology were chosen based on the current specialization of the faculty and the practice of psychology in the Philippines.

Student Organization

Administrator and Faculty Members

Administrator and Faculty Members

Ms. Neriza P. Adorna, MA

Master of Arts, major in Guidance and Counseling

Mr. Jonathan B. Aganan, MS, MBA

Master of Science in Psychology, major in Developmental Psychology

Master in Business Administration

Prof. Ma. Claudette A. Agnes, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Psychology

Ms. Lovely Ana V. Aguas, MP

Master in Psychology

Asst. Prof. Arni M. Agustin, MBA

Master of Business Administration

Asst. Prof. Carlos N. Buan, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education

Mr. Michael Edward P. Buenaflor, MA

Master of Arts, major in Clinical Psychology

Asst. Prof. Rodel P. Canlas, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Clinical Psychology

Mr. Henmar C. Cardiño, MP

Master in Psychology

Mr. Romelito Manuel D.S. Clorina, MA

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

Asst. Prof. Ryan Francis O. Cayubit, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology

Mr. Jade Ibhar V. Cuambot, MS

Master of Science in Psychology, major in Clinical Psychology

Ms. Rachel Angelique Louella I. Cucio, MA, MBA

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

Master of Business Administration

Mr. Rudy M. Danganan, Jr., MA

Master of Arts in Social Psychology

Ms. Mahjalin Araiza B. Diez, MS

Master of Science in Psychology Major in Clinical Psychology

Asst. Prof. Eric L. Dimar, MA

Master of Arts in Education, major in Guidance and Counseling

Ms. Eizaleen B. Fusingan, MA

Master of Arts in Psychology

Ms. Edith G. Habig, MP

Master in Psychology

Ms. Jeau Raizza S. Go, MA

Master of Arts in Psychology

Asst. Prof. Edilberto S. Gonzaga, MD

Doctor of Medicine

Ms. Kathryn P. Hipolito, MA

Master of Arts, major in Clinical Psychology

Mr. Alvin L. Jacob, III, MA

Master in Psychology

Sr. Angelina M. Julom, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Psychology

Asst. Prof. Marian M. Lagundino, MA

Master of Arts in Psychology

Mr. Alvin Joseph D. Mapoy, MS

Master of Science in Psychology

Asst. Prof. Claudia S. Mendoza, MA

Master of Arts in Psychology

Assoc. Prof. Ma. Criselda T. Pacquing, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, major in Industrial Psychology

Mr. John Micko A. Pazcoguin, MA

Master of Arts, major in Clinical Psychology

Ms. Criselle Angeline C. Peñamante, MD, MA

Doctor of Medicine

Master of Arts in Psychology

Asst. Prof. Cecille Ann C. Pilapil, MS, MA

Master of Science in Psychology, major in Industrial / Organizational Psychology

Mr. Angelo Carlo D. Pilapil, MA

Master of Arts, major in Clinical Psychology

Ms. Mary Anne A. Portuguez, MP

Master in Psychology

Assoc. Prof. Portia Lynn Q. See, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Psychology

Ms. Hanzen M. Reyes, MS

Master of Science in Psychology

Prof. Marc Eric S. Reyes, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Psychology

Ms. Angeli Charmaine C. Tan, MA

Master of Arts in Psychology

Asst. Prof. Karen Katrina V. Trinidad, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Industrial Psychology

Assoc. Prof. Joy R. Tungol, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Psychology

Prof. Marie Antoinette S. Vargas, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Psychology

History

History

The history of Psychology in the University of Santo Tomas started in 1645. It was then a part of the curriculum of Philosophy. In 1926, a Department of Psychology was formed for the first time under the College of Education offering Elementary Psychology. In 1932, Clinical Psychology was offered in the third year medicine proper in the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. When Fr. Angel de Blas completed his Ph.D. at the University of Santo Tomas in 1934, he introduced new methods and devices in the fields of Zoology, Physics, and most especially in the field of Psychology. In fact, he established in 1938 the first laboratory in Experimental Psychology in the Philippines with his colleagues. The laboratory instruments used then were audiometer, anaesthesiometer, pain-pressure balance and other devices. The Experimental Psychology laboratory in UST was considered as the only one of its kind in Far East Asia at that time. 

Subsequently, in 1948, the College of Liberal Arts, which is now known as the College of Science, offered B.S. Major in Psychology. This course was offered for the first time in UST. The University of Santo Tomas was regarded as the first school in the Philippines to offer B.S. Major in Psychology with Fr. Angel de Blas, O.P. as the first Chairman of the Department of Psychology. From then on, Psychology as a science has undergone tremendous growth and success. 

In October 1994, the degree program was renamed as Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In 2011, the program received the highest accreditation–Level IV–from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). The Department of Psychology was declared Center of Development in 2012 and Center of Excellence in 2016 by the Commission on Higher Education. The Professional Regulation Commission recognized the Department of Psychology as the only Top Performing School in the 2014 Psychometrician Licensure examinations, which UST graduates have performed well in since 2014. It is also a university-wide service department for various psychology-related general education courses. 

Added to this list of accolades is the program’s first international stamp of approval: the ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) certification, which was received in 2017. 

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