Career and Professional Development

Our alumni have launched successful careers in a variety of fields, including public or private research organizations, medical schools, government, and human service agencies. Graduates of our programs also hold positions at some of the top higher education institutions.


Higher Education Careers

  • Universities of California at Berkeley, Davis, and San Diego
  • San Francisco State
  • Brown University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado
  • Harvard
  • Indiana University
  • University of Iowa
  • Loyola University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of New Mexico
  • New York University
  • Ohio University
  • Penn State
  • Princeton
  • Stanford
  • University of Utah
  • Vanderbilt
  • University of Washington
  • Yale

Careers in Industry

  • Director of data science, Happy Money
  • Technical program manager, Meta
  • User experience researcher, Xbox Team
  • Director, Center for School and Student Progress at NWEA
  • Research analyst, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
  • Research analyst, Oregon Department of Human Resources
  • Director of enrollment research and analytics at San Diego State University
  • Assistant director of assessment and research, University of Oregon Division of Student Life
  • Research scientist, Kaiser Permanente
  • Engineer, Apple Corporation
  • Senior data scientist,
  • Clinical psychologist, New Mexico Veterans Affairs Healthcare System

Professional Development Resources

The University of Oregon offers a multitude of professional development resources for graduate students. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in or outside of academia, students can seek career counseling and exploration, resume and CV reviews, interview preparation, teacher training and certificates, graduate workshops, and more.

Meet the Graduate Coordinator

Lori Olsen
ASU4 Graduate Coordinator

Phone: 541-346-5060
Office: 137 Straub Hall
Office Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
Directory Profile

Psychology alum Jennifer Gomez

"Professor Emerit Jennifer J. Freyd’s research lab and mentorship prepared me to boldly and courageously embark upon research that challenges the status quo and has a positive impact on the world. As a result, I have written my first book with the American Psychological Association, The Cultural Betrayal of Black Women & Girls: A Black Feminist Approach to Healing from Sexual Abuse."

—Jennifer M. Gómez​, PhD in psychology, '17​

Psychology alum Pablo Morales

"The years of research experience I received during my PhD in psychology and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Oregon did a great job at preparing me for an industry career as a user experience researcher. In this role, I effectively operate as an applied research psychologist, and at a high level the work I am doing is somewhat similar to what I did during my degree. I am confident I would not have gotten into this field had it not been for all the research mentorship and training I received at the University of Oregon!"

—Pablo Morales, PhD in psychology, '18

Psychology alum Alex Garinther

"The program gave me the tools to contribute to cutting-edge research in my field. It also allowed me the freedom to fail, to blend disciplinary perspectives, and to practice my own style of teaching. I am grateful for those years of professional development."

—Alex Garinther, PhD in psychology, '21

Psychology alum Jesica Kosie

"As a first-generation, non-traditional student, my undergraduate training in the psych program introduced me to academic research for the first time, enabled me to design and carry out my own project, and helped me realize how much I enjoy research. During my PhD, I was introduced to new ideas about how to explore the various ways that caregivers support infants’ learning and the importance of considering the everyday contexts in which this learning occurs, which has strongly shaped my current research and prepared me for a successful career in academia.​"

Jessica Kosie, PhD in psychology, '19