Asbury Psych Student Aces National Test – Asbury University
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November 18, 2016

Rachel Winger '17
Rachel Winger ‘17 recently scored in the 100th percentile on a nationally normed psychology exam.

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University Psychology major Rachel Winger ‘17 recently scored in the 100th percentile on the Area Concentration Achievement Test (ACAT), a nationally normed exam that covers broad psychological knowledge. Winger is just one of a cohort of Psychology seniors who continued a tradition of excellence in the ACAT this year.

Asbury Psychology seniors always excel at the ACAT, usually averaging between the 85th and 87th percentiles, but this year’s first cohort scored exceptionally well, averaging in the 88th percentile. In addition to Winger, top scorers included Jeanine Campbell ‘18 in the 99th percentile and others in the 95th, 94th and 91st percentiles. Another cohort of seniors will take the ACAT in the spring.

“These test scores re-affirm that our students have an outstanding command of psychological concepts and terminology,” said Dr. Paul Nesselroade ’89, chair of Asbury’s Psychology Department. “Our program not only has the unique value of integrating faith and learning  — it is superb in terms of content and knowledge base.”

Winger says Asbury’s integration of rigorous academics with a Christian worldview has helped connect her exploration of the human mind with an affirmation of the human soul. 

“A Christian worldview brings a respect for persons to the table in a lot of ways that secular psychology doesn’t always do,” Winger said. “Being able to study psychology in a Christian institution has helped me work out ways of balancing my faith with what is seen as a very secular field.”

Winger says one of the biggest benefits of studying at Asbury has been the accessibility of her professors. 

“I’m able to spend one-on-one time with professors who are still very active in the field,” Winger said. “Dr. Janet Dean is doing research, Dr. Marty Seitz is doing counseling — the faculty are very involved in the real world and they bring that to the classroom and one-on-one interactions.” 

Consistently one of Asbury’s largest undergraduate majors, Psychology offers eight concentrations: Clinical/Counseling Psychology, Christian Counseling Psychology, Child Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Biological Psychology, Social Psychology, Student Development Psychology, and Equine Facilitated Mental Health.

Additionally, students have the opportunity to get involved in research and clinical practicums and take advantage of travel courses. One example is an academic tour of Central Europe studying human dignity and the psychology of the Holocaust.

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