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Department of Psychology



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Department's Mission

Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Psychologists strive to understand the roots of behavior  from biological and cognitive perspectives to intergroup and interpersonal. In order to do so, psychologists investigate a diverse range of topics including human development at the individual level, behavioral disorders rooted in interpersonal relationships, and socialization processes in groups, just to name a few. The mission of the Psychology Department is to train students in psychology in accordance with international standards, including education in the subfields of psychology, application of psychological knowledge, and conducting high quality research. The goal of the department is to contribute to the development of the field and further it as a prestigious discipline.

Departmental Facilities

EMU Psychology Department has an international staff with one full professor, three associate professors, three assistant professors, one Ph.D. holder, three fulltime instructors, 8 part time instructors and 3 research assistants. Staff members' research interests address a range of topics from different subfields of psychology. These include, national identification development in children, intergroup contact in intranational conflict, bullying, the role of new media in development, human behaviors in traffic, women in war,as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues to name a few.

The Psychology Department also has a Psycho-Biology laboratory, which was the first of its kind in North Cyprus. This laboratory is equipped with a one-way mirror for behavioral observations, BIOPAC high technology for measuring physiological responses, and software from NOLDUS Information Technologies in the control room for behavioral coding and analysis. The Psycho-Biology also provides 25 computers which are used by faculty and students for lectures and research.

A second laboratory, the Cognitive Behavioral Laboratory, with software including SPSS, MATLAB, and QSR NVivo10 is functional since 2014. 


The goal of the psychology undergraduate program is to introduce students to a wide variety of topics, perspectives, and levels of inquiry to prepare them for postgraduate work in fields such as social, developmental, industrial, education, health, and clinical psychology. In order to offer our students a specialized program most departmental courses are offered exclusively to students registered in the Psychology Department. In order to offer non-psychology students basic psychological knowledge, some psychology courses such as General Psychology, Introduction to the Psychological Science and Understanding Human Social Behavior are offered as electives to students from departments other than psychology. The goal of the Developmental Psychology Masters Degree Program is to allow students the opportunity to carry out supervised research, develop skills, and gain the knowledge necessary for a successful career in a range of settings as developmental psychologists.

Distinguishing Attributes

The psychology undergraduate degree program curriculum offered by EMU is specifically designed to meet the standards of the European Diploma in Psychology (EuroPsy) and YOK, to ensure our students receive internationally recognized diplomas wh ich will enable them to practice psychology anywhere they choose.The Department is also accredited by the Turkish Psychological Association in 2015.

Major Accomplishments

The Department has graduated over 250 students who have gained employment both nationally and internationally. Our graduates have gone on to complete a masters degrees and Ph.D. degrees at universities in the UK, USA, and Europe.

As mentioned above the Department of Psychology English program is now among eight accredited programs by Turkish Psychological Association in Turkey and the first and only in North Cyprus. The accreditation process of Turkish program will start after the first graduates.

Students studying at the masters level receive supervision in any developmental settings and are trained to conduct high-quality research projects.

Quality of Graduates

The department aims at an education of international standards, introducing students to various subfields of psychology to provide a comprehensive overview of the field. Students who successfully complete the four-year undergraduate program will become psychology graduates; students who complete graduate training and 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 the USA.

Career Opportunities

The program not only provides knowledge about psychology, but also equips students with basic research skills to provide them with work opportunities in various fields and the chance to continue with graduate degrees for specialization. Psychologists can expect employment as clinicians, child, forensic and social psychologists, or human resource experts, working in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, universities, mass communication centers, prisons, or industrial organizations. Those students who take the preliminary step of choosing this Department will soon discover the limitless realms of both the human mind and human behavior.

Program NameDegreeDuration (Years)
PsychologyBachelor / B.S.4
Psychology (Turkish)Bachelor / B.S.4
Developmental Psychology (with Thesis) *Master / M.S.1 - 2
General Psychology (with Thesis)Master / M.S.1 - 2

Contact Information

Eastern Mediterranean University
Faculty of Arts & Sciences 
Department of Psychology 
Famagusta, North Cyprus
Mersin 10 Turkey

 Tel: +90 392 630 1389
Fax: +90 392 630 2475

​​Academic Staff

Name SurnameDutyDepartmentOfficeTel
Assoc. Prof. Dr. FATİH BAYRAKTAR Chair Psychology AS216 1324
Assoc. Prof. Dr. MEHMET METİN ERGİNEL Faculty Member Psychology AS217 2416
Assoc. Prof. Dr. ŞENEL RAMAN Faculty Member Psychology AS201 1079-2013
Assoc. Prof. Dr. YACOUB MOHAMMAD KHALLAD Faculty Member Psychology AS212 2282
Assist. Prof. Dr. AYŞENUR TALAT ZRİLLİ Faculty Member Psychology AS211 1283
Assist. Prof. Dr. BURCU KAYA KIZILÖZ Faculty Member Psychology
Assist. Prof. Dr. ÇIĞIR KALFAOĞLU Faculty Member Psychology AS207 1362
Assist. Prof. Dr. İLMİYE SEÇER Faculty Member Psychology AS208 2777
Dr. ARIEL MITCHELL LADUM İPEKCİOĞLU Faculty Member Psychology AS214 2478
Dr. DENİZ ATALAR Faculty Member,
Vice Chair
Psychology AS218 2411
Sr. Instr. AKİLE BERFU ZORBA Senior Instructor Psychology AS210 2279
Sr. Instr. ŞERİF TÜRKKAL Senior Instructor Psychology AS220 1368

Part-time Academic Staff

Name SurnameDutyDepartmentOfficeTel
Sr. Instr. ÇİSEM NAMIKKEMALOĞLU Senior Instructor Psychology
Sr. Instr. DOĞA ÖZTÜRK Senior Instructor Psychology
Sr. Instr. HASAN ERGÜLER Senior Instructor Psychology
Sr. Instr. NAİFE SEVDALI Senior Instructor Psychology AS215 1616
Sr. Instr. ONUR YILMAZ Senior Instructor Psychology AS219 2013
Sr. Instr. ÖZLEM BURAK Senior Instructor Psychology
Sr. Instr. YAPRAK PARLAN Senior Instructor Psychology 3051

​​Research Assistants

Name SurnameDutyDepartmentOfficeTel
GİZEM KARACA Research Assistant Psychology
HASAN ADAR SAĞNIÇ Research Assistant Psychology
Melike Şahan Research Assistant Psychology
OGÜN EMRE BIKMAZOĞLU Research Assistant Psychology