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Education in Lebanon badly needs psychological services, an American University of Beirut professor said Wednesday evening, as the institution marked the 150th anniversary of the arts and sciences faculty.Prof. Shahe Kazarian said the country needed to take greater advantage of the opportunities provided by applied psychology, citing education as a field in dire need of more psychological services. Kazarian identified a golden age of psychology at AUB, from 1951, when it became a stand-alone department, to 1975, when the Civil War first began to take its toll on the university.For a time, psychology was lumped in with other social sciences.Kazarian chaired the department of social and behavioral sciences and later the department of psychology when it once more became independent, and has authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles.Though he is retiring at the end of the year, Kazarian voiced high hopes for the department's future and the prospects of psychology in the country generally.
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