What are you currently doing for your career?
I am currently a psychologist at Rogers Psychological Services P.C. in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where I administer psychotherapy and assessment. I am also a school psychologist for the Detroit Institute for Children. I travel to schools within the metro Detroit area and administer assessments to children with suspected learning disabilities. Lastly, I am a professor at Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. I teach introductory and advanced psychology courses.
How did RC’s psychology program help you achieve what you have become?
The amazing faculty at Rochester College (even those outside the psychology program) helped me to become the psychologist I am today. All of the psychology faculty inspired me in some way to major in the field of psychology with their amazing hands-on lectures, which sparked interest in a variety of areas. For example, Dr. Robyn Siegel-Hinson inspired me to major in the field of psychology; Dr. Brian Stogner inspired me to engage in other areas of psychology (other than psychotherapy); and Dr. Gordon MacKinnon and Dr. Stogner both inspired me to teach psychology at the undergraduate level. Lastly, Dr. Jessica Matchynski inspired me in the area of research as I helped her in the neuroscience lab at Henry Ford. All of these professors, through their teaching methods and personal interactions, fostered my growth and interest in the field of psychology.
What advice would you give to students who are thinking about becoming psychology majors at RC?
Keep an open-mind about the field of psychology. As an undergraduate, I was under the impression that psychology is strictly psychotherapy, but it is so much more than that! The field is very diverse and there is a plethora of activities you can engage in within the field. I would also recommend gaining experience as soon as possible; this will help you in the long run. While I was a graduate student, I realized there were many activities I could have participated in as an undergraduate in order to cultivate the experiences I wanted in the field; you just have to think outside the box sometimes!