I have truly come to appreciate the integration of clinical psychology and social responsibility that Adler University achieves through its mission to engage future clinicians in an understanding of the multiple roles that psychologists adopt as they engage the community as practitioners and scholars. I believe that teaching graduate students a knowledge base in evidence-based practice needs to include a level of critical thinking that integrates an understanding of human diversity, the importance of socio-cultural context, and a need for both the prevention and amelioration of psychopathology. The classroom should be more than a vehicle to disseminate factual knowledge; it should also provide an environment that helps students become curious to explore both the professional and personal sides of their overall development as future psychologists.
Through the Psy.D. Child and Adolescent Emphasis, I bridge my clinical experiences with my academic interests. In my work with families, adolescents, and children, I have come to understand the vital role that psychologists play in helping underserved communities beyond the provision of psychotherapy. Advocacy, psycho-education, coalition building, and program development and evaluation are also major areas of practice for the clinical child psychologist. I enjoy helping our students begin to understand and assume roles in these essential areas of practice as they grow as clinical psychologists who work with children and families.