Masters in Psychology Podcast

Bradley Schumacher

The Masters in Psychology Podcast explores graduate psychology topics and issues that are relevant in aiding students who are interested in furthering their education in psychology. The episodes comprise interviews of psychology professionals such as psychologists, psychiatrists, professors, students, researchers, consultants, etc. These interviews feature information and provide advice to empower students to make knowledgeable choices regarding their academic careers.

25: Marie Helweg-Larsen, PhD – Professor of Psychology and Optimistic Bias Expert Shares Insightful Advice for Students
Dr. Marie Helweg-Larsen grew up in Denmark and had the opportunity to study abroad at Slippery Rock University in PA even though she wasn’t enrolled at a Danish university. In hindsight, she admits that it was an “amazing culture shock” moving to rural Pennsylvania for a year. She recalls sitting with her Danish-English Dictionary having to “slog through a college level textbook” to understand the language and the assignments. She said that “it was also really fun and really opened up my world.” One class, in particular, that she found fascinating was a class in human sexuality which was taught by a psychology professor. She was able to teach this class many times later in her career and actually taught it to American students who were studying abroad in Copenhagen so she was able to incorporate Danish perspectives on sexuality into the course. Throughout this podcast interview, Dr. Helweg-Larsen shares her academic and professional journey while providing insightful advice to those interested in the field of psychology. When sharing the reasons why she attended UCLA for her graduate degrees in social psychology, she also suggests other things to consider when selecting a graduate school. When reminiscing about her experiences at UCLA, she reminds the listener to enjoy all of the other activities a major university has to offer such as attending a Bruins game, playing softball with fellow graduate students, and she pointed out that UCLA had an award-winning flag football team which was coached by a previous Master’s in Psychology Podcast guest (Bob Bjork). The recurring theme of “opportunity” seemed to emerge during our discussion and Dr. Helweg-Larsen was more than willing to share the backstory to many of the opportunities she experienced in her life. From having the opportunity to be a Visiting Professor at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark to her first experience as Department Chair at Transylvania University to Health Studies Chair at Dickinson College to Director of the Dickinson Science Program in England then the next year in Denmark. Dr. Helweg-Larsen also emphasized the importance of undergraduate and graduate students taking advantage of any opportunity they can whether it be getting involved in a lab, attending conferences, connecting with other students to discuss each other’s work, and creating opportunities for yourself by getting to know your professors and other colleagues. She states “you just have to be brave and seek out opportunities and that doesn’t mean you’re going to be successful, but it can lead to other opportunities.” She explains that sometimes not getting something gives you other opportunities. She then provided a couple of examples where she wasn’t selected for an opportunity or position, but it led to other amazing opportunities. You can hear more about these approximately 32 minutes into the interview. Connect with Dr. Helweg-Larsen: Linkedin | Facebook | Faculty PageConnect with the Show: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn https://vimeo.com/713130261 Interests and Specializations Dr. Marie Helweg-Larsen has conducted research in social psychology, health psychology, and cross-cultural psychology. Recently, she has focused on the causes, consequences, and correlates of optimistic bias as it relates to our ability to assess risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also examined the effects of stigmatization and the willingness to quit smoking in the U.S. and Denmark. Education Bachelor of Science (B.A.), Psychology (1989); California State University, Northridge, CA.Master of Arts (M.A.), Social Psychology (1990); University of California, Los Angeles, CA.Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Social Psychology (1994); University of California, Los Angeles, CA. Other Sources and Links of Interest Dr. Marie Helweg-Larsen: Google ScholarDr. Marie Helweg-Larsen: Why We’re Not Good at Risk Assessment (video)Dr.
5d ago
52 mins
24: Andrea D. Clements, PhD – Psychology Professor and Researcher Finds her Passion and Calling
Dr. Andrea “Andi” D. Clements was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. When she was in junior high, her dad took a job at the University of Alabama which ultimately impacted her academic and professional life. Though she did very well on her ACT and received many offers to attend college elsewhere, she admits “it was really a no brainer” to attend UA because of the cost-savings, her interest in counseling and psychology, proximity to home, and all of her friends were in the area. In this podcast, Dr. Clements shares her experiences while attending the University of Alabama for her BS, MA, and PhD. She then reveals how she ended up at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN and why she has stayed there for almost 27 years. Throughout this podcast, Andi shares some delightful stories and offers advice to those interested in selecting and attending graduate school for psychology and counseling. She even discusses how ETSU is different from other universities and why you should consider attending ETSU for your undergraduate or graduate degrees. Dr. Clements is currently professor and assistant chair of the psychology department at East Tennessee State University. After receiving her PhD in Educational Psychology with concentrations in industrial organizational psychology, statistics, rehabilitation, and counseling, she started as an assistant professor of educational and developmental psychology at West Georgia College. From there, she explains how and why she went to ETSU to continue her professional career as an assistant professor. She worked her way up from assistant professor to associate professor to full professor at UA and explains that she loves being “a medium fish in a medium pond” because it allows her to teach and conduct meaningful research. Andi explains how it makes more sense to her to conduct community-based, meaningful research. She states, “I now have a burning desire to answer a research question” and “that’s what keeps me going.” This is evident in her research on substance abuse and addiction, health psychology, and resilience-building. We discuss her HeART (Health, Addiction, Religion, Trauma) Lab at ETSU along with her role on the leadership team of the Ballad Health Strong BRAIN Institute which studies Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and promotes “the development and dissemination of evidence-based practices that prevent, reduce, or mitigate the negative effects of ACEs on health and health disparities.” Dr. Clements has been involved in church and faith-based work all of her life so when she decided to add the study of religious variables to her research, she attended a five-day training at Duke University. She explains how she and Becky Haas were approached to “try to mobilize the church to address addiction.” This eventually led to her and others co-founding Uplift Appalachia where she currently serves as president. Dr. Clements also talks about the opioid crisis and what Uplift is doing to help churches care for those suffering from addiction. Andi also reveals that she has been a church planter and regularly helps and mentors those living with addiction or have been incarcerated. Listen to the podcast to learn more about how Andi is applying her education and research to address addiction and mental health challenges. Connect with Dr. Clements: LinkedIn | Faculty PageConnect with the Show: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn https://vimeo.com/689512881 Interests and Specializations Dr. Andrea Clements specializes in experimental concentration and developmental psychology. She is passionate about conducting community-based research on substance abuse and addiction, health psychology, trauma-related neuropsychological development, resilience-building, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Education Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Interdisciplinary Counseling (1982); The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.Master of Arts (M.A.),
Mar 18 2022
1 hr 28 mins
23: Paul Sheesley, MA, LPC, LCPC, LCADC – Ambitious and Persistent Counselor Becomes One of Washington, D.C.’s Most Notable Transformational Psychotherapists
Around the age of 14, Paul Sheesley took a psychology course in high school. About the same time, his parents gave him a book on psychology for his birthday, “Guilty by Reason of Insanity: Inside the Minds of Killers” by Dorothy Otnow Lewis. After reading the book, especially the case examples and studies, he remembers “becoming fascinated with the field [of psychology].” In fact, during his senior year, he did a practicum at Spring Grove in Maryland which is the third oldest mental health facility in the nation. He became so interested in counseling and psychology that he attended McDaniel College in Westminster, MD for his BA in psychology and neuroscience. Since then, Paul has been focused, driven, and ambitious when it comes to self-development and sharpening his clinical skills and expanding his acumen. In this podcast, Paul shares his academic and professional journey in hopes that his experiences and advice will help those interested in the field of counseling and psychology. During our discussion, he shares some of the most important opportunities in his life which allowed him to expand his education, knowledge, and experience. He continued his education by attending The Chicago School of Professional Psychology for his MA in forensic psychology. During our discussion he shared his belief in applying and improving oneself by learning, and becoming proficient in, new types of therapy. He is a schema therapist and is part of the International Society of Schema Therapy. Paul is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. With almost 20 years of experience in the field of clinical psychology, Paul has his own practice in Washington, D.C. and Bel Air, MD. Through hard-work and dedication, he has built up his reputation as being one of the most notable transformational psychotherapists in the D.C. area specializing in helping politicians, C-suite executives, and other prominent people and couples to achieve balance in both their personal and professional lives. Throughout the podcast, Paul provides suggestions and advice to those interested in the field of psychology and those wanting to start their own practice. He is still fascinated with the brain and how it works and how the two hemispheres work and communicate with each other that he says a good therapist is “an amygdala whisperer.” Listen to the podcast for other advice and to find out what challenges are unique to his D.C. clients. Connect with Paul Sheesley: LinkedIn | Facebook | WebsiteConnect with the Show: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn https://vimeo.com/686592507 Interests and Specializations Paul Sheesley focuses on working with individuals, couples, and families and uses psychodynamic, emotionally-focused, cognitive behavioral theories and approaches to help people achieve balance in their personal and professional lives. His clinical work also draws on schema therapy and a variety of targeted and thoughtful interventions. Education Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Psychology/Neuroscience (2006); McDaniel College, Westminster, MD.Master of Arts (M.A.), Forensic Psychology (2010); The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL.Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling/Clinical Psychology (2013); Towson University, Towson, MD.Certified Schema Therapist (2019): The Cognitive Therapy Institute of New Jersey, Lakewood, NJ. Other Sources and Links of Interest Paul Sheesley at PsychologyTodaySchema Therapy Training Institute Podcast Transcription 00:00:13 BradleyWelcome to the Master’s in Psychology podcast where psychology students can learn from psychologists, educators, and practitioners to better understand what they do, how they got there, and hear the advice they have for those interested in getting a graduate degree in psychology. I'm your host, Brad Schumacher, and today we welcome Paul Sheesley to the show.
Mar 10 2022
53 mins
22: Rhonda Goldman, PhD – Professor, Psychologist, and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) Expert
Dr. Rhonda Goldman has known from a young age that she has always wanted to become a psychologist. Her mother was a psychologist, so she admits she “kind of had a little bit of a bird’s eye view” of the field of psychology. Dr. Goldman is a professor in the Clinical Psychology Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois. In this podcast, Dr. Goldman discusses why she chose York University in Toronto, ON, Canada for her undergraduate degree and why she stayed at York University for her master’s and doctorate. She also reveals how exciting it was to work with Dr. Les Greenberg to further develop Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). Dr. Goldman has taken her passion for EFT and applied it to couples and individuals. She and other colleagues formed the Emotion-Focused Therapy Institute (EFTI) which facilitates and fosters training and educational opportunities for psychologists and therapists interested in incorporating EFT into their professional practices or expanding the types of therapy they use in their own practice. Dr. Goldman also discusses other organizations that may serve as a home for people interested in Emotion-Focused Therapy and those wanting to integrate EFT or other types of therapy into their repertoire of skills. In particular, she discusses how she became a founding board member of the International Society for Emotion Focused Therapy (isEFT) and its purpose. Dr. Goldman was a past-president of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and she discusses how this can serve as another resource or home for those who want to integrate other types of therapy into their practice. During my discussion with Dr. Goldman, she admits that she was lucky in many ways. She was lucky in that she knew while she was an undergraduate that she wanted to be a psychotherapist. Some people don’t figure out what they want to do for a living, let alone knowing what major to declare in undergraduate or graduate school. She was also lucky to have found an exciting place to study, receive good mentorship, and an exciting field of study at York University. She also mentioned that she was lucky because she graduated with her PhD with little to no debt. She said that she would hear stories of people graduating and “paying back debt for years and years” and said that wasn’t her experience as there are many opportunities and agencies to help fund your education in Canada. When asked if there was anything she wished she had known about psychology ahead of time before choosing her career path, Dr. Goldman said she wished she had known that psychology “is so diverse” and that “there’s so much you can do with a degree, especially in clinical psychology.” She then proceeded to list some of the things you can do including applied psychology, therapy, research, and neuropsychology. She states “I wish I knew how much there was to offer, I mean, and I think that’s why you have what you’re doing [the Master’s in Psychology Podcast and website] is trying to help people sort through all that psychology has and try to find their track within it, right? And so, I think that’s really great, because people need some guidance, I think along those line because there is so much out there.” Connect with Dr. Rhonda Goldman: Faculty Page | WebsiteConnect with the Show: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn https://vimeo.com/682933285 Interests and Specializations Dr. Rhonda Goldman focuses on Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and individuals. She conducts research on EFT for couples, emotional processes, empathy, and vulnerability as well as work on case formulation and the dynamics of emotion, love, and power. She travels internationally providing training workshops for mental heal professionals who want to incorporate EFT into their professional practices. Education Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology (1987); York University, Toronto,
Feb 28 2022
1 hr 8 mins
21: Erin Haugen, PhD, LP, CMPC – Creating a Niche as a Sport Psychologist in Grand Forks, ND
Dr. Erin Haugen grew up on a farm in rural North Dakota. On the advice of her mom, she decided to stay close to home and “try a semester or two” at UND. What started out as a couple of semesters ended up being a number of years as she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. Although she attended undergraduate school with the intention of becoming a psychiatrist, in this podcast, she admits that she didn’t know what a psychologist was until one of her professors pulled her aside and said “Erin, I actually think you want to be a psychologist instead of a psychiatrist.” At that point, she took a different route and combined her passion for athletics and understanding people and began working with athletes. She soon became very aware of the performance piece that is present for many athletes and this opened the door for her to do more research and eventually jump into the discipline of sport psychology. Dr. Haugen is a licensed clinical psychologist and sport psychologist in Grand Forks, ND. In fact, she is the only sport psychologist in the state of North Dakota who is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC). In this podcast, Dr. Haugen reflects on her academic and professional journey and gives us a glimpse into how it feels to work with athletes from over 20 different sports ranging from recreational to elite (Olympic and professional). Throughout our discussion, she provides advice for those interested in psychology and also offers specific advice to those interested in the field of sport psychology. Dr. Haugen literally travelled coast to coast to gain experience and education in the field of psychology. She provides insight into why she selected the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks for her doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Haugen travelled to Connecticut to complete her pre-doctoral internship at River Valley Services/Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown. She completed her post-doctoral residency at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. She then returned home because she had the opportunity to work at the Assessment and Therapy Associates of Grand Forks (ATAGF) and has been working there ever since she received her license. She is not only a clinician, she is also the Director of Continuing Education and Training at ATAGF. During our discussion, Dr. Haugen talks about psychological flexibility and states that it is “an evidence-based principle and it really describes everything that I’m doing all day with athletes.” She proudly describes herself as a “nerdy kid at heart” and has always been interested in people and why they do what they do. I would say she is an “athletic nerd” because she has always been involved in athletics including anything from basketball to track to now focusing on triathlons (with the help of her border collie mix rescue dogs). I also learned that Dr. Haugen swore that she would never be in a relationship with another psychologist yet, here she is, happily married to a psychologist who specializes in couples and relationship work. You can listen to the podcast to find out what kind of fancy psychological terms they use when they argue. Connect with Dr. Erin Haugen: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | InstagramConnect with the Show: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn https://vimeo.com/674908286 Interests and Specializations Dr. Erin Haugen specializes in sport psychology, elite performance, stress management, sport mental training, adult psychological assessments, professional well-being and overall mental health. She works with athletes from over 20 different sports ranging from recreational to elite (Olympic and professional). Education Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology & Honors (2001); University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, NDMaster of Arts (M.A.), Psychology (2003); University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND.Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.),
Feb 8 2022
52 mins
20: Tania Diaz, Psy.D. – Clinical Psychologist who Finds Her Purpose by Following Her Heart
Dr. Tania Diaz started her journey by pursuing business but soon realized that she wasn’t happy. When asked what ignited her interest in psychology, she contemplated if she picked the discipline or if the discipline picked her. In this podcast, Dr. Diaz answers this question and shares her academic and professional journey in hopes that it will help others find their purpose by following their heart. She explains how many of her experiences, including her internship and residency, helped to solidify her drive to become a clinical psychologist. With over 25 years of clinical experience in the mental health field, Dr. Diaz is the founder, and owner, of the Comprehensive Assessment Center (CAC), a private practice in Miami Lakes, FL. During our discussion, she reveals the reasons why she founded the Center and explains some of the challenges of opening your own business. She also provides advice to those interested in opening their own business or practice. Dr. Diaz is unique in many ways. She is Hispanic, Cuban by descent. She shares how her internship at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital impacted her view, and focus, on helping families, adolescents, and children deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit, depression, anxiety, and other conditions. Dr. Diaz also shares her experiences during her residency at Everglades Correctional Institution, an all-male maximum security prison. She said that one of the biggest takeaways was “my inner transformation and how my lens changed about the prison system and the inmates within the prison system. And I thought to myself, you know, there are a lot of good people that make really poor choices.” Throughout the podcast interview, Dr. Diaz provides valuable insight and advice to those who are having a difficult time figuring out what they should do with their lives. She believes that if you want to find your purpose, you should follow your heart or gut. She shares how, and why, she followed her heart as an 18- or 19-year-old to become a teacher and a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Diaz reveals that she is now taking a leap of faith and making another change in her life and professional journey based on her intuition. She is focusing more on her clinical work and is exploring how quantum psychology may help her clients. She also discusses why she became a Certified Heartmath Trainer and how it can help individuals “gain higher levels of what we call coherence.” She further explains the role the amygdala plays in heart rhythm technology and how it can help people reduce and avoid stress in their lives. She then suggests checking out the app called Smiling Mind if you are interested in mindfulness and meditation. Connect with Dr. Tania Diaz: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | YoutubeConnect with the Show: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn https://vimeo.com/671617917 Interests and Specializations Dr. Tania Diaz has over 25 years of clinical experience in the mental health field. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and offers assistance and mentoring to help her clients find their life purpose and find meaning in their daily activities. As founder, and owner, of the Comprehensive Assessment Center (CAC), the team of bilingual licensed clinicians specialize “in the areas of Clinical Psychology, Child Psychology and assessment. We provide an array of services to children, adolescents, and adults.” Education Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Psychology (1993); Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), Clinical Psychology (1999); Carlos Albizu University, Miami, FL. Other Sources and Links of Interest Dr. Tania Diaz at PsychologyTodayDr. Tania Diaz at NSU Podcast Transcription 00:00:12 BradleyWelcome to the Master’s in Psychology podcast where psychology students can learn from psychologists, educators, and practitioners to better understand what they do, how they got there,
Jan 31 2022
46 mins
19: Sarah A. Raskin, Ph.D. – Distinguished Professor who Blends Psychology and Neuroscience
In this podcast, Dr. Sarah Raskin uses her hippocampus to recall what ignited her interest in neuropsychology. She walks us down memory lane and explains why she chose Johns Hopkins University for her B.A. in Behavioral Biology and the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center for her Ph.D. in Neuropsychology. She also discusses her ReMIND Lab, her recent research, and offers practical advice to those interested in getting a graduate degree in neuropsychology. From the time she took her first class with David Olton called Physiological Psychology, Dr. Raskin was hooked. During our discussion, Dr. Raskin revealed that she actually teaches the same class now at Trinity College, but it is called Brain and Behavior. Continuing our walk down memory lane, she recalls jumping at the chance to enroll in Dr. Olton’s newly created program called Behavioral Biology which Dr. Raskin believes might have been “one of the very first programs in what we would now call Neuroscience.” Ever since then, she has been enthralled with blending psychology and neuroscience. Apparently, she is not the only one as more and more fields of study are now incorporating a component of neuroscience or psychology (or both) into their lines of research. What is clear during my discussion with Dr. Raskin is her love for her students, her research, and her career at Trinity College. She states “I really fell in love with Trinity” because “…it felt like the right fit for me. It felt like a life where I could be happy.” Dr. Raskin is the Director of the Neuroscience program at Trinity College, and she has a joint appointment (half neuroscience and half psychology), so she is always thinking about increasing awareness of both programs and how to help students. Therefore, it was no surprise to me that she offered practical advice to those interested in psychology or neuroscience throughout our discussion. In fact, she took a few minutes to highlight how the neuroscience program at Trinity College is really unique. Dr. Raskin explains how neuropsychology is different from the other branches of psychology. She also discusses the ReMIND Lab and some of her recent work on prospective memory and the tests she and her colleagues created specifically to measure this concept. Dr. Raskin and I then highlighted some of the organizations and resources available to those interested in neuropsychology including APA Division 40: The Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, International Neuropsychological Society (INS), KnowNeuropsychology, the upcoming NEURON Conference 2022, and the ReMIND prospective memory training page. One of Dr. Raskin’s favorite theories is Hebb’s rule and Hebbian theory from 1949. The idea that learning something new actually changes your brain physiologically, at the synaptic level, way before anyone could test it, was “so prescient.” Near the end of the podcast interview, Dr. Raskin revealed that she is writing a book on what she is conceptualizing as preventable brain injuries. She is Co-writing each chapter with someone who has lived the experience. For example, one chapter is with a woman who had a severe brain injury from domestic violence, and it includes her medical history, personal history and experiences, and her neuropsychology assessment. Another chapter is with a man who experienced a gunshot wound to the head. Given Dr. Raskin’s passion and drive, I am sure the book and remaining chapters will be powerful and moving. Connect with Dr. Sarah Raskin: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedInConnect with the Show: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn https://vimeo.com/667013727 Interests and Specializations Dr. Sarah Raskin’s research focuses on better understanding neuroplasticity and its applications in creating cognitive interventions for people with brain injury. She is particularly interested in prospective memory which is the ability to remember to do things in the future. She and her colleagues developed specific test...
Jan 18 2022
55 mins
18: Malissa A. Clark, Ph.D. – Well-known Researcher and Professor in the Growing Field of I/O Psychology Offers Practical Advice to Students
When Dr. Malissa Clark graduated from The University of Michigan with her B.A. in Organizational Studies, she wasn’t planning on attending graduate school, let alone knowing that she would eventually end up in the growing field of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology. In this podcast interview, Dr. Clark shares her unique academic and career journey while offering tips and suggestions to students who want to increase their chances of getting accepted into a graduate school or program in the field of psychology. She also discusses the Work and Family Experience Research (WAFER) Lab and how she ended up at the University of Georgia as an Associate Professor of I/O Psychology. Dr. Clark recalls working “a lot of different jobs growing up and some of them were kind of crazy sales jobs.” She sold knives in high school and sold books door to door in college. Upon graduating, she worked in sales for a couple of years before realizing that she wasn’t happy with her career choice. To help figure out what she should do, she thought back to the classes that she really liked and what kept coming to mind for her was an Organizational Psychology class taught by Dr. Fiona Lee. After looking her up and looking into the field further, she realized that there were graduate programs in I/O Psychology and decided to go back to school. She applied to many graduate schools and when she received some offers, she was surprised to find out that they were going to pay her to be a graduate student. Even during her graduate career, Dr. Clark never thought that she would be a professor. She kept thinking that she would do something in business or some sort of consulting work. During our discussion, she reminisces about her graduate experiences and how she realized that she “really loved this research stuff” and began thinking that she would like a career in academics. Dr. Clark admits that she loves the flexibility of being a researcher and professor within the field of psychology. She states, “I love the fact that I get to engage in research, and I get paid for it.” She feels like she is always a student and always learning and absorbing new information from her research and her students. Later in the podcast, Dr. Clark discusses her experiences serving as Chair of the APA Division 14 Program (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology [SIOP]) 2020-2021 and what areas of research she enjoys most. When asked if she had the time and money to complete one project or go on one trip, what would she do? She is into travel hacking and she would love to travel the world. Connect with Dr. Malissa A. Clark: Facebook | Linkedin | TwitterConnect with the Show: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter https://vimeo.com/665141314 Interests and Specializations Dr. Malissa Clark’s research focuses on employee well-being and the intersection of work and family domains. Her research streams loosely follow three main areas including (a) work-family conflict, (b) workaholism, and (c) emotions at work and home. Education Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Organizational Studies (2002); The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.Master of Arts (M.A.), Industrial/Organizational Psychology (2007); Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Industrial/Organizational Psychology (2010); Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Other Sources and Links of Interest University of Georgia Department of PsychologyUniversity of Michigan Department of PsychologyWayne State University Department of PsychologyDr. Malissa Clark on Google ScholarOwens Institute for Behavioral Research Dr. Malissa Clark Video Podcast Transcription 00:00:13 Bradley SchumacherWelcome to the Master’s in Psychology podcast where psychology students can learn from psychologists, educators, and practitioners to better understand what they do, how they got there, and hear the advice they have for those interested in getting a graduate degree in psychology.
Jan 13 2022
1 hr 8 mins
17: Damon A. Silas, Psy.D. – Clinical Psychologist, Author, and EFT Tapping Expert who Loves Connecting, Learning, Growing…and Dancing
Dr. Damon A. Silas grew up in a military family so even though he was born in Massachusetts, he was only there for a short while before his dad received orders to move to California. Dr. Silas recalls that he grew up a lot in Oklahoma and moved back and forth between Oklahoma and Massachusetts as well as California. In this podcast interview, Dr. Silas shares what sparked his interest in psychology, his academic journey, and why he wrote “From Mourning to Knight: Overcoming Loss.” He also discusses Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or Tapping as well as the role of hypnosis in therapy. Throughout the interview, Dr. Silas provides helpful advice to those interested in starting a career in psychology and specific advice to those wanting to open their own practice. Based on my research and interview with Dr. Damon Silas, another appropriate title of this podcast interview could be “Clinical Psychologist on the Move.” Dr. Silas has been on the move in some way, shape, and form ever since he was a little kid. One of the ways he has been on the move is physically. Dr. Silas has physically moved many times due to the fact that his father, Ernest “T” Silas, was a member of the United States Air Force (USAF) and would receive orders to move to another base or installation. He has also physically moved multiple times as a grown up and is currently in Germany serving as a Military and Family Life Counselor. Dr. Silas is constantly moving his academic and educational experiences forward by exploring new ways and techniques to offer help to his clients and patients. He is licensed in NC, DC, and MD and has his own practice in NC “Damon Silas Psychology – Energy Psychology and Mindfulness Therapy.” He is an Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Member and a National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) Member since 2016. At one point during our discussion, Dr. Silas said that his dad was “always a student” and “was always studying” so it came as no surprise to me that “Dr. D.”, as his clients know him, is also constantly learning and challenging himself. His most recent book “What’s Your Action Plan? 6 Powerful Ways to Get Unstuck in Your Life Now!” is designed to help people get back on track and get out of a “rut” in life. Dr. Silas experienced significant events that were emotionally moving so much so that he started writing “From Mourning to Knight: Overcoming Loss” as a journal entry after his dad passed away from Alzheimer’s related complications. He learned many things from his dad including the need to document your significant emotional events, those times that really stood out to you as important parts and pieces of your evolution and your growth. He also recognized the importance of therapy for himself while he had to deal with grief and loss in his own life. Dr. D loves connecting with his patients, especially the kids. He said “they crack me up daily” and “I wear a mask so a lot of times they can’t see me crack up.” When working with his clients, he believes “we should all be learning and growing together” as he is not necessarily the expert, rather, he is a guide. Dr. Silas discusses the freedom afforded to him with his degree in psychology as it allows him the ability to move his schedule, move his focus, and the freedom to create and be a part of real powerful movements. He is the co-founder of Black Tappers United which is “a collective of Black EFT Tapping practitioners whose goal it is to bring tapping to the black community in a safe, affordable and effective way.” Dr. D is also on the move as a professional dancer and uses his skills as a co-developer and co-facilitator of Movement Genius where he also hosts “Daily Resets with Dr. Damon” and “Open Movement Workshops” which help people improve mental, emotional, and physical well-being. You can also watch him move and get his groove on by viewing his Mid Day Dance Break on TikTok. Connect with Dr. Damon A. Silas: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | YouTube | Instagra...
Jan 5 2022
51 mins
16: Robert A. Bjork & Elizabeth L. Bjork, Ph.D. – Dynamic Duo and Pillars of Cognitive Research in Psychological Science
Drs. Elizabeth and Robert Bjork have enjoyed long, illustrious careers as cognitive researchers in psychology and have been with the UCLA Department of Psychology for over 45 years. They have received multiple awards and recognitions for their research, teaching, mentorship, and leadership within the field of psychology. To say they have had a profound impact on psychology would be an understatement. In this podcast interview, Drs. Robert and Elizabeth Bjork reminisce about their professional and personal journeys over the past 50+ years in hopes that their experiences and advice inspire those interested in the field of psychology and motivate those already in the field. Robert and Elizabeth each grew up in different parts of the United States yet had several things in common even before they met. They both began their academic journey by earning their B.A. in Mathematics – Robert at the University of Minnesota and Elizabeth at the University of Florida. Both were drawn to psychology late in their undergraduate career when they took a course in psychology. When they each started their graduate careers, they gravitated even more toward psychology after finding the research in psychology more interesting than the research being done in physics and math. Robert states “I, like Elizabeth, had just taken a course in psychology very late and I said ‘Well, that looks like a field where there’s a lot to learn and it’s early in its history as opposed to physics,’ and so I switched to psychology, mathematical psychology, in particular.” Another similarity they shared is how and why they each selected their graduate program and school. Elizabeth selected the University of Michigan because her advisor said it had the best psychology program in the country. Robert selected Stanford University because his advisor informed him that it had the best psychology program and that a prominent figure, William (Bill) Estes, was moving to Stanford. As it turns out, at the time, Stanford University was ranked number 1 among all graduate programs in psychology and University of Michigan was ranked number 2. Both of them also ended up working with Bill Estes – Robert at Stanford University and Elizabeth at Rockefeller University. Now, how did they meet? As Dr. Robert Bjork explains, the first time he met Elizabeth was “when she came in to drop my course at the suggestion of her then boyfriend.” She was an advanced graduate student at the time, and he was a new professor. From the moment they started their academic and professional careers, they each blazed a trail and broke through barriers to become respected and revered researchers, mentors, and leaders within the field of psychology. They were among the first couples in the University of California system to hold professorial positions in the same psychology department and in this interview, they discuss some of the challenges associated with being a professional couple working in the same department when nepotism was still prevalent in the academic field. Drs. Robert and Elizabeth Bjork have received many honors and awards in their distinguished careers. In 2016, they both received the James McKeen Catell Fellow Award which is a lifetime achievement award for their research contributions addressing critical problems in society. The Bjorks are also revered and respected mentors and have been recognized for their teaching and mentorship. Recently, they received the 2020 APS Mentor Award for their work as co-directors of the Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab as well as their work mentoring others throughout the years. According to the APS article highlighting them for their Mentor Award, of the more than 80 “honors, graduate, and postdoctoral students and scholars the Bjorks have co-mentored at UCLA, a staggering 57 (70 percent) have had successful academic careers in areas related to learning and memory.” Both of the Bjorks have also received Distinguished Teaching Awards,
Dec 6 2021
1 hr 36 mins
15: Gerald S. Drose, Ph.D., L.P. – Experienced Psychologist Shares his Personal and Professional Journey in his New Novel
Dr. Gerald Drose was born and raised in Charleston, SC in a tight-knit family. His father coached him in sports throughout his life and his mother worked as a playground director. Though he had a very active and playful childhood, he recalls that he was a little lost in his early adulthood. In this podcast interview, he explains how he found himself in a graduate program in clinical psychology and how his experiences inspired him to write his first novel “Bird Gotta Land: The Education of a Young Psychologist” which is loosely based on his time in graduate school. As a licensed psychologist with over 32 years of experience, Dr. Drose offers advice to those interested in the field of psychology and to those who want to start their own practice. He met his wife, Dina Zeckhausen, in grad school and explains why they founded Powers Ferry Psychological Associates. He discusses how they have grown from one location with 3 therapists to 4 locations with over 30 clinicians mainly through hard work, organic growth, and by providing a variety of assessment, psychotherapy, and special services. Dr. Drose highlights the importance of being fully present and alive in all of your life experiences and with clients. He states “…so you know psychotherapy is about landing, or becoming mindful…” and “…when you kind of feel like you understand, even if it’s a myth that you understand but you tell yourself you understand, you become mindful, you become more centered.” He also reminds us that there is an incredible need for psychotherapy and that this need “has grown exponentially” in recent years. Therefore, if you are interested in the field of psychology, get started now to help meet the need for more psychotherapists. Though Dr. Drose shares parts of his personal and professional journey to becoming a practicing psychologist in this podcast, we learn more about his experiences in his book through powerful and complex character development. We learn about the protagonist, Stephen, a graduate student in clinical psychology as well as the story lines surrounding his father, his young son, and his budding relationship with his girlfriend. The reader also gets drawn in to learn about his professors, classmates, and landlords. As an added bonus, we learn more about the game of softball and the color of his Karmann Ghia convertible. Those embarking on a graduate degree in psychology, going through psychotherapy, or simply on their own journey of self-awareness and personal growth will benefit from reading “Bird Gotta Land.” Connect with Dr. Gerald Drose: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with the Show: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter https://vimeo.com/637141210 Interests and Specializations Dr. Gerald S. Drose is a licensed psychologist who works with individuals and couples. He has published research on sex therapy and written a bi-weekly column on love, sex, and marriage. He has extensive training and experience in couples and sex-therapy and specializes in marital and premarital issues as well as relationship issues including anxiety, depression, divorce, family conflict, sexual addiction, and couples therapy. He uses multiple therapy techniques and approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Hypnotherapy, Sex Therapy, Individual Therapy, and Couples Therapy. Education Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology (1981); University of South Carolina.Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Clinical-Community Psychology (1988); University of South Carolina. Other Sources and Links of Interest Dr. Gerald Drose at PsychologyTodayDr. Gerald Drose at Amazon"Bird Gotta Land" at Amazon Podcast Transcription 00:00:12 BradleyWelcome to the Master’s in Psychology podcast where psychology students can learn from psychologists, educators and practitioners to better understand what they do, how they got there, and hear the advice they have for those interested in getting a graduate degree in psychology.
Oct 20 2021
1 hr
14: Jenny Long, Psy.D., L.P. – Local Psychologist Offers Advice to Those Interested in a Psychology Career & Owning Their Own Business
Dr. Jenny Long is one of the few psychologists in the Springfield, MO area. In this podcast interview, she reveals why she chose to stay in the area during her academic career and why she chose to earn a Psy.D. instead of a Ph.D.. Throughout the interview she also provides copious advice to those who are interested in a graduate degree in psychology and possibly opening their own business. In addition, Dr. Long explains the advantages and disadvantages of owning a mental health practice in a small town. Dr. Long shares why she chose a career in psychology and what she looked for in her graduate programs and schools. She reminds students that you don’t need to have your whole life mapped out in terms of your academic career but there are things you can do to cover all bases. For example, if you are not sure if you want to work in the academic field or work for the government or own your own private practice, try to find a school that offers both a terminal master’s and a doctorate and that is APA accredited as this will allow you the option to leave after receiving your master’s and work in a variety of settings. With this said, she also suggests that you try to figure out what you want to do with your degree(s) and in what state as different states have different requirements. She also emphasized the importance of getting experience and education outside of the classroom “because what you learn in grad school is very different from the world as a clinician.” Midwest Counseling & Assessment (MCA) offers many clinical and counseling services to assess and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues. They use a variety of techniques, approaches and therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. Dr. Long briefly explains some of the approaches and admits that many people can benefit from using EMDR to help overcome their trauma, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other issues. Dr. Long discusses the challenges associated with running a business and practicing as a psychologist. She and her staff at MCA firmly believe that “your emotional health is as important as your physical health.” For those dealing with weight loss issues, Dr. Long shares her own journey to weight loss on her website to offer hope, educate, and destigmatize WLS (a.k.a., bariatric surgery or metabolic surgery) and address several misconceptions associated with it. Near the end of the interview, she reminds us of the importance of priorities and values in your life by asking yourself if your time reflects your values. In other words, examine how much time you spend on an activity and ask yourself if this reflects my priorities and values. If it doesn’t, make a change. Connect with Dr. Jenny Long: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with the Show: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter https://vimeo.com/596943776 Interests and Specializations Dr. Jenny Long is a licensed psychologist specializing in treating chronic pain and illness, OCD, trauma and PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, weight loss surgery (pre- and post-op issues), and evaluations for surgical clearance and adoption. She uses multiple therapy types and approaches including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). Education B.A., Psychology (2001); Missouri State University, Springfield, MO.M.S., Counseling Psychology (2005); Evangel University, Springfield, MO.Psy.D., Clinical Psychology (2010); School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute. Other Sources and Links of Interest Dr. Jenny Long at Psychology Today Podcast Transcription 00:00:14 BradleyWelcome to the Master’s in Psychology podcast where psychology students can learn from psychologists, educators, and practitioners to better understand what they do,
Sep 3 2021
57 mins
13: Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D., L.P. – A Well-Known Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Expert in California
Dr. Daniel Peters was born and raised in Southern California where he grew up with a large extended family. In this podcast interview, we learn how his family values and ideas of becoming a man influenced not only his own family later in life but also his academic journey leading to a career in psychology. Dr. Peters shares how his education and experiences in the psychology field ignited his passion for helping gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) children and adolescents. We explore his undergraduate and graduate experiences in psychology as well as his practical experiences to better understand how he decided on his specialized psychology career. Dr. Peters’ dad was an optometrist who owned his own business, and he admits that this influenced his decision to co-found the Summit Center, Camp Summit, and Parent Footprint. Dr. Peters discusses his businesses and projects in more detail and offers impactful advice to those interested in the field of psychology, especially those interested in opening their own business or practice. His never-ending desire to help the gifted and 2e led him to meet with, and learn from, other well-known gifted experts in the field. He recently worked with Dr. Jean Sunde Peterson to co-author a new book titled Bright, Complex Kids: Supporting Their Social and Emotional Development which will be released in October 2021. Dr. Peters received a number of recognitions for his work as a psychologist. He received the “2018 SENG Mental Health Professional of the Year” by Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted, and the “2013 CAG Distinguished Service Award” from the California Association for the Gifted. He has also received awards for his books including the “2016 Allen Ewig Champion for Children” by Aldea Children and Family Services, the “2013 Legacy Book Award” for his book Raising Creative Kids, and the “2014 Independent Publisher Book Award – Gold Medal, Psychology/Mental” for Make Your Worrier a Warrior. In addition to Parent Footprint, an interactive parenting education community and website that offers Parent Footprint Awareness training, Dr. Peters also has a podcast called “Parent Footprint with Dr. Dan”, serves on the Editorial Board for the 2e Newsletter, and serves on the Advisory Board for the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy. Connect with Dr. Daniel Peters: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with the Show: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter https://vimeo.com/593908684 Interests and Specializations Dr. Peters is a licensed psychologist specializing in overcoming anxiety, learning differences such as dyslexia, and issues related to giftedness and twice-exceptionality. Author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears (for parents), its companion children’s book From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears, and the Warrior Workbook: A Guide for Conquering Your Worry Monster (for kids). Education Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology (1992); University of California Davis, Davis, CA.Master of Arts (M.A.), Clinical Psychology (1995); Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA.Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Clinical Psychology (1998); Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA. Other Sources and Links of Interest Misdiagnosis, Dual Diagnoses, and Missed Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults SENG Conference Workshop, July 2012Family Values and Ritual: Are Our Kids Paying Attention? Article by Dan PetersParent Footprint on FacebookParent Footprint on TwitterParent Footprint Podcast on FacebookSummit Center on FacebookSummit Center on TwitterSummit Center on Youtube Podcast Transcription 00:00:14 BradleyWelcome to the Master’s in Psychology podcast where psychology students can learn from psychologists, educators and practitioners to better understand what they do, how they got there, and hear the advice they have for those interested in getting a grad...
Aug 29 2021
1 hr 7 mins
12: Adriana Popescu, Ph.D., L.C.P. – Creating a Successful Business Going Outside the Bounds of Traditional Psychology
Dr. Adriana Popescu is a licensed clinical psychologist, an addiction and trauma specialist, and empowerment coach with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. In this podcast interview, she reveals her personal and academic journey which helped her identify, and overcome, her own experiences with severe illness, hopelessness, and depression. Dr. Popescu discusses her path to recovery and how her passion to learn more about alternative therapies and spirituality opened her mind, and world, to a holistic approach to physical and mental health. She applies these techniques and approaches to her clients and has directed a number of treatment programs in the San Francisco Bay area. She is also the Clinical Director at Avery Lane, an innovative and holistic treatment program for women with co-occuring addiction and mental health disorders. Dr. Popescu has always known that she wanted to help people and go into the healing arts as her dad was a doctor. She originally planned on going into psychiatry because she wanted to help people with their problems, so she attended Dartmouth College and started premed. However, she eventually realized that psychiatry isn’t necessarily doing therapy with people anymore, rather, it is more focused on prescribing medications. Therefore, she changed her focus to psychology. After receiving her B.A. in Psychology, she wanted to take a year off of school before going on for her Ph.D., so she went to Vail, CO where she experienced a series of events that changed her life and academic path. She became very ill, and the doctors didn’t know what was wrong with her. She intuitively knew that she needed to find out what was happening with her body, so she began her journey towards health and wellness by going to massage therapy school in Boulder, CO. She then continued her journey by learning more about meditation, muscle testing, chiropractic, and nutritional supplements. Her passion grew even more when attending graduate school at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA where she learned about Eastern philosophy, somatic psychology, shamanic traditions, and had classes in Yoga and Aikido. She was so driven that she became a certified hypnotherapist, Brainspotting Practitioner, Access Consciousness Facilitator, and Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) Practitioner. In 1999, her world opened up even further when she learned about Energy Psychology. Later she learned more about Talk to the Entities (TTTE), a specialty area of Access Consciousness. Dr. Popescu shares some impactful advice for those interested in applying their graduate degree in psychology outside of the academic world. She states “Well, they don’t teach you in grad school how to run a business, unfortunately, and they should.” She also explains how being willing to go outside the bounds of the traditional model may increase your financial prospects. During the podcast interview, Dr. Popescu shares her belief that “Self-judgment, or judgment in general, is the greatest source of human suffering.” Dr. Popescu enjoys travelling around the world facilitating and attending various workshops on Energy Psychology and Access Consciousness. She has contributed to a number of books, including TJ Woodward’s Conscious Being Workbook, The Conscious Recovery MethodTM Workbook, and the Conscious Creation Workbook. Her own book, What if You’re Not as F**ked Up As You Think You Are? is currently in press, due for release in late 2021. Connect with Dr. Popescu: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | WebsiteConnect with the Show: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter https://vimeo.com/590117224 Interests and Specializations Dr. Popescu is a licensed clinical psychologist, an addiction and trauma specialist, and empowerment coach. She is trained and certified in a variety of approaches and modalities. She is a certified hypnotherapist, brainspotting practitioner,
Aug 21 2021
1 hr 10 mins
11: Erlanger “Earl” A. Turner, Ph.D., L.C.P. – Putting his Passion into Practice as an Assistant Professor, Psychologist, Blogger, Podcaster, and Mental Health Advocate
Dr. Turner, a first-generation college student, is a Louisiana native (born and raised in Baton Rouge) who discovered his interest in psychology later in his undergraduate career while attending Louisiana State University (LSU). He originally had plans to become a pediatrician and go to medical school but after taking a child psychology course, he knew this was the right fit for him as he wanted to help children and families. In this podcast, Dr. Turner shares how this drive and passion helped guide him during his academic career as he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Texas A&M University. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Baltimore, MD through the Kennedy Krieger Institute which is a children’s hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Turner is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University where he teaches courses on multicultural psychology, research methodology, and child psychopathology. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist. In the clinical setting, he is known as “Dr. Earl” and he incorporated this into the title of his mental health podcast “The Breakdown with Dr. Earl” which focuses on issues related to Black men and boys. He also addresses the stigma in the Black community by changing the way people view seeking therapy or mental health. Dr. Earl increases awareness of, and treatment for, different types of mental health issues and highlights Black professionals and therapists on the show. Dr. “Earl” Turner is a mental health advocate and writes a blog “The Race to Good Health” and is Founder and Executive Director of Therapy for Black Kids (T4BK). He explains that the idea for T4BK came to him during the pandemic, but the content and website wasn’t released until earlier this year in February. He recognized that as a result of the “subtle racial reckoning this last summer” most of the conversations were focused on adults and not so much on kids, specifically Black kids. Therefore, he created Therapy for Black Kids to provide information and resources to “help parents deal with the challenges of racial injustice and foster resilience to promote healthy development.” During the podcast interview, Dr. Turner’s drive and passion shines through and he admits that his favorite approach is using cognitive theories in his research as it shapes our life and our interactions. When I asked him what the most important thing he has learned in life, he responded “continue fighting for whatever is important to you.” Connect with Dr. Turner: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | WebsiteConnect with the Show: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter https://vimeo.com/567216486 Interests and Specializations Over the last 10-15 years, Dr. Turner has served in leadership positions within the American Psychological Association (APA), published research, served on editorial boards, and provided therapy services for children, adolescents, and adults with behavioral and emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, and stress management. He also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disruptive behavior disorders such as Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and developmental disorders (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder). Education Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Psychology; Louisiana State University.Master of Science (M.S.), Clinical Psychology; Texas A&M University.Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Clinical Psychology; Texas A&M University. Other Sources and Links of Interest Dr. Turner at Psychology TodayDr. Turner at US NewsDr. Turner at HuffPostDr. Turner Book on AmazonDr. Turner at Google ScholarDr. Turner National Register Award for Excellence Podcast Transcription 00:00:05 BradleyWelcome to the Master’s in Psychology podcast, where psychology students can learn from psychologists, educators, and practitioners to better understand what they ...
Jun 25 2021
45 mins
10: Sebastien Hélie, Ph.D. – Award-Winning Associate Professor and Investigator Reveals his Academic Journey Coming to America
Dr. Sebastien Hélie is a French Canadian originally from Quebec. He grew up in a suburb of Montreal where he eventually received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Cognitive Psychology from the Universite de Montreal. During this time, he learned about computational psychology or mathematical psychology which sparked his interest to pursue this further. He found a professor at the Universite du Quebec A Montreal (UQAM) who was working in this field and explains this was the main reason for attending UQAM for his doctorate. After receiving his Ph.D. in Cognitive Computer Science, he continued his academic journey by moving to the United States where he moved from coast to coast before landing his perfect job at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. In this podcast interview, Dr. Hélie recounts his academic journey in more detail and explains how and why he attended different university programs. He explains how the academic system in Canada is different from the one in the US and offers advice to those interested in getting a graduate degree in psychology. Dr. Hélie is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Psychological Sciences and the Dept. of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. He is the Principal Investigator in the Laboratory for Computational Cognitive Neuroscience and the Director of the Center for Research on Brain, Behavior, and NeuroRehabilitation (CEREBBRAL). Dr. Hélie received the International Neural Network Society (INNS) Young Investigator Award and, more recently, the Trailblazer Award. He serves on the Leadership Team of the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience and explains his passion for his current and past research. He discusses how an fMRI and EEG are used in his lines of research and explains the origin of CERBBRAL. Throughout the interview, Dr. Hélie provides impactful advice to both students and professors alike regarding the admission process, getting involved in research and labs, as well as research and grant writing. He fondly recalls his work with advisors and other professors throughout his career and shares some of the important things he has learned along the way. Connect with Dr. Sebastien Hélie: Purdue Faculty PageConnect with the Show: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter https://vimeo.com/564518159 Interests and Specializations Dr. Hélie is interested in cognitive neuroscience, computational cognitive neuroscience, rule learning, skill acquisition, creative problem solving, decision-making and the evaluation process. Having received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Computer Science, he applies this training to his research and interests to better understand and measure cognitive learning concepts. Dr. Hélie admits that his favorite part of his job is mentoring his students as they keep him on his toes and continually challenge ideas discussed in the lab. Education Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Psychology (2001); Universite de Montreal.Master of Science (M.Sc.), Cognitive Psychology (2003); University de Montreal.Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Cognitive Computer Science (2007); Universite du Quebec A Montreal. Other Sources and Links of Interest Communicating Neurons Video - by Sebastien HélieSebastien Hélie on Google Scholar Podcast Transcription 00:00:10 BradleyWelcome to the Master's in Psychology Podcast, where psychology students can learn from psychologists, educators, and practitioners to better understand what they do, how they got there, and hear the advice they have for those interested in getting a graduate degree in psychology. I'm your host Brad Schumacher and today we welcome Dr. Sebastian Hélie to the show. Dr. Hélie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University. He received his doctoral degree in Cognitive Computer Science from the University of Quebec in Montreal. Dr.
Jun 19 2021
1 hr 20 mins
9: Jessica M. Smedley, Psy.D., L.C.P. – Blending Faith and Psychology to her Holistic and Social-Justice Oriented Approach to Mental Health Services
Dr. “Jess”, as her clients know her, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, speaker, writer, and community leader. In this podcast interview, she shares how and why she entered the field of psychology and how her choices of graduate schools and degrees helped shape her approach to life and her approach to her clients in her private practice. She discusses her experiences in undergraduate and graduate schools which shed light on how her academic career evolved from majoring in Biology to showing an interest in Neuroscience and studying the brain to changing her major to Psychology. Dr. Smedley attended the University of San Francisco where she received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. She received multiple degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary and shares why she received her Psy.D. instead of a Ph.D. Dr. Smedley provides additional information regarding the jobs she’s held while working on her graduate degrees and reveals the important experiences that helped shaped so much of her career. She also recalls her experiences with the Ohio Psychological Association as well as her leadership roles within the APA and admits that these experiences, along with her seminary training as a clinical psychologist, have influenced her approach to mental health services. Dr. Smedley incorporates faith into her practice as she believes it impacts our value systems, relationship styles, and decision-making. Her private practice “Smedley Psychological Services, LLC” provides therapeutic, educational, and consultative services to the community and other providers. Dr. “Jess” reminisces about when she knew she was going to start her practice and shares some of the crucial questions to consider when opening your own private practice. Dr. Smedley shares advice for those interested in psychology and offers additional thoughts for those Black students interested in entering the field. She helped to co-launch an initiative with other licensed healers of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) and is currently finishing her 3-year term on the APA Membership Board serving in the Diversity Slate. Dr. “Jess” is also a speaker and writer. She has held many talks and trainings on mental health education and wellness, racial trauma, and offers general self-care advice. She recently published “Dear Black Girl: Essential Guided Reflections to Celebrate You!” which is a workbook specifically designed as a guide to journaling for Black Girls throughout their various stages of life and development. Connect with Dr. Jessica M. Smedley: Twitter | LinkedinConnect with the Show: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter https://vimeo.com/553102898 Interests and Specializations Dr. Smedley has a passion for diversity and advocacy and prioritizes the mental health for people of color. Much of her clinical training was in community mental health settings (e.g., outpatient, residential, community-based) as well as private practice settings. Dr. Smedley treats adults and children who have experienced trauma, co-morbid diagnoses, chronic and severe mental illness, and various family and environmental issues and disparities. Education Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology (2004); University of California, Riverside. Master of Arts (M.A.), Counseling Psychology (2007); University of San Francisco. Master of Arts (M.A.), Clinical Psychology (2011); Fuller Theological Seminary. Master of Arts (M.A.), Christian Leadership (2012); Fuller Theological Seminary. Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), Clinical Psychology (2015); Fuller Theological Seminary. Other Sources and Links of Interest Dr. Jess on Black StressCoping With COVID-19: Counselors, Educators, Faith Leader Speak Out Podcast Transcription 00:00:14 BradleyWelcome to the Master’s in Psychology Podcast where psychology students can learn from psychologists, educators, and practitioners to better understand what they do,
May 21 2021
58 mins
8: Tammi Walker, Ph.D., J.D. – Using her Experience and Education to Challenge Commonly Held Beliefs that Influence Legal Decision-Making
In this podcast interview, Dr. Tammi Walker shares how, and why, she decided to get her law degree at Columbia Law School before traveling abroad to get her M.Sc. in Social and Cultural Psychology in London. She then returned to the U.S. to receive her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Virginia. Throughout our discussion a theme emerged regarding the importance of taking the time to self-reflect and getting out of your comfort zone. Self-reflection is important as it forces you to periodically evaluate where you are, what you want to do, and what is important to you. She states “…how I spend my time is really how what I value and what I care about at the end of the day.” She also points out that if everything around you “feels familiar and comfortable, you’re probably not doing it right.” Dr. Walker is currently an Associate Professor of Law and Psychology at the University of Arizona. She was offered a joint appointment in the Law School and the Psychology Department and, at first, she didn’t want to accept the joint appointment. However, after finding out that the University has a long history of combining law and psychology she agreed to the appointment. She combines her legal practice experience as a litigation attorney at law firms in Washington, D.C. and as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee with her training as a trained research psychologist to address real-world legal problems. Dr. Walker is the Director and Principal Investigator for the Walker Lab. She and her team focus on improving legal decision-making outcomes by combating bias in treatment and punishment decisions. Some of the recent research she and the Lab focus on include investigating the perceived fairness of the methods used by universities and colleges related to sexual misconduct cases. Dr. Walker also offers advice for those interested in law and psychology as well as specific advice for African American or black students. Connect with Dr. Tammi Walker: Twitter | LinkedIn | UArizona Faculty PageConnect with the Show: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter https://vimeo.com/548267349 Interests and Specializations Dr. Walker uses psychological theory and empirical research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, to generate evidence which can be applied to real-life problems in the legal field. She has examined abuse between romantic partners, disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system, and how universities adjudicate sexual misconduct claims. Education Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Marketing and International Business (1999); Texas A&M. Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)(2002); Columbia Law School Master of Science (M.Sc.), Social and Cultural Psychology (2009); London School of Economics. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Psychology (2016); University of Virginia. Additional Sources and Links of Interest Tammi Walker - Complete List of PublicationsLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceMost affordable Social Psychology Master's and Doctorate Programs Podcast Transcription 00:00:14 BradleyWelcome to the Master’s in Psychology podcast, where psychology students can learn from psychologists, educators, and practitioners to better understand what they do, how they got there, and hear the advice they have for those interested in getting a graduate degree in psychology. I'm your host, Brad Schumacher, and today we welcome Dr. Tammy Walker to the show. Dr. Walker is an Associate Professor of Law and Psychology at the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Virginia and a JD from Columbia Law School. Dr. Walker is also the Director and Principal Investigator for the Walker lab. The College of Education at the University of Arizona offers an M.A. in Educational Psychology and an Ed.S. and Doctoral program in School Psychology. In addition, the College of Science offers multiple doctoral prog...
May 12 2021
1 hr 23 mins
7: Justin Douglas “Doug” McDonald, Ph.D., L.P. – UND Professor & Program Caters to Native American Students Interested in Clinical Psychology
In this podcast interview, Dr. Doug McDonald provides insight into why he stayed at the University of South Dakota for most of his academic career then explains how, and why, he selected clinical psychology as his field of study. He then shares how luck and hard work enabled him to serve as past regional president of the APA’s Division 45 and end up at the University of North Dakota, where he has been for almost 29 years. Dr. McDonald is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at UND and Director of the Indians into Psychology Doctoral Education (INPSYDE) program which falls under the Indian Health Service (IHS) American Indians Into Psychology (INPSYC) program. UND has produced more Native American/First Nations Ph.D. clinical psychologists than any other APA-accredited program. Dr. McDonald provides insightful advice to anyone interested in entering the psychology field then, later in the interview, he shares specific advice for Native Americans interested in a career in psychology. UND offers a Master of Arts or a Master of Science in Forensic Psychology. The department also offers two doctorate programs including one in Clinical Psychology (which is fully accredited by the APA) and another in General-Experimental Psychology. You can find additional information on each of those UND psychology graduate programs on our North Dakota page. Dr. McDonald has been involved in the INPSYC program for a long time. In fact, he was founder of the national Indians Into Psychology curriculum that was written into the federal Indian Health Care Improvement Act. UND is one of three Universities who are Grantees (2019-2023) of the American Indians Into Psychology (INPSYC) Program…the other two are Oklahoma State University and the University of Montana. There are only about 150-250 Native psychologists nationwide. Given that there are almost 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives eligible for health care from IHS, this group is vastly underrepresented in psychology. Dr. McDonald shares his thoughts on how to increase the number of Native psychologists in the field and in Native American communities. He also discusses many useful resources and scholarships available to American Indians and other First Nations. I enjoyed talking with Doug because his passion for helping all students interested in furthering their academic careers in psychology is palpable and evident in this interview as is his devotion to his Native American heritage as a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe in South Dakota. I found him easy to talk to, relatable, and knowledgeable. Moreover, he truly is an advocate for increasing the ethnic minority presence in the field of psychology. When you talk with him about these topics, you are drawn into his cause and can’t help but wonder, “how can I help?” tokṡa Connect with Dr. Doug McDonald: LinkedIn | UND Faculty Page | WebsiteConnect with the Show: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter https://vimeo.com/507971435 Interests and Specializations Dr. McDonald is interested in clinical psychology, Native American assessment and treatment issues, and further developing and growing the Indians Into Psychology Doctoral Education (INPSYDE) program at the University of North Dakota. He is intent on recruiting and supporting Native, and non-Native, students for undergraduate and graduate study in psychology. Dr. McDonald is a licensed psychologist and uses CBT and Ecotherapy with his clients. Education Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Clinical Psychology (1988); University of South Dakota. Master of Arts (M.A.), Clinical Psychology (1990); University of South Dakota. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Clinical Psychology (1992); University of South Dakota.   Additional Sources and Links of Interest Inside INPSYDE, UND’s Indians Into Psychology Doctoral Education program - UND TodayUND Indian Related Programs - Explore academic opportunities for American Indian Students at UND.
Feb 3 2021
1 hr 31 mins
6: Heather C. Lench, Ph.D. – Surfing the Emerging Interdisciplinary Field of Affective Science to Better Understand Human Thought and Behavior
In this podcast interview, Dr. Heather Lench explains why she selected two graduate schools in the state of California for her master’s and doctorate degrees in psychology. While most of the reasons relate to the school, program, and scholars in her field of interest, she eventually reveals another reason for staying in “The Golden State.” She also provides insight into how she selected her areas of interest while attending her undergraduate and graduate schools. She attended Florida State University (FSU) as an undergraduate where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She then attended California State University, Fresno (CSUF) where she received her Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Lench then attended the University of California, Irvine (UCI) where she received her Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology. Dr. Lench shares how she ended up at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and how she grew through the ranks to become Professor and Department Head of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. TAMU offers an M.S. Program in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology. TAMU also offers a Doctoral Program in Psychology with training in five areas of including Behavioral and Cellular Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, I/O Psychology, Social and Personality Psychology. In addition to being an accomplished teacher, mentor, and scholar, Dr. Lench is also the Director of, and Principle Investigator for, the Emotion Science Lab which conducts research based on the premise that emotions and “emotional processes are the foundation of cognition and behavior.” She and the Emotion Science Lab research team are currently investigating boredom and comparing those who respond positively to boredom with those who respond negatively in hopes of developing an intervention and techniques to help those who respond less effectively. I found Dr. Lench refreshing, insightful, and full of helpful advice. She is focused on helping students interested in the field of psychology as she includes undergraduate and graduate students on her Emotion Science Lab Research Team. The Lab includes a student resources page to help those interested in finding general information and other resources related to psychology. The student resources page also includes resources to help those applying to graduate schools. Connect with Dr. Heather Lench: LinkedIn Connect with the Show: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter https://vimeo.com/502475692 Interests and Specializations Dr. Lench is interested in learning how emotional processes impact behavior and thought. In particular, she assumes that emotions and emotional processes play an important role in the development of behavior and thought. As the principle investigator of the Emotion Science Lab, she and other researchers examine how and why affective responses and emotions impact people’s judgments and future behavior. They also study specific emotions and how they influence behavior and cognition. Much of her work would fall under the emerging field of affective science which takes a multidisciplinary approach bridging psychology, judgement and decision-making, and affective neuroscience using a variety of approaches and methods. Education Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology, Minor: English (1999); Florida State University. Master of Arts (M.A.), Experimental Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy (2001); California State University, Fresno. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Social Psychology, Double Minor: Quantitative and Developmental (2007); University of California, Irvine.   Sources and Other Links of Interest Heather C. Lench Ph.D. - Google ScholarThe Functions of Emotions - Heather C. Lench - SpringerTexas A&M Psychological and Brain Sciences - TwitterTexas A&M Psychology - Facebook Podcast Transcription
Jan 20 2021
1 hr 18 mins