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Pictured above: Point Park University's Incoming 2018 Psy.D. Cohort

Students come to Point Park University's Psy.D. in clinical-community psychology program with strong educational backgrounds and a variety of clinical and research interests and career goals.

Featured below are the 16 current students in Point Park's Psy.D. program — one of only a few doctoral-level programs in the nation to teach humanistic psychology.

Meet our Doctoral Students

Learn about our Psy.D. students' prior education, clinical and research interests and career goals. 

Fall 2018 Cohort

Pictured is Shacoya Bates. Photo by Randall Coleman.Shacoya Bates

Prior Education: A.S. in Biology Community College of Allegheny County; B.S. in Psychology and Dual B.A. degrees in Africana Studies; University of Pittsburgh, Strengths-Based Family Worker Credential, Temple University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Analyzing accessibility of mental health services for underserved and African American communities, researching the negative impacts about the myth of the strong black woman, exploring feelings of guilt, disconnection, and "code switching" from underprivileged students that change SES after obtaining college educations and exploring the role of advocacy in the mental health profession from a humanistic perspective

Career Goals: Owning and operating a community center that provides linkage to resources, access to physical and mental health care at low or reduced rates, and education on how to better oneself and community, also mentoring and inspiring impressionable minds by teaching at the university level

Pictured is Meera Lee. Photo by Randall Coleman.Meera Lee

Prior Education: Ph.D. in English, Dankook University (Seoul)

Clinical and Research Interests: Perversion, anxiety, psychoanalysis (with an emphasis on Jacques Lacan), poststructuralism and French feminism, film and affect

Career Goals: Academic, clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst

View Meera's academic bio.

 

Pictured is Kristine McCarthy. Photo by Randall Coleman.Kristine McCarthy

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Duquesne University; and M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology, Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Psychotherapy, identity, diversity and cultural impacts/influences

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist 


 

Pictured is Orlandria Smith. Photo by Randall Coleman.Orlandria Smith

Prior Education: B.A in Psychology and M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Person-Centered, Existential and Experiential theories and bridging the gap between minorities and psychotherapy within institutions and oppressed communities

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist, educator and author

 

Pictured is Eric Vogan. Photo by Randall Coleman.Eric Vogan

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University and M.S. in Professional Counseling, Carlow University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Existential theory/psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic thinking and personality organization, particularly as it relates to psychotherapy process and outcome

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist and educator

 

 

Pictured is Alexandra Youssef. Photo by Randall Coleman.Alexandra Youssef

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Queer theory, cross-cultural psychology, characterological personalities and trauma studies 

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist, art therapist

 



Fall 2017 Cohort

Pictured is Anne Rinehart.Anne Rinehart

Prior Education: B.A. in English Language and Literature an Spanish Language and Literature, Adrian College; M.A. in Criminology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Clinical and Research Interests: Ecology of incarceration, relational transgression, social deprivation and sexual aggression 

Career Goals: Forensic psychology in court and/or prison systems

 

Pictured is Ashley Bobak.Ashley Bobak

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University; and M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Chatham University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Mindfulness-based treatment; utilizing humanistic approaches to address substance abuse, existentialism and psychosis

Career Goals: Work with individuals and communities using humanistic epistemology to facilitate the reduction of suffering and dismantle systems of oppression; create alternative approaches to therapy that allow for the maintenance and reverence of human dignity

 

Pictured is Isaiah Noreiga.Isaiah Noreiga

Prior Education: B.A. in Communications, Duquesne University

Clinical and Research Interests: Constructive alternativism, post structural psychology, black feminist thought and black existentialism

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist, educator, and writer

 

 

Pictured is Francine Caldwell.Francine Caldwell

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University; and M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Senior citizen population, Alzheimer's Disease care, quality of care, quality of life and meaning making

Career Goals: Work within government and community organizations to create higher standards of care, higher quality of life and help create accessible mental health care options for underprivileged populations

 

Pictured is Brandon Graham.Brandon Graham

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Duquesne University; M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Existential-phenomenological conceptions of psychosis and post structuralism

Career Goals: To work in cultural therapeutics

 

 

Pictured is Chelsea Chase.Chelsea Chase

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Penn State Behrend; M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Trauma, particularly focused on sexual abuse; working to change the flaws within the mental health system including the ways which people with "severe" mental illness are currently diagnosed and treated

Career Goals: Disseminate views, knowledge and quandaries through as many modes as possible through clinical practice, teaching and writing>

 

 

Pictured is Kimberly Champion.Kimberly Champion

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University; veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve (23rd AG Postal Company)

Clinical and Research Interests: Existential and Person-Centered Human Theory and understanding the resilience of the human spirit in its ability to cope with the oppressive nature of its environment

Career Goals: Work within the system to promote positive change and to encourage healthy living, especially within oppressed communities where resources are limited

 

Pictured is Jeremy Northup.Jeremy Northup

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University; M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Psychosis, anarchism, mysticism, post structuralism, Deleuze and Guattari, deconstruction, schizoanalysis, psychoanalysis, transpersonal psychology, (advocate) ethnography, qualitative research and birding

Career Goals: Teaching, qualitative research and therapy

 

Pictured is Samm Peoples.Samm Peoples

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Robert Morris University; ongoing graduate studies at Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Opening therapeutic spaces that attend to relational experiences of autistic clients, participatory autism studies, deconstructive narrative therapeutics, critical theory, genealogy of ability, process art, existential-phenomenology and punk rock

Career Goals: Accessible psychotherapy, participatory research, art, storytelling and sharing

 

 

Pictured is Wendy StMyers.Wendy StMyers

Prior Education: B.S. in Human Services, Purdue University; M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Working in the community and clinically with military men and women post war; the effectiveness and implementation of community, family and job reintegration services specifically for military men and women

Career Goals: Give back to military heroes through awareness of and crucial clinical support for systems that help reintegrate them back into civilian life


Learn More

The 90-credit Psy.D. in clinical-community psychology program at Point Park University uniquely integrates community psychology with clinical psychology, equipping students with diversified skills to pursue a variety of career paths.

Designed to be completed in four years, the program includes a dissertation and one-year, full-time clinical internship. The curriculum is comprised of a variety of theoretical, research, and clinical courses, including four clinical practicums and a community practicum. 

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