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PsyD Student Ambassadors

MSP Student Ambassadors serve as representatives of the student body and are here to answer any questions you may have about student life at MSP.

Our ambassadors each bring a unique personal perspective to student life – some are fresh out of undergraduate studies, some balance parenthood and classwork, and some are taking classes part-time and working.

Each ambassador has volunteered personal information they are willing to share with prospective students.

If you would like to contact one of the ambassadors below regarding their experience(s) at MSP, please feel free to email them.

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First Year

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Samantha Abouzeeni

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Samantha is a student in the PsyD program at MSP. She graduated from the full-time MA Clinical Psychology program at MSP in 2023. Samantha resides in Windsor, Ontario, and commutes to MSP.

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Jodi Coden

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Jodi Coden is a first year PsyD student. She is a Registered Drama Therapist, Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She utilizes a variety of creative and cognitive behavioral modalities to help children, adults, and the elderly improve self-expression, emotional regulation, and neuropsychological function. Jodi is also a creative artist and filmmaker in her free time, and happy to talk with prospective students about her integrative approach to psychotherapy.

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Lauren Dushane

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Having graduated from MSP's Master's program in 2021, Lauren is thrilled to begin as a first year PsyD student this Fall. She received her Bachelor's in Psychology from Oakland University where she served as a Teaching Assistant and a Research Assistant throughout the last year of her undergraduate program. Lauren has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults and also with performing psychological assessments. She is currently working in a private practice setting, treating a wide range of psychological disorders. Utilizing various modalities, Lauren places great emphasis on the human connections we have with others, whether it be through the context of therapy or through our day-to-day interactions. Her interests involve helping others navigate codependency, addiction, relationship issues, and survivors guilt. She looks forward to continuing to learn and grow through this academic journey and to helping out any fellow student whenever possible or needed!

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Emily Ehrlich

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Emily Ehrlich is a first year PsyD student. She received her bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Windsor and Master degree of Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She has spent time researching and presenting at Neuropsychological conferences across the United States and Canada. Spending most of her time focused on child linguistic development, and parentification across populations. Where her current interests are rooted in sex therapy, marriage counselling, and sexual health development. She is working towards becoming a Clinical Psychotherapist and has uniformly taken an integrative approach to providing therapeutic support across the adult population.

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Cassidy Girard

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Cassidy earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology from Northern Michigan University. She has experience working in private practice settings with testing, diagnosing, and treating disorders among all ages. Her interests involve neuropsychology and research. Effectively managing stress and maintaining a healthy work-life balance are crucial to success in graduate school. She is happy to have discussions about this with potential students!

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Charlie Shamey

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Charlie Shamey earned his BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and his MA in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Psychology. He is a first-year PsyD student with areas of interest in multicultural psychology, neuropsychology, and trauma. He is excited to work with incoming students and answer any questions they may have.

Second Year

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Ray Kaidbay

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Ray is a second year student in the PsyD program at MSP. She pursued her BA in Psychology in Lebanon and her master's in the UK. She co-founded a mental health initiative called Be Brave Beirut that provides free and anonymous remote emotional support. She is currently a teaching assistant for Dr. Callan's PSYC 615 Psychopathology & Personality Change course and the Secretary of the Psi Chi Society. Feel free to reach out to her.

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Klarissa Matanos

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Hello! I am a PsyD2 student and just graduate of the full-time MA program from MSP. I am an Arab American and first generation college student. I have many areas of interest including: eating disorders, trauma in our first responders, suicide prevention, and creating programs to prevent recidivism.

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Jasmine Perin

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Jasmine Perin earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis at MSP. She is passionate about reducing barriers that might come up for students during their educational journey. She is the former president and vice president of IDEA, and she is currently the marketing chair for IDEA. Jasmine believes in the infinite possibilities of human behavior and advocates for rest and self compassion!

Third Year

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Courtney Cabell

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Courtney entered the PsyD program after completing the full-time MA program at MSP. She has experience in balancing the demands of full-time study, full-time work, and family. She is passionate about researching and working with minorities and trauma.

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Vincent Mangiapane

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Vincent Mangiapane is a third year doctoral student at MSP and has been a student ambassador since 2019 when he was a Master’s student at MSP. Vincent’s clinical interests include grief, traumatic loss, trauma, end of life care, seminary assessment and depth work. Vincent is involved in psychological research at MSP as well as Arizona State University.

Qandeel Minal

Qandeel Minal

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Qandeel is a first generation immigrant who wants to emphasize mental health in the South Asian community. She is pursuing her PsyD and plans to open up her own private practice.

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Tara Pope

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Tara entered the PsyD program after completing the MA/ABA program at MSP. She enrolled at MSP five years after receiving her Bachelor's degree in Biology. She is passionate about working with underserved communities to address intergenerational and complex trauma.

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Avery Potvin

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Avery is a PsyD student and a graduate of MSP's MA program. She is an international student and commutes to MSP while residing in Canada. She also works in private practice as a supervised therapist in Windsor, Ontario.

Fourth Year

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Marissa Arrigoni

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Marissa is a PsyD 4 student coming from a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She primarily works with children and adolescents, with some experience in working with emerging adults. Marissa moved to Michigan from Maine for the PsyD program and would love to discuss this, or any, experiences with you

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Christopher Bernardo

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Chris is a PsyD student and a graduate of the MSP MA part-time program. He is back in his home state of Michigan after a decade in NYC in order to accomplish his dream of becoming a clinical psychotherapist.


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