David Manchel, PsyD (’10) joined the MSP faculty as an adjunct professor in January. Dr. Manchel was kind enough to answer a few questions below.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Southfield, Michigan. I’ve spent most of my life here in Michigan.
What or who influenced you to study psychology?
I’ve always been drawn to the complexities of the intellect and emotion, and psychology is the territory where both meet. Learning about how others navigate through this territory and make sense and meaning of their psychological experiences has always captivated me.
What appealed to you most about teaching here at MSP?
I did my Masters at the Center for Humanistic Studies, and my Doctorate at MSP. It feels like my professional home. I am amazed at the evolution of the school and proud to be part of it.
Please share a moment when you felt proud to be a teacher.
My proudest moments come when I feel I am able to convey a complex idea or concept and translate it into a useable, meaningful clinical tool. Essentially turning theory into practice.
What are your clinical interests? What are you most passionate about in your professional life?
I love working with clients and continuing to learn about my trade from them. I am excited to watch the evolution of clinical practice into new areas where skilled psychologists are needed, such as in integrated medical settings. I also hope to apply my skills in some way to address the truly horrific prevalence of gun violence among teens and begin interventional strategies to prevent such commonplace tragedies in our society.
What is your favorite non-academic book and why?
Ah, so many. It’s hard to limit it to one, but I can say the The Winds of War by Herman Wouk was an absolute time-travel capsule, and I loved Shosha by Isaac Bashevis Singer.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Maybe they wouldn’t be surprised, but I am a musician who has recorded 2 albums, sold songs, and played in numerous bands, gigging in the city since my late teens.
What sage advice would you like to share with students?
Don’t ever be afraid to ask a question to your teacher, supervisor, lecturer, or mentor. That is how growth happens!