MSP is pleased to welcome Dr. Derrick Sebree, Jr. as an Adjunct faculty member this fall. Dr. Sebree was kind enough to answer a few questions below.
Where did you grow up?
I spent part of my life growing up in Detroit, followed by Oak Park, MI.
What or who influenced you to study psychology?
I gravitated towards psychology after reading the book, The Third Force, by Abraham Maslow. I decided to study psychology after a close friend experienced a spiritual emergency.
What appealed to you most about teaching at MSP?
Some of the best parts of my graduate experience were the new relationships I made with the professors, students, and future colleagues. I wanted to contribute towards the experience of new students.
What are your research and/or clinical interests? What are you most passionate about in your professional life?
My research interests include the human-nature relationship, ecotherapy, multicultural identity, intergenerational trauma, and racial bias. Clinically, I am interested in identity development, specifically multicultural and racial identity. I often work with college students, from adolescence to adulthood, and adults from 25-65 years of age.
My passion is towards aspects of ecojustice and social justice.
What is your favorite non-academic book and why?
My favorite is The Third Force by Abraham Maslow. It showed me what humanistic psychology was about, and was the foundation for what brought me to this present time and focus in my life.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am a DJ and have worked for various club venues such as The Orchid.
What advice would you like to share with incoming or current students?
Your classmates are a source of strength and support, so do not be afraid to reach out to one another.