PsyD Student Spotlight

Morgan Van Leer

Hometown: Washington, MO

Program: PsyD

Book I would recommend: The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

Favorite Quote:

“I don’t know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.”

What would people be surprised to know about you? 

I lived in Galway, Ireland for 6 weeks during the summer of 2018! I volunteered at Galway Simon which is a homeless shelter for individuals with mental illness. 

Name a cause you are passionate about.

I am passionate about advocating for survivors of sexual assault and/or domestic violence. I want to work to change the stigma surrounding these traumas, as society still wants to victim blame.   

Why did you choose MSP?

I choose to attend MSP because I have never been to a school where I felt I really mattered. The professors and staff are incredible, and I love the feeling of a close-knit cohort. I also attended the Masters program here, I could not imagine going anywhere else for a doctorate. 

What do you plan to do with your degree?

With my degree, I want to eventually work in private practice, mainly working with trauma survivors. 

What is your plan after graduation?

After graduation I plan to find a job, but I’m not sure if I will end up back in Missouri or stay in Michigan. Honestly, I’ll probably wait until the last year of the program to figure that out. TBD. 

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