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PsyD Student Spotlight

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Hometown: Southfield, MI

Program: PsyD

Book I would recommend: Out of the Fire by Jennifer Shepard Payne

Favorite Quote: “Creative life is always based on the values of the self, not the values of the system.” – Clark Moustakas

What would people be surprised to know about you? 

I play harmonica, trumpet, Ewi, and piano. I also am a trained opera singer who enjoys singing jazz.

Name a cause you are passionate about.

I am really passionate about the bond in relationships, whether it’s between a parent or child or a person with their religion. I want to understand more about relationships and what keeps those bonds alive.

Why did you choose MSP?

I chose MSP because it’s my family. I have grown so much during my time in the master’s program. I would love to see my continuing growth in the PsyD program.

What do you want to do with your degree?

I would like to work with adolescents and emerging adults dealing with anxiety or depression. Helping them face their fears and build confidence in their own abilities to navigate this world. I plan to work with all populations, but I want to make a major difference in the African-American community.

How did you first get interested in the mental health profession?

I did a direct study as an undergrad, where I worked with children in marginalized communities. I learned that my skills were needed in the field of psychology. In addition, I learned there are not many African-American men as represented in the field, and I want to be the change that I want to see.