Sharmane Brown

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Program: PsyD

Book I would recommend: The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison

Favorite Quote: “Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” Toni Morrison

What would people be surprised to know about you? I am the youngest of my siblings, the first of my immediate family to attain a Master’s degree and only the second to pursue a doctorate degree, within my extended family.

What is a cause you’re passionate about? I am passionate about all things social justice and humans being free to live intentionally and unapologetically.       

Why did you choose to attend MSP? Throughout my time in the MA in Clinical Psychology program, MSP served as a catalyst to my self-growth and the members of the community walked with me, hand in hand, on my journey to and through self-preservation. My experience was not solely educational, but transformative to my being in the world. I choose to attend MSP to pursue my doctorate degree for continued connectedness and support while navigated such a rigorous program.    

What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? Once I attain my PsyD, I would like to pursue employment with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, working with and for fellow veterans. Additionally, my partner and I will start a health and wellness center catering to underrepresented populations with unique needs. Ultimately, I want to provide therapy that is freeing, liberating. I want to help people reach liberation from the circumstances, relationships, and systems that weigh them down. I want to help others tell their stories. I want to honor their experiences.

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