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Sharmane BrownSharmane Brown

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Program: MA

Book I would recommend: Privilege, Power, and Difference by Allan G. Johnson 

Favorite quote: “I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.” William Allen White

What would people be surprised to know about you? I held no interest in joining any branch of the armed services at any point of my life. Out of nowhere, my gut told me to join and 17 days after I graduated college, I entered the United States Army, active-duty. It is still the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.

What is a cause you’re passionate about? I am most passionate about African Americans and sexual minorities getting the treatment they deserve in our country.              
Why did you choose to attend MSP? I chose MSP because as it was interviewing me, I was interviewing it and it exceeding my expectations of what I wanted in a school. Here, I found an educational institution with faculty and staff who appears to be truly invested in the personal lives and direction of each, individually unique, student. I was especially impressed with how MSP celebrated Black and LGBTQ+ culture. 
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? My interests span across working with underprivileged individuals and children, foster youth, those who are dealing with emotional trauma after serving in the military and those who are incarcerated. Today, those who are accused of things and are punished for them, even when falsely accused, are often forgotten about and their issues can be seen as less important. I’m interested in stepping in, there. Nonetheless, as long as I am helping someone, somewhere, be more well, I will be in a happy place.   
What is your plan for after graduation? After graduation, I plan to prepare for and take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and apply for licensing and become a Limited Licensed Psychologist. I would like to continue my education and attain my goal of getting Doctor of Psychology degree.

MA Student Spotlight

Desiree Bailey
Desiree Bailey

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Program: MA 

Book I would recommend: Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

Favorite quote: “Quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” Bible 

What would people be surprised to know about you? Because I am outgoing, people would be surprised to know I am always nervous to meet new people. 

What is a cause you’re passionate about? I am passionate about adolescents of low SES communities receiving the mental health services they need.  
Why did you choose to attend MSP? I chose to attend MSP because of the nurturing environment that has been fostered by both the staff and students. Everyone is willing to assist in any way that they can and are understanding that there is still life outside of the school.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? Once I obtain my degree, I plan to work as a therapist in an underprivileged community as well as a traveling therapist to underprivileged countries that experience continuous trauma.  
What is your plan for after graduation? After graduation, I plan to gain working hours and experience to prepare myself to apply to doctoral school. 

PsyD Student Spotlight

Holly Spencer

Holly Spencer
Hometown: Lincoln Park, MI
Program: PsyD

Book I would recommend: Quiet by Susan Cain

Favorite quote: “One does not become fully human painlessly.” Rollo May

What would people be surprised to know about you? How much I read for pleasure even with a large amount of academic reading and homework to accomplish.
What is a cause that you’re passionate about? Promoting healthy marriages. 

Why did you choose to attend MSP? I selected MSP because of the family atmosphere and the incredible professors.  
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? I would like to focus on helping women going through divorce, promote healthy marriages and as well work with women on  processing their own personal infidelity.
What is your plan for after graduation? I would personally like to open my own practice that is centered around women in a divorced situation and/or has been the one in a marriage performing the extramarital affairs.

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