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MA Student Spotlight

Katherine Johnson Katherine Johnson

Hometown: Sheboygan, WI

Program: MA

Book I would recommend: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran 

Favorite quote: “I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that?” Soledad O’Brien

What would people be surprised to know about you? People may be surprised to know that I teach aerial yoga, where we use silk hammocks to help assist in our practice. Not to mention we get to flip around and hang upside down in the hammock!

What is a cause you’re passionate about? I’m passionate about holistic wellness. Utilizing clinical therapy, yoga, as well as holistic nutrition to help individuals live their most fulfilling lives. Why did you choose to attend MSP? I chose to attend MSP as the humanistic viewpoint really fits with how I view mental health. Everything is connected within the body and the mind. So finding a program where the viewpoint fit so perfectly was really amazing! The small size and the energy of the staff and students made it an easy decision to apply. What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? With my degree, I hope to work within the mental health community, utilizing my yoga and holistic nutrition knowledge to help individuals find whole body health. Helping to promote healthy lifestyles through physical, as well as mental health and well being. What is your plan for after graduation? After graduation I plan to work as an LLP while hopefully continuing to pursue my PsyD.

ABA Student Spotlight

Ruth Ilmer Ruth Ilmer

Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI

Program: MA with Certificate in ABA

Book I would recommend: Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Favorite quote: “Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?” John Keats

What would people be surprised to know about you? People may be surprised to know that I’m heavily involved in a nonprofit community theater and arts company. I’ve participated in many shows (dancing, singing, acting) and even directed.

What is a cause you’re passionate about? I am passionate about equal rights advocacy for those with disabilities, specifically Down Syndrome. I have an amazing cousin who lives and thrives with this condition. Why did you choose to attend MSP? I chose to attend MSP and attain a degree in psychology to become better enable to assist those around me with their difficulties. What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? I want to make other people’s lives better through clinical therapy. What is your plan for after graduation? My post-graduation plan is to work directly with patients in a clinical setting.

PsyD Student Spotlight

Rose Cook

Rose Cook Hometown: Detroit, MI

Program: PsyD

Book I would recommend: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Favorite quote: 

“Relax, relate, release!” Whitley Gilbert, A Different World

What would people be surprised to know about you? I am a book worm. Give me a good book and you won’t see or hear from me for hours. What is a cause that you’re passionate about? I am passionate about helping individuals living with chronic illness and bringing awareness to how physical illnesses impact mental health, and conversely how mental health impacts physical well-being.

Why did you choose to attend MSP? When I was researching graduate schools, MSP’s humanistic philosophy on psychology and treatment aligned with my personal philosophy on life and relating with others. What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? I plan on working in health care facilities/hospitals with people coping with chronic illnesses on interdisciplinary teams, conducting workshops for mental health awareness in various areas, while maintaining my own private practice. What is your plan for after graduation? I plan to complete post-doc work in health psychology and open my private practice.

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