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Pictured above: Point Park University's 2019 Psy.D. cohort 

Students come to Point Park University's Psy.D. in clinical-community psychology program with strong educational backgrounds and a variety of clinical and research interests and career goals.

Featured below are the 22 current students in Point Park's Psy.D. program — one of only a few doctoral-level programs in the nation to teach humanistic psychology.

Introducing our Doctoral Students

Meet our Psy.D. students and learn about their prior education, clinical and research interests and career goals. 

Fall 2019 Cohort

Pictured is Brendan Donovan. Photo by Randall Coleman.Brendan Donovan

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Psychosis, schizophrenia, altered states of consciousness and psychedelic psychotherapy

Career Goals: To be able to assist people through altered states of conscious without the use of neuroleptic drugs



Pictured is Sarah Edmiston. Photo by Randall Coleman.

Sarah Edmiston

Prior Education: B.S. in Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Wild Cherries Herbal Studies Intensive

Clinical and Research Interests: Effects of systemic and institutional oppression on individual mental health and community relations, liberation-based therapeutic practices, critical psychology, post-structuralism, deconstruction, decolonization; challenging mechanistic worldviews through radical ecopsychology/deep ecology, animism, integrative holistic health and herbalism

Career Goals: Co-create community-based alternatives to the criminal justice system through transformative justice; provide holistic approaches to physical and mental health to those with barriers to access through a combination of relational, narrative and somatic therapy, a cultivation of critical consciousness and working with the earth as medicine to reinvigorate a sense of belonging in the world

 

Pictured is Ani Hernandez. Photo by Randall Coleman.Anilenia Hernandez

Prior Education: B.A in Psychology, Florida International University

Clinical and Research Interests: Trauma-informed cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychology of gender, cross-cultural studies, sexual violence prevention and psychology of social justice

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist and sexual violence prevention advocate

 

Pictured is Hannah Kitcey. Photo by Randall Coleman.Hannah Kitcey

Prior Education: B.S. in Psychology, Gannon University

Clinical and Research Interests: Utilizing humanistic ideologies to address diverse counseling situations among those living in poverty and motivational concepts/theories and psychotherapy 

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist and educator

 

Pictured is Rachel Stough. Photo by Randall Coleman.Rachel Stough

Prior Education: B.A. in Biology, Vassar College; Master of Public Health, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas School of Public Health 

Clinical and Research Interests: Feminist psychology and person-centered psychodynamic approaches to therapy in the context of women's mental wellness, particularly perinatal and maternal mental health

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist and community advocate

 

Pictured is David Tomaselli. Photo by Randall Coleman.David Tomaselli

Prior Education: B.A. in English Writing, University of Pittsburgh; J.D., Duquesne University School of Law

Clinical and Research Interests: Existential-Phenomenological, Psychoanalytical and Third-Wave Cognitive Behavioral approaches to psychotherapy with a research emphasis on the phenomenon of having felt understood in therapeutic interaction, how to arrive at this understanding and the implications of authentic empathy in client outcomes

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist engaged in therapy and assessment; potential academic role

Pictured is Cris Wildman. Photo by Randall Coleman.Cris Wildman

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Duquesne University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Trauma, ecopsychology and working with transgender/gender nonconforming children and adolescents

Career Goals: Clinician, most likely for children, and also interested in doing outreach and advocacy work at the public policy level


Pictured is Ana Wilhelm. Photo by Randall Coleman.Anastasia Wilhelm

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Duquesne University

Clinical and Research Interests: Person-Centered Therapy, Terror Management Theory and its effect on societal constructs and examining a community or person's access (or lack thereof) to mental health care based on their socioeconomic status. 

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist

 


Fall 2018 Cohort

Pictured is Shacoya Bates. Photo by Randall Coleman.Shacoya Bates

Prior Education: A.S. in Biology Community College of Allegheny County; B.S. in Psychology and Dual B.A. degrees in Africana Studies; University of Pittsburgh, Strengths-Based Family Worker Credential, Temple University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Analyzing accessibility of mental health services for underserved and African American communities, researching the negative impacts about the myth of the strong black woman, exploring feelings of guilt, disconnection, and "code switching" from underprivileged students that change SES after obtaining college educations and exploring the role of advocacy in the mental health profession from a humanistic perspective

Career Goals: Owning and operating a community center that provides linkage to resources, access to physical and mental health care at low or reduced rates, and education on how to better oneself and community, also mentoring and inspiring impressionable minds by teaching at the university level

Pictured is Kristine McCarthy. Photo by Randall Coleman.Kristine McCarthy

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Duquesne University; and M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology, Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Psychotherapy, identity, diversity and cultural impacts/influences

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist 

 

Pictured is Orlandria Smith. Photo by Randall Coleman.Orlandria Smith

Prior Education: B.A in Psychology and M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Person-Centered, Existential and Experiential theories and bridging the gap between minorities and psychotherapy within institutions and oppressed communities

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist, educator and author

 

Pictured is Eric Vogan. Photo by Randall Coleman.Eric Vogan

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University and M.S. in Professional Counseling, Carlow University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Existential theory/psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic thinking and personality organization, particularly as it relates to psychotherapy process and outcome

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist and educator

  

Pictured is Alexandra Youssef. Photo by Randall Coleman.Alexandra Youssef

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Queer theory, cross-cultural psychology, characterological personalities and trauma studies 

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist, art therapist

 


Fall 2017 Cohort

Pictured is Anne Rinehart.Anne Rinehart

Prior Education: B.A. in English Language and Literature an Spanish Language and Literature, Adrian College; M.A. in Criminology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Clinical and Research Interests: Ecology of incarceration, relational transgression, social deprivation and sexual aggression 

Career Goals: Forensic psychology in court and/or prison systems


Pictured is Ashley Bobak.Ashley Bobak

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University; and M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Chatham University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Mindfulness-based treatment; utilizing humanistic approaches to address substance abuse, existentialism and psychosis

Career Goals: Work with individuals and communities using humanistic epistemology to facilitate the reduction of suffering and dismantle systems of oppression; create alternative approaches to therapy that allow for the maintenance and reverence of human dignity
 

Pictured is Isaiah Noreiga.Isaiah Noreiga

Prior Education: B.A. in Communications, Duquesne University

Clinical and Research Interests: Constructive alternativism, post structural psychology, black feminist thought and black existentialism

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist, educator, and writer

 

 

Pictured is Francine Caldwell.Francine Caldwell

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University; and M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Senior citizen population, Alzheimer's Disease care, quality of care, quality of life and meaning making

Career Goals: Work within government and community organizations to create higher standards of care, higher quality of life and help create accessible mental health care options for underprivileged populations
 

Pictured is Brandon Graham.Brandon Graham

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Duquesne University; M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Existential-phenomenological conceptions of psychosis and post structuralism

Career Goals: To work in cultural therapeutics

 

 

Pictured is Chelsea Chase.Chelsea Chase

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Penn State Behrend; M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Trauma, particularly focused on sexual abuse; working to change the flaws within the mental health system including the ways which people with "severe" mental illness are currently diagnosed and treated

Career Goals: Disseminate views, knowledge and quandaries through as many modes as possible through clinical practice, teaching and writing

  

Pictured is Kimberly Champion.Kimberly Champion

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University; veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve (23rd AG Postal Company)

Clinical and Research Interests: Existential and Person-Centered Human Theory and understanding the resilience of the human spirit in its ability to cope with the oppressive nature of its environment

Career Goals: Work within the system to promote positive change and to encourage healthy living, especially within oppressed communities where resources are limited


Pictured is Jeremy Northup.Jeremy Northup

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University; M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Psychosis, anarchism, mysticism, post structuralism, Deleuze and Guattari, deconstruction, schizoanalysis, psychoanalysis, transpersonal psychology, (advocate) ethnography, qualitative research and birding

Career Goals: Teaching, qualitative research and therapy

Pictured is Wendy StMyers.Wendy StMyers

Prior Education: B.S. in Human Services, Purdue University; M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Working in the community and clinically with military men and women post war; the effectiveness and implementation of community, family and job reintegration services specifically for military men and women

Career Goals: Give back to military heroes through awareness of and crucial clinical support for systems that help reintegrate them back into civilian life


Learn More

The 90-credit Psy.D. in clinical-community psychology program at Point Park University uniquely integrates community psychology with clinical psychology, equipping students with diversified skills to pursue a variety of career paths.

Designed to be completed in five years, the program includes a dissertation and one-year, full-time clinical internship. The curriculum is comprised of a variety of theoretical, research and clinical courses, including four clinical practicums and a community practicum. 

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