Where did you go to school for your undergraduate degree?
I attended Binghamton University and earned a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, double minoring in Cinema & Theatre.
What led you to the John Jay Forensic Psychology/Forensic Mental Health Counseling Master’s program?
I worked a few jobs after I graduated; I was a manager for a few offices and a co-working space, an infomercial videographer and editor, a researcher, and a content strategist. While some of these roles were enjoyable, I realized I would be happier in a field I was passionate about. I had this epiphany after reading Martha Stout's The Sociopath Next Door. (I highly recommend!)
I've always been keen on mysteries, and understanding what makes people tick is a great mystery I'd love to spend a lifetime solving. I searched for masters programs that combined my two interests: psychology and crime. I happily stumbled upon and was accepted to John Jay's Forensic Psychology program. Shortly thereafter I transferred to FMHC, as obtaining licensure is a goal.
What research do you participate in at John Jay?
I am a member of Dr. Raghavan's Sex Trafficking/Domestic Violence lab and am also building a study focused on trauma bonding in cults. Also, under the advisement of Dr. Schlesinger, I spearhead a study on confessions in intimate partner homicide.
What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
First, my goal is to become a licensed mental health counselor. After a few years of clinical work, I plan to pursue a doctorate. I don't know exactly where I'll find myself in 5 years, but my motto is "bloom where you're planted".
What are some of your pet peeves?
Texting and walking, texting and driving, texting during face-to-face meetings... maybe just texting + anything? Inconsideration and mental laziness are also quite bothersome.
What are some hobbies you have outside your graduate student studies?
I enjoy hiking, building costumes, shooting pool, writing poetry, Netflix/Hulu-binging, visiting museums, singing karaoke, attending immersive theatre productions, expanding my vocabulary, and trying to solve cold cases at 3am.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and who would you take with you?
There are so many worthy places on this hunk of dirt, but first I'd love to see the Northern Lights in Iceland with my best friend Arlene. :)