Careers in Psychology

D.J. Bickers

Owner/Dentist, DJ Bickers, DDS, PLC Dental Office
My psychology degree has helped me because I deal with people every day.  It is very important to be able to build trust and confidence with my patients; especially since some are afraid of coming to see me.  My psychology degree provided a foundation of being able to recognize certain personalities and adapt my interaction with them accordingly to make their visits as pleasant as possible 

Tayler Young

MSN Candidate, Columbia University School of Nursing
My psychology degree has better prepared me to determine which types of interventions may increase health promotion, disease prevention, and wellness at the individual, community, and population levels. The research methods coursework has also proved immeasurable while learning how to appraise various types of research studies and reviews in order to implement evidence-based clinical practice guidelines that optimize health outcomes for all

Laura Laumann

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, University of Connecticut
For two years, I worked in psychiatric research at Butler Hospital in Providence, RI where the I applied the knowledge I acquired in my Abnormal Psychology and Research Methods and Statistics courses to my work on a daily basis

Shweta Tembe

College Adviser with the Virginia College Advising Corps
Over the summer, I interned with the Human Rights Campaign in the Children, Youth, and Families department. There, I applied my psychology background with my understanding the most basic human need of acceptance and celebration of identity. This is an essential piece of childhood and adolescent development. This understanding fueled my passion for working towards greater fluency in LGBTQ+ issues in foster care and adoption

Maha Nayyar

I am currently in the 4+1 Master of Public Health program through the UVA School of Medicine. My concentration is in Research in Practice
Even though my Masters program is in the realm of public health, having taken the Research Methods and Data Analysis classes required for the minor has definitely helped a lot in my Biostatistics class and with the research track in general. I have learned how to conduct and analyze different types of studies, which will help me greatly when it comes to working on my final research project for the program

Ilana Brody

Research Assistant, Center for Applied Behavioral Sciences (CABS) at MDRC
I apply statistics learned in Research Methods regularly in depicting and comprehending evidence-based policy research in my position and in the news

Marco Chen

Doctoral student in quantitative psychology (L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory), UNC Chapel Hill
I gained interests in my current research focus - psychometrics and measurement theory - first when learning about research methodology. My first exposure to quantitative psychology research could not have happened without the research assistantship, coursework and guidance from Prof. Steve Boker, Prof. Karen Schmidt and Prof. Cynthia Tong at UVA Psychology. I also greatly appreciate the training in research skills gained from Prof. Tim Wilson's lab and Prof. Gerald Clore's illuminating seminar

Bri Barrett

M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, North Carolina State University
My psychology degree has helped tremendously with learning about theories concerning counseling! Now that I am well into the first semester, I am really appreciating the knowledge acquired from major, specifically my social psychology and child development classes

Muna Yusuf

School Psychology Masters/Ed.S Student and Assessment, James Madison University
We have to take an intermediate statistics class that focuses a lot on conceptual topics rather than the actual calculations and I am finding that a lot of this is review thanks to the required research methods I and II classes. This also translates to my GA position since I am carrying out assessments for a majority of my role

Kara Adams

Masters of Arts in Applied Forensic Psychology Program, George Washington University 
I use what I learned in Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychopathology, Research & Statistics, Animal Behavior, and Children, Families & the Law almost every day