We asked the members of the 2022-2023 Student Committee to answer some questions about themselves to help you get to know who they are and what they do.
What is your school, program, and year?
Adelphi University 2nd Year, Clinical Psychology PhD Program
Why psychology and the law?
I was always fascinated within the intersections of law and psychology. Both are not homogenous, rather complex and the intersectionality between such fields has developed my passion for this niche area. Struggles with mental health are often so criminalized and such disparities have contributed to my drive to understanding the ways an individual may be involved in the system and what implications does this have for treatment.
What is your favorite thing about your current graduate program?
The faculty and administrations warmth and support towards their students.
If you were not in graduate school what would you do?
Perhaps own a coffee shop and still be involved in the health care field in some capacity.
What advice do you have for those applying to graduate school?
Have a good amount of boundaries between yourself and your work. Graduate school is tedious and takes a lot of time but it's important to schedule time for yourself and your loved ones.
If you could only watch 3 movies or tv shows over and over for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
New Girl - So lighthearted and fun! I definitely re-watch this when academia gets overwhelming and I need a laugh. Friends - A classic. One Tree Hill - Definitely my top 5 favorite shows ever, I love early 2000s tv drama. Honorary mention: The Vampire Diaries - do I need to say more.
Is cereal soup?
Explain your hot take about cereal.
Cereal is not a soup because usually soups are boiled and contain vegetables or meat and cereal does not.
Is water wet?
Explain your hot take about water.
Water is not wet because wetness typically needs to be measured. When something is wet, the liquid sticks to its surface. Water is not a solid, therefore it cannot be wet. It sticks to itself, but there’s no solid for which it can stick.
What is a quote you like and who said it?
"You need both the light and the dark. One does not exist without the other. To sweep your darkness under the rug is to do yourself a great disservice. There is so much there to learn. How can you feel the freedom in the sun when you have not sat for a while under the shade of the trees? Surely, you can learn to appreciate both. It is learning to accept and exist in each state. To appreciate and welcome each part of you without discrediting it. We are creatures of light and of dark. That is where strength and softness makes a blood pact." - Brianna Pastor
If you could invite five people (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would it be any why?
Sigmund Freud Ivan Pavlov B.F. Skinner Albert Bandura Aaron Beck I would like to invite these popular psychology theorists to a dinner party and observe what occurs in a group of differing perspectives and theories to human behavior.
What’s the best Wi-Fi name you’ve seen?
What is your favorite city and why?
Nothing like the diversity and atmosphere of New York City!
About the Editor:
The American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychology Association) Student Committee is composed of elected student leaders representing the interests of our student members.