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?
Drexel University, JD-PhD 4th year student
Why psychology and the law?
I believe training in both spheres positions me to better address various psycho-legal questions and issues that arise in our criminal justice system (e.g., understanding how lawyers think, write, and interpret law makes for a better expert witness testimony).
What is your favorite thing about your current graduate program?
My mentors! I am co-mentored by two amazing professors, Dr. Dave DeMatteo and Dr. Kirk Heilbrun, both of whom are very supportive and also incredibly respected in the field of forensic psychology.
If you were not in graduate school what would you do?
I would find some type of remote job that allows me to work from anywhere in the world, and I would travel around spending a few months at a time in various countries.
What advice do you have for those applying to graduate school?
GPA and test scores are not everything, they are a "hurdle" you have to jump to get to the next stage. It is more important that you mentally prepared (i.e., maturity) for a graduate program, that you've had the appropriate experiences that will prepare you for the rigor of a graduate program, and that you have an understanding of why you want to do a graduate program in the first place!
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?
Harry Potter, Friends (the show), and Game of Thrones
Is cereal soup?
Explain your hot take about cereal.
Is water wet?
Explain your hot take about water.
No, because it implies that it was dry at some point.
What is a quote you like and who said it?
"Yeah, it's like a cow's opinion, you know, it just doesn't matter. It's "moo".- Joey from Friends (moot point)
If you could invite five people (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would it be any why?
Barack Obama, Harry Potter (not Daniel Radcliffe), Idris Elba, Lebron James, and Blake Lively
What is your favorite city and why?
New Orleans, Louisiana. There's nowhere like it!
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.