We asked the members of the 2021-2022 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 & year? The University of Texas at El Paso, Legal Psychology PhD Program, fourth-year doctoral student.
Why psychology and the law? I've always been interested in how the criminal justice system works, particularly for those people with mental health problems. It started early in my undergraduate degree when I was able to take a class focused on psychology and the law. From that point on, I felt like this was the area I was meant to be in.
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? Friends, Pride and Prejudice (2005), and M*A*S*H. I picked these because 1) I am literally Monica Geller and 2) they are all the perfect combination of my sense of humor.
Is cereal soup? Maybe. Why would we have another name for cereal if it was soup? We could just call it breakfast soup? Also, you can eat cereal dry and you can’t do that with a soup.
What is a quote you like and who said it? A quote I like by Eleanor Roosevelt: “Be confident, not certain.”
What is your favorite thing about your current graduate program? My favorite thing about my current graduate program are the strong connections we have with our community agencies. Having agencies that equally value the research we are doing provides great outcomes for not only the facilities, but our progress as students in the program.
If you were not in graduate school what would you do? I'd be a lawyer or a professional organizer.
If you could invite five people (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would it be and why? If I could invite five people to a dinner party, I would choose Jane Austen, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Maya Angelou, and S.E. Hinton. The reason I choose these women were because I think their experiences would make for interesting conversation as a group.
What advice do you have for those applying to graduate school? My advice to those applying to graduate school are to make sure that you do research on 1) the mentor you want to work under and make sure that their research interests currently align with yours and 2) always investigate the funding opportunities available for graduate students in the program. Both of those things help to make the decision easier, in my opinion.
What’s the best Wi-Fi name you’ve seen? “FBI Surveillance Van”
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.