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?
Montclair State University, Second-Year in Clinical Psychology Ph.D.
Why psychology and the law?
I'm interested in psychology and the law for several reasons. Above all, I feel strongly that the solution to reducing recidivism is a rehabilitative model, rather than a punitive one. It feels like an honor to help shed light on effective solutions that help individuals re-enter society pro-socially, in hopes of disrupting their cycle of justice-involvement.
What is your favorite thing about your current graduate program?
There are so many things to love! I feel endlessly supported by the staff and my cohort and find the courses to be structured in a way that really facilitates critical thinking.
If you were not in graduate school what would you do?
This is a tough one, because for as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a clinical psychologist. However, if I had to deviate from the field entirely I could see myself as a veterinarian because I love animals!
What advice do you have for those applying to graduate school?
Have a good understanding of the existing literature, and gaps in literature, around your research interests - being able to demonstrate that you know the topic well will help translate your passion for the subject matter in your personal statement and during interviews!
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?
1) Scream (the original movie) - it is a classic! 2) Nathan for You (TV Show) - one of the only shows I've seen that makes me laugh out loud 3) The Walking Dead (TV Show) - It certainly took a dive after season 7ish but I enjoy the horror/thriller/drama genre
Is cereal soup?
Explain your hot take about cereal.
In my mind, soup has to have vegetables and probably a water or broth base. Therefore, no.
Is water wet?
Explain your hot take about water.
I don't think so because for something to be wet it needs the ability to be dry also, right? Water can't dry because then there will be no water, so I don't think it is wet. Would be open to changing my mind on this one if I heard a compelling argument.
What is a quote you like and who said it?
"Just because someone carries it well, doesn't mean it isn't heavy." - Christin Lewis
If you could invite five people (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would it be any why?
1) Aaron Beck - I mean, this one's obvious 2) Bill Hader.- let's add some comedy to the table, plus he just seems like an interesting guy 3) Ruth Bader Ginsberg - champion for women 4) Michael Solomonov - known for making incredible, simple food and I love his restaurants 5) Kali Uchis - favorite music artist and also she's iconic
What is your favorite city and why?
Philadelphia for sure - I completed my undergraduate degree there (Drexel University) and fell in love with it. It gives clear city vibes but is small enough to also feel like a community. I still visit often and hope I circle back there later in life!
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.