A number of recent Psychology graduates have volunteered to help our current and prospective students by sharing their career choices and the paths they took to get there. Below you see examples of the careers they have chosen (so far). If you click on the arrow next to a particular entry, you will see the name(s) of graduate(s). If you then click on the arrows next to the names, you will see a paragraph describing the graduate’s time here at Northeastern and what has followed. Our graduates are happy to answer questions and provide advice to you, and so their e-mail addresses are also provided. Please feel free to contact them (but remember that they are actively engaged in the next phases of their lives, and they may not have the time to respond immediately).
Masters in Social Work
Angela Zaydon, BS in Psychology, Class of 2010
My time as a psychology major at Northeastern was extremely valuable. What I remember the most clearly is that through out all my classes, professors illustrated the real-world application of all of the topics we learned. Theories and skills were taught to us as if we were up-and-coming clinicians and/or researchers—as opposed to mere undergraduates doing their time in a classroom. Learning how we could move forward with our degree was very inspiring to me—I saw that psychology was a field that could take me so many different places. After taking a class on chemical dependency in my junior year, I became very interested in substance abuse disorders. I went on to work at McLean Hospital, a psychiatric hospital affiliated with MGH, starting right before graduating in 2010, and held various positions there until I received my Masters in Social Work. Now I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of Massachusetts. I work full-time on McLean hospital’s inpatient detox unit (part of the alcohol and drug treatment program) as the lead social worker. I work collaboratively with psychiatrists, nurses and other social workers to help individuals with various substance dependencies. A great deal of my job involves work with families/loved ones of patients, which I truly love. I also occasionally work on the psychotic disorders unit at McLean, admitting patients with acute mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Northeastern and my BS in psychology gave me the solid foundation I needed to do all of this!
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Kristen Odell, BS in Psychology, Class of 2011
I graduated from Northeastern University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. My time at Northeastern was amazing and the experiential education I received was invaluable. I transferred to Northeastern during my Sophomore year and only participated in one co-op. That co-op ended up being an incredible experience and paved the way for my professional career. During my co-op I worked as a Recovery Specialist at a substance abuse detox center. I continued to work there for the remainder of my undergraduate education and for 2 years after I graduated. I learned a great deal about substance abuse while working at the detox center, and realized I wanted to explore working in the field of mental health. I left the detox center after securing a position as a Residential Counselor at a pre-contemplative dual diagnosis residential program. This was a very good experience, but I realized that working in a residential setting was not the best fit for me. I transitioned to working as a Case Manager for a PACT Team that serves the Metro-North area. I have been working on the same team for 4 years and am currently the Substance Abuse Specialist on the team. I absolutely love my job and working in the community. My team serves clients who are diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. Our team offers the most acute level of community outreach mental health services currently available. I recently began a Master’s program for Social Work at Salem State University. Reflecting back, I do not believe I would be where I am now if I had not attended Northeastern and participated in the co-op program. I cannot praise the University enough for the education and experience I received.
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Ashley Hallman, BS in Psychology, Class of 2015
After graduating in May, I began working full time as a Care Manager with the elderly on Cape Cod. The main purpose of my position is to work with other organizations in providing home care services to elders and disabled individuals so that they are able to remain in their homes. As people age, they lose their independence, and with our services they are able to maintain some sort of modified independence and stay out of nursing or rest homes. In January I started at the University of Southern California’s online MSW program part-time, with concentrations in Military Social Work and Mental Health, and I will be transferring to the part-time MSW program on Boston University’s Cape Cod Campus in the fall. I found that my education and co-op experiences at Northeastern have prepared me for my graduate-level education as well as my current career. Once I have my MSW, I would like to provide services to veterans.
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Masters in Behavioral Analysis
Ashley Caron, BS in Psychology, Minor in Business Administration, Class of 2013
At Northeastern, I started in the Psychology department knowing that I was interested in people, but with very little idea of exactly what career options would be available following graduation. Through my first two co-ops at Mass General Hospital, and my final co-op at The Guild for Human Services, I was able to see three different ways that the basics of psychology are applied. While at the Guild for Human Services, I used Applied Behavior Analysis to help special needs students learn new things and develop the skills they need to be successful, while decreasing problem behaviors like aggression or self-injurious behavior. During that co-op and in the semesters afterward, I completed the behavior analysis coursework provided at Northeastern, and graduated in May of 2013. For my Masters degree, I attended Simmons College and continued to hone my skills as a behavior analyst. I am currently employed at a therapy center in Dallas, Texas, writing programming for children with Autism to continue to increase their skills and decrease their problem behaviors. Without Northeastern, I may have never discovered this area of psychology, and learned the skills I am now using daily.
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Masters in School Psychology
Kasey Alfonso, BS in Psychology, Minors in Sociology and Elementary Education, Class of 2015
My name is Kasey Alfonso, and I am a May 2015 graduate from the College of Science. During my undergraduate studies, I majored in Psychology with a minor in Education and Sociology. I majored in Psychology because I knew I wanted to gain hands-on experience with the critical factors that contribute to human behavior, and this program presented me with the opportunity to do just that. Upon graduation, I took a job in Human Resources within the Education sector. This provided me with the best of both worlds of my undergraduate studies. I was able to utilize my industrial psychology skills to understand the factors that make employees well-suited to their jobs, as well as more likely to be satisfied with them. The fact that the job was located within the field of education made it even more appealing, as that was an industry I was very excited to learn more about. I can definitely say the Psychology program at Northeastern more than adequately prepared me to embark on my post-graduate experience. Lastly, I will embark on my journey this upcoming fall to pursue my Master’s Degree in School Psychology at Queens College.
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PhD or PsyD in Clinical/Counseling
Meghan Fortune, BS in Psychology, Class of 2011
I entered Northeastern in Fall 2006 as a Psychology major. One of the main reasons I chose to attend Northeastern University was to participate in the co-op program. I knew the co-op program would afford me the chance to really understand what I wanted (and what I didn’t want) to do with my degree. I completed two co-op placements that had very different foci on the field of psychology—the first being in a residential facility working one-on-one with clients, and the second being in a research-based position. The second co-op I completed was at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University, and since I was able to work there full-time, unlike the BU students there who could only dedicate a few hours per week, I had more opportunities to establish long-term professional connections that continue to manifest in professional collaborations and support to this day. Upon graduating in 2011, I was able to convert my co-op placement at CARD to a full-time position as a Research Coordinator working with Dr. David Barlow on a treatment outcome study evaluating the efficacy of a transdiagnostic treatment protocol for emotional disorders. Having the opportunity to work so closely with Dr. Barlow, and have him mentor me during this point in my professional development, was invaluable. Thus, in 2014 I applied to and successfully entered the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where I am currently in my second year of training working with Dr. Evelyn Behar. There is no doubt in my mind that a large portion of my success thus far can be attributed to the foundation of research experience and training I was able to gain while I was a Northeastern undergrad. I am more than happy to talk more in depth about my experiences, or about applying to clinical psychology programs more broadly.
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Tara Gallo, BS in Psychology, Class of 2012
I graduated Northeastern in 2012 with a major in Psychology (with a forensic focus) and a minor in Criminal Justice. I credit Northeastern with jump-starting my career path and providing me with the opportunities needed to immediately enter graduate school. I completed both my co-ops with North Suffolk Mental Health Association, first as a Residential Counselor and then as a Senior Residential Counselor, in group homes with adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. These experiences solidified my interest in clinical psychology and inspired me to obtain my graduate degree. Beyond my co-ops, I gained experience in the Personality and Social Emotions laboratories as a research assistant, as a tour guide through the Husky Ambassador program, and as a volunteer at a preschool. I immediately entered graduate school at William James College in Newton, MA (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology) in the clinical psychology doctoral (PsyD) program. I am now in my fourth year and declared in the forensic concentration. My current and previous training sites include an adult partial hospitalization program, an adolescent inpatient unit, a juvenile court clinic, a psychological testing center, a forensic state hospital, and the Parole Board. I also participated in other professional activities beyond these training experiences, including as a research assistant and also assisting an attorney with preparing a juvenile for a parole hearing following the landmark Miller v. Alabama Supreme Court decision and Diatchenko v. District Attorney SJC decision. As I near the completion of my doctoral training, I plan to pursue a career as a forensic psychologist.
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Jessalyn Kelleher, BS in Psychology, Minors in Biology and Business Administration, Class of 2013
I graduated from Northeastern University in 2013 with a BS in Psychology and Minors in Biology and Business Administration. I am currently pursuing a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from William James College (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology). My years at Northeastern were immensely valuable and formative. Through classes and the Co-op program, I found my true passion for working therapeutically with children and families. I also had the opportunity to work in Dr. John Coley’s lab and participate in the development and implementation of psychological research. In my graduate program, we balance classes with year long practica/internships. Throughout my first year, I held a placement in an elementary school and counseled students both individually and in groups. I also administered cognitive assessments. This year, I am at a community clinic working with underserved populations, such as Middle Eastern refugees and homeless citizens. I conduct individual therapy for people with a wide range of presenting problems and diagnoses such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and adjustment disorder. I would love to talk to any student about my time at Northeastern or my current experience in graduate school! Go Huskies!
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PhD in Psychology
Ian Clark, BS in Psychology, Class of 2013
Before I came to Northeastern University for my bachelor’s degree in psychology, I worked for several years in the construction industry and took classes after work at a local community college. Once at Northeastern, I wanted to make the most of all the great resources there, so I became president of the German American Association, joined the power lifting team, and entered an honors society. In addition, I became a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Young Ambassador and did an exchange semester at the University of Fribourg. I did three co-ops, all of which were paid. My fantastic co-op at Brigham and Women’s Hospital led me to the field in which I have since been working, human sleep research, and to an international co-op in the Centre for Chronobiology at the University Psychiatric Clinics in Basel. In this co-op, I was project leader of a pilot study on the effects of nocturnal railway noise on human sleep quality. I received Northeastern’s Presidential Global Scholars award twice, financially supporting co-ops in Germany and Switzerland. While on co-op in Germany, I was certified for German fluency. This made it possible to attend the University of Zurich for my graduate studies. In the fall of 2015, I completed my master’s degree in the Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University of Zurich, where I have been employed as a research associate. During my master’s, I had posters at research conferences in Switzerland and Estonia. I received generous financial support in Switzerland from the Charles Blatter Foundation. I began my doctoral studies at the University of Zurich in the spring of 2016, in the same lab in which I did my master’s thesis and with the same advisor. I am first author on a paper which was recently published. My future aim is to conduct human sleep research in conjunction with the pharmaceutical industry in Switzerland.
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Nicole Betz, BS in Psychology, Class of 2011
I decided to attend Northeastern because of the numerous opportunities for undergraduates to participate in psychology research on campus. This decision paid off; during my undergraduate career, I participated in two research experiences that set the stage for my current position as a doctoral student at Northeastern University. My first lab experience was with Dr. Judy Hall in the Social Interactions Laboratory where I was involved in research investigating genuine, or felt smiles (Duchenne) versus unfelt (social) smiles. This first laboratory experience confirmed my interest in psychological research and helped me discover my passion in researching emotions. I then accepted a co-op position as a research technician in Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett’s Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory. I became extremely passionate about the research that I conducted during my co-op and landed a full-time research technician position at that laboratory after graduation, continuing to work on some of those projects that I started during my co-op. After a few years working full time in this lab, I found my research niche at the intersection of cognition and emotion. I am currently pursuing this interest, studying how people think about emotion categories and the implications of this type of thinking for their emotional lives. I am in my second year in the Northeastern University doctoral program, advised by two experts in my areas of interest: Dr. John Coley (cognition) and Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett (emotion).
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PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience
Kelly Dumais, BS in Psychology, Class of 2010
My experience at Northeastern University propelled both my academic and research interests. Majoring in psychology, with a focus in behavioral neuroscience, I received a great education both inside and outside the classroom. What makes Northeastern stand out the most from other institutions is the unique opportunity to participate in cooperative education. The co-op program gave me valuable opportunities to participate in both clinical and basic neuroscience research. I completed co-ops at both Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, and participated in research in a neuroscience lab on Northeastern’s campus. The knowledge and experience you get while working in the field is unlike any you get in the classroom. These research experiences gave me a competitive edge when applying to doctoral programs in neuroscience. I am currently completing my PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at Boston College, and plan to pursue a research career to investigate the neurobiological underpinnings of major psychiatric disorders.
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PhD in Sociology
Eric Ketcham, BA in Psychology & Linguistics, Minor in Sociology, Class of 2011
I started at Northeastern with an interest in Linguistics. After a semester or two in the Linguistics program, I decided to pursue a dual major with Psychology. In my middle year, I needed to take an elective towards my core requirements and chose Intro to Sociology, which sparked my interest in the subject. After a handful of Sociology courses, I declared a minor in the subject and realized I wanted to pursue Sociology further. I had always had in the back of my mind the idea of graduate school, but had thought it would be in Psycholinguistics. While I still have a passion for Linguistics and Psychology, ultimately I found Sociology to engage me even more because of the broad reach of the field. I am now in my fifth year of a PhD program in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, and hold a fellowship through the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email!
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PhD in School Psychology
Emily Flowers, BS in Psychology, Class of 2012
During my time at Northeastern, I was very involved in a student organization called Peace through Play, which is where I gained my passion for education and working with children. I also went on a service-learning trip during the first semester of my senior year to Cape Town, South Africa and worked in an elementary school in one of the most impoverished areas of the city. Through this experience, I had the opportunity to work with school social workers, teachers, students, and parents, and learned the importance of school interventions and the impact they can have on student success. This led me to apply to doctoral-level graduate school programs in school psychology, and I am now in my fourth year of the program. I will graduate in 2017 and hopefully continue my work in low- income, urban school districts, collaborating and consulting with teachers and parents on effective academic and behavioral interventions. If you have any questions about my work, please feel free to email me!
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PhD in Health Behavior Research
Sydney O’Connor, BA in Linguistics & Psychology, Class of 2010
In my first two years post-graduation (2010 – 2012), I remained in the Boston area, working as a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital, on projects related to stroke, neurological injury, and the influence of genetics on one’s risk and recovery. Next (2012 – 2014), I moved to New York City, where I spent two years as a research coordinator at Columbia Medical Center. I managed a longitudinal study of masked hypertension, the phenomenon where, although one’s clinic blood pressure is within normal range, one’s ambulatory blood pressure is elevated, often leading to undetected adverse cardiovascular outcomes.
During this time, I also researched graduate programs, and applied to several PhD programs in Public Health and Health Psychology. I was accepted into a few programs, and received a fellowship to enroll in the Doctoral Program in Health Behavior Research at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, beginning in August 2014.
Currently, I am finishing up my 2nd year in the PhD program, completing coursework and conducting research with my mentor, Dr. Genevieve Dunton. The research I’ve been involved with here centers on using mobile technology, or Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA), to better understand the etiology of health behaviors (such as physical activity, sedentary activity, dietary intake) related to obesity and other chronic diseases as they operate within individuals in the context of their daily lives. I plan to complete my degree by Spring 2019.
I very much appreciate the education and experience I received from Northeastern and the Psychology Department, and credit much of my current situation to experiences as an undergraduate, particularly in working with Dr. John Coley in his Categorization and Reasoning Lab, and from participating in the Co-op experience. I would be more than happy to share more about my experience as an NU alumnus, if anyone has questions!
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Emily Dahlgaard, BS in Psychology, BS in Linguistics, Class of 2012
I am currently the Director of Applied Research for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, in which capacity I serve as the leader of the practical application and utilization of research, translating data and theory into employable practices for the betterment of the organization, its membership, and our community. In this work, I collaborate directly with the Chamber’s Government Affairs team to aid in the development of meaningful and data-driven advocacy positions on behalf of the Chamber’s membership. I also manage the creation of research publications in collaboration with the communications team, strategically engaging key members of the business community, state and local government, and others. I began at the Chamber as a co-op student several years ago, and rose to this position from my beginnings on the communications and public policy teams. I utilize my background in research, as well as my understanding of industrial, organizational, and social psychology, in order to define and address the needs of employers and their employees. Please feel free to contact me to learn more.
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Lauren Nisotel, BS in Psychology, Minor in Linguistics, Class of 2014
I graduated from Northeastern in 2014 with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Linguistics. What drew me to the psych program was the wide variety of classes that the department offers, ranging from social psychology to neurosciences. All of the professors are experts in their fields and have a passion for inspiring students to think more deeply about their studies. During my senior year, I was fortunate to work in the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory (IASL) as an RA under Ian Kleckner, conducting research on affective neuroscience and psychophysiology. Taking advantage of the many research opportunities Northeastern has to offer helped me to find more meaning and motivation behind my coursework. I am currently a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Cancer Outcomes Research Group (CORe) at Massachusetts General Hospital. I manage a large randomized controlled trial on an mHealth intervention for adherence to oral chemotherapy and symptom management for patients with cancer. Additionally, I am taking prerequisite courses to apply to medical school. In my spare time I enjoy running, baking, dancing, and playing board/card games. If you have any questions about psychology, medical school, or research, feel free to reach out.
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Afif Rahman, BS in Psychology, Class of 2015
My time at Northeastern was an actualized narrative and journey of self-discovery. Starting off as a chemical engineer, I gradually meandered my way through a few other academic disciplines until I found my home in psychology studying the behavioral and social sciences. Nonetheless, even as a psych major, I found countless opportunities to explore my diverse array of interests and introspect. There were research opportunities I found studying emotional granularity, empathic accuracy and threat perception at the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab on campus and investigating neuro-cognitive frameworks of working memory at Massachusetts General Hospital on co-op. Through these stints, engaging classes taught by deeply passionate professors, on-campus leadership for interfaith and social justice initiatives, and faith-based advocacy in the broader community as native Bostonian, I further refined my impassioned interests. These deliberations catalyzed by a supportive environment filled with opportunities at Northeastern led to my fascination with social policy and political strategy and, later, my work in DC after graduation. Habituated to a culture as a student of being engaged in a multitude of activities, I have found my time in DC equally exciting. After first working as a Research Analyst at Purple Strategies, a boutique strategy and polling firm servicing political and corporate clients, I jumped on as a pollster at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, helping elect Democrats into Congress. On the side, I also work as a Research and Data Analyst at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding studying religious communities and organizations in the United States. Also, I have been fortunate to co-found the Poligon Education Fund, a national, non-partisan Muslim American policy research and education organization.
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Careers in Education
Matthew Crimmins, BS in Psychology, Minors in Law & Public Policy and Business Administration, Class of 2013
Hello Huskies! My name is Matt Crimmins and I graduated in 2013. Since graduation, I spent two years working for my fraternity working with students and volunteers in the areas of risk management, leadership development, volunteer management, and event planning. While the position and my degree don’t seem related, I found myself drawing on concepts learned in classes like social psychology, personality, and my seminar in clinical psychology. My work has heavily involved working with others, so interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, both of which I had an opportunity to hone and explore while at Northeastern, are crucial. I’m currently enrolled in graduate school at the University of Maryland, studying higher education and student affairs. I feel as though the two lab courses I had to take prepared for me things like APA formatting, general research papers, and literature reviews. For example, some members of my cohort came from a STEM background and these concepts are less familiar to them. I’m hoping for a career in leadership development and training, and I look forward to continue seeing how my experience in psychology contributes to my career!
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Christina Lavorna, BA in Psychology, MAT in Elementary Education, Class of 2010
My Northeastern years were full of memorable and authentic experiences. As a Psych major and MAT candidate, I served on the Psychology Club E-Board during all five years. PsyClub gave me the opportunity to travel to Baltimore and Philadelphia for the Eastern Psychological Association’s annual meetings to attend talks and review researchers’ posters. I developed leadership and communication skills as a PsyClub executive, working closely with professors, and alongside my peers with whom I became close friends. My psychology and education classes were supplemented by volunteer experiences and internships around the greater Boston area, many in the surrounding neighborhoods of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, as well as a second grade teaching position in Chinatown during my senior year. Later that year, I had the chance to work as a research assistant in the Categorization and Reasoning Lab at Northeastern. After graduating with a BA in Psychology and MAT in Elementary Education in 2010, I worked as a nanny as well as a substitute teacher and preschool teacher in BPS. Recently, I completed one year as an early childhood educator in a Reggio Emilia-inspired childcare center at Harvard University. I love my job and expect to continue working there for a long time, continuing to develop as an observer, documenter, and researcher of learning, and an advocate for children.
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Christopher Brayton-Tedesco, BS in Psychology & Education, Minor in Sociology, Class of 2013
During my time at Northeastern, I was lucky enough to be part of the first Northeastern Psychology/Elementary Education Dual major cohort. During my middler year, I added a minor in sociology. The majority of my classes fell within one of those three domains, or were part of the honors program coursework. I was lucky to have many great professors that taught me so much about topics I had really never had exposure to. I also did a lot of learning in after-school programs and schools throughout my time at Northeastern, and my inclusion class helped me develop an interest in special education. My co-op and student teaching both took place in schools around the Boston area. My final semester at Northeastern I took a seminar in abnormal/clinical psychology with Prof. Nancy Snyder, and was blessed to do my thesis on students in the class with behavioral issues, a topic close to my heart. After graduation, I took a job as an aide in the Newton Public Schools while simultaneously pursuing my Master’s Degree in Special Education from Boston University. The following year, I continued graduate school full time but also took a job as a lead special education teacher at Prospect Hill Academy in Somerville. I graduated from Boston University in January of 2015. This is now my second full year as a lead teacher and I am enjoying every second of it. In my spare time, I work at my local YMCA as a youth and teen programs staff, and work full time as a lead counselor and unit director at my local YMCA summer camp. I love the opportunities Northeastern afforded me to work both in psychology and in education, exposing me to my first school teaching experiences and continued work with students, and helping shape my ultimate career path.
Kimberly Lunde, BS in Psychology, Class of 2011
I graduated from Northeastern in 2011 with my BS in Psychology. I took a variety of Psychology courses throughout my four years at Northeastern and became particularly interested in Developmental and Social Psychology. One of my most influential professors was an adjunct professor who also worked at Boston Children’s Hospital. It was a great experience to take a couple of her classes because she was currently working in the field and therefore had powerful stories and advice for us. It was also interesting to take classes with professors who were currently conducting research because they had firsthand knowledge about the latest findings in the field. I completed two co-op positions while at Northeastern. My first one was at a daycare/preschool in Boston that provided me with basic experience working with children, and my second was at a school in NYC for children with linguistic, developmental, emotional, or learning disabilities. It was this co-op that helped me confirm that I wanted to become a School Psychologist. Immediately following my four years at Northeastern, I pursued my Master’s/Sixth Year Certificate in School Psychology from the University of Connecticut. After I completed my three-year degree in 2014, I began searching for a job as a school psychologist. I was hired by a large charter school network in NYC, for which I am still currently working as a school psychologist at one of their elementary schools in Harlem. Being a school psychologist involves several different responsibilities, including counseling, the creation of behavior plans, consultation with teachers, and assessing students to determine if they would benefit from receiving special education services. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about school psychology or teaching in a low SES neighborhood.
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Megan Passafaro, BS in Psychology, Minor in History, Class of 2011
I was a psychology major and a history minor, with an interest in possibly pursuing a legal career. I used my classes to explore psychology, while I had two co-ops related to law. In addition, I worked in one of the psychology research labs at Northeastern. Upon my graduation from Northeastern I attended law school, and am now a member of the Massachusetts bar. I currently practice education law for a small law firm in Washington DC. While I may not have followed a more traditional path for psychology majors, I believe that the psychology major provided a solid foundation for my career today.
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Marissa Florio, BS in Psychology, Minors in International Affairs and Spanish, Class of 2013
I entered Northeastern as a freshman in September 2010, and graduated in August 2013 with a BS in Psychology and minors in International Affairs and Spanish. While at Northeastern, I was a member of the Honors Program and served as an Honors Mentor. I studied abroad three times through the Dialogue of Civilizations Program: to the Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia) for Summer 2 2011, to Argentina for Summer 2 2012, and to Israel for Summer 1 2013. I also worked as a Resident Assistant, living in seven different dorms throughout my time at Northeastern. I completed one co-op at Northeastern, at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, which confirmed my intent to go to law school. I graduated in three years, and began my studies at Harvard Law School in September 2013. At Northeastern, I was given the opportunity to pursue all of my varied interests, rather than being tied down to a rigid program. I learned a ton both in the classroom and outside of it. I will graduate from Harvard Law School in May 2016, and am moving to London to begin work at a global law firm in their capital markets group.
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Olivia Orlando, BS in Psychology, Minor in Criminal Justice, Class of 2013
I graduated from Northeastern in 2013, with a major in Psychology and a minor in criminal justice, and I am currently in my final semester at Albany Law School. In addition to my full course load, I also work on cases at the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, participate in mock trial competitions, and lead Student Bar Association meetings as the Executive President.
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Justin Kammer, BS in Psychology, Minor in French, Class of 2011
I remember very clearly deciding to switch my major over to a BS in psychology at Northeastern—it was during the fall semester of 2006 in Dr. Dawn Cisewski’s Introduction to Psychology course, sitting in the (at the time) brand new West Village F lecture hall. During my junior year she would again pique my interest, in her Personality course. Until then, I had never been so stimulated intellectually. She was one of many inspirational faculty members who stirred me to later pursue a career in healthcare working with acutely ill patients. This led me to a second degree in nursing. Fast-forward a decade and here I am, working as an oncology RN while finishing my masters at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. I look back with great fondness and appreciation on my education at Northeastern; my classroom and experiential education in psychology provided me with the tools to deal with a variety of psychosocial pathologies in a variety of patients. I learned that a degree in psychology is what you make of it, and I am indebted for so many of my successes and accomplishments to those who provided me with such knowledge.
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Carolyn Schulz, BA in Psychology & Linguistics, Class of 2011
I graduated from Northeastern in May 2011 with a dual degree in Psychology and Linguistics. I was hired at Corporate Translations, Inc. four months after graduation as a Project Planner in the Linguistic Validation department (see the Wikipedia page for the definition of linguistic validation) and have worked there for over four years now. As a Project Planner, I coordinate the development and acquisition of clinical outcomes assessments and their translations for international pharmaceutical companies, working with scientists and linguists around the world. I have also co-authored a few posters presented at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research and the International Society for Quality of Life Research. Additionally, I function as the Department Trainer, developing training plans and training new hires in the US and UK. My research assistant experiences at NU (in the Sentence Processing Lab and Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab) gave me an extremely solid foundation in the research process and understanding of language processing. Developmental and social psychology classes in particular have helped me create effective training materials for new hires. The dual degree and experiential education combination have uniquely prepared me for all of these roles in ways I never could have imagined.
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Behavioral Trainer for the Humane Society
Mary Angilly, BS in Psychology, Minor in Biology, Class of 2011
Upon first entering college, I was steered toward the veterinary profession because of my lifelong interest in animals, but becoming a veterinarian is not the only avenue one should follow when interested in animals! I took advantage of the cooperative education program, exploring different animal-related industries: I worked as a veterinary technician at an animal hospital, an education intern at a zoological society, and a research coordinator in the Psychology Department at Northeastern. When not on co-op, I gained experience talking to various professors in both the Biology and Psychology departments (I was a Psychology major and Biology minor), furthering my knowledge of “what to do” after college. After graduating, I worked in the service industry, waiting tables and bartending to catch up on my student loans while I interned with the Humane Society of the United States, working on legislation for animal welfare. While I found the work important, I realized I wanted the reward of direct care, which is what led me to animal sheltering. I worked as an Animal Care and Adoption Counselor at the MSPCA, then the Adoption Center Supervisor, before ultimately relocating to Boulder, CO and taking a role at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s Training and Behavior Center. I currently work with behaviorally compromised dogs and cats both owned and in the shelter and use my Psychology and Biology degree on a daily basis.
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Zachary Croy, BS in Psychology, Minor in Business Administration, Class of 2013
My gratitude for the opportunities I was provided while attending Northeastern University cannot be overstated. As a psychology major with a business mindset, it took willpower and networking skills on the behalf of both myself and my advisor to get my foot in the “corporate world” door. Once I was in the door, there was nothing that would hold me back. I constantly applied my learning from social psychology, learning and motivation, and personality courses directly to a day-to-day office setting. Fortunately, I was hired full-time by one of my co-op employers one semester before graduation. Three years post-graduation, I have advanced from this employer and now am working as a business consultant for a Boston-area-based information technology and management consulting firm. Having the ability to adapt to new cultures and influence workforce behaviors was a skill I developed throughout my course work and co-op experiences. I attribute my accelerated career advancement to my experiences at Northeastern University.
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Applied Behavioral Analysis
Nicole Corkery, BS in Psychology, Minor in Criminal Justice, Class of 2014
I originally applied to Northeastern as a Criminal Justice major. I had volunteered in a District Attorney’s office in a sexual assault and child abuse unit, so when it came time for my first Co-op, I applied to law offices and Department of Child and Family Services positions. That combination led me to the Walker School in Needham, MA, working with behaviorally challenged children who had been removed from their homes by DCF. After my Co-op, I realized that I wanted to continue to work with children in this capacity, but I did not know how a Criminal Justice degree would get me there. I eventually realized that I needed to change my major to Psychology, but I wasted at least one semester of my time in Criminal Justice while I figured out how to reach my goals. Once I began taking classes more suited for my needs, I found out about the Applied Behavior Analysis coursework available within the Psychology program, and I took my second Co-op at the New England Center for Children in Southboro, MA, where I provided services for children with autism. Upon graduating, I moved to North Carolina with my husband, who is enlisted in the Marine Corps. It was difficult to find a position working with children with autism, so I worked in a daycare as a lead teacher for just over a year before accepting a position with the May Institute in North Carolina. The ABA coursework that I completed for the concentration was the first thing that my supervisor mentioned in my call back, and I would recommend it to any future student looking to work with behavior analysis in any capacity. If you are interested in this rewarding field, please feel free to contact me. Good luck!
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Psychology in the Criminal Justice System
Raquel Lopez, BS in Psychology, Class of 2012
I graduated with the class of 2012. My current position is with Lynn District Court as the Drug Court Coordinator. I am the first District Drug Court Coordinator in the state through a two-year grant, and if the grant shows positive results, the Trial Court plans to replicate my position throughout the Commonwealth. A bit about drug courts from Mass.gov: “Drug courts address the issues underlying criminal behavior, such as drug or alcohol addiction and/or mental illness. Massachusetts has 22 adult drug courts and three Juvenile Drug Courts. Drug Courts provide intensive, supervised probation and mandate attendance at treatment, as well as regular drug testing with progress monitored by a supervising judge.” My role as the Drug Court Coordinator is to provide clinical assessments, develop and monitor treatment placements, and identify ancillary counseling, case management and outreach services. Additionally, I am facilitating a relationship with our local community health center to coordinate medication-assisted treatment for our interested clients prior to their leaving houses of correction, which is new and exciting to the Commonwealth and, again, will hopefully be replicated upon successful results. Prior to this, I worked at MCI-Framingham as a substance abuse counselor. Before that, I worked in a small team of three people to open an outpatient substance abuse center in Brookline, which provideded therapy, psychiatry and medication-assisted treatment. My last co-op at NU was working at an NGO called Young In Prison, where I worked with juveniles and young adults in prisons in South Africa. I will also be returning to NU in the fall to start my MA in counseling psychology! I would be more than happy to speak with any alumni or current students who are interested in psychology/behavioral health intersecting with the criminal justice system.
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