After graduating from UTM with my BA in Psychology, I worked for two years at Carey Counseling Center, Inc. as an adult case manager. Currently, I am attending East Tennessee State University for my Masters in Social Work and plan to graduate in May 2011. I plan on becoming a mental health therapist after graduation.
The Psychology Program at UT Martin is truly a great program. The courses offered at UTM prepare students to be the best they can be. Outside research opportunities, in-class presentations, and participating in Psychology Club and Psi Chi provides students with the necessary skills to be successful.
Professors within the psychology department offer many different research activities for students to participate in. I presented original research under Dr. Angie Mackewn and Prof. Denise Jones at the Association for Psychological Science National Conference in 2005 in Los Angeles. I also participated in an internship with Dr. Susan Buckelew at the Cane Creek facility in Martin, TN. Through this internship, I was able to experience Case Management before I graduated to verify that this was what I wanted to do after graduation
The opportunities presented to me through the UT Martin Psychology Program have definitely helped me in my career so far and in graduate school. The program is designed to create individuals who have a strong background in research methods, application, and psychological knowledge. These traits allow graduates the opportunities to put their individual expertise to work for a variety of different job backgrounds and in graduate school as well.
My advice to students interested in becoming UTM psychology majors would be to seize opportunities outside of class. The amount of educational opportunities available to you is vast. Through this program, you can find who you are and where you need to go. The UT Martin Psychology Program is worth every minute.