Erika Pugh

What are you doing now?

After obtaining my MA in Psychology from the University at Buffalo, I joined the workforce. I currently work for Yale University as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Unit. Some of my duties include coordinating clinical trials, administering cognitive assessments, recruiting study participants, and preparing protocols. My future career goals involve enrolling in a Clinical Psychology PhD program and completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology.

How did UTM Psychology Program help you achieve what you have become?

The UTM Psychology Program played an integral part in my future success. The program was challenging, but helped prepare me for graduate school. Specifically, the Research Methods courses laid a solid foundation for me to build a future in research. The courses provided the opportunity to get involved in the community. My service-learning experiences working with Carey Counseling and Greenbrier Assisted Living played an integral part in reinforcing my desire to work with people in a clinical setting. However, the best aspect of my experience in UTM’s Psychology Program was the support of the professors. No matter your goals, the professors were more than willing to provide you with advice and resources to help you achieve them. This support system played an integral part in my applying to graduate school and having faith in my ability to succeed.

What advice would you give to students who are thinking about becoming UTM psychology majors?

I would advise the students that are thinking about becoming Psychology majors to take the leap! Psychology is an important part of our lives. The major has something for everyone; from Developmental Psychology to Industrial/Organizational Psychology. This is a perfect major for people that are trying to find their niche and will inevitably help you no matter what your future endeavors are.

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