1. What are you doing now?
I recently graduated from Auburn University with my Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. I am also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). I am currently fulfilling my fellowship requirement by working for the Department of Human Resources in Montgomery, AL as a Behavior Analyst. I teach positive parenting classes and train social workers to conduct more meaningful caseworker visits using behavior analytic principles. I also provide individual behavioral consultation services for foster children with developmental or intellectual disabilities or mental illnesses. After fulfilling my fellowship requirement I hope to provide behavioral services to children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
2. How did UTM Psychology Program help you achieve what you have become?
The UTM Psychology program provided me with a good foundation to find my own niche within the field of psychology. I was able to take coursework in many different areas. The areas that were most essential to my work include applied behavior analysis, child abnormal psychology, and experimental psychology and research methods. I was also able to obtain both clinical and research experience. My research coursework with Dr. Angie Mackewn and working with Dr. Susan Buckelew on multiple research projects provided me with many skills and helped me to develop a scientific way of thinking which is essential to my understanding of psychology and my clinical work. Working with Professor Denise Jones at the Autism Institute was an amazing experience and ultimately helped me find my passion within psychology. Being an active member and officer of the Psychology Club and Psi Chi helped me develop leadership and public speaking skills in addition to giving me a fabulous opportunity to get to know and build relationships with the faculty and other students within the psychology department. My experience at UTM was essential in shaping who I am today and what my future will be.
3. What advice would you give to students who are thinking about becoming UTM psychology majors?
The UTM Psychology Department offers amazing faculty and great experiences. Get to know the faculty and your fellow students. Seek out and take advantage of as many experiences as you can. Don't be afraid to talk to your professors. Tell them your interests, and they will work hard to give you the best experience possible. There are many different areas of psychology. Take a variety of coursework to determine which one is right for you.