Courtney Sutton

What are you doing now?

I am a graduate student in my final year of the clinical master’s program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. My thesis focuses on comorbidity of personality disorders in the Colorado Department of Corrections using the Coolidge Correctional Inventory (CCI). I also work as a confidential victim advocate at TESSA, an advocacy group that specializes in working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking. I provide advocacy for survivors in a multitude of situations, including hospitals, courtrooms and safe houses. In the future, I hope to continue to work with survivors of trauma through clinical work and research.

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

Dr. Michelle Merwin was fundamental in sparking my passion for psychology and research. I worked in her lab for two years, where I was trained to administer a neuropsychological battery. Dr. Merwin’s classes were highly influential in honing my critical thinking skills and feminist ideals with her Psychology and Women, Personality Theory and Abnormal Psychology in Film courses. Dr. Colin Key and Dr. Angie MacKewn’s statistics classes allowed me to have a great foundation for both statistics and research. I was also the events coordinator for the Psi Chi chapter at Martin and a member of the psychology club, which allowed me to be surrounded by a community that loved psychology as much as I did.

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

If you want to continue onto a master’s or doctoral program, try to get as much experience in a research lab as you can. In psychology it can be difficult to find your niche, but what is most important is staying passionate.

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