Psychology and Child Development

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What are you doing after graduation?

Where are seniors in child development heading after graduation?

Jourdan (Ari) Aiken, will pursue a master’s degree in human development with an early childhood education concentration at Pacific Oaks College in San Jose.

Claire Bowlby plans to attend nursing school. She will take a year off to apply and gain experience in the health field.

Amanda Chausse plans to join AmeriCorps for a year, mentoring at-risk youth in a school setting. During this time she will also apply to graduate school and prepare to take the CSET and GRE. 

Belen Enguidanos plans to be a kids’ swim coach in SLO. She also plans to apply to the credential program at Cal Poly and USC. She hopes to become an elementary school teacher in the near future and perhaps continue with swim coaching.

Rick Gallegos is staying near SLO and working on his next comic book: Iron Cougar: Civil Unrest Part 1. He plans to apply to the Cal Poly teaching credential program and start up a comic book/entertainment business.

Kylie Garcia will be continuing her work as a head preschool teacher at Trust Automation's Children’s Center in San Luis Obispo. She will also complete prerequisites to apply to grad school within the next couple of years in either occupational therapy or nursing to ultimately become a MSN and lactation consultant.

Jennifer Haydon plans to stay at Cal Poly in the fall to take requisites for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program, which she will start next winter quarter. She hopes to become an elementary school teacher. 

Leanna Izen will pursue a master’s degree in counseling and college student personnel at Cal Lutheran University. She plans to spend the summer traveling around California and the United States.

Rachel McCarthy will pursue a master’s in psychology at Cal Poly.

Rebecca Schwartz plans to obtain a teaching credential and hopes to eventually teach kindergarten.

Emily (Skyler) Pestle will attend Portland State University to pursue a master’s degree in sustainability education.

Jessica Todd was accepted to the counseling and guidance graduate program at Cal Poly.

Ashley Yock plans to take a year off and move back to her hometown. In that year she hopes to travel, gain occupational therapy experience, and apply to graduate school for a master’s degree in occupational therapy.


Where are seniors in psychology heading after graduation?

Molly Aronson will work at Lockheed Martin as a human resources business partner.

Emily Blair plans to continue her internship at Santa Maria Social Services and eventually apply for a full-time job there as a social worker. She would also like to attend graduate school for a master’s degree in social work.

Bonnie Burns plans to complete an accelerated program to obtain her bachelor's degree in nursing. After obtaining this secondary degree, she hopes to work as a registered nurse, and eventually a nurse practitioner.

Kelly Douglas will take a year off to apply to law school. She hopes to work during that year in human resources or advertising. She plans to write a lot after graduation, and she hopes to be published one day.

Angelique Duenas hopes to begin a master’s degree in modern human anatomy at University of Colorado, located at their medical campus in Aurora. Ultimately, she hopes to attend medical school.

Olivia Einbund plans to take a year off before graduate school. During that time, she will travel throughout India and Southeast Asia including visits to Thailand, Bali, Nepal, Cambodia and Vietnam. 

Pia Elbe is applying to master’s degree programs in cognitive psychology in Germany.

Alicia Flor will pursue a master’s degree in clinical psychology at San Jose State University. She hopes to eventually get a license in marriage and family therapy.

Brianna Gibbs will pursue a master’s degree in social work with a direct practice concentration at San Diego State University.

Christina Henning will attend St. Mary's in Moraga, CA to pursue a master’s degree in counseling with a concentration in school counseling, which will allow her to obtain a pupil personnel services credential and license in professional clinical counseling.

Ashley Himmelstern will attend Pepperdine to pursue a master’s in clinical psychology.

Lizz Kolokowsky hopes to work for a year in a social justice organization and then go to graduate school for organizational/industrial psychology. 

Kristen L'Heureux will pursue a master’s degree in school psychology at Cal State Northridge.

Julie Deanna Lane plans to work in wilderness therapy.

Annabelle Parr will work as the clinic coordinator for two San Diego private practices. She plans to apply to graduate school to pursue a marriage and family therapy license, but for the time being she is focusing on growing and experiencing life outside of the classroom.

Natalie Pentkowski will work full-time for one year at the Epiphany Center in San Francisco. The Epiphany Center provides client-centered care to a diverse population of children, women, and families who are the most vulnerable. During her time at the Epiphany Center, she plans to apply to a master of social work program in California. 

Rachel Remillard will pursue a master’s degree in counseling and guidance at Cal Poly.

Rebecca (Becky) Watson will work as a care specialist at the Alzheimer's Association in San Luis Obispo. She plans to attend graduate school but will take a year off to work before applying. 

Taelor Wells will attend CSU Fresno to pursue a master’s degree in marriage, family, and child counseling.  She hopes to become a licensed marriage and family therapist and open her own practice.

Amber Yue-Chen Yung is employed by Central Coast Coalition for Inclusive Schools working with at-risk teens in a group home run by Transitions-Mental Health Association’s youth treatment program. She is also starting non-profit organizations in an effort to educate the community about queer identity and support queer youth through educational policy.

Jon Zawada hopes to get a position as a rehab specialist at Family Care Network. He plans to continue his research with the psychology faculty and apply for graduate school in the fall of 2017.

Nicole Zurcher will be doing social work and applying to graduate school for a doctorate in clinical forensics.


Where are graduates with a master’s degree in psychology going?

Susie Bautista works for the county of San Luis Obispo as a mental health therapist. She works primarily with the Latino community and plans to continue as an intern. Eventually she would like to open a private practice part-time.

Jennifer Archambeault has been hired by Access Support Network, as a social worker case manager working with people who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. She is also applying to become an intern as she continues to collect hours towards licensure.

Daniella Esparza has been hired and contracted by San Luis Obispo County Behavioral and Mental Health after working for the past year as a trainee. She serves the Spanish-speaking and/or Latino population of San Luis Obispo and works with children from birth to five-years-old.

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