Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

What are you doing after graduation?

This is what some of our upcoming and recent graduates are planning:

Lauren Adams, child development senior, will be working as an aide at a public school in the San Francisco Bay Area while applying to school psychology programs in the fall.

Amy Bichlmeier, psychology senior, has accepted a position as a research assistant at L.A. BioMed, a research lab connected to the UCLA Harbor Medical Center, where she will study memory deficits in different populations.

Natalie Breuner, psychology senior, will be moving to Yosemite to be a sleep away camp counselor at Camp Tawonga for the summer. She plans to return to the Bay Area before she travels to South America to volunteer with impoverished children. She hopes to work at a San Francisco startup for about a year before she attends graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in counseling, specifically art therapy.

Bria Brickman, psychology senior, will be spending the summer in SLO working at the country club, shadowing an occupational therapist and studying for the GRE. She will go home to North Carolina to take the GRE and apply for master’s programs in occupational therapy for fall 2019. She hopes to do volunteer work abroad during the year off, ideally involving environmental preservation.

Dan Cardiff, child development senior, will be getting his multisubject teaching credential beginning in June at Saint Mary's College. His student teaching will be through Education for Change in Public Schools, and he will be working in charter schools in Oakland.

Madison Cheney, psychology senior, plans to attend graduate school to become a genetic counselor. First, she is taking a year off to work as a substitute teacher to prepare for grad school. She also plans to shadow genetic counselors and get more involved with volunteer work.

Anna Conroy, psychology senior, accepted a professional internship with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, FL and will be doing consumer insight and market research for all of the Disney Destination Companies such as Disney Vacation Club and Disney Cruises. She is incredibly excited to use her social science research background and experience with Excel and SPSS to create magical, unforgettable marketing strategies and experiences for people.

Becca Corb, psychology senior, is working full time as a nanny in LA for two adorable newborns. She plans to take a year off before returning to grad school, where she strives to earn a Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology. She will use this year to study for the GRE and research and apply to grad programs.

Clair Crother, child development senior, will be working full time as a residential youth counselor for Transitions Mental Health Association here in San Luis Obispo.

Kaitlin Davis, psychology senior, is currently working as a private tutor for five clients under a SLP in Monterey, CA as well as a private educator for a fifth-grade student struggling with severe ADHD and anxiety. She is beginning a new job as a toddler teacher at a preschool this summer and is pursuing a teaching credential/master's degree beginning in fall 2019.

Samantha Foucar, child development senior, will be attending an occupational therapy graduate program at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in spring 2019.

Alexandra Foy, psychology senior, has accepted a position at a nonprofit, Options Family of Services, in San Luis Obispo.

Korinna Gee, psychology senior, is interviewing for the credential program at Cal Poly. She hopes to complete a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Life Sciences through Cal Poly’s education program by next June 2019. This will allow her to fulfill her dream of teaching high school sciences.

Bryce Grijalva, psychology senior, will pursue her EdS in School Psychology at Fresno State.

Kelsey Grown, child development senior, plans to move home to Berkeley where she hopes to obtain a teaching position in an infant/toddler classroom.

Lupe Heredia, psychology senior, will be continuing her education at Brandman University to obtain a masters’ degree in school counseling in order to become a high school counselor.

Karen Hernandez, child development senior, has accepted a position as an associate clinical supervisor at California Psychcare in San Luis Obispo.

Ami Hood, child development senior, will begin an elementary teacher position internship with King City Unified School District starting in August. She will be getting her multiple subject credential through Cal State Teach.

Jourdan Jackson, psychology senior, has accepted a position as a research assistant at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego. NHRC conducts research, ranging from a focus on physical readiness to behavioral health needs of our military population and their families, to inform DoD policy and practice.

Kristin Koller, psychology grad student, is completing her traineeship at Hospice of San Luis Obispo County and is looking for agency work within the county.

Kristin Lee, psychology senior, is enrolling in a domestic violence training program and hopes to find a career helping with domestic violence, sexual assault and communal healing.

Kevin Lobb, psychology senior, accepted a job with The Walt Disney Company, to work in data market research. He will be starting in August in Orlando, FL. He is excited to use his psychology background in the context of marketing and to help bring joy to families around the world.

Katie Mandsager, psychology senior, plans to obtain a Master of Psychology and work as a life specialist.

Emily Markese, psychology senior, is considering doing a year of service at a low-income school or non-profit organization through the Service Year Alliance.

Stephanie McKeehan, child development senior, will attend graduate school at San Jose State working towards a masters’ degree in speech-language pathology.

Audrey Pearce, psychology grad student, will be continuing her work at the Community Counseling Center.

Susie Pollard, psychology grad student, will be continuing her traineeship at the Community Counseling Center.

Marcos Ramirez, psychology senior, will be working for Kids Connections Developmental Therapy Center in San Luis Obispo as an ABA behavior technician. He is also part of a new peer mentoring program that has been developed through the CLA Student Diversity Committee.

Laura Rea, psychology senior, has been accepted into Cal Poly’s Master of Psychology program for fall 2018.

Sandy Ricketts, child development senior, has been accepted into the MSW program at CSU San Marcos for fall 2018. She was selected as one of six candidates for the CalSWEC scholarship. The CalSWEC program will prepare her for a career working in the field of public child welfare through a two-year internship with the County of San Diego, as well as two years of employment with the county after graduation.

Nancy Sandoval, psychology senior, has been accepted into the Master of Psychology program at Cal Poly for fall 2018.

Benjamin Schaner, psychology senior, plans to take a year off to gain work experience, coach club volleyball, and become an assistant coach to the Cal Poly Woman’s Volleyball team.

Megan Sensiba, child development senior, has been traveling across Europe since her graduation in March. She plans to obtain a job in the human resources field in the Bay Area when she returns.

Nicole Shanley, psychology senior, will take a year off while working in Sydney, Australia. She then plans to attend a master's program to become a certified MFT.

Amanda Shrewsbury, child development senior, will be working as the lab manager on Dr. Bettergarcia’s research team at Cal Poly. She will also be shadowing a clinical psychologist, while applying to Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology.

Emily Siefke, child development senior, will take a gap year before entering a graduate program to become an occupational therapist.

Rhiannon Star, psychology senior, will travel to England to present research she has gathered with Dr. Julie Rodgers at a conference in London. She then plans to travel and gain work experience before applying for graduate programs in health psychology throughout the U.S. and the U.K.

Jessica Sterling, child development senior, plans to obtain a master’s degree in social work.

McCall Stone, child development senior, will be working full time as a retail sales supervisor at The Sock Drawer in San Luis Obispo.

Shawn Tan, psychology senior, will be a recruiter for a staffing company called Insight Global in San Francisco.

Laura Tomlinson, psychology senior, will begin the Master of Psychology program at Cal Poly.

Kelly Tompkins, psychology senior, will pursue a teaching credential in special education as well as a Master’s of Education at Cal Poly.

Allison Tuso, child development senior, was accepted into Thomas Jefferson University's doctorate program in occupational therapy. She will be moving to Philadelphia in the fall to attend.

Emily Weatherby, psychology grad student, hopes to obtain an associateship at either County Mental Health or Family Care Network as well as see clients in private practice under supervision of a licensed clinician.

Cameron Wiese, psychology senior, will work at a venture-backed productivity startup called Superhuman.

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