The science-practitioner model used by TU's graduate psychology programs allowed Jill Wanner, 2009 PhD graduate in clinical psychology, to start training in practical applications of psychological techniques before finishing her degree.
The science-practitioner model used by TU's graduate psychology programs allowed Jill Wanner, 2009 PhD graduate in clinical psychology, to start training in practical applications of psychological techniques before finishing her degree. This head-start was invaluable to the successful beginning of her career as a professional psychologist, as was the department's emphasis on training students in the ethical application of their craft.
Jill's outstanding commitment to the program enabled her to secure one of the first Bellwether Fellowships for doctoral students nearing the completion of their degree. The Bellwether Fellowship allowed her to focus all of her attention on applying the lessons learned in her graduate coursework and its internship requirements to perfecting her dissertation.
Jill cited the clinical psychology program's science-practitioner model, the University's high academic standards, and excellent professor-student relations as the reason TU was the "logical" choice for her.
"I found the professors to be especially encouraging mentors, always willing to take time in and out of class to talk and offer advice," she said. "My time at TU opened my eyes to many different areas of study under the broad category of clinical psychology and allowed me to receive an education of the highest quality."
Jill's research interests while at TU included forensics, schizophrenia, psychological effects of racism among minorities, personality, and assessment. She is currently employed as a psychologist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, where she works in an inpatient psychiatric unit for returning veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD.
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