Psychometrist, Cleveland Clinic
I knew that I was going to choose psychology since early on in high school. I found the brain in general to be fascinating, but, more specifically, was interested in learning more about the way that people interact and the underlying processes behind these everyday interactions. As a student at John Carroll, I quickly fell in love with psychological research, especially within the realms of cognitive and social psychology.
The mental health track allowed me to fully take advantage of the research opportunities available within the department. I was able to take all of the research courses (introductory, advanced, and independent), as well as a number of practicums and internships, namely through VPAC and the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, that allowed me to transfer the knowledge and experience gained in those courses and apply them in a practical, “real world” environment. Moreover, I was given the opportunity to reinforce my grasp on the concepts of experiment design and research methods and pass along that knowledge to other students through my involvement as a teaching assistant for three semesters. The extensive involvement with research also revealed the importance of having a strong quantitative background and firm statistical foundation, which led to my minoring in statistics.
I am currently employed at the Cleveland Clinic within the Neurological Institute as a psychometrist. My primary responsibilities involve the direct administration of psychological and neuropsychological tests to patients, as well as scoring the measures and working with the neuropsychologists in interpreting the information to formulation a treatment plan for that patient (therapy, medications, surgery, etc.). I will also be assisting one of the neuropsychologists with some of their research, as I prepare myself for the next stage of my education.
I plan on entering a clinical psychology Ph.D. program in the next one to two years after gaining some invaluable experience working directly with patients, receiving training in a wide range of neurological test administration and scoring, and expanding my research base through work with various neuropsychological projects. In the future, I plan on specializing in research on the etiology of anxiety and stress, and the underlying processes behind the inhibitory/facilitating effects on cognitive processing, memory, decision making, and overall performance. I also plan on conducting research and doing clinical work with patients suffering from anxiety disorders, specifically Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and General Anxiety Disorder (GAD).