The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing

Student Profiles

Alexa Carbajal

Alexa Carbajal

B.A. Psychology, University of San Francisco

While earning my BA in Psychology from the University of San Francisco, I found a passion for working with underserved populations in community mental health settings. 

I chose the PsyD program at the University of San Francisco because of its commitment to offering a quality and thorough education. It was imperative for me to enroll in a program that would teach me about, and how to interact with different cultures. I found USF’s commitment to social justice to be unparalleled by any other PsyD program. 

USF makes it possible to achieve a quality education by ensuring that class sizes remain small and are led by enthusiastic and knowledgeable professors. An added benefit of receiving a USF education is the diversity of faculty and fellow peers; I feel that this diversity has made it possible to engage in thought-provoking and stimulating conversations in classes.

Jennifer Ho

Jennifer Ho

B.A. Psychology, University of San Francisco

Prior to starting the Doctor of Clinical Psychology program, I worked for a nonprofit organization that provided support services to children and families involved in the foster care system. Although I thoroughly enjoyed my job, I realized that within this population, many unique needs were going unmet. I wanted to do more, and with my current degree, I was limited. 

When I learned of USF’s PsyD program, which has an emphasis in Behavioral Health and focuses on diverse underserved populations, I immediately thought that it would be a good fit for me. Now that I have completed my first year, I know that I chose well. I enjoy the small class sizes, engaging professors, and opportunity to have a first year practicum placement (California Pacific Medical Center – Kalmanovitz Child Development Center). 

In addition to my practicum placement, I also obtained a part-time Training Program Assistant position at USF’s Counseling and Psychological Services. All of these experiences keep me busy, but most importantly, I believe that I am receiving a well-rounded education that extends beyond the classroom. Ultimately, I hope to provide prevention, early intervention, and rehabilitation services to children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma. With a PsyD from USF I know that I will receive a quality education that is progressive, diverse, and committed to social justice.

More Information

For more information about the program, please contact Susana Torres in the School of Nursing and Health Professions (San Francisco main campus) at (415) 422-2806 or storres2@usfca.edu