Alumni Profiles


Kaili Chen

/uploadedImages/Destinations/College_of_Arts_and_Sciences/Undergraduate_Programs/Psychology/Kaili Chen.jpgKaili Chen found her passion for Psychology when she was in high school. She wanted to learn more about others     and most importantly, wanted to find a way in helping others who were not able to help themselves. She chose Psychology as a major at USF and graduated in 2007. While at USF she served as the President of Psi Chi and was awarded the Fred Minnegroade award. After graduation she decided to move back to Hong Kong to try her hand in the merchandising business. After one year in a management trainee program, she decided that business was not for her. Currently, she is in her second year pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Alliant University in Hong Kong.

Allison Foertsch

/uploadedImages/Destinations/College_of_Arts_and_Sciences/Undergraduate_Programs/Psychology/Allie Foertsch.jpgAllie Foertsch graduated with both University and major honors in May 2010 with a major in Psychology, and minors in Child & Youth Studies and Gerontology. She held the offices of President (09-10) and Vice President (08-09), of the USF chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in Psychology. She served as a teaching assistant for various psychology courses, including Psychological Statistics, Research Design, and Advanced Research Methods. Allie completed her honor's thesis in 2009 with grant funding awarded to her from the Association for Psychological Science and Psi Chi. In addition to her service and teaching work, she was an active student researcher with  Dr. Shirley McGuire as a senior research assistant and Dr. Marisa Knight as lab manager. Her work at USF earned her the Fred Minnigerode award in 2010, given to the most outstanding graduating senior in Psychology. Currently, she is working as a research associate in the Memory Disorders Clinic at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco and applying to graduate school in pursuit of a doctoral degree in Cognitive Psychology or Affective Science.

Jacob Levernier

/uploadedImages/Destinations/College_of_Arts_and_Sciences/Undergraduate_Programs/Psychology/Jacob Levernier.jpgJacob Levernier graduated in 2010 with a major in Psychology, minors in Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Classical Studies, and a St. Ignatius Institute certificate. Jacob was a Project Manager in the research lab of Professor Emeritus Maureen O'Sullivan, PhD, and also served as a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant in Research Design under Professor Edward Munnich, PhD. The first student of USF in over a decade to be named both Dean's Medalist (Arts) and Valedictorian (Humanities and Social Sciences), Jacob's interests in cross-disciplinary undergraduate study founded in modern empiricsm were amply realized through involvement in the Psychology Department, including service as Vice President of the Psi Chi Psychological Honor Society from 2009-2010 and, at the nomination of the Psychology Department, as USF's sole delegate at the 2009 National Conference on Ethics in America at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. Jacob now assists in mental health research at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and is an applicant to graduate programs in Psychology and Education.