As a person of color who lives in the same neighborhood as Ella Hill Hutch, volunteering my time parallels with USF's mission statement. My goal is to always be a Public Health and Mental Health professional serving underrepresented communities.
I was a youth who struggled with housing options and experienced homelessness during High School, it was other health professionals who came into my life, via a clinical exam, or community Health Fair, that inspired me and encouraged me to fight for my dream of becoming a Mental Health Provider no matter my obstacles."
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."
Prior to starting the Clinical Psychology PsyD 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."