“What I like most about St. John's University is the positive and helpful attitude among its students and faculty,” says Alison Tebbett ’13Ph.D. Alison chose to pursue her graduate degree at St. John's because of the esteemed faculty and small class sizes that facilitate professor-student interactions.
As a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology specializing in child psychology, Alison is gaining experience working in the Center for Psychology Services for the Preventing Adverse Reactions To Negative Events and Related Stress (PARTNERS). This program offers mental health services to children and adolescents who have been through stressful or traumatic events, “We offer children alternative ways to cope with the thoughts and feelings related to traumatic events and give caregivers different methods of increasing their ability to gain their children's cooperation.”
Alison volunteered for the PARTNERS program before she became a full-time employee and graduate student and says that her experience working for PARTNERS is what motivated her to pursue a doctorate in psychology, “When I volunteered for a year with the program, I learned a lot about clinical psychology from the amazing people I worked with, and most of them had been doctoral graduates from St. John’s.” Alison is now a graduate student in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and feels that the individual attention faculty members give students is a beneficial part of the program, “I love that my classes are small enough that the faculty can divide their attention among all of the students in the class.”
After graduation, Alison plans to continue working with children who have suffered from traumatic events, “After graduation I plan to keep working with children and their families to help them deal with difficult life situations in a changing and uncertain world.” Alison believes anyone interested in pursuing a graduate degree in psychology should gain experience through volunteering or interning before they make a decision on what graduate program they should enter, “It is beneficial to have a broad range of experiences before you chose a graduate program,” advises Alison.
Alison believes the location of the Queens campus is ideal for reaching out to diverse communities and giving back to those who can benefit from the services of the clinical psychology program, “Queens is extremely diverse, ethnically and culturally, so you constantly meet people with different experiences, religions, ages and genders. I love the fact that I am helping all of these people.”