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Meet Our Psy.D. Students

Pictured are Point Park's Psy.D. students in Fall 2017. | Photo by Amanda Dabbs

Students come to Point Park University's Psy.D. in clinical-community psychology program with strong educational backgrounds and a variety of clinical and research interests and career goals.

Featured below are the 12 students who were accepted into Point Park's Psy.D. program — one of only a few doctoral-level programs in the nation to teach humanistic psychology.

Meet the Doctoral Students

Learn about the students' prior education, clinical and research interests and career goals. 

Pictured is Psy.D. student Anne Rinehart. | Photo by Amanda DabbsAnne Rinehart

Prior Education: B.A. in English Language and Literature an Spanish Language and Literature, Adrian College; M.A. in Criminology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Clinical and Research Interests: Ecology of incarceration, relational transgression, social deprivation and sexual aggression 

Career Goals: Forensic psychology in court and/or prison systems

Pictured is Psy.D. student Ashley Bobak. | Photo by Brandy RicheyAshley Bobak

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University; and M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Chatham University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Mindfulness-based treatment; utilizing humanistic approaches to address substance abuse, existentialism and psychosis

Career Goals: Work with individuals and communities using humanistic epistemology to facilitate the reduction of suffering and dismantle systems of oppression; create alternative approaches to therapy that allow for the maintenance and reverence of human dignity


Pictured is Psy.D. student Isaiah Noreiga. | Photo by Brandy Richey Isaiah Noreiga

Prior Education: B.A. in Communications, Duquesne University

Clinical and Research Interests: Constructive alternativism, post structural psychology, black feminist thought and black existentialism

Career Goals: Clinical psychologist, educator, and writer

Pictured is Psy.D. student Francine Caldwell. | Photo by Amanda DabbsFrancine Caldwell

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University; and M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Senior citizen population, Alzheimer's Disease care, quality of care, quality of life and meaning making

Career Goals: Work within government and community organizations to create higher standards of care, higher quality of life and help create accessible mental health care options for underprivileged populations


Pictured is Psy.D. student Brandon Graham. | Photo by Amanda DabbsBrandon Graham

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Duquesne University; M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Existential-phenomenological conceptions of psychosis and post structuralism

Career Goals: To work in cultural therapeutics

Pictured is Psy.D. student Sara Kyles. | Photo by Amanda DabbsSara Kyles 

Prior Education: B.A. in Child and Family Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Behavioral health psychiatric units for children and adolescents, placing less emphasis on medication as the primary treatment and violence in black communities

Career Goals: To become a psychologist and communitiy activism work involving mental health 

Pictured is Psy.D. student Mark Carino. | Photo by Amanda DabbsMark Carino

Prior Education: B.S. in Business Management, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Clinical and Research Interests: Forensic psychology, family systems and corporate psychology

Career Goals: Open private practice and also be involved with the Department of Corrections as well as forensic psychology


Pictured is Psy.D. student Chelsea Chase. | Photo by Amanda DabbsChelsea Chase

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Penn State Behrend; M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Trauma, particularly focused on sexual abuse; working to change the flaws within the mental health system including the ways which people with "severe" mental illness are currently diagnosed and treated

Career Goals: Disseminate views, knowledge and quandaries through as many modes as possible through clinical practice, teaching and writing

Pictured is Psy.D. student Kimberly Champion. | Photo by Amanda DabbsKimberly Champion

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University; veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve (23rd AG Postal Company)

Clinical and Research Interests: Existential and Person-Centered Human Theory and understanding the resilience of the human spirit in its ability to cope with the oppressive nature of its environment

Career Goals: Work within the system to promote positive change and to encourage healthy living, especially within oppressed communities where resources are limited

Pictured is Psy.D. student Jeremy Northup. | Photo by Amanda DabbsJeremy Northup

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Park University; M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University 

Clinical and Research Interests: Psychosis, anarchism, mysticism, post structuralism, Deleuze and Guattari, deconstruction, schizoanalysis, psychoanalysis, transpersonal psychology, (advocate) ethnography, qualitative research and birding

Career Goals: Teaching, qualitative research and therapy

Pictured is Psy.D. student Samm Peoples. | Photo by Amanda DabbsSamm Peoples

Prior Education: B.A. in Psychology, Robert Morris University; ongoing graduate studies at Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Opening therapeutic spaces that attend to relational experiences of autistic clients, participatory autism studies, deconstructive narrative therapeutics, critical theory, genealogy of ability, process art, existential-phenomenology and punk rock

Career Goals: Accessible psychotherapy, participatory research, art, storytelling and sharing

Pictured is Psy.D. student Wendy St Myers. | Photo by Brandy RicheyWendy StMyers

Prior Education: B.S. in Human Services, Purdue University; M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University

Clinical and Research Interests: Working in the community and clinically with military men and women post war; the effectiveness and implementation of community, family and job reintegration services specifically for military men and women

Career Goals: Give back to military heroes through awareness of and crucial clinical support for systems that help reintegrate them back into civilian life


Learn More

The 90-credit Psy.D. in clinical-community psychology program at Point Park University uniquely integrates community psychology with clinical psychology, equipping students with diversified skills to pursue a variety of career paths.

Designed to be completed in four years, the program includes a dissertation and one-year, full-time clinical internship. The curriculum is comprised of a variety of theoretical, research, and clinical courses, including four clinical practicums and a community practicum. 

Request more information or apply online for the fall 2018 semester.