MSPP Student Ambassador
Advanced Standing 4th Year Clinical PsyD program
MA in Forensic & Counseling Psychology class of 2010
My name is Lisa Giordano, and I am Advanced Standing student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program. In 2010, I was also a part of the first cohort to graduate from the Forensic and Counseling Master’s program here at MSPP.
I’m originally from Londonderry, New Hampshire and graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire in 2008. I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. It was in my undergraduate studies where I began to have a strong interest in forensic psychology. As I began my search for graduate schools, it was important for me to choose a Master’s program where I could expand my education in both forensic and clinical psychology. I also knew I wanted to obtain my PsyD and felt it was important to attend a school where both programs were offered.
In my education, I have personally enjoyed attending schools with was a strong sense of community. For me, a major component in choosing MSPP was due to the school’s continual support from faculty, staff and students. I really liked the integrated model at MSPP because of the emphasis on combining both academic and experiential education. Both criteria were very important to my career and educational experience.
Since beginning my coursework in 2008, I have been fortunate to be a part of additional programs here at MSPP. I am currently a member of the Latino Mental Health (LMH) program and have traveled to Costa Rica and Ecuador for summer immersions. In my immersion experiences, I completed course work and volunteer work for five weeks. I also had the wonderful opportunity of traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana in both 2008 and 2009 with the C.A.R.E. program. During these trips I completed various volunteer projects to help rebuild the city post Hurricane Katrina. I have also been a member of the Student Coordinating Committee (SCC) since and am currently the Advanced Standing Representative for students in the PsyD program. I am thankful to be a part of these programs, as they have offered me a unique and invaluable training experience. Since the start of my graduate career, I have grown both personally and professionally.
Upon graduation, I plan to provide mental health services to an adult population in both English and Spanish and am particularly interested in a combination of both individual therapy and testing.
I feel extremely thankful and fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful community here at MSPP. As an incoming student, I hope you will take time for yourself. Always consider your self-care, whether it’s exercise or time with family and friends – it’s important to take care for you!