MSPP Student Ambassador
4th Year Clinical PsyD Program
Latino Mental Health Program
My name is Alyson Theeman and I am a 4th year student in the Clinical PsyD program here at MSPP.
I have been interested in a career in psychology since my first semester as a college student – I enrolled in an Intro to Psychology course and never looked back! Immediately after graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Clinical Psychology and Spanish, I applied for a position that would allow me to work directly with adults with chronic mental illness and have continued to foster a passion for the treatment of underserved, severely mentally ill populations.
Always having a strong interest in the law, I decided to explore the field of forensic psychology by enrolling in a master’s program that concentrated specifically on psycho-legal topics. Once I obtained my master’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, my interest in pursuing doctoral work with a forensic emphasis was solidified.
When it came time to explore doctoral programs, I was drawn to MSPP not only because of its comprehensive Forensic Concentration, but also due to its extremely unique Latino Mental Health Program (LMHP). As a non-native, but comprehensive, Spanish speaker, I was attracted to the possibility of combining my dual interest in multiculturalism and underserved populations. For these reasons, as well as the student-centered atmosphere that MSPP maintains, the Clinical PsyD program at MSPP was an excellent fit for me.
Since enrolling in the doctoral program in the fall of 2009, I have had many invaluable training experiences through both the regular and LMHP curricula. My forensic practica have provided opportunities to work within inpatient, correctional and court settings and allowed me to develop a strong foundation in treatment and evaluation of diverse populations. In addition, I had two fantastic summer immersions in Costa Rica and Ecuador, fully funded by LMHP, where I further developed my Spanish-language skills and provided brief therapeutic interventions to Ecuadorian children and adults.
In short, MSPP has provided me with multiple opportunities to find my own path as a future psychologist and I am grateful that I will graduate with the comprehensive clinical training needed to work in the field. As an incoming student, I hope that you will experience this for yourself!