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Faculty Spotlight: Stacey Grindling

October 18, 2016

Stacey Grindling, PsyD, teaches in the doctoral program at MiSPP.

Stacey Grindling, PsyD

Dr. Stacey Grindling

What attracted you to teaching at MiSPP?

I graduated from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology; however, I had never known that there was a Michigan School of Professional Psychology! So once I moved back to Michigan after living in Chicago for the last nine years, I jumped at the chance to teach at another professional psychology school – as I love the philosophy (Vail Model of Scholar – Professional) of PsyD programs/professional psychology schools. 

What population do you serve in your clinical practice?

I conduct psychological testing with children and adolescents to rule-out ADHD, learning disabilities, and other neurodevelopmental disorders through Beaumont Hospital’s Center for Human Development. 

What do you find the most rewarding part of your work in clinical psychology?

I find that the most rewarding part of my job is helping children and adolescents understand themselves better, how their brains work, and what may help them in school to ease their academic struggles.

I’ve had so many kids audibly breathe a sigh of release once they understand that what they struggle with is a learning disorder, like dyslexia, and that they are not “dumb” or “stupid” or “lazy” as others may have suggested to them. 

Describe your teaching philosophy.

I’m a very high energy teacher; I talk fast! I love being able to integrate my own clinical practice and experiences into the curriculum.

I am teaching History and Systems of Psychology and hope to make the history of psychology a fascinating and illuminating experience for my students. 

What would your students be surprised to learn about you?

I love, love to travel and have traveled to over 20 countries! I’m constantly thinking about the next amazing place I want to explore!