MA Student Ambassadors

MiSPP Student Ambassadors serve as representatives of the student body. Ambassadors work with faculty, staff, and students to promote MiSPP and its programs. If you would like to contact one of the representatives below regarding their personal experience(s) at MiSPP, please feel free to email them.

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program




Jennifer Deel

From Memphis, MI with a BS in Psychology from Capella University.

  • Residential therapist at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center in Memphis, MI., Development Plan with Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) and member of Families Against Narcotics.
  • Clinical internship experience working with male sex offenders through VOICES-Community Social Services of Wayne County.
  • Previous Research Assistant for Dr. Richard Slatcher’s Close Relationships Lab at Wayne State University as an EAR Coder.
  • Psi Chi induction at Wayne State University, March 2012, transferred membership to MiSPP September 2016. Phi Theta Kappa, SC4 Port Huron, 1995, Criminal Justice.
Michelle Hodges, MA


Michelle (Hodges) Justice

From Caro, MI with a BA in psychology from Saginaw Valley State University

  • Experience conducting parenting education and supervised visitation for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Previous research and dissemination concerning terror management theory and death anxiety in emerging adults
  • Volunteer work for both HPV Prevention and Awareness and Avon Foundation: Speak Out Against Domestic Violence
  • Current practicum at Monroe Community Mental Health Authority
  • I came to MiSPP because I believe in the power of humanistic psychology. MiSPP provides an environment that stays true to humanistic ideals, fostering individual growth and empowerment in both professional and personal life.
Greg Thornhill, MA
Greg Thornhill

From Swartz Creek, MI with a BS in Elementary and Special Education, a Masters in Learning Disabilities from Michigan State University. Certified as Director of Special Education from Saginaw Valley State University.

  • Special education teacher for 22 years, K-12.
  • Member of Genesee County Autism Support Group.
  • Former Director of Volunteers for Cerebral Palsy/Les Autres games
  • Presenter at many State and National Special Education conferences
  • I came to MiSPP because I was interested in the Humanistic approach to Psychology. Very supportive environment. Professors and staff are outstanding, and extremely helpful. They want everyone to succeed.


Ashley Craft, MA
Ashley N. Craft

From Detroit, MI, with a BA in Psychology from Michigan State University.

  • Currently works as a Pyschometrist and NeuroRehabilitiative Program Facilitator at Life Skills Village (TBI population)
  • Experience as a Recovery Technician/Patient Care attendant at Oakdale Recovery Center and Oakdale House (Co-occurring Substance Use Disorder and Mental Illness population)
  • Experience in youth advocacy for Juvenile Offenders
  • In the future, I plan to earn a PsyD., gain experience with multiple populations, go on to Law School and merge the knowledge of the two fields to become a social agent of change for underrepresented populations within under-served and disadvantaged areas
Adam Duberstein, MA
Adam Duberstein

From Waterford, MI with a BA in English and Psychology from Earlham College and an MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from OSU

  • Currently, I teach English part-time to high school students. Previously, I taught remedial English at the college level and worked as a higher education administrator.
  • Participated in several national presentations on academic counseling, education, and diversity.
  • Have professional interests in crisis intervention and the treatment of dysthymia. I am also interested in crafting clinical psychological research which addresses contemporary social and political issues.
  • Member of Dr. King’s Animal Research Forum (ARF) Team, where we research the benefits that animals can offer clients in a clinical setting.
Phillip Niklowicz, MA
Phillip Nikloqicz

From Caro, Michigan with a BS in Psychology from Easter Michigan University.

  • Previous work experience with the following populations; Traumatic Brain Injuries, At-Risk Youth/Residential Setting, Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, Case Management, Foster Care and Adoption, and Hospital Administration/Recipient Rights/Recipient Rights SA.
  • Currently a practicum student at Common Ground Oasis.
  • My experience here at MiSPP has been remarkable. Each professor’s teaching method is unique, which makes the learning environment intriguing and upbeat. I hope to continue on my education here at MiSPP to obtain a PsyD.

MA Alum

Andrea Brent, MA


Andrea Brent, MA, TLLP

From Madison Heights, MI with an MA in Clinical Psychology from MiSPP. Areas of experience include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (with a humanistic emphasis) with individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Psychoeducational groups such as: Coping Skills for Anxiety & Depression, Self-Care, and Stress Management
  • Neuropsychological & Intellectual Assessment
  • I came to MiSPP because I was interested in the humanistic approach to psychology. The school does a great job of supporting you and creates an atmosphere of welcome and acceptance. You walk out of class thinking “I can do this!”