PsyD 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.

Doctor of Clinical Psychology Program

Year 1

Tamara Stamper, PsyD


Tamera Stamper, MA

From Clinton Township, MI with a BA in Psychology from Wayne State University and a MA in Clinical Psychology from MiSPP.

  • Member of Psi Chi at MiSPP.
  • Practicum experience at Common Ground providing crisis intervention services to a variety of populations.
  • Co-Presented at the Michigan Academy of the Science, Arts & Letters in 2015 (When Clients Talk About Sex in Therapy: Therapists’ Reactions).
  • Coordinator and group facilitator of a Survivor of Suicide group in Macomb County.
Nada Hashem-Younes, PsyD


Nada Younes , MA

From Northville, MI with an MA in Adult Instruction and Performance Technology from the University of Michigan.

  • Passionate about establishing a center of empowerment and advancement that is focused on creative expressions of aspirations as the fundamental principle of change and healing.
  • Clinical practicum experience at New Oakland Family Centers working with child, adolescent, and adult clients in the FACE to FACE partial hospitalization program.
  • Experienced in leading the planning, strategizing, execution and delivery of performance improvement solutions and strategies.
Jared Smendik, PsyD


Jared Smendik, MA

Graduated from Aquinas College with BS in Psychology, and my masters from MiSPP

  • Previous experience working in a neuro-developmental residential unit with children
  • Practicum experience at Common Ground, training in crisis intervention approaches
  • Currently hired as a Graduate Assistant, please contact me with any questions about research opportunities!
  • Member of Psi Chi

Year 2

Maxine Pegram, PsyD


Maxine Pegram, MPA, MA, TLLP

From Brighton, MI with a BA in Psychology, a MPA from the University of Michigan Dearborn, and a MA in Clinical Psychology from MiSPP.

  • 2014/15 recipient of the MiSPP Cereta Perry Scholarship.
  • Served in the U.S. Army as a Unit Trainer.
  • Presentations include “Bridging the GAP,” “Marketplace Basics: Understanding Managed Care,” “How to Write a Business Plan,” “How to Sell in a Competitive Marketplace,” and “The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Pele.”
  • Multiple awards received including District Trainer of the Year, Cresset Guild Award from Takeda Pharmaceutical, and nominated for Distinguished Alumnus of the Year (UM Dearborn, 2010).
Cynthia Malewska, PsyD


Cyndi Malewska, MA, TLLP

From St. Johns, MI with a BS in Psychology from Central Michigan University and a MA in Clinical Psychology from MiSPP.

  • Experience with with adults diagnosed with schizophrenia living in a residential setting, juveniles adjudicated in a high-security facility, Community Mental Health adults with developmental disabilities, co-occuring disorders, and substance abuse.
  • Certified in trauma informed care and would like to get advanced certification in substance abuse.
  • Strong interests in humanistic psychology, existential psychology, and pet therapy.

Year 3

Tucker David


David Tucker, MA, TLLP

From Dayton, OH with a BS in Psychology/minor in Neuroscience from The Ohio State University and MA in Clinical Psychology from MiSPP.

  • Currently a practicum student working with chronic pain clients and has experience with Dual-Diagnosis individuals.
  • Has presented at APA Annual conference for Division 32 on the topic of multiculturalism and is a current board member of the OCD Foundation of Michigan
  • Areas of interest include work with young adults, athletes, and engaging in multicultural advocacy.
  • Out-of-state status has been pivotal regarding growth as an individual, student, and professional.

Year 4

Priscilla Zoma


Priscilla Zoma, PsyS, TLLP

From Waterford, MI with a BA in Psychology from Oakland University and both a MA and PsyS in Clinical Psychology from MiSPP.

  • Member of Dr. Dustin Shepler’s research team, the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance (IDEA), and former Treasurer/current member of MiSPP Psi Chi.
  • Experience working with children and families at Walnut Lake Preschool and currently completing internship hours at Jewish Family Services of Metropolitan Detroit.
  • Has presented at the annual APA conference (Online Therapy research), Division 32 conference (Family Dynamics), Michigan Academy of the Science Arts & Letters (Interfamily relationships), and the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Factors Influencing Family Functioning).
Deb Hamilton, PsyD


Deb Hamilton, PsyS, TLLP

From Bloomfield Hills, MI with a BA in Psychology from Central Michigan University and both a MA and PsyS in Clinical Psychology from MiSPP.

  • Presented The Development of the Social Media Anxiety Questionnaire: SMAQ with colleagues at APA Division 32’s Annual Conferences in Chicago, IL.
  • Teaching Assistant for doctoral-level Advanced Intelligence and Achievement Assessment course.
  • Former Secretary and current member of MiSPP’s chapter of Psi Chi.
  • Experience working with adult substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, older adult therapy, and therapy for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Research interests include trauma and resilience.
  • Currently an intern at Par Rehab Services in Lansing, MI administering Neruopsychological and Psychological Evaluations.