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Maxine PegramPegram, Maxine

Hometown:  Brighton, MI
Program: FTMA
Anticipated Graduation Date: July 2015

Favorite book (non-academic): The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
Favorite study spot:  In bed or in my home office
My prized possession: Photo album with my kids’ pictures
3 things I have with me at all times: Cell phone, keys, and can-do attitude
Favorite saying: “Do not confuse activity for achievement.”

Favorite TV show: Modern Family
What would people be surprised to know about you? I was in the army.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? Human/Civil rights
What brought you to MiSPP and what do you want to do with your degree? The humanistic approach and I hope to continue on to the PsyD program. I then plan on practicing on my own or return to pharmacology and utilize my training there.


PsyD Student Spotlight


Toni Crocilla Antoinette Crocilla PsyD

Hometown:  Chicago (in Dearborn currently)
Program: PsyD 4
Anticipated Graduation Date: July 2015

Favorite book (non-academic): The Giver by Lois Lowry
Favorite study spot:  In the garden with a yoga mat and my cat.
My prized possession: My breath.
3 things I have with me at all times:   Gratitude, wit, and stylish shoes.
Favorite saying: “You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.”

What has been your greatest challenge? My greatest challenge has been learning who I am, what that means, and accepting that.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? Humanizing and re-integrating individuals who have been incarcerated; understanding the impact of social labeling theory; creating a more empathic society that can also better manage community safety.
Who is your favorite professor or staff member and why? Every professor and staff member has contributed to my personal and professional growth in a variety of ways; however, Dr. St. John has helped me to create a therapeutic identity that is fitting to my belief system and style of relating. Also, he has a superhuman brain that repeatedly challenges what I think I know.
What is your plan for after graduation? I am taking July off to restore my mind/body balance and to process the changes that have occurred these last few years. In August I will start a full-time position with Community Programs, Inc. managing outpatient sex offender and chemical dependency programming for Michigan Department of Corrections parolees and will continue to teach and learn. I continue to consider attending law school, but that’s probably just post-dissertation excitement and not a thought based in reality. We’ll see.


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