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

Photo of student Brooke Colman, PsyD student.


Brooke Colman, MA

From Bloomfield Hills, MI with a BA in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University and a MA in Clinical Psychology from University of Detroit Mercy

  • American Psychological Association and Michigan Psychological Association Member
  • Past practicum experience at Michigan Modern Psychology
  • Past work experience includes assisting in private practice settings, providing functional and diagnostic assessment on cognitive skills with geriatric patients, and worked with children on emotional, physical, and developmental challenges.
  • Past research assistant for Check on Health Detroit at UD Mercy

Adam Duberstein, MA


Adam Duberstein, MA

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

  • Currently, I work with Dr. Martin as a graduate assistant in MiSPP’s Clinical Training Department. Last year, I completed my practicum at Common Ground. Previously, I was a high school and college English teacher, as well as a student affairs administrator on several college campuses.
  • Given several national presentation on topics such as college student mental health, prescription privileges for psychologists, and student learning
  • I’m a proud member of Dr. King’s Animal Research Forum (ARF) Team, where we research the benefits that animals offer to therapy clients
  • My professional interests include: the intersection of clinical psychology and public policy; human-animal interventions; working with children with facial differences; and the unique needs of low-income/homeless clients

Phillip Niklowicz, MA


Phillip Niklowicz, MA

From Caro, Michigan with a BS in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and an MA in Clinical Psychology from MiSPP

  • 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
  • Past practicum experience 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

Headshot of Dima Swaidan


Dima Swaidan, MSCP

From Plymouth, MI with a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and an MS in Clinical Psychology from Madonna University

  • Member of Psi Chi, the American Psychological Association, and Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
  • Practicum experience in the Counseling and Disability Services Center at the University of Michigan – Dearborn
  • Accumulated three years of research experience in social psychology studies and presented at several conferences that include Meeting of the Minds and the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois
  • Currently working in a private practice in Plymouth, MI with adolescent and adult clients

Year 2

Carmen Cochran, PsyD


Carmen Cochran, MA

From Flint, MI with a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Flint and an MA in Counseling from Spring Arbor University in Troy, MI

  • Clinical experience from working in private practice as Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in sexuality therapy and education in Warren, MI and at Harbor Oaks psychiatric hospital in New Baltimore, MI as Licensed Clinician in the admissions department and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program.
  • Passionate about mental and sexual health with adolescent victims of sexual assault and trafficking
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.
  • 2016-17 Psi Chi Research Symposium Chair
  • Master’s practicum experience at Common Ground providing crisis intervention services to a variety of populations
  • Doctoral practicum experience at Seniors Wellness Group of Michigan providing psychotherapy to older adults
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 in therapy as the fundamental principle of change and healing
  • Current practicum placement includes working with Traumatic Brain Injury clients at the Children’s Orthogenic Institute and Autism Spectrum Disorder clients at Beaumont’s Center for Execptional Families
  • Clinical 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 approach as well as psycho diagnostic test administration at Ross Hepburn and associates
  • Currently hired as a Graduate Assistant, please contact me with any questions about research opportunities!
  • Current treasurer of Psi Chi

Year 3

Cynthia Malewska, PsyD


Cyndi Atkinson, 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 4

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.

  • Experience working with Dual Diagnosis populations, Health Psychology, and College Counseling.
  • Areas of interest include working in College Counseling, Sports Psychology, and body image.
  • Currently conducting research, a student ambassador for Division 32, has presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, and a board member of the OCD Foundation of Michigan.