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MA Student Spotlight


Sherisa McDonald  

Sherisa McDonald (MA)

Hometown: Berkley, MI
Program:
MA

Book I would recommend: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Favorite quote:

“Do the things others will not do-So you will have the things other will not have.” Dr. Cleflo Dollar

What would people be surprised to know about you? I enjoy woodburning…
What is a cause you’re passionate about? I am passionate about people, the general welfare of my fellow man, and social injustice.
Why did you choose to attend MiSPP? I found the intimate learning environment and the hands on approach of the entire staff very appealing. 
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? I am still exploring, but I am drawn to working with at-risk youth.
What is your plan for after graduation? I am not for certain at this time.


ABA Student Spotlight


Jacob Chmara
Chmara Jacob ABA

Hometown: Southfield, MI
Program:
MA with ABA

Book I would recommend: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Favorite quote: “We don’t give to those we love, we love those to whom we give.”

What would people be surprised to know about you? People may be surprised to know that I am an identical twin. I also have never been to a barber shop in my life. I have no clue what it costs for a haircut.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? I am passionate about donating money and time to Yad Ezra, a Jewish organization that provides food and meals to those who are hungry, poor, sick, or just unable to leave the house. The smiles on their faces brings out a passion for giving in all of us.
Why did you choose to attend MiSPP? I chose MiSPP for the intimate environment, the world-class instruction, and the ability to learn the subject material on a deep level. I am also attracted to the humanistic approach to psychology espoused by MiSPP.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? I would like to involve myself in the social services, either applying my psychology skills in a school environment or in a clinic. I would like to service kids with special needs, including Autism, emotional impairments, etc.  
What is your plan for after graduation? After graduation I hope to find a job that fits well with my personality and interests. However, most importantly, I want to start a family that I can support both financially and psychologically, and to be a tremendous dad. 


PsyD Student Spotlight


Lauren Herline 

Hometown: Hemlock, MILauren Herline (PsyD)
Program:
PsyD

Book I would recommend: Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten

Favorite quote: “Live for the moments you can’t put into words.”

What would people be surprised to know about you? I think people would be surprised to know that I am very adventurous. I love traveling the world and the adrenaline rush that you get from doing something new and exciting. I’d have to say that shark fishing is at the top of my list so far. But sky-diving is on my bucket list.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? I am passionate about ending child abuse and neglect in our communities. There is just no excuse for it.
Why did you choose to attend MiSPP? I chose MiSPP to continue my graduate studies for two reasons. First, the tough curriculum. I knew it would be challenging. By succeeding, I am setting myself up to be a competitive applicant for future jobs. Second, the small cohort. My Master’s program was a cohort-style program as well, and I made some of my best friends there. I know MiSPP will offer the same close-knit group.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? I would like to specialize in Pediatric Neuropsychology.
What is your plan for after graduation? After graduation I plan to return to Saginaw Psychological Services, Inc. where I first began my career as a Psychologist. As one of the most highly reputable mental health outpatient clinics in Saginaw, I know my education and experience at MiSPP will be put to good use.


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