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Hometown:  Grosse Pointe, MI
Program: PTMA
Anticipated Graduation Date: July 2016

Favorite book (non-academic): The Alchemist
Favorite study spot:  Hunkered in my den on the couch with my 2 dogs and 2 cats around me.
My prized possession: Me!
3 things I have with me at all times: Me, myself, and I
Favorite saying: And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” –Paulo Coelho

Favorite TV show: Parenthood and Vikings (History Channel)
What would people be surprised to know about you? I have a huge desire to learn the drums.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? Bringing emotional support to late adult individuals.
What brought you to MiSPP and what do you want to do with your degree? A desire to bring to the outside world my passion to make a difference with people who are struggling emotionally. This passion peaked in me after a year of major growth in self-awareness and self-actualization.


PsyD Student Spotlight

Megan Meade-HigginsMeade Higgins Megan 300x300 Student Spotlight

Hometown:  Silver Spring, Maryland
Program: PsyD 3
Anticipated Graduation Date: July 2016

Favorite book (non-academic): The Thorn Birds; The Giving Tree; Stone Soup; Clown of God; anything by Liane Moriarty or Jerome Dickey
Favorite study spot:  Our house has a ‘princess tower’ complete with spiral staircase that my husband turned into an office for me; that is where I am now and where I live when I’m not at school or internship!
My prized possession: My wedding rings
3 things I have with me at all times:   Notepad and pen; phone; Motrin!
Favorite saying: “If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford I

What would people be surprised to know about you? I am an avid actress in community theatre (although not so much during the PsyD program!)- there are 42 shows on my resume from 1993-present. It is my passion!
Tell us something you’re involved with here at MiSPP (honor society, TA, writing tutor, etc.) I am currently a member of the newly inducted Psi Chi at MiSPP; I won this year’s Jill Benton Humanistic Scholarship; I went with the school’s team to Lansing and spoke before committees at both the House and Senate to extend our APA accreditation deadline (which was successful).
Why did you choose to attend MiSPP? My master’s degree is in social work; I hold a LMSW and a full license in the state of Michigan. I chose MiSPP after a great deal of research and reflection because I wanted more clinical experience with clients to help round out my education and experience.
What have you learned from other students? I am ecstatic about earning my doctorate. It has been a lifelong dream. It is the people I have met here, however, who have made all the difference in my personal growth. From the support and encouragement of the faculty and staff, I have worked hard to achieve my goals, and step out of my comfort zone. From my crazy and wonderful cohort I have learned valuable lessons about teamwork, patience and endurance, and being brave enough to be vulnerable and receive support rather than criticism for who I am and who I am becoming. I have learned that it takes a village to get a doctorate, and that, although it is often a very lonely process, no one is alone: we are all on the journey together.

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