Category: Alumni Stories

Meet Dr. Jenifer White, alumna and founder of Project 1948

“What I enjoy most about my work is connecting and building strong supportive relationships around the world,” says Dr. Jenifer White, a graduate from the Online International Psychology Doctoral Program. Dr. White is the founder of Project 1948, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that combines photography and the human voice as a platform for social impact […]

Crossing Cultures

A field service trip to South Africa with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s International Psychology program changed Marissa Vishnu-Mack’s perspective on poverty and the human experience. Like most Americans, Marissa Vishnu-Mack had always considered food and clothing among the necessities of life—the bare essentials most people needed to survive. But as The Chicago School […]

Mission to Serve

Andrea Hentschel was among a group of students from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to put ethical theory into practice by aiding Syrian refugees on a study abroad trip to Athens, Greece. Andrea Hentschel, an online student in The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Business Psychology Ph.D. program, works with families in crisis every day […]

Native Daughter

When Psy.D. candidate Damita SunWolf LaRue landed her dream internship serving Native American Veterans in Alaska, she took her responsibility one step further. Drawing on her childhood experiences as a tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation, LaRue is building bridges between Native healing and Western medicine in her work. He was one of them, the […]

Janani’s Story: Thriving as an International Student

When Janani Vaidya first came to The Chicago School from her family home in Muscat, Oman, she admits feeling completely overwhelmed. The lifestyle was different. The social etiquette was different. And winters were the coldest she had ever experienced. But it didn’t take long before the international alumna began to navigate—and thrive—in this new and […]

Saumay’s Story: Exploring Psychology in the Workplace

Growing up in India, Saumay Khetarpal had a lot of influences that prompted her interest in organizational psychology—chief among them her businessman father. “My father would ask me a lot of questions regarding his business,” Saumay explains. “He would give me scenarios, ‘If an employee did this, what would you do’, and challenge me to […]

Carving new paths through The Chicago School

“Here at The Chicago School, I think it is extremely important to listen to the voices of our international students and make a constant effort to understand their unique needs and assets. As a native of Japan and an alumna, I understand that international student perspectives are different, and need to be valued and utilized […]

Helping others be the best they can be

Dr. Angela Joyner was already an executive on the rise at ConAgra Foods when she stumbled across information about a new Organizational Leadership program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology on the pages of Psychology Today. But she didn’t pursue a Ph.D. to be a better vice president. She did it because she wanted […]

Treating veterans’ mental health needs remotely

Dr. Peter Shore has always been a maverick—that guy with the idea no one thought could be done. Even when he was applying to doctoral programs, he had an unorthodox vision for a dissertation that included creating a documentary about the history of suicidology—a dissertation he ended up completing for his Psy.D. degree at The […]