PSYCH 494
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Emily Carter

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Hometown: Palatka, Florida
Experience Time: Spring 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This semester I continued my work with Dr. Frank Hillary's Neuropsychology Laboratory. I am currently training to be a part of a multi-site Interpersonal Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury study that both of my laboratories will be a part of. I am working on both the research and clinical side of this project, which are important skills to have for graduate school. On the research side, I am learning the imaging protocol, where data will be stored, how a study is actually run, and how the IRB plays into this. On the clinical side of this project, I am learning how to administer neuropsychological tests.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My experience in Dr. Hillary's lab has influenced my academics in a myriad of ways. By being in his lab, I was offered to join one of his graduate seminars. Being in his graduate-level class has allowed me to immerse myself into what it would be like to be a graduate student. It also has taught me what it take to manage a schedule with a graduate level course in it. Now that I have taken a graduate course, I plan to take more in the upcoming semesters.

"The College of the Liberal Arts has helped me immensely with my research and my overall success as a student."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My time in Dr. Hillary's lab has changed my life completely. Being an independent student has made my undergraduate experience tumultuous at times, but Dr. Hillary has mentored me through that quite a bit. I now know the steps I need to take to start graduate school for clinical neuropsychology, what paths I can take in graduate school, what internship looks like, what a postdoctoral fellowship looks like, and what it is like to finally be a practicing clinical neuropsychologist.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts has helped me immensely with my research and my overall success as a student. The faculty, the advisors, and the funding have truly been a blessing while being at Penn State. They have helped me navigate just about anything you can think of regarding academics, career, funding, etc.

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