Profiles

Roya Ayman

'Against all odds' are the words Roya Ayman uses to describe her journey to academic achievement at IIT College of Psychology, where she serves as professor and director of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Training Program.
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Tiffany Bishop

As a child growing up in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, Tiffany Bishop could see the red-brick fa?ade of IIT's Main Building from Dunbar Park, where she often attended her father's summer softball games.
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Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research

The stigma surrounding mental illness can compound problems experienced by sufferers, causing discrimination and limiting the opportunities of those in recovery.
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Adrienne Chin-Perez

As an undergraduate with interests in psychology, business, and political science, Adrienne Chin-Perez found a way to bring them all together in market research. What she learned through her favorite classes at IIT College of Psychology - Introduction to Statistics, Introduction to Marketing, and Introduction to the Professions - guided her to her career decision.
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Jody Coppersmith

Jody Coppersmith first knew she wanted to become a psychologist at the age of 14. She majored in psychology at Wayne State University and volunteered to work on a psychology research project, which helped to solidify her passion for the field.
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Patrick Corrigan

Patrick Corrigan always knew that he wanted to work in health services, but he didn't like medical school. Following his pre-med studies, he found his way to the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and to working with people with severe disabilities, which has been the focus of his academic career ever since.
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Carly Demopoulos

After obtaining her bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and her master's degree from the Teachers College of Columbia University, Carly Demopoulos chose to attend IIT College of Psychology for the opportunity to work with Associate Professor Joyce Hopkins.
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Kevin Franke

IIT College of Psychology student Kevin Franke came to the university as a Camras Scholar who was in the top 1 percent of IIT's applicant pool. Franke quickly adapted to university life and found the College of Psychology's intimate environment conducive to reaching his academic goals.
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Nishi Gupta

Coming to a big city attracted Houston-native Nishi Gupta to IIT, as well as the unique IPRO program and financial aid.
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Erik Harpstead

Erik Harpstead gave much thought to his decision to enroll at IIT to study psychology, and he's happy that he chose to attend because now that he is here he is learning to think like a psychologist.
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Joyce Hopkins

Over the 10 years that Associate Professor Joyce Hopkins has been on faculty at IIT College of Psychology, students have described her as being personable and having expansive knowledge of developmental psychopathology.
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Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson aims to one day teach psychology at the high school level and is particularly interested in the relationships that are built during that stage of life. He still keeps in contact with many of his former teachers at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Ill., and says they provided him with insight and influence at a time of growth and change. Johnson is hoping that in his role as IIT senior resident advisor, he is having a similarly positive impact on his fellow students.
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Terrence Koller

On August 28, 1990, an F5 tornado, clocking wind speeds between 261-318 mph, swept through Plainfield, Ill., killing 29 people and injuring 350. This tragedy inspired Terrence Koller, at that time president of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA), to help begin one of the country's first mental health disaster-response collaborations with the Red Cross.
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Frank Lane

Assistant Professor Frank Lane discovered a startling fact about many community rehabilitation programs in the Chicago area: they are in critical need of human service personnel with baccalaureate degrees
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Urba Mandrekar

When Urba Mandrekar was in the 10th grade at Abu Dhabi Indian School in the United Arab Emirates, a family member developed a psychotic illness. Witnessing that experience—and the person's successful recovery—inspired Mandrekar to choose psychology as a career path.
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Jaci Jarrett Masztal

When Jaci Jarrett Masztal was completing her master's degree in counseling at Florida Atlantic University, she took a position as a deputy sheriff thinking that the personalities she would encounter would provide a good groundwork for her future as a clinical psychologist.
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Alan Mead

Assistant Professor Alan Mead's unique background combines two areas of interest: the application of psychology to real-world, organizational problems (industrial psychology) and the art and science of measuring constructs such as knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and personality traits (psychometrics).
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Patrick Michaels

Ever since he was a high school senior, Patrick Michaels, now an IIT College of Psychology doctoral candidate, had one dream: to become a clinical psychologist
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Mood Disorders Research

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in any given year, nearly 9.5 percent of Americans age 18 and older will have a mood disorder, such as major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, or bipolar disorder.
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Scott Morris

What are the best characteristics a person should have for a particular job? How do gender-stereotypes impact hiring decisions and managerial effectiveness? These are some of the kinds of questions industrial and organizational (I/O) psychologists such as Scott Morris seek to answer.
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Crystal Reynolds

For Crystal Reynolds, the small community within a big city that is IIT is an ideal place to study psychology.
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Drew Rubin

Andrew Rubin (Ph.D. PSYC ’01) is the executive director and founder of New Directions for Young Adults, Inc. and chairman of the board for the International Society for Autism (ISA, isaresearch.org ), a non-profit organization funding scholarships for programs serving young adults with a range of psychopathology. In addition, the ISA actively engages in research on evidence-based treatment interventions.
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William Schiemann

Born in Chicago and raised in northwest suburban Park Ridge, William Schiemann knew of IIT's strong reputation and entered the school planning to pursue studies in electrical engineering, but he ultimately decided to earn a degree in psychology. He attributes his experience with IIT's College of Psychology, (then known as the Department of Psychology), as an opportunity to further develop a number of interests.
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Sarah Thilges

When Sarah Thilges was exploring graduate programs and read the description of IIT's Clinical Program being part of a small but strong institute in the big city of Chicago, she was drawn to the idea of obtaining a solid education in a world-class metropolis as well as having diverse opportunities for research and practicum placements, the combination of which she saw as being unique to IIT College of Psychology.
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