Our graduates have entered a wide variety of careers with their bachelor's degree in psychology, including positions related to mental health, child development, psychological and medical research, human resources, education, and business. Others pursued graduate study to become professional psychologists in areas such as clinical, school, developmental, industrial/organizational, and sport psychology; and some of our graduates obtained professional degrees in related areas, such as public health, education, social work, and physical therapy.

Below are examples of careers that our psychology alumni with bachelor's degrees have pursued.

Megan Pfeiffer: Clinical Research Coordinator IV, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Megan picMegan is an advanced-level research coordinator within the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. She currently manages two multi-site, NIH-funded studies where she works alongside neurology physicians, rheumatologists, pain management physicians, psychologists, and nurses to identify potential research candidates and coordinate patients’ clinical care. Additionally, Megan compiles enrollment and safety reports for study staff and NIH sponsors. She also works as the liaison between the data coordinating center and the site-based coordinators to ensure high levels of complete and accurate data entry. Megan credits her success to the Mount’s research courses, practicum opportunities, and interdisciplinary curriculum. These experiences provided her with the research and professional skills that Children’s, like many companies, seek in a candidate.

Chris Gullette: Account Manager, Aerotek

Chris picChris helps both job candidates and customers by finding the right people for the right job. He identifies qualified candidates through various recruiting and sourcing tools, screens and interview qualified candidates, and facilitates a relationship between the client and candidates. Chris says, “it’s a very rewarding job to be able to help people find jobs that they may not have known were available to them.” He believes the research courses he took at the Mount were very beneficial for developing job sourcing strategies, and Social Psychology and communications courses were valuable for understanding how people communicate and interact with each other. 

Lacey Bickett: Human Resources Assistant, Dualite

Lacey picLacey is responsible for recruiting and screening applicants to fill open positions. She works with employees in all levels of the company to improve safety and prevent injuries on the job. Lacey said her Social Psychology course helped tremendously with the employee relations aspect of her new position. The Health Psychology course she took has helped her to plan a wellness program for employees. Lacey believes that the psychology program at MSJ prepared her well for this career because of the rigorous coursework, opportunities for leadership roles, and her work to set up co-ops with local organizations.

Anna Fischer: Criminal Records Researcher, Convergence Research

Anna picAnna analyzes criminal background checks of offenders who have applied for employment or housing. She conducts extensive data analysis as part of her job to help companies and housing providers make decisions about applicants. Anna believes her Research classes at the Mount set her up for success at this job. She also says that her service learning experience at Bethany House, where she learned about the widespread impact of homelessness, poverty, and mental illness, was very beneficial for her current line of work.  

 

Jacey Schunk: Children's Services Case Worker, Hamilton County Job and Family Services

Jacey picJacey protects children from situations of abuse or neglect, and she works to ensure the social, physical, psychological, and emotional well-being of her clients. Jacey makes home visits to investigate allegations of abuse or neglect, provides assessments to determine whether a parent or guardian is fit to provide care, makes referrals to counseling services, and evaluates whether a child should be removed from the home and placed with foster care or an adoptive family. She says that her Lifespan Development, Abnormal Psychology, and Social Psychology courses were very helpful for this career.  

Elizabeth Davis: Associate Human Resources Specialist, AtriCure, Inc.

Elizabeth is piloting an Early Development Program in Human Resources at a medical device manufacturing company. This program involves a variety of job assignments within HR. She is currenting working on the Talent Development & Performance team. This role consists of leading new employee orientation, managing onboarding processes, designing and facilitating employee courses, working as a Learning Management System (LMS) administrator, and a variety of other projects. While at the Mount, she obtained a minor in Business Administration in addition to her psychology major. Elizabeth is currently working on obtaining her MBA at Northern Kentucky University. Elizabeth says her co-op experience during her time at the Mount was critical to obtaining and succeeding in this role. Other Mount courses she found most valuable include the research courses, Social Psychology, and Lifespan Development.

Briana Goines: Behavioral Health Specialist, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Bri picBriana primarily works with adolescents (ages 13-17) with a variety of mental health diagnoses and/or behavioral issues. She utilizes her training in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention to de-escalate children in crisis, manage safety, help regulate patients' emotions, and facilitate psycho-education groups. Each patient has an individualized care plan that she and her team implements and documents. Briana says her Abnormal Psychology course gave her in-depth knowledge of the mental disorders she sees on a daily basis, Lifespan Development helped her understand teenagers, and Research I & II developed the critical thinking skills she utilizes on her job. Briana is planning to attend the Mount's Physician Assistant graduate program to advance her career in the behavioral health field.

Below are examples of the graduate degrees and subsequent careers that our psychology alumni have pursued.

Erin Johns Grinstead: Clinical Psychologist, Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic

Erin picDr. Grinstead obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She completed her internship at Brooke Army Medical Center and was a military psychologist for 4 years. During her time on active duty, Dr. Grinstead served one tour in Iraq as a Combat Stress Control Psychologist and was officer-in-charge of her clinic. In her current role as a VA Psychologist, she provides individual and group evidence-based psychotherapy to veterans, and she specializes in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. Erin credits the excellent training she received in statistics and research methods at the Mount for helping her succeed in her statistics courses in graduate school.

Debra Reisinger: Assistant Professor, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Debra picDr. Reisinger obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina, and she completed an internship at the prestigious Kennedy Krieger Institute and a postdoctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). She is currently a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology and CCHMC. Dr. Reisinger specializes in psychological evaluation and treatment services for children with neurodevelopmental and related disorders, particularly autism spectrum disorder and fragile X syndrome. Dr. Reisinger’s research focuses on utilizing biobehavioral methods (e.g., eye tracking, heart rate variability) to better assess treatment change. She believes the Mount psychology program continuously challenged, inspired, and guided her toward her career path in psychology. The program was where she first became passionate about both research and clinical work in the field. Across her classwork, practicum, and involvement in faculty research projects, she discovered her desire to be scientist-practitioner blending both research and clinical work.

Natalie Rudolf: Physical Therapist, Howell Rehab Center

Natalie picNatalie earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Mount, after completing her psychology degree. She works in an outpatient facility where she assists patients in their rehab after they have had a total joint replacement or experienced a stroke. Natalie helps to return patients’ quality of life through exercises or other manual therapy interventions. She says her psychology major has been extremely helpful, especially the courses related to neuroscience and research.

Liz Huesman: School Psychologist, Clermont County Educational Service Center

Liz picDr. Huesman obtained her Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Cincinnati. She currently works for schools across Clermont County that serve students with social communication and behavioral needs. She works closely with teachers and administrators to support the implementation of academic and behavioral supports for students. Liz also helps supervise school psychology graduate students’ field experiences within the schools. She feels that her research and child development courses at the Mount provided a strong foundation for success in graduate school.

Mike Whalen: Senior Program Delivery Professional, Humana

Mike picMike obtained his master’s degree in school counseling from Northern Kentucky University and his Master of Science in Organizational Leadership at the Mount. He is currently applying his skills to improve the quality of health care. Mike manages a vendor that engages Humana members to complete their annual wellness visit. His duties include reviewing documentation of care managers, analyzing data, presenting data to stakeholders, and improving care manager policy and procedure adherence. Mike believes the opportunity to present at multiple national conferences while at the Mount, collaborating with professors outside of the classroom, and the diverse course offerings within the Department of Psychology were vital to preparing for this career. 

Tracy Bishop Barney: Senior Specialist/Program Manager, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Tracy pic

Tracy earned her Master of Science in Public Health Education and Promotion from the University of Cincinnati, and she is a Certified Health Education Specialist.  Tracy manages the Neurosurgery-Epilepsy Surgery Program at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center focusing on data collection and analysis, program planning and process building, and patient navigation and experience.  Tracy continues to use the skills and lessons learned from her psychology courses in her work today.  She says Mount Saint Joseph taught her about social justice, ethics, and the importance of serving others.

Cori Henderson: Associate Director, Office of Institutional Research, Northern Kentucky University

Cori earned a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Northern Kentucky University and a doctoral degree in Educational Policy Studies, Measurement, and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky.  She leads and manages projects and reporting within the Office of Institutional Research. These projects might include data analysis of a variety of institutional metrics, such as degrees and enrollment, retention, graduation, and successful course completions. She oversees reporting on these metrics at the state and federal levels as well. Cori credits her success to the Mount’s psychology research courses and senior thesis project. She also credits the psychology department faculty who encouraged her to pursue her research interests by attending and presenting at conferences and pursue graduate school. 

Rachel Jackson Gordon: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois

Rachel picRachel completed her Ph.D. in the Educational Studies program at the University of Cincinnati. She is currently in a postdoctoral program at the Family Resiliency Center in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at the University of Illinois.  She is supporting an empowerment evaluation project with local mental health and developmental disabilities agencies, and is evaluating a mindfulness program with preschool children. Rachel attributes many of her accomplishments to the psychology faculty at the Mount, who have played invaluable roles on her current career path.

Alison Prather: Human Resources Manager, Motz Group

Sherrie picThe Motz Group, located in Newton, Ohio, is a sports field construction group that specializes in natural grass and synthetic turf installation. Alison’s role involves talent management and development, strategic planning, improving organizational culture, risk management, and leadership development. Upon graduating from the Mount, Alison took the Society of Human Resources Certification exam, and is a certified HR practitioner. She also completed her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degree at the Mount. Alison believes that her undergrad studies in psychology provided a strong foundation for working in a field that deals heavily in human interaction. 

David Rudemiller: Director of Total Rewards and Human Resources Operations, Paycor

David picDavid wanted to work in a corporate environment, so he obtained a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. Today, David leads a team of experts using employee rewards, benefits, well-being programs, technology, and analytics to drive employee engagement and work performance. David mentions that the corporate working environment is currently taking a pro-employee approach that makes this career path very rewarding. Some of his work entails advanced statistics and data analysis, so his advice to current students is, "Pay attention in your research design and Senior Thesis classes, because out in the real world, you really do use what you learn."

Erin Kallmeyer: Graduate Student in Occupational Therapy, University of Indianapolis

Erin picErin is working on her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. Currently her research group is looking at the importance of discussing sexual intimacy in the field of Occupational Therapy. Erin is grateful for the education she received at the Mount, and she says it has played a huge role in her success this graduate program. In addition to her coursework in the psychology program, Erin took several other courses, including Human Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, and Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement, in order to prepare for graduate school in occupational therapy. 

Christopher Litton: Clinical Psychologist, PsychiatrySOUTH

Christopher picDr. Litton obtained his doctoral degree (Psy.D.) from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Missouri. He has worked with the Youth Opportunity Center in Muncie, Indiana, where he gained extensive experience working with children and adolescents in a mental health in-patient and alternative school setting. He is currently working as a clinical psychologist in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Litton specializes in working with people dealing with conversion disorder. He also works closely with area neurologists in helping those suffering from neurological diseases. He enjoys helping people with general mood issues, adjustment problems, and other assorted mental health concerns.