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.

Shanyce Matthews: Mental Health Specialist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Shanyce picShanyce provides counseling services to individuals who have a mental health diagnosis or behavioral issues. She provides crisis stabilization for the child and support techniques to parent(s). Shanyce works in treatment teams that include doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists, and speech pathologists who implement treatment plans and enhance patients’ coping skills. She says the courses that provided the most valuable training for her career were Abnormal Psychology, Lifespan development, and Counseling Theories. These classes have allowed her to recognize the signs of different mental illnesses and the best ways to handle and treat underlying issues of the child.

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.  


Eldric Harrell Jr: Clinical Research Coordinator II, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Eldric picEldric works in the Division of Psychiatry as the lead coordinator of the Simon's Foundation SPARK Study for Autism, which is the largest Autism study in U.S history. His duties include collecting saliva samples from families, data entry, training new employees, coordinating patient enrollment with physicians, and co-enrolling patients along with other Autism related studies. Eldric credits the Mount's research and Senior Thesis courses for providing excellent preparation for this position. He says the Mounts psychology program prepared him well for the leadership role he has assumed at Children's.

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.  

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.

Alison Prather: Human Resources Manager, LADD, Inc.

Alison picLADD is a nonprofit organization that provides services for individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities. 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 now a certified HR practitioner. Alison believes that her undergrad studies provided a strong foundation for working in a field that deals heavily in human interaction. She is also working toward completing the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program at the Mount.

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 Clinical 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 of Clinical Pediatrics, Indiana University and Riley Children's Hospital

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. Dr. Reisinger is currently a professor with a joint appointment in the Division of Child Development at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Children's Hospital Child Development Center. During her career, she has researched neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, fragile X syndrome, Angelman syndrome). Dr. Reisinger believes the Mount's psychology program continuously challenged, inspired, and guided her toward her current career path in psychology. She was able to develop excellent research, clinical, and practical skills in her classes, co-op, and practicum at the Mount.

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.

Sami James: Research Coordinator, School of Medicine, University of Tennessee

Sami picSami obtained a master’s degree in Inclusive Early Childhood Education at the Mount after completing her degree in psychology (with a second major in criminology). She currently works in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in the Graduate School of Medicine at UT. Sami is the facilitator of the Knoxville branch of a multi-site NIH-funded study of web-based programs designed to educate pregnant women and assist their decision making about which contraceptive methods best meet their needs, preferences, and future reproductive goals. Sami recruits and interviews participants, and she assists in the data analysis. She says that the psychology research courses, her co-op at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and her Senior Thesis course prepared her well for her current position.

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: Program Manager of Maternal and Child Health, Butler County General Health District

Tracy picTracy earned her Master of Science in Public Health Education and Promotion at the University of Cincinnati, and she is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Tracy manages multiple maternal and child health programs and grants in Butler County.  She works to reduce infant mortality in the county while focusing on health inequities and racial disparities in maternal and child health.  Tracy’s role requires her to do strategic planning, grant writing, monitor and evaluate data, create and implement outreach plans, work with community partners and hospitals, lead coalitions, and implement policy and practice changes. Tracy continues to use skills and lessons learned from her psychology courses in her work today. She says the Mount also 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.  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. Cori is currently completing her doctorate degree in Educational Policy Studies, Measurement, and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky

Rachel Jackson Gordon: Graduate Student in Educational Studies, University of Cincinnati

Rachel picRachel is working on completing her Ph.D. in the research methods subunit of the Educational Studies program. She currently lives in Charlotte, NC where she is completing her dissertation. Her research focuses on adolescent sexual violence prevention. Outside of dissertation-related work, Rachel continues to work on projects focused on the well-being of adolescents and marginalized groups, as well as program evaluation through her graduate assistantship at the UC Evaluation Services Center. Rachel attributes many of her accomplishments to the psychology faculty at the Mount, who have played invaluable roles on her current career path.

Sherrie Kleinholz: Counselor and Leader of Outcomes and Expansion, Restoring Hope Counseling and Coaching

Sherrie picSherrie obtained her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Xavier University. She ensures high-quality counseling is offered to clients through monitoring outcomes of treatment, and she expands services where needed across the United States. She says her bachelor’s degree in psychology created the solid foundation that she needed in order to understand the complexity of human nature, mental health and illness, the importance of evidenced-based practice, and statistical analysis. Sherrie believes the classes that helped her prepare for this career the most were Research I & II, Abnormal Psychology, Pseudoscience, and Social Psychology. She attributes her success to the devoted support she received from her professors. 

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."

Jodi Logman Ichikawa: Graduate Student in Public Health, Indiana University

Jodi picJodi was a trained practitioner of Applied Behavior Therapy for individuals on the autism spectrum for several years. She is now earning a master’s of public health with concentrations in epidemiology (research identifying risk factors and disease patterns in specific populations) and medical statistics at Indiana University. Jodi has always loved research and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in epidemiology in order to study connective tissue disorders.

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.