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Jack Fitzgerald

Name: Jack FitzGerald

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate degree(s): University of Cincinnati '17/ Communication B.A. Psychology Minor
Work experience:

Social Outreach Coordinator at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church San Diego, CA
August 2017 - August 2018

Student Chair of the Warren Bennis Leadership Experience
August 2016 - Present

Interest area: Organizational Psychology
Why the MAP Program? Where do you hope to be when you graduate?
I chose to be a part of the MAP program because I desire to develop a skill set to help solve practical problems in my community.  Additionally, I am excited to be in a cohort and make new friends. 


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Kelly Marie Hastings

Name: Kelly Marie Hastings 

Hometown: Knoxville, TN 

Undergraduate degree(s): B.S. economics (business and psychology minors), Berry College 2010-2014

Work experience: 3 years, 4 months at Pilot Flying J (Recruiting - HR) 

Interest area: Organizational

Why the MAP Program? Where do you hope to be when you graduate?After several years considering different graduate programs, I found the MAP program to be the best fit for me for a variety of reasons.  The MAP program (organizational track) complements both my educational and professional backgrounds.  I am interested in business-place psychology and HR functions, but I do not want to pursue an IO psychology or HR degree.  While I have experience with statistics, I am not interested in obtaining a degree or having a career that is too statistically driven.  Additionally, I do not want to narrowly focus my education on corporate HR.  The MAP program addresses my educational interests from a broader, psychological perspective while allowing me to earn my degree in 2-3 semesters.  After graduating, I plan to either work in a career center at a college or university, pursue another corporate HR position, or do recruiting/HR consulting work.      

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JP Hennessey

Name: JohnPaul Hennessey

Preferred Name: (if applicable) - JP

Hometown: Cincinnati

Undergraduate degree(s): Marian University, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, 2013-2017

Work experience: I am currently a HR Coordinator for UC Health working on a project to design and implement a HR call center for our employees

Interest area: (Organizational, Community, or Undecided): Organizational

Why the MAP Program? Where do you hope to be when you graduate?: I choose the MAP program because of the curriculum offered as well as the great reviews of the classes and professors involved.  I hope to find a position related to talent management and/or organizational change management where I can use the concepts gained through this program to bring previously unknown perspectives and ideas to an organization

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Brittany Keuscher

Name: Brittney Keuscher

Hometown: Grove City, OH

Undergraduate Degree: University of Cincinnati, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2014-2018

Certificate: Organizational Leadership- HR Track

Interest Area: Organizational Psychology

Why the MAP Program: After learning more about I/O Psychology and the flexible program UC had to offer, I knew this was the right choice for me. I/O Psych is appealing to me because of the various psychological components in the workplace. I was looking for an opportunity to combine my interest in Psychology and Human Resources when I found just that and more with the UC MAP Program. Here, I will get the educational foundation and real world experience that I need to succeed in this field and know it's the right place to further my studies in Psychology.

Where do you hope to be when you graduate: After graduation, I hope to build a career in organizational development or work in the consulting field.

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Lauren Mason

Name: Lauren Mason

Hometown: Bedford, VA

Undergraduate degree(s): Randolph College, B.A. in Psychology, 2012 - 2016

Work experience:

·      Research Intern/Executive Assistant -Thomas B. Fordham Institute

·      Research Assistant - Randolph College

·      Lead Investigator - Randolph College

·      AmeriCorps Member/Instructor - Virginia GoodSkills Literacy Corps

·      Teacher – Nursery School

·      Tutor- Academic Services Center

·      Sales Associate/Seasonal Assistant Manager – Macy’s

·      Administrative Assistant - Maier Museum of Art

Interest area:  Community

Why the MAP Program? Where do you hope to be when you graduate? I chose the MAP program because of the variety of research being done at the university. There seems to be a lot of opportunity for exploration within the department. I was also attracted to the program because of the flexibility of choosing to do an internship or a master's thesis. When I graduate, I would like to be either enrolled in a Social Psychology Ph.D. program or employed at a non-profit doing program evaluation.

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Lauren Redwine

Name: Lauren Redwine

Hometown: Mason, OH

Undergraduate degree(s): University of Cincinnati, Psychology BA & BS

Work Experience:

·      May 2014 - Present: Server at Sotto (Trainer from 2015-2017)

·      January 2018-April 2018 - HR Operations Co-op for 84.51

·      July 2018-August 2018 - HR L&D Internship for Health Carousel

Interest Area: Organizational (Specificallty- Consulting, L&D, Instructional Design, Training, Organizational Development, Executive Coaching, Employee Wellness)

Why MAP program - I am interested in I/O Psychology because I want to make the workplace a better environment for employees. I also want to help others with their careers.

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Thomas Schulz

Name: Thomas Schulz!

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH.

Undergraduate Degrees: Psychology BA, Psychology BS.

Work Experience: Defined Contribution Financial Associate (i.e. 401(k)s)

Interest Area: Organizational

Why the MAP: The MAP Program is perfect for me because for three reasons:

a) It's in Cincinnati, where my friends and family are. And, I have no intention of leaving them.

b) I can afford the time and money. I'm projecting to spend about four semesters in the MAP program, and I've mapped out the cost. Working full-time, I should be able to pay for this with very few loans. Which I love!

c) I know a bunch of the faculty members, and I think they're pretty great.

So, altogether, I think I'm going to enjoy my time here!


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Sam Smith

Name:  Samantha Smith

Preferred Name: Sam

Hometown: Deer Park, Ohio 

Undergraduate degree(s): University of Cincinnati, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 2014-2017. I graduated December 2017.

Work experience: I do not have much work experience pertaining to my degree other than assisting in research labs. I was a research assistant for three different semesters. I worked under Dr. Shockley with the study of perception and action one semester, whereas the other two semesters were spent working under Dr. Chui in the brain lab with graduate students Claire Wilkison and Lynley Turkelson. I also took a class which involved working directly with NAMI and doing procedure evaluations for the organization.

Interest area: I'm still somewhat undecided about my area of interest but I'm almost certain that I want to take the community route. 

Why the MAP Program? Where do you hope to be when you graduate?

I chose the MAP Program because I knew I wanted more than my BS but I wasn't sure if I wanted to go all the way for my PhD or not. I'm still undecided with what I want to do career wise, however, I do love the whole research methods aspect; designing and conducting experiments, data collection and analysis. When I graduate from the MAP Program, I hope to have gained some real work experience through interning as well as possibly having a job lined up pertaining to my field, preferably something to do with lab work. 

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Sierra Staten

Name: Sierra Staten

Hometown: Wordsworth, Ohio

Undergraduate degree(s): (List name of institution, degree, and dates attended – year is fine) University of Cincinnati. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Class of 2018

Work experience: Banking (First Commonwealth Bank) - 3 years. Lab Proctor (University of Cincinnati) - 3 years. HR Intern (Lykins Energy Solutions) - 2 months *current*.

Interest area: Organizational Development  

Why the MAP Program? Where do you hope to be when you graduate? I chose the MAP program since I was on the 4+1 track. I liked how you can tailor your studies to whichever track you prefer- organizational is mine. This program seems to be a perfect way to lead me into my goal of working for a corporation as an organizational developmental specialist, HR Director, or related field. 


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Mandi Ward

Name: Amanda Ward

 Preferred Name: Mandi

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Undergraduate degree(s): University of Georgia: Psychology major and Statistics minor, August 2014-May 2017

Work experience: 

·      Grad Assistant (NCA office, UC) 08/18-Present 

·      Teacher Assistant (UC) 01/18-05/18

·      Stock Manager (American Eagle) 10/17-03/18

·      Outdoor Adventure Leader (Camp Twin Lakes) 05/17- 07/17

·      Brand Rep (Hollister) 07/13-12/16

Interest area: Community 

Why the MAP Program? Where do you hope to be when you graduate? I chose the MAP program because I was interested in the research done by the faculty and I like the options to personalize the curriculum in this program. I think its great that students can take classes outside of the department to become well-rounded. I plan on applying to PhD programs after graduation, with the ultimate goal of becoming a professor. 


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Eman Alkotob

Undergraduate degree from Indiana University (2012-2016)

BA in Psychology, Minor(s): English, Anthropology

Interest area: Organizational

My particular interests include program evaluation, data analysis, and diversity in the workplace and UC’s courses align with what I want to focus on in my studies. As an undergraduate student, I conducted a Needs Assessment which accelerated my interest in Organizational Psychology as well as allowed me to work with organizations and qualitative/quantitative data. Besides this rewarding experience, I centered my senior capstone project on diversity in the workplace, particularly the perceptions of women who wear the Islamic headscarf, the hijab. This research project allowed me to investigate workplace attitudes related to diversity and the marginalization of outgroups. Some achievements of mine include graduating with a program GPA of 4.0, receiving awards from IUSB’s Department of Psychology faculty such as the 2016 Excellence in Psychology Award and the Haines Award for psychological research, and serving as Psi Chi Honor Society President during my senior year. Overall, Cincinnati is a city with great opportunity so I hope that I can gain experience and satisfaction through my wonderful time here in the MAP Program.

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My fifteen years as a graphic designer and six years as Assistant Professor in the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education (ELCE) at the University of Cincinnati have afforded me great opportunities to work closely with individuals and organizations to tell stories and craft success plans that are rooted in both strategy and emotion. Currently, my primary responsibility is in the teaching and advising of Graphic Communication Design co-op students, where my passion area is meaningful one-on-one guided reflection of co-op experiences. Additionally I serve as the Creative Director for Experience Magazine, an experiential learning trade publication, and as Co-Chair for ELCE’s Equity & Inclusion committee. I am thrilled to be a part of the MAP program and plan to research and innovate in the areas of equity and inclusion and workplace culture with a focus on emerging professionals in the design industry.

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Vanessa Boddy

Undergraduate Degree: Kalamazoo College, BA Psychology, 2013-2017

Minor: Classics

Work Experience: Research Assistant to Dr. Shanks, The University of Michigan, Summer 2015;

Research Assistant to Dr. Skibbe, ELLI Lab, Michigan State University, Summer 2016

Interest Area: Organizational Psychology

Why the MAP Program? Where do you hope to be when you graduate? I was drawn to the MAP program due to the thesis track that is offered. I am interested in applying to PhD programs after MAP and the thesis option will allow me to explore my interests at a greater depth and prepare for doctoral level work.

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Emily Cloud

Undergraduate degree: BA/BS in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, 2013- 2017

Certificate in Forensic Populations from the University of Cincinnati, 2013- 2017

Interest area: Community 

I worked in the lab for Cognitive and Affective Neuropsychology during my undergrad and am currently a GA for undergraduate advising with the Communication major. I chose the MAP Program because I am able to further my education at the university I have fallen in love with the past 4 years.  I have always been drawn to Psychology, and I want to use this program to continue my learning in the community field. Right now I am interested in working to better youth involved in the criminal justice system, and help them get back on the right track. When I graduate, I hope to either get my Doctorate or find employment. 

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Catherine Goderwis

Bachelors of Arts in psychology from the University of Kentucky (2013-2017)

Interest area: Organizational 

Why the MAP program? Where do I hope to be when I graduate: I picked the MAP program because I am extremely interested in organizational psychology, and I thought the program would be a good fit for me. 

When I graduate I hope to be career ready, and I also would like to be prepared enough so that I can get my Ph.D. one day.

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Jeremy Hoffman

Graduated with a B.S. and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, 2017. 

I come from a small town just west of Cincinnati, Ohio. There I learned the value of a hard day's work and the benefit of finding fulfillment and engagement in what you do. This lesson guides me as I pursue a career in Organizational Consulting with the mission to partner with both employers and employees in order to craft excellent workplace experiences. I currently intern as an HR Analyst at Paycor Inc and have a vested interest in analytics and organizational research.

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Ashley Martini

Undergraduate Degree: Psychology B.A. and minor in IT from the University of Cincinnati, 2013-2017

Why the MAP Program?

After learning about I/O Psychology, I knew this program would be the right path for me at this time. I/O was extremely appealing to me because of the various psychological aspects that are within leadership and the workplace. I loved the flexibility that UC had to offer and knew it was the place to further my education in psychology. After graduation, I hope to find employment in the organizational development or consulting field.

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Parinita Raghavendra

Bachelor of arts in psychology: Fergusson College ( Savitribai Phule Pune University) 

Post graduate diploma in human resource management- symbiosis international university 

-Work experience: 

Internships in HR departments of a) Walchandnagar Industries Limited b) Bhushan Steels Limited c) Icon 

Worked as a dance instructor and performing artist at Shiamak Davar international (2012-2017) 

-interest area:


-Why the map program? Where do you hope to be when you graduate?

The course curriculum is uniquely aligned with my interests, gives an opportunity to network with real companies in the field.  The capstone project provides an opportunity to attain real time experience in a relevant firm which will give a lot of insight on the working of a company and how psychology is applied on an everyday basis. 

On graduation I would like to work as an OD consultant in a consulting firm. Being a professional dancer, I would like to work even in a performing arts or media company as an organizational psychologist.

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Katie Renner

Undergraduate Degree: BA Psychology & Honors Sociology, Mount Allison University, 2017

Interest Area: Community

Why the MAP Program: I chose the MAP program because of the opportunities it will give me to receive a well-rounded education. I appreciate that while the program has required courses in Psychology, I can continue to take courses from other departments that are of interest to me. I also have a personal interest in social/community psychology, so I like how the MAP program offers a focus in that subject. After graduation, I would like to pursue a PhD or PsyD in Clinical Psychology, with the hopes of one day specializing in PTSD treatment. I would like to focus on working with military veterans/first responders and their families. If given the opportunity, I’d also like to conduct research on PTSD.

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Tyler Smith

I graduated from Wittenberg University in 2016, where I kicked on the football team, with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in neuroscience. I took a year off of school to start my own non-profit with my family, Smith Brain Connections, which connects health care professionals to educational opportunities about the brain and trauma to better support Traumatic Brain Injury patients and their families. More information about my non-profit and why we formed can be found at I chose UC because I liked the small class sizes and the fact that the program can be completed in just a year (although being very rigorous). I developed an interest in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology field over the course of the last few years and when I found out I could take classes to help my non-profit grow as well as working toward a job in the field, the program just made a lot of sense.

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Alice Bledsoe

Undergraduate degree: University of Cincinnati Psychology

While studying psychology, and assisting in research, I became intrigued, and realized that I should further my studies.  Psychology classes provided the foundation and understanding needed to move forward, while research with African American substance abusing women and the prevention of HIV provided hands on experience.  This research also allowed me to see true effects of what is needed in the community.  The education, and training that I’ve gained, made me realize that I can help the community, and those in need.  This is why my interest is in community psychology.  The MAP program is an amazing program that will provide me the additional education that I need to become a help to others.  I hope to work with various community programs and organizations to advance those in need.  My greatest desire is to found my own community program that can assist young children, and families in various ways.  This can be from providing homework assistance to training people in life skills.  If possible, I’d like to make some improvement in every person that I meet.

 Alice Bledsoe CV 

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Alexandra Bruce

Undergraduate degree: College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and German Studies, 2012-2016

Interest area: (Organizational, Community, or Undecided): Community

Why the MAP Program? Where do you hope to be when you graduate: Mainly I chose the MAP program because of the small cohort environment. I love the idea of knowing my professors on a personal basis and having opportunities that others would not have at a bigger school. I will be able to further my education and learn more about my future career. Also the program at Cincinnati is flexible and broad allowing me to possibly dive into concentrations I wouldn't otherwise be able to learn about. Upon graduation I hope to attend a doctoral program to earn my PhD in clinical psychology.

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Sara Ebner

BS Psychology; University of Cincinnati 2012-16

BS Neuropsychology; University of Cincinnati 2012-16

Minor Biology; University of Cincinnati 2012-16

Work experience: Pharmacy Technician 

Interest Area: Undecided (leaning toward community)

Why the MAP Program: I wanted to further my education while delving deeper into the psychology field. I know that I am extremely interested in psychology and want to work within the field but have not pinpointed exactly where. I know this program will help lead me in the right direction.

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Luke Ewald

Undergraduate degree: Wittenberg University - B.A. in Psychology, 2011

Interest Area: Community Psychology / Social Psychology

Why the MAP program? UC is a well-known program that is respected at my undergraduate university. I have known several students that have been involved in various UC psychology programs and all of them recommended it as a challenging and rewarding experience. The MAP best fits my social psychology Interests and will help me in my career goal of acquiring my Ph.D and researching and teaching at the University level. When I graduate, I hope to be in a position to transfer into a Ph.D program to continue my education. 

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Patrice Kirksey

Undergraduate degree: 

Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
BA in Psychology: 2010 – 2014

Interest area: Organizational Psychology

Why the MAP Program?
I chose the MAP program because it is tailored to focus on organizational psychology, my particular area of interest. It also offers the opportunity for applied work within different fields, which I think is very helpful upon finding a career upon graduation. I hope to have a fulfilling profession as a human resource analyst or consultant in Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA or Charlotte, NC.


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Morgan Pond

Undergraduate degree: B.A. in Psychology and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University

Interest Area: Community, particularly youth violence and treatment availability. 

Why the MAP program: I love that there is so much collaboration between faculty here and that there is direct focus on community level issues really appealed to me.  When I graduate, I'd like to either be heading to a Ph. D. Program in community or clinical psychology, or taking some time to get some work experience in a lab as a research associate.  

 Morgan Pond Resume 

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Soula Liaros

Undergraduate degree:
University of Cincinnati – BS in Psychology: 2012 – 2015

Interest area: Organizational and Community

Why the MAP Program?
I plan to go on for my doctorate but I would love to be able to do some consulting/research for big firms, as well as do research that could better serve the community.

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Jasmine Burno

Every group and individual has the truth of their own story complete with all of its complexities. The journey of acknowledging and understanding the complexities of each story can often cause fear, guilt, and pain, making it more intimidating than engaging. I believe my charge, as an equity leader, is to find stimulating ways to introduce the truths of others while promoting the courage necessary to expand one’s point of view. In college and throughout my professional career I have learned the importance that cultural competency and diversity have on fostering equitable and inclusive communities and organizational environments. The knowledgeable faculty and interdisciplinary curriculum of the MAP program affords a distinctively impactful experience that helps to expand my personal and professional capacity by providing the skills needed in integrating theory into practice. The Master’s degree in Psychology will help me to heed the charge by laying the foundation for my transition into a career focused in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice; and not only expand the truth of my own story, but improve it. 

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Domenic DiFrancesco

Undergraduate degree: University of Cincinnati – BS in Psychology and minor in Spanish 2012 – 2016

My work experience has included internships at various psychology research labs as well as a more recent human resources summer internship in 2016. I currently work in the mental health field and am a GA for the MAP program. My area of interest in this program is industrial-organizational psychology. I have chosen to pursue this route because I enjoy research and through my experiences I have realized how important the workplace is to an individual's mental and physical well-being. In this program, I hope to explore this further through research in employee satisfaction and diversity in the workplace. After the MAP program, I hope to continue on in school or to find employment.    

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Brice Henry

B.S. and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati (2014-2016)

I was a preschool teacher for five years and worked for a private childcare facility as well as the YMCA. I have worked with adults with developmental disabilities in group homes. Over the spring 2016 semester I completed an internship at the Cincinnati Center for Autism within their behavior management program. I was employed at the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky where I was responsible for behavior management, informal counseling, observation of youth's behavior and documenting progress. Currently I am employed full-time with the State of Ohio at Summit Behavioral Hospital it is a psychiatric hospital that treats primarily forensic patients diagnosed with a mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder. I am interested in the area of Community largely because I have worked for several organizations whose primary goal is provide tools and resources to individuals who have experienced significant trauma in order to reintegrate them into mainstream society. Also, I have a passion for assessing programs that are designed to aid those in need; in order to find ways to utilize resources effectively. I applied to the MAP program to broaden my knowledge and understanding of psychology specifically research and program evaluation. Immediately after graduation I plan to enter the workforce; as well as seek out opportunities to consult with program evaluations. 

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Justin Carroll

Undergraduate degree:

Associates of Technical Studies, Emergency Medicine; University of Cincinnati: 2013 BA, Psychology; University of Cincinnati: 2016

Interest area: Community and program evaluation

Why the MAP Program? I love all things about the university of Cincinnati. My career goals have been more related to evaluation and program development or product development and I knew this degree option would be a far better choice for my future than some others may have been.

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Elizabeth Kaiser

Undergraduate degree: University of Dallas, Bachelors of Arts 2008-2012

Interest area: Community

Why the MAP Program: After several years in be field of substance abuse, I am seeking to learn more about research and emerging strategies for community change. After this program, I hope to be contributing to research literature on substance abuse, either by furthering my education or by interning in a community lab.

 Elizabeth Kaiser CV 

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Jessica Spicer

Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience/Bowling Green State University: 2011-2015

Interest area: Community, more specifically criminal/forensic psychology

Why the MAP Program? I chose the MAP program in order to further my pursuit in getting my PhD in psychology. I wanted to have graduate school experience before fully entering my PhD. Also, the map program allowed me to take law courses that will help to further my interest in forensic/criminal psychology.

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Thomas Hizer

I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Xavier University. When I began the degree, I anticipated I would be a clinical psychologist, but that changed the more I heard about Industrial Psychology. The idea of applying psychology to the workplace greatly interested me, and I began to shift my focus to one that looked more at Human Resources. Upon my graduation from Xavier, I began working with UC’s College of Medicine HR office, where I learned quite a bit about the field of Human Resources and the University as a whole. I have recently transitioned to the College-Conservatory of Music, a perfect fit for a former theater techie, where I am continuing to learn something new every day. I am excited to earn this Master’s of Applied Psychology so I can continue to expand my knowledge and apply it to this great university.

Organizations on Campus

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There are a number of organizations listed below that may be of interest to those on the community psychology or I/O psychology track.