Current Students in Clinical-Community Psychology


clinical community cate 2016

Hello! My name is Catherine Petrowski and I entered the Clinical-Community program in 2012. I am originally from Michigan, and I received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago earlier in 2012. My primary research and clinical interests focus on working with marginalized populations, particularly women, within a culturally relevant, systems-oriented, and feminist framework. My research interests include the lived experiences of families living with mental illness. Specifically, I have explored the experiences of young women raised by mothers with mental illness, and I plan to expand this area of focus in the future by talking with siblings raised by parents with mental illness. Outside of my graduate studies, I am interested in art, music, movies, reading, and spending time with friends and my cat.

“To me, Clinical-Community Psychology seeks to understand the individual within the different social systems in which they operate.  A Clinical-Community psychologist, be they researcher or practitioner, appreciates that individuals are shaped by their surrounding social context. They understand that science, like the personal, is political and allow for, and even embrace, value-laden work. Clinical-Community psychologists serve as community advocates by emphasizing and promoting the strengths and resiliencies of marginalized groups, and work to bring about recovery and change on both the individual and systemic levels."

clinical community sabrina 2018

I entered the Clinical-Community program in the Fall of 2013.  I graduated from Washington State University with a BS in Psychology.  My research interests currently focus on the resources available to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness as well as their relationships with family, friends, and caregivers.  I am also interested in improving access to resources for underrepresented populations such as low-income families, individuals with disabilities, people of color, members of the LGBQ+ community, and transgender individuals. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, reading, painting, and crafting.

“To me, Clinical-Community Psychology acknowledges the power and influence that one's community can have on the recovery of individuals living with serious mental illness while emphasizing the strengths and resilience of the individual.  Community Psychology empowers individuals by considering the contextual factors that pose potential barriers for underrepresented populations in the pursuit of recovery.  Clinical Psychologists are able to pursue research, practice, and prevention efforts to benefit the community on an individual and systemic level."

clinical community maren 2018

I entered the Clinical-Community program in 2013.  I am originally from Minnesota, and I earned my Bachelors degree in Psychology at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, MN.   I am currently researching the effects of sexually objectifying music lyrics on the self-perceptions of women. My favorite thing about graduate school so far has been meeting so many like-minded people who quickly became my friends. 

"Being a clinical-community psychologist means that I value giving a voice to underrepresented and marginalized groups, and am interested in the redistribution of power and resources as a way to facilitate change and achieve justice for these populations.  It also means that I am acquiring the tools and knowledge to be able to intervene at any level of a problem, whether it be individual, family, community, or even society."

clinical community lindsey 2018

Hi there! I entered the Clinical-Community program in the Fall of 2014. I am originally from Mokena, Illinios, which is a southwest suburb of Chicago. I graduated from the University of Dayton in 2008 with a BA in Psychology and minors in History and Women’s Studies. Before starting graduate school, I worked as a research coordinator at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. My research interests currently focus on online communities and social justice. Specifically, I am interested in hashtag activism, such as consciousness-raising efforts on Tumblr, and how these internet movements are related to offline civic participation. In my free time, I enjoy traveling to amusement parks with my husband, cheering for the Green Bay Packers during football season, doing zumba and yoga, and reading for pleasure.

“To me, Clinical-Community Psychology tries to understand the social and environmental contexts that affect individuals. This approach respects the strengths of individuals and seeks out meaningful interventions to help them function in the many systems in which they are embedded. Clinical-Community psychologists serve as advocates for marginalized groups and promote social justice in their research and clinical practice.”

clinical community lindsey 2018

The Clinical-Community Program was the first thing that drew me to BGSU. I am originally from Alabama, and I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Before starting graduate school, I worked on a mixed-methods research project in rural Appalachia. I am currently researching a program that uses an urban farm to promote health and well-being among inner-city teens in Toledo, OH. In my free time, I enjoy exploring parks, jogging, and finding new ways to enjoy the outdoors.

"To me, being a clinical-community psychologist means that I value learning effective ways to use my privilege and my talents to promote the strengths of disenfranchised groups and to challenge systemic injustice. I am learning how to assess and intervene at various levels, and will hopefully be able to use these tools to make a difference in my communities."

clinical community erin 2018

Hello! My name is Erin Dulek and I entered the clinical-community psychology program in 2015. A born and raised Wisconsinite, I received my BA in psychology from Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI in the spring of 2015 and moved to Bowling Green in the fall. My current research interests focus on studying resilience and other modes of recovery in the severely mentally ill population as they recover from the experience of an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. Outside of school, I enjoy playing volleyball, coaching softball, downhill skiing, singing in the church choir, drinking a good cup of coffee, and travelling to new places.

I see clinical-community psychology as a way to help disenfranchised groups of people function well in their society while promoting good quality of life. I believe that if there are community level changes that can be made to positively impact the lives of groups of people, clinical-community psychologists should serve as advocates and strive to implement those changes.  I believe a tight knit between clinical well-being and community functioning will be key to creating a more effective, efficient, and enjoyable future for marginalized individuals and their communities. 

clinical community matthew 2016

My name is Matthew Benoit and I started the program in 2015. I am from Farmington Hills, Michigan which is a suburb of Detroit. I did my undergraduate at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where I double majored in Neuroscience and Mathematical Biology. Outside of school, I am obsessed with basketball- watching it, playing it, and, hopefully, someday coaching it. I have been a huge fan of the Detroit Pistons ever since I witnessed them win the NBA championship in 2004.

I am currently working on my Master's thesis project which is looking into the social support received by adults who have lost a sibling. I am interested to know what kinds of social support are associated with better adjustment after the loss.

"To me, clinical-community psychology emphasizes the power of social systems to aid in mental health struggles. We focus on the community as the most efficient and effective method of addressing mental health issues. We also emphasize the strengths of individuals and the importance of preventative measures in maintaining people's’ mental well-being."

clinical community kevin 2016

I entered the Clinical-Community program in 2016. I received my Bachelor’s in psychology from Towson University, just north of Baltimore. I grew up in the Baltimore area, and I am shamelessly proud of my Maryland roots. I am interested in exploring the ways that interpersonal factors and perceptions impact the course of mental illness. Specifically, I am currently studying personal and family stigma within the adult parent child relationship. When I’m not working on my research, I like to enjoy cooking and eating food and spending time with friends. Sometimes I even do both at the same time. I also enjoy rooting on the Baltimore Ravens, and spending time outdoors.

"To me, Clinical-Community psychology is all about understanding the unique interplay between individuals and the social settings and systems in which they find themselves. Each person has a specific set of strengths, and feels the pull and push of different societal factors that can accentuate or mitigate these traits. It is the job of a Clinical-Community psychologist to recognize these internal and external factors and provide clients with resources that help them to utilize their strengths to maintain their well-being within their environment. These practices are applied at the individual level to help specific people, and at the community level to help groups that may be marginalized by specific societal influences."

clinical community sarah 2018

My name's Sarah and I entered the program in the Fall of 2017 after receiving my Bachelor's in psychology from Northwestern University. I am interested in exploring the connections between interpersonal relationships, manifestations of stress, and coping particularly in underserved populations. Some of my many hobbies and self-care activities include biking, rollerblading, going to the movies, and playing board games. 

“I see Clinical Community Psychology as a way to view individuals in context and a means of recognizing the impact interpersonal relationships and community can have on well-being. Community Psychologists emphasize individual and systemic strengths and acquire the tools to intervene at multiple levels of systems which may include the individual, family, or institutions.”

Melissa Rudd

My name is Melissa, and I entered the program in 2017. I am originally from Boulder, Colorado, and I took a somewhat non-traditional route to Clinical-Community psychology, receiving my BA in German from Dartmouth College and subsequently a Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. My current research interests focus on the ways in which the experience of women with ADHD is affected by societal views of women on the one hand and individuals with ADHD on the other. I am also interested in religious and spiritual coping with serious mental illness. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, attempting to learn foreign languages, singing, jogging, and playing with my cat.

"To me, Clinical-Community psychology focuses on the potential of interpersonal and communal attitudes and resources to support individuals in cultivating strength and resilience in the face of mental health challenges. I hope to use my training in Clinical-Community psychology to help individuals become aware of the social systems in which they are embedded and advocate for and access support on the family and communal as well as individual level."

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I entered the Clinical-Community program in 2018. My training and past clinical work is in art therapy, specializing in cognitive- and dialectical-behavioral art therapy and social empowerment art therapy with people experiencing severe mental illness and/or experiencing homelessness. My research interests relate broadly to stigma surrounding severe mental illness and facilitators of stigma reduction. Specifically, I’m interested in social network sites as facilitators of stigma reduction and community building for people with severe mental illness; visual artwork and expressive writing as intermediaries between people with severe mental illness and the surrounding community; intersecting marginalization, such as people identifying as LGBTQ+ experiencing severe mental illness; and social role valorization for marginalized groups.