Marie Claire Roderick, M.S.
I’ve had amazing external clinical experiences at the HSC Pediatric Center at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and with the Neurobehavioral Group at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD.
Canadian doctoral student Marie Claire appreciates the rigorous curriculum and comprehensive training found only at IPS.
“Pursuing a career in clinical psychology was never in my plan. Throughout my youth, I was highly involved in a number of activities. I was a competitive athlete and dancer, took lessons in piano and art, and did outdoor adventure sports.
Although I loved the arts and sports, I was uncertain about developing a career in either field. When applying to college and selecting a major, I was undecided.
Unsure of a career path, I enrolled in a psychology program. This path became the foundation on which I gradually built and refined my career path.
During my undergraduate studies I was surprised by my interest in the connection between biology and human behavior, as well as my interest in the philosophical underpinnings of the human person. I had many questions concerning the integration of biology, psychology and philosophy, and their practical application.
That is when I discovered that I wanted to study clinical psychology; however, I didn’t find a single school that looked at these issues until I came across IPS. I applied and hoped for the best.
It’s been five years since I’ve come to IPS and I’ve been very happy with my choice. IPS took seriously the questions I had about the human person, psychology, and philosophy.
In our classes my questions were encouraged and we often had lively discussions. I’ve also experienced how these questions play out in my clinical practice. Our professors went beyond their roles to shape me and train me to be a solid clinician through close supervision and encouragement at our school’s outpatient clinic.
I’ve also had amazing external clinical experiences at the HSC Pediatric Center at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and with the Neurobehavioral Group at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD.
I am currently writing my dissertation with a focus on exercise, depression and the human person. I also successfully matched for an internship position in the southern United States.
When all is said and done: I am very happy with my choice to attend IPS for my graduate degree in Clinical Psychology.”