Share Your Story

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What's Your Story?

Undergraduate psychology students would like to know how you use your Psychology major in your current field/job/career. Here's an opportunity to share your story with current undergraduate students.

Read About:

Dr. Bradley Axelrod: Neuropsychologist, Department of Veteran Affairs

Bradley Axelrod


Dr. Daniel Burbach, Lakeview Psychological Associates, S.C. & Midwest Consultants in Forensic Psychology, LLC.

Dr. Daniel Burbach

Fabian Camarena: Certified Public Accountant, Director of Finance for Fortune 50 insurance company

Fabian Camarena

Alicia Canario: Human Resource Professional

Alicia Canario


Felicia Carparelli: Librarian

Felicia Carparelli

Dean Francis: D.D.S.

Dean Francis, D.D.S.

Tynisa Gaines: Private tax practice

Tynisa Gaines


Ryan Graff: Vice President of Program Devleopment & Participant Opportunities, The First Tee

Ryan Graff


Dr. W. Rodney Hammond: (Retired) Director of the Division of Violence Prevention (National Center for Injury Prevention, Centers for Disease Control)

Dr. W. Rodney Hammond


Lauren Hays: Human Resources Director, Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center

Lauren Hays


Erica Hornthal: Owner, Chicago Dance Therapy

Erica Hornthal


Kendra Kett: Vice President of Operations, Bright Horizons

Kendra Kett


Dr. Anna Kokayeff: Physician in private practice

Dr. Anna Kokayeff

Michael Langendorf: (Retired) Social Worker
Brian Lazzaro: Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Aimee Meentemeyer: Human Resources, Edward Jones

Aimee Meentemeyer

Brad Perlstein: Vice President of Human Resources, Komatsu

Brad Perlstein


Keri Carter Pipkins: Associate Director, The Career Center, University of Illinois

Keri Carter Pipkins


Nicole Shields: School Social Worker, Pre-K-5th, Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District 10

Nicole Shields


Dr. Allen Shub: Professor Emeritus of Management, and Retired Associate Provost, Northeastern Illinois University

Allen Shub

The Honorable Jill-Ellyn Straus: District Court Judge, 17th Judicial District of Colorado

The Honorable Jill-Ellyn Straus


Dr. Stephan Wiet: Research Director of Consumer Sciences, McNeil Consumer Healthcare (over the counter pharmaceutical arm of Johnson & Johnson)

Stephan Wiet

Susan Williams, School Psychologist & Early Childhood Supervisor for Special Education Cooperative

Susan Williams

Share Your Story (Anonymous)


Please use the following question template to share your story.

While you were at the University of Illinois:

* How/why did you choose Psychology as a major?

* What specific skills did you develop by taking Psychology courses?

* Outside the classroom, what opportunities/experiences were most beneficial?

* Did you believe that you “had to” obtain more schooling after your bachelor’s degree?

* In retrospect, what would you have done differently as an undergraduate?

After graduating from Illinois:

* If your bachelor’s degree was the highest degree you earned, describe the first job(s) you held.

* If you continued more schooling after your bachelor’s degree, share your reasons.

* Describe how you utilize your undergraduate Psychology skills in your current job/career.

* What pearls of wisdom can you offer to current undergraduate students?

Feel free to cut/paste your responses and e-mail them (along with a picture if you like) to Cheryl Berger, Assistant Head for Alumni Relations -



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