Kugelman Honors Scholar, Fall 2014 | Psy.D. Student and Graduate Assistant, University of Indianapolis
After graduating from UWF as a Kugelman Honors Scholar in Fall 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology, Mandy Johnson applied to eight doctoral programs. Ultimately, she accepted a position in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Indianapolis, her number one choice.
“Several of the faculty's research interests aligned with mine, which was important to me since I am heavily research-oriented,” Mandy writes of her decision to study at UIndy beginning in 2015.
In her first year, Mandy has written a chapter for the next edition of Dr. Anita Thomas’ textbook on culture and identity while serving as a graduate assistant to Dr. Thomas, the Dean of the School of Psychological Sciences at UIndy. Next, Mandy will work with Dr. Thomas to develop and implement summer camps for high school students interested in attending college.
Mandy has also accepted a position as a Neuropsychology Technician with Neurobehavioral Consultants in Indianapolis. Two of the independent studies she was involved with at UWF were accepted to Southeastern Psychological Association’s 2016 conference that will be held in New Orleans. Her current research interests include Cluster B Personality Disorders, emotion regulation, childhood emotional abuse, insecure attachment, shared delusions, psychoanalytical and psychodynamic theory, and treatment of the severely mentally ill.
As for how she has benefited from her experiences as an Honors student at UWF, Mandy points to a combination of Honors-specific coursework and the thesis process: “The seminar courses I took prepared me for graduate work. The most valuable aspect of the program overall was the entire process of designing an experiment and writing an Honors Thesis, which has been very valuable to me as a current researcher.”
In addition to her other research pursuits, Mandy hopes to build upon her Honors thesis, which explored how different tempos of music can affect cognitive performance, and eventually study how style and frequency of music can serve as a mediator between traumatic experiences and resiliency.