Our Graduates in Psychology

Julia Skapik, '01, spent a year at the FDA performing viral and vaccine neurovirulence research following her graduation from New College with a joint AOC in Psychology and Biology. Following that, she earned her MPH and MD from the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she is currently a clinical instructor.  In September 2011, she was named as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow by the National Science Foundation. She is also the author of the chapter “Psychotic Disorders, Severe Mental Illness, and HIV Infection” in the Comprehensive Textbook of AIDS Psychiatry and was an editor and author of the sixth edition of the review book First Aid for Step 2 CK and the fourth edition of First Aid for the Wards. She previously served as Health Policy Action Committee chair for the American Medical Student Association and is a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow. 

New College is proud of our many Psychology graduates. Here's a sampling of what some of them are up to today:

Debborah Colbert is the vice president of conservation and science at the Association of Zoos & Aquariums in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was the manatee care and training coordinator at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida.

Erin Hannon is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She is the director of the UNLV Music Lab on Auditory Cognition and Development.

Kimberly Jean Kroflich works for the State Attorney’s office in Brevard County, with special emphasis on the legal needs of children.

Jill Lany is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame who specializes in early cognitive development with a focus on how infants learn words and grammatical patterns.

Robert Lecusay is a research associate at the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition at University of California, San Diego.

Alicia Thompson is the author of the novel Psych Major Syndrome.

Melissa Williams is vice president for learning at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in Psychology

• Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health
• University of California, Berkeley
• Columbia University
• Cornell University
• Duke University
• Northwestern University
• University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
• Tufts University
• Antioch College
• Brown University
• Florida State University
• Fordham University
• Hunter College at CUNY
 • Miami University
• New York University
• University of South Florida School of Marine Sciences
• Pepperdine University
• Purdue University
• S.U.N.Y. Binghamton
• San Diego State University
• Smith College
• Temple University
 • University of Alabama
• University of Arizona
 • University of California, Los Angeles
• University of California, San Diego
• University of Denver
• University of Florida
• University of Georgia
• University of Hawaii
• University of Illinois at Chicago
• University of Kentucky
• University of Maryland
• University of Miami
• University of Nebraska
• University of New Mexico
 • University of Oregon
 • University of Tennessee
• University of Texas, Austin
• University of Washington
• Wake Forest University
• Washington University, St. Louis
• Wellesley College
• Western Illinois University
• Xavier University

[Did you know?]

Between 1998 and 2010, more than 90 percent of psychology students who applied to professional schools (Med, Vet, Law, MSW) were accepted. And many others received awards such as the National Science Foundation Doctoral Fellowship and Fulbrights to Germany and Spain.

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