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Roosevelt’s Psychology Alumni Career Panelists Offer Advice to Students

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(Photographed, left to right, are (back row): Jennifer Hinton, psychology academic advisor; Dr. Cami McBride, psychology department chair and (seated): Dr. Sheila Collins, Dr. Nicholas Jasinski, Ms. Kristin Vana, and Dr. Latrice Drain.)

Roosevelt University’s Department of Psychology hosted a career panel – What Can I Do with a Psychology Degree? – last month at the Chicago Campus and teleconferenced to the Schaumburg Campus. All of the panelists are Roosevelt alumni of our psychology degree programs and represent a variety of careers.

Dr. Sheila Collins (PsyD Clinical Psychology, 2017 and MA Clinical Professional Psychology, 2012) is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed clinical professional counselor. Dr. Collins is currently a clinical psychologist with Athans & Associates in Park Ridge and a post-doctoral fellow with the Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Development Center. Collins also teaches courses in child psychopathology, introductory psychology, social psychology, childhood and adolescence, and learning disabilities and ADHD at Roosevelt University.

Dr. Latrice Drain (BA Psychology, with honors, 2005) earned a master of arts in clinical counseling and a doctorate in international psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013. Dr. Drain is the founder and chief psychologist for L3 Group, LLC, a provider of psychotherapy for trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression. She is also an independent contractor with OMH Solutions where she develops employee training modules on workplace health and wellness issues. Additionally, Dr. Drain is a dissertation writing consultant for Concordia University-Portland and an adjunct faculty member for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Nicholas Jasinski (PsyD Clinical Psychology, 2008 and MA Clinical Psychology, 2003) is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist currently with Neuropsychological Services PC in Arlington Heights and serves as a forensic neuropsychologist with the Circuit Court of Cook County where he provides pre-trial psycho-legal evaluations addressing fitness to stand trial and provides expert witness testimony. Dr. Jasinski also teaches courses in biopsychology, neuropsychology, and assessment at Roosevelt University.

Kristin Vana (BS Psychology and Certificate in Child and Family Services, 2010) is the mental health board manager for Hanover Township, Illinois. Ms. Vana works closely with the volunteer members of the Mental Health Board, in addition to mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability agencies in the community, to assist in identifying and creating programs and services for Hanover Township residents.

While each of the panelists’ careers took a different path, all four agreed that the following advice benefited them and would benefit our psychology students:

  1. Volunteer at a mental health facility, crisis center, or hospital while you are a student as a way to try out careers and to enhance your resume.  
  2. Visit Roosevelt’s Office of Career Development early, rather than waiting until just before graduation.
  3. Seek out faculty mentorship opportunities. Students can participate on faculty members’ research teams doing data analysis, research, and testing. These research opportunities can turn into the chance to co-publish and present at professional conferences. Professors are a student’s best resource for career advice and also for the all-important letters of recommendation for employment and graduate school.
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