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Catherine Reich '08

"I do my best to follow the example of E-town's faculty and teach my student assistants beyond what is strictly necessary to complete a task."–Catherine Reich

A Ph.D. candidate in the University of Memphis Clinical Psychology program, Catherine Reich feels she wouldn't be where she is today without her background at Elizabethtown.

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"Elizabethtown College taught me to think critically and think for myself," says Reich. "My psychology courses gave me a great background in a wide range of subjects. I use what I learned at Elizabethtown every day in my research and clinical work. I really feel that my education at Elizabethtown put me ahead of the curve."

That strong background is necessary, as Catherine has a wide variety of responsibilities in her position.

"In a typical week I see therapy clients, conduct psychological evaluations and attend classes. I develop research ideas, submit proposals, design studies, supervise data collection and entry, conduct analyses, and write up the results for publication. One current project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a program designed to help homeless families. I'm also the lab manager for the psychotherapy research lab," she said.

"I think a lot about the Elizabethtown College motto, 'Educate for Service,' when I mentor undergraduate students. Both my clinical work and the products of my research aim to improve, in some capacity, the lives of people seeking help. I received an extraordinary amount of individual attention while at E-town. I do my best to follow the example of E-town's faculty and teach my student assistants not just what is strictly necessary to complete a task, but what might be helpful for their understanding of psychology."


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