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Psychology

Alumni Updates

Matthew Bennett ’19

Matthew Bennett graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Psychology from SUNY Brockport in 2019 and went on to receive an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY. He works as an Associate Scientist at SHL, a global leader in talent acquisition solutions, where he works as a psychometrician and researcher working with cutting-edge assessment methodology and technology. Matthew loves animals and, when not working, he can be found volunteering at the local humane society and raising his black lab mix, Marty.

Alumni Updates,Student News

Featured Alum: Hannah Morrison ’18

Hannah currently works at RIT as the Remote Collections and Lending Specialist for Wallace Library. Her role is to help with interlibrary loan and resource sharing - sending resources from RIT to other colleges.

Academic News,Student News

Psychology Team Collaborates on Recently Accepted Journal Article

A psychology research team led by Dr. Laurel McNall recently had a journal article accepted for publication in European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology.

Academic News

New MA in Psychology Track: Child Life Specialist

This new track is a master’s in psychology with an emphasis in child life studies, which will prepare students for either further study in developmental psychology or complete the curriculum requirements for certification from the Association for Child Life Professionals.

Featured Alum: Kersha Richard ’21

I am a Jamaican-American first generation alum married mother of two daughters, Shantae and Somer. As an adult learner, I started my academic pursuit at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York and graduated with Honors with an Associate degree in Science, Psychology in 2019.

Upon graduation from MCC, I pursued a Bachelor’s degree in psychology at SUNY Brockport, Honors College. While at Brockport, I interned at Monroe County Department of Probation and was a featured intern on the Psychology department Facebook page. I presented my Honors thesis at Brockport on Scholar’s Day, 2021. I worked hard, making the President’s List in Spring of 2020 and 2021 and procuring a spot on the Dean’s list for all other semesters. All the while, working nights as a mail handler at the United States Postal Service (USPS) to be able to fund my career goal of becoming a counseling psychologist.

Upon completing my Bachelor’s degree, and after being rejected from a PhD counseling psychology program, I decided to pursue a Masters in Social Work. In May of 2021, I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Science Degree, Magna Cum Laude; in May of 2023, I graduated with my Masters in Social Work, 3.92 GPA.

I was awarded the 2021 Adult Psychology student of the year, 2021 Thomas C.’ 63 and Judy Diederich Scholarship and Karen Schuhle-Williams Exemplary Adult Student Scholarship for two consecutive years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 from the Brockport Scholarship foundation. I was also awarded the Outstanding CSTEP Scholar Award at the SUNY Brockport award ceremony in April of 2022.

During my graduate years, I received multiple scholarships from the Rochester Area Community Scholarship Foundation. For two consecutive years, 2021 and 2022, I was awarded the Clarke Family Scholarship. Additionally, I received the “Do it 4 Ur Kids Scholarship” from same foundation in 2022. During this time I interned at Monroe -2 Boces in Spencerport, New York as a School Social Worker, and as a Housing Specialist and Housing Stability Coordinator at Person Centered Housing Options in Rochester, New York.

Alumni Updates

Featured Alum: Abby (Graham) Valenti ’15

Abby is a Certified Child Life Specialist at Golisano Children’s hospital. She and her husband recently welcomed their first baby in December 2022.

Alumni Updates

Featured Alum: Dr. Melanie Weber ’16

Dr. Melanie Weber graduated in 2016 from SUNY Brockport with a degree in Psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys finding new and exciting places to eat, reading mystery thriller books, and spending time outdoors. She also enjoys going for walks, hiking, and checking out cool plants.

Alumni Updates

Featured Alum: Stephanie Beaman ’13

Stephanie Beaman is a dually licensed co-responder clinician for Denver Police. She has ten years of clinical experience working across a variety of settings including four correctional facilities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and four pets, and hiking national parks whenever the opportunity presents.

MA Program Featured Alum: Elizabeth Robinson

Beth graduated from SUNY Brockport with her Master’s degree in Psychology in 2011. She currently lives in Rochester with her husband and 2 kids- Maddie, a sassy and sweet 8-year-old and Cayden, a determined 5-year-old. She is looking forward to spring and summer and all the outdoor fun our area offers!

Academic News

Dreaming of a Better Night’s Sleep

Psychology Professor’s workshop helps students understand their sleep habits and improve their mental health.