Colm Johnston

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Higher Education
Job title: Doctoral Student
Subject of study: Psychology with Sport & Exercise Science
Year of graduation: 2019
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

The Chicago School

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I completed a master’s degree in Developmental Disorders and Clinical Practice at the University of York. Then, I received a research grant and extended my dissertation to work on a new mental health curriculum for secondary schools. Finally, I moved to the USA to complete my doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

Active research and treating patients.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

The world-class level of research and teaching combined with the ability to learn from active practicioners was a real plus. Have to say my highlight was winning the Grecian shield with my 6-a-side team though!

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

The lifelong friends I made, without a doubt.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Experience is everything but it is tough to get. Find ways that you can have indirect psychology/clinical experience but can morph or link your experience to that of being a clinical psychologist. Research and publications are huge plus, get involved early and often – even if you are the 7th name on a research paper!

What are your plans for the future?

My long-term goal is to open my own private practice here in the USA and to provide adolescents/young adults with co-morbid neurological disorders mental health support and diagnostic clarification. But, before that, I want to graduate with my doctoral degree!


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