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Advice From a Clinical Psychologist and Neurodevelopmental Specialist

By Amanda Janke, M.A. Specialist Interview For those who may be considering specializing in child psychology, here is what Dr. Rachelle Hansen, co-chair of the Child Psychology division of the Minnesota Psychological Association had to say about being a Clinical Psychologist and Neurodevelopmental specialist.  Her work consists of therapy, testing, supervising, creating curriculum, and teaching.  … Continue reading Advice From a Clinical Psychologist and Neurodevelopmental Specialist

Selecting a Doctoral Program: Ph.D. versus Psy.D.

David Van Engen, Psy.D.Student Perspective Article I recently sat on some informational panels for the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at the University of St. Thomas. Among the usual questions regarding pathways to a doctoral degree, a couple questions recurred between groups: 1) “What’s the difference between a Ph.D. and Psy.D.?” 2)“I’ve heard that … Continue reading Selecting a Doctoral Program: Ph.D. versus Psy.D.

The MPA Student Division Stands with Ukraine

Two weeks ago, Russia launched an unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine which continues to contribute to the deaths of hundreds of civilians, displaced millions, and cruelly tears from these people their homes, families, and sovereign land. The MPA Student Division stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, their loved ones, and all those … Continue reading The MPA Student Division Stands with Ukraine

Standing in Solidarity with our Black Peers & Community Members

By Quincy Guinadi & David Van Engen Today marks the start of Derek Chauvin’s murder trial, one of the four police officers responsible for the unjustifiable killing of George Floyd. As we speak, the city of Minneapolis has responded in preparation to this trial by building barricades and increasing the presence of law enforcement. This … Continue reading Standing in Solidarity with our Black Peers & Community Members

Navigating the Collegiate Atmosphere as a First-Generation Student

By Linda Zheng & Dakota Leget As a first-generation college student, it’s easy to feel disadvantaged or overwhelmed going into and throughout your college career. If you compare yourself to your peers, you may feel “behind” – perhaps in terms of professional, academic, and financial resources. This is a common experience for first-generation students, especially … Continue reading Navigating the Collegiate Atmosphere as a First-Generation Student

New MPA opportunities!

The MPA Ethics Committee is looking to increase our student membership!  Are you looking to increase your knowledge and gain experience regarding ethics consultation and build connections with other psychologists and students?  If so, then please submit a brief statement about why you would like to be a part of the MPA Ethics Committee and submit it … Continue reading New MPA opportunities!

MPA SD Supports International Students

The Student Division of the Minnesota Psychological Association supports college students irrespective of their status as guests or residents in the United States. We find the recent policy announcements of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) and support from the White House to be capricious, arbitrary, and morally abhorrent. Unfortunately, this is only … Continue reading MPA SD Supports International Students

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