Graduate Degree

Featured Alumnae

Lindsey JenkinsLindsey Jenkins graduated from Washburn in May 2015 with a Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Tulsa, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Music in May 2011.

Her interest in psychology began in her freshman year of college at the University of Tulsa.  She was planning on going to optometry school, but changed her mind after taking a Foundations in Psychology course. “I realized that I could integrate my love of math, biological science, and psychology with a career in psychology,” Lindsey said.

Lindsey’s research interests include military psychology and neuropsychology, in areas related to concussions and traumatic brain injury. She will continue her studies at the University of Kansas in fall 2015 to pursue a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. After that she plans to obtain post-doctoral training in neuropsychology. “Ultimately, I hope to be employed in a hospital setting where I can engage in research and clinical work with individuals suffering from neurodegenerative diseases, traumatic brain injury, or concussions,” she said.

Lindsey chose Washburn’s program because it met all of her criteria.  “Washburn’s MA in Psychology program peaked my interest because I was looking for a program that taught evidence-based treatments, provided practicum and clinical experience, encouraged research experience and required a one-year internship,” Lindsey said.

In her time at Washburn, Lindsey served in several assistantship positions, including Assessment Teaching Assistant for a few graduate-level courses, Sports Psychology Assistant working with the women’s soccer team at Washburn, and ADHD Clinic Assistant. She completed a clinical internship with Counseling Services at Washburn where she provided individual psychotherapy and completed personality assessments. Lindsey was also honored with scholarships and awards including Most Outstanding First-Year Graduate Student in 2013 and the Outstanding Internship Graduate Student Award in 2015.

Lindsey is thankful for her experience at Washburn. “As I reflect back upon my time as a graduate student, I am grateful for the support of my professors at Washburn University, the professional opportunities provided to me, and for the classroom and practicum experiences that have taught me about the field of psychology and about myself,” she said. We wish her the best as she goes on to get her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

 

Abby Bugbee

Abby Bugbee attended Washburn University for her Master’s degree after attending Fort Hays State University and earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in the spring of 2012.  She graduated from Washburn in the spring of 2015 with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology.

When she began her undergraduate career Abby was a communications major, but the courses she took did not fit her interests.  “What I did know was that I wanted to work with people” said Abby. “I wanted to be a voice for those who had been quieted, and I wanted to find a way to help people.” 

After taking an introductory psychology course it peaked her interest and she knew it was the right fit.  “Psychology offered by the ability to interact with others, and it follows my desire to make a difference.”  Abby’s research interests include social deviance and trauma.  “My Master’s Thesis was a live experiment that looked at the effects of personality and attachment and how they affect recruitment to a charismatic group” Abby said.

While at Washburn, Abby received the Outstanding Pre-Internship Student and Outstanding Post-Internship Student scholarship awards.  She was a Mastery Lab Assistant for two years and a Teaching Assistant for a “Techniques in Psychotherapy” course for one year.  She will be attending La Salle University in August 2015 to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

She feels prepared for her doctoral level courses because of the experience she gained at Washburn.  “The biggest impact [of Washburn’s program] has been on my confidence. Leaving Washburn, I feel confident in my skills as a therapist, as a student, and as a researcher” said Abby.  She is also thankful for the support she received from her professors. “The professors were all extremely helpful and inviting” Abby said. “I will forever be grateful to my professors who have helped me become the student and clinician I am today.” 

We wish Abby the best of luck as she attends La Salle to pursue her doctoral degree.

Katrina Ostmeyer

Katrina Ostmeyer, a Spring 2009 graduate of Washburn’s M.A. in Psychology program, has found success in her career as the Associate Executive Director at Integrated Behavioral Technologies (IBT), Inc. in Basehor, Kansas.  She worked there as a behavioral technician while completing her master’s degree at Washburn and came back in 2013 as an intern. After attending Washburn she received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Virginia Tech.  Upon completing her Ph.D. in 2014, Ostmeyer was hired as Director of Clinical Services at IBT and a year later she was promoted to Associate Executive Director.

IBT is a not-for-profit organization that works to provide children with developmental disabilities access to evidence-based services. Ostmeyer manages the clinical services provided by the Applied Behavioral Analysis therapists, the supervision and training programs, engages in applied research, and advocates for children and families who are in need of services.

Before coming to Washburn, Ostmeyer attended the University of Kansas and obtained a B.G.S. in Psychology & Applied Behavior Analysis. While there, she discovered an interest in psychology because it is a science that would allow her to help people. “I had never given psychology much of a chance before as my previous exposure to the field of psychology had focused on the philosophical, rather than scientific side” said Ostmeyer.

Ostmeyer decided to attend Washburn in order to gain experience needed to be accepted into a PhD program in psychology. “Upon entering grad school at Washburn, I thought I wanted to be a clinician” said Ostmeyer. “However, my time there allowed me the opportunity to engage in research and attend conferences; it gave me an opportunity to find my niche in the field.” She completed an internship with the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment and learned about evidence-based anxiety treatments. She received the Internship Student of the Year award for the 2008-2009 school year.

We look forward to hearing about Katrina’s success as she continues to research how to best implement evidence-based practices in rural areas to help children with developmental disabilities.