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Jason AlanJason Alan

Massachusetts
Bridgewater State University
Clinical Psychology PsyD
Class of 2021
jason_alan@williamjames.edu

Hello prospective William James applicants!

I am from Southborough, Massachusetts and went to earn my bachelor’s degree in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. My whole life, I have had a passion for helping people. I was involved in many service trips to other parts of the country in college which served homeless populations, and this informed my choice of major. During my undergraduate career, I originally thought that my career path would see me become a juvenile probation officer, as I had a passion for working with adolescent youth. I majored in psychology and minored in criminal justice.  Upon graduation, I decided to explore both sides of human service working with both adolescents in a residential environment, and adults in a correctional environment. I very quickly realized that corrections was not for me, as it was simply too punitive. I wanted to spend more time with patients, and work with them on their various challenges. So I made the decision to apply to a PsyD program, as I wanted to work with patients face-to-face. As I went through this process, I utilized the APA accredited schools list frequently, and quickly decided that William James was the right choice for me. I applied to one other school, but knew through the process that if I were accepted to William James, it would be my school of choice. I can easily say that this school is the best decision I have made, and I could not be happier.

William James is a school that fosters a strong community between staff and students. Your cohort (the people starting with you) quickly become like family, and are always available for collaboration and support when needed. Staff are always available for help as well, and if they are unable to answer your question, they will find you someone who will. Two things in particular about William James stood out to me when looking at schools. The first of these is their commitment to diversity and social responsibility. As someone who has spent time serving homeless populations, and populations with substance abuse and mental health problems, their commitment to raising awareness instantly caught my eye. The second was the Neuropsychology concentration, and it was a big consideration since my goals as a practitioner revolve around this training.

I am currently in my first year in the Clinical PsyD program. My long term goal is to be a psychologist practicing both neuropsychological assessment and bio-feedback on youth who have experienced trauma, and facilitating cognitive therapies with these patients. I can say with confidence that the training I am receiving at William James is absolutely going to help me reach this goal.

If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact myself or any of the other student ambassadors, as well as the admissions office. I would be happy to go into more detail.