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Lianna ChongLianna Chong

Boston University
Organizational Psychology MA
Class of 2017

My name is Lianna and I am from Newton, Massachusetts. I obtained my BA and Masters of Theological Studies at Boston University. During my Masters program I studied compassion fatigue in caregiving organizations. I wanted to learn how to help human service organizations create a healthy, support work environment and build resilience in their staff. After working with several non-profits, I realized how complex change can be as it involves aspects of leadership, culture, structure, and human nature. My desire to create sustainable change in organizations ultimately led me to the field of Organizational Psychology.

I chose the Master of Arts Organizational  Psychology (MAOP) program at William James College because of its focus on practical knowledge and skills and professors who were both scholars and practitioners. My experience so far has been even more rich and fulfilling than I could have imagined! The learning environment at William James College is incredibly supportive, with professors and classmates who are fully engaged in your learning process. Through my field placement, I had the opportunity to run a focus group study on retention at a local non-profit hospital, something I would not have been able to do on my own.

The MAOP is a fast-paced program that works best for students who are self-directed and highly motivated. It is a lot of hard but engaging work. Even though most of our assignments are online, I’ve felt closely connected to my professors and cohort in the blended program. I would be happy to talk with you more about what it’s like to be an MAOP student!