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Dana BorkumDana Borkum

New York
Northeastern University
Clinical Psychology PsyD
Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR)
Class of 2022
dana_borkum@williamjames.edu

Hello prospective students! My name is Dana and I am currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Psyd program, with an emphasis in the Children and Families for Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) concentration. I am originally from New York City and moved to Boston to study psychology at Northeastern University. After graduation, I was sure I wanted to pursue a career in clinical psychology but was less sure of what graduate degree would be the best fit. In an effort to gain more clinical and research experience I worked at McLean Hospital for four years before heading off to graduate school.

I was initially interested in William James College because of the breadth of experiential training it offered its students. I appreciated that William James College encouraged its students to work in a variety of settings, with a variety of populations; a model of training that differs from PhD programs. I was also incredibly excited by the faculty and their areas of expertise. Since starting the program I have been blown away by how knowledgeable, passionate, and involved the faculty is with each student’s success. They are always willing to sit down and spend as much time as you need to answer any questions you have, whether they be related to class, clinical work, or professional development.

My choice of concentration was not one I would have expected. However, through my experiences in the classroom and in the field I have come to appreciate the need for early intervention. In the future I hope to continue to implement and disseminate evidence-based care for those with early childhood adversity in hospital and outpatient settings. I also hope to participate in research and am currently serving as a research assistant for the Office of Research.

My advice during the application process is to take time to decide what you want you out of your graduate program. It is important to account for the general culture of the school, work-life balance, competitiveness, cohort, and faculty. I considered PhD and Psyd programs, as well as social work programs, and I am so happy that I chose a PsyD program. Should William James be “the one” (and I hope it is!), my recommendation is to find out which faculty members share the same interests as you and make connections early. Additionally, participating in work-study or any other campus activities is a great way to feel involved in the William James community. I have been able to meet students further along in the program this way, and they have been an incredible resource.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns! Applying to graduate school is a major decision, and I would be more than happy to help you feel confident about choosing your ideal degree program.