SOME OF OUR CURRENT CMHS & PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING STUDENTS

Name: Chelsea Gibson
Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology, Gonzaga University (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am interested in socioemotional development through the lifespan and treatment of emotion dysregulation across ages, cultures, and disorders.
Long Term Goals: I plan on completing my M.S.Ed. and M.Phil.Ed. at Penn GSE and then pursuing licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I plan on working in agencies for the beginning of my career, but I would like to eventually move into a private practice.

Name: Miranda Wang
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Previous Education: B.S. in Child Development, Vanderbilt University (2012) and M.A. in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Columbia University (2014)
Academic/Professional Interest: Children and adolescent mental health, bilingual counseling, cultural and identity crisis.
Long Term Goals: Serve as a school counselor to promote mental well-being especially for bilingual immigrant populations.

Name: Seohyun (Hailie) Joo
Hometown: Seoul, Korea
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology with minor in Religion, Emory University (2016)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am interested in working with marginalized populations. My research interests are in cultural stress/trauma and its effect on mental health and ways that can help people reduce those stressors. I am also interested in psycho-oncology and interventions for Asian American patients diagnosed with cancer. 
Long Term Goals: Academically, I would like to pursue a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology to continue the work in research and practice in community hospital settings.

Name: Ran (Renee) Bi
Hometown: Beijing, China
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology, DePauw University (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: College students (especially international students) counseling; family therapy
Long Term Goals: Becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor at least in the state of Pennsylvania and working in a college counseling center or a low socio-economic status community for several years; may go back to China to be a practitioner afterwards.

Name: Mandy Lin
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology, CUNY Hunter College (2016)
Academic/Professional Interest: Eating disorders, body image, mood disorders, substance use, and addictions with adolescents, young adults, and adults.
Long Term Goals: To become a Licensed Professional Counselor and reduce stigma towards mental illness by spreading awareness and providing education to communities. I want to be able to use a diverse and holistic set of approaches to help each and every client reach their potential and lead the fulfilling lives they deserve. I would also like to explore innovative treatment options in relation to eating disorders, mood disorders, substance use, and addictions.

Name: Suzanne Crass
Hometown: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology, Coastal Carolina University (2016)
Academic/Professional Interest: Adolescence
Long Term Goals: I hope to become a clinician and a professor helping children and future clinicians.

 

Name: Poying Wu
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Previous Education: B.A. in International Business, National Taiwan University (2016)
Academic/Professional Interest: EAP, PTSD, depression, and LGBTQ+ counseling.
Long Term Goals: To become a counselor with cultural sensitivity and open a private practice to promote mental wellness in Taiwan.

 

Name: Wen-Jui Hsu
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Previous Education: B.A. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, University of Michigan (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: Mental health counseling for adolescents and adults who are emotionally-sensitive, post-trauma, or clinically depressed.
Long Term Goals: Pursue counseling licensure, work in multicultural environments, or have a private practice that specializes in mental health counseling for adults.

Name: K.C. (Katherine) Hill
Hometown: Novato, CA
Previous Education: B.S. Human Development and B.A Psychology, UC Davis (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am interested in the emerging adulthood age group and the factors that affect mental health during that period in life. I would like to provide counseling to people in these age groups, specifically those struggling with transition and adjustment.
Long Term Goals: My long term goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in order to carry out research about successful transition into and out of college. I hope to gain the skills to be a researcher and psychologist who uses science to inform her practice.

Name: Alexxa Wolpoff
Hometown: Roslyn, New York
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, Clark University (2016)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in either Clinical or Counseling Psychology.
Long Term Goals: Upon the completion of my doctoral degree, I plan to become a professor, conduct research, write books, and open a private practice.


Name: Yilin Hou (Emily)
Hometown: Shandong/China/Minnesota
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology, University of Minnesota (2015)
Academic/Professional Interest: LGBT studies, eating disorders, and anxiety disorders.
Long Term Goals: My plan is to apply for a Ph.D. program, and to complete all requirements for becoming a licensed mental health therapist. I aim at enabling people to see psychological counseling as a natural way of solving emotional problems instead of just treating mental illnesses.

Name: Taylor Flowers
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am interested in childhood development as it relates to coping and resilience, particularly kids diagnosed with neurodevelopmental and/or spectrum disorders. I also am interested in work-oriented, successful/ambitious people and how that personality develops and affects their relationships. 
Long Term Goals: I hope to obtain a Ph.D. in either Counseling Psychology or Developmental Psychology to teach at the university level. I also aspire to work with children clinically and have a part-time private practice. I would also love to write a book eventually.

Name: Nicole Pacera
Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ
Previous Education: B.S. in Psychology, Ursinus College (2016)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am interested in school counseling in relation to advocacy, school reform, and closing the achievement gaps. In addition, I am interested in working with students with emotional/behavioral concerns, trauma, and self-harm. I am also interested in the use of play therapy and mindfulness in working with young children.   
Long Term Goals: Academically, I would like to pursue a Professional School Counselor Certification, and possibly become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Professionally, I seek to obtain a position as a professional school counselor at the elementary education level. Potentially, I may seek to become a Licensed Professional Counselor, in order to be a part of school-based therapy agency (any level).

Name: Zhili Liu
Hometown: Xiangyang, China
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Economics, New York University (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am interested in developing my career in multicultural communities. 
Long Term Goals: Obtain licensure in professional counseling to provide service in a mental health institute.

Name: Chunxiao (Chelsey) Zhang
Hometown: Wuhan, Hubei, China
Previous Education: B.A. Education and a minor in Psychology, Central China Normal University (2015); M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am interested in working with people with trauma experience, personality disorders, or attachment issues.
Long Term Goals: I plan to start working as a mental health practitioner. I hope to pursue LPC or counseling licensure in China and open a private practice in the future.

Name: Shamm Petros
Hometown: NJ & NY by way of Asmara, Eritrea
Previous Education: B.A. in Sustainable Development, Columbia University (2014)
Academic/Professional Interest: Impact of trauma, torture, and forced displacement on children and their ability to remain resilient and make meaning of their narrative.
Long Term Goals: Pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and lead research on the effects of war and trauma on children and families who identify as refugees. Design trauma-informed, culturally-clinical integrated tools, counseling strategies, and learning spaces that can be implemented in different institutes (hospitals, refugee organizations, refugee camps, schools) that serve refugees and migrants.

Name: Zachary Webster
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Previous Education: Bachelor’s in Human Services with minor in Criminal Justice, Chestnut Hill College (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am currently working towards an M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services.
Long Term Goals: Working with at-risk youth in a correctional facility.


Name: Charaé Eakins
Hometown: Sicklerville, NJ
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology, Spelman College (2013)
Academic/Professional Interest: Mental health counseling for victims of trauma, as well as research on the psychology of hate.
Long Term Goals: After earning my Ph.D., I intend to develop an organization that offers a variety of support to individuals affected by traumatic life experiences and their caregivers.


Name: Andrew J. Park
Hometown: Huntingdon Valley, PA
Previous Education: B.B.A. in International Business & Legal Studies, Temple University (2004); M.A. in Korean Studies, Korea University (2012); M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: My interests include identity formation, race, and marginalized populations.
Long Term Goals: My goals are to pursue a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and be an advocate for multilingual mental health services in the Asian-American community.

Name: Hui Ting Kok
Hometown: Malaysia
Previous Education: B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology, University of Glasgow, Scotland 2016; M.S.Ed in Counseling and Mental Health Services, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am interested in working with children and adolescents in promoting emotional well-being.
Long Term Goals: I plan to obtain licensure in professional counseling and have my own private practice.

Name: Charlotte Maria Shanaver
Hometown: Paddock Lake, Wisconsin
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2015)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am especially interested in the study of trauma, specifically why certain experiences evoke trauma reactions in some and not others.
Long Term Goals: Currently, my goal is to apply for Ph.D. programs in Counseling Psychology or Higher Educational Leadership. My long term goal is to work in private practice, specializing in the treatment of women and trauma, while also staying within academia. My time in Penn GSE has motivated me to work towards the reform of our educational system with a mental health focus.   

Name: Paula Bamgbose-Martins
Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland / Lagos, Nigeria
Previous Education: B.Sc. in Psychology, University of Sheffield, U.K. (2015)
Academic/Professional Interest: Mental health counseling for couples and families. Working as an educator, spokesperson, and researcher in the field of mental health in multicultural societies such as Nigeria.
Long Term Goals: Pursuing my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Working with mental health agencies and organizations to help establish more outpatient mental health service centers in Nigeria, in both rural and urban communities. Advocacy of mental health and the stigmas behind it for people living in African countries. Most of my work as a licensed professional counselor will entail working with couples and families.