Andrea June (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 2012) was born and raised in Wisconsin and earned her BA in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. While she had long known that she wanted to pursue a career in mental health, she first became interested in helping those who deal with the mental and physical changes of aging during her junior year. UCCS is one of only a handful of graduate programs in the country that provides specialized training in Clinical Psychology with older adults (Geropsychology).
The courses, research opportunities, and clinical experiences in the PhD program at UCCS specifically focus on training psychologists that are prepared to meet the needs of older adults who will soon be the largest age group in the United States at nearly 20% of the population. Her training at UCCS led her to successfully match for a full-time clinical internship in Clinical Geropsychology at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System in 2011 and complete her degree. “The psychology department has considerable depth when it comes to staff, faculty, and clinical supervisors and I benefited greatly from all of their hard work and dedication to student training.”
Andrea stayed on with the Boston VA as a clinical post-doctoral fellow and plans to be licensed this year. She hopes to maintain a small clinical practice while devoting her primary efforts to academia. She was recently hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Central Connecticut State University starting in the Fall 2013. “I am very excited to share with students what psychology has to offer to mental health care and to working with older adults. Career possibilities are booming!” In addition to teaching courses in mental health and adult development, she plans to continue her research in the areas of clinical assessment among diverse populations and palliative health care.