“Take the tough classes,” says 2002 Mount Holyoke graduate, Melynda Casement. She’s currently a graduate student in clinical psychology and biopsychology at the University of Michigan, where she’s studying the relationship between depression and sleep using clinical, cognitive, and physiological methods. “I also treat patients with depression, anxiety, and sleep difficulties using behavioral therapy. My interdisciplinary and translational focus stems directly from Mount Holyoke’s liberal arts training and the mentorship I received from Drs. Binder (cognitive psychology), Cohen (psychophysiology), Millard (neuroscience), and Shilkret (psychopathology).”
Next year, Casement is looking forward to defending her dissertation and completing her clinical internship. She’ll also be busy applying for faculty and postdoctoral positions. “My advice to students interested in a similar career path: take the tough classes, get involved in independent research, and ask your professors for guidance. The faculty and staff not only have a wealth of knowledge and experience, they can be your biggest advocates."