Clinical Psychology Student Profiles

Kaltra Dhima

Kaltra Dhima

During my graduate school application process, I was immediately drawn to the UT Southwestern Clinical Psychology program for a number of reasons, the primary of which was that it was housed within a major academic medical center and therefore provided a vast array of clinical and research opportunities. Upon arriving for the on-site interview, I was struck by the sense of community within the program itself, as it was clear that the interpersonal connections between the students, faculty, and staff made for a highly supportive and collaborative environment. Full Profile

Ana El-Behadli

Ana El Behadi

In addition to the research opportunities available through the program, one of the aspects I value most about UTSW is the opportunity for professional development. From early in my first year, I was able to work with children and families from underserved populations at CMC as part of the Cultural Diversity Fellowship. More recently, as part of my practicum, I conduct intellectual disability assessments at Metrocare, the largest provider of mental health services in Dallas County. At UTSW, I not only have been able to grow as a student within the Clinical Psychology department but also as a future professional within the field of pediatric psychology. My mentor and other faculty members have provided me with generous support and encouragement to pursue leadership roles at a national level, including participation on the Society of Pediatric Psychology’s Student Advisory Board. Full Profile

Tori Knox-Rice

Tori Knox-Rice

Deciding to come to UT Southwestern was heavily based on the program’s emphasis on clinical care and an undeniably vast number of opportunities. Being in a hospital system opened the door to an abundance of health-related possibilities, and has been an incredible asset to my training experience. The flexibility of the program allowed me to forge my own clinical opportunity through Parkland Palliative Care. This training was self-designed as an opportunity to gain and enhance my knowledge of palliative care services and allowed me to explore an area of interest related to the delivery of palliative services through an interdisciplinary palliative care team; I would later identify Parkland Palliative Care as my primary research site. Full Profile

Alexander Tan

Alexander Tan

In my search for the optimal doctoral program, UT Southwestern was especially appealing because of several unique factors. The program’s placement within an academic medical center provides abundant opportunities to collaborate with active clinician-researcher faculty. Access to widely diverse clinical populations exists to match various clinical or research interests provided by Parkland Memorial Hospital, Children’s Healthâ„ , and many other sites. Additionally, the four-year time to degree combined with the captive APA-accredited internship make this program truly exceptional. Full Profile