Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology
- Bruce Hall, Suite 201
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- fax: 610-499-4625
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- Kapelski Learning Center Room 120
- tel: 610-499-4188
Alumni Spotlight: Matthew Del Guidice '09
Global Talent Assessment and Development
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to pursue graduate degrees in clinical psychology and business
I pursued a graduate degree in psychology because I wanted a career that reinforced my personal values. Along the way, I became especially interested in using psychological principles to help leaders build character and make good decisions. I've come to understand this work as a kind of "final frontier." Underlying the critical phenomena that affect our lives and our futures—technological advances, public policy, medical innovation, etc.—are individual factors. Psychologists consulting to these parties can be really influential in helping affect positive change on a large scale.
who was your favorite professor at widener? why?
Virginia Brabender. Her gifts as a lecturer along with her deep knowledge of psychological assessment made for a very enriching classroom experience. Her balanced coverage of theory, research, and applied experience is fully aligned with the practitioner-scholar training model and helped me grow as an assessor.
My Professional Experience
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your graduate program?
I'd ask them to really consider why they are pursuing a doctoral degree in relation to their career goals. Personally, I wanted the challenge, the rigor, and the opportunity to be at the top of my discipline so the PsyD made sense for me.
what do you like most about your current position?
In my current role, I am responsible for assessment and development programming for our senior executives. What I enjoy most is the balance between strategic and interpersonally-oriented work. On the strategy side, I have the opportunity to design leadership models and content that supports our global talent objectives. I also spend time providing assessment feedback and developmental coaching to executives around the world.
Many of my colleagues at PepsiCo also have advanced degrees in psychology, which makes for an intellectually stimulating environment. Our team resembles a think tank—most organizations hire consultants to create what we build internally.