Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology
- Bruce Hall, Suite 201
- tel: 610-499-1206
- fax: 610-499-4625
- Graduate Admission Support Specialist
- Kapelski Learning Center Room 120
- tel: 610-499-4188
Alumni Spotlight: Paola A. Munoz '14
MA, Psychology, Widener University
MA, Psychology, American University
Site Psychologist at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to pursue graduate degrees in clinical psychology and criminal
I chose to pursue the joint degree in criminal justice because I had decided early on that I wanted to pursue a forensic track. I also knew that I would pursue employment opportunities primarily in a prison system. Thus, I felt that having the additional masters degree in criminal justice would give me not only the additional knowledge, but also an edge above other applicants.
what made you choose widener?
I chose Widener because it provided me the option of bridging my two primary interests: psychology and criminal justice. There was no other program out there that would allow me to both earn a doctorate in clinical psychology while at the same time earn a master's degree in criminal justice. Given my interest in forensic psychology and desire to work within a correctional setting after graduation, I felt the decision was pretty clear that Widener was the best choice.
My Professional Experience
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your graduate program?
While the joint degree program seems daunting at first, the extra work and effort is worth it. In addition, the criminal justice classes will provide you with a much needed break from the clinical focus inherent in the psychology doctorate program.
what do you like most about your current position?
No two days are ever alike. Working in a prison, you never know what your day will entail. Thus I am exposed to many different types of patients with a variety of needs.