Samantha Nardi Named 2016 Neubauer Scholar
Samantha Nardi of Wallingford, Conn. is looking forward to her move to Delaware County as she begins her career as a student in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University. Nardi, who has wanted to be a psychologist since she was a teenage, is the recipient of the Neubauer Family Scholarship for 2016.
The Neubauer scholarship is awarded annually to one exceptional and highly motivated incoming doctoral student of the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University who wishes to enhance his or her academic experience through applied psychology by implementing a community-based project.
When Nardi learned of the opportunity for a community-based scholarship, she knew her experience would be a perfect fit.
After graduating from the College of Holy Cross with a bachelor’s of arts in psychology, Nardi participated in Life Together, a 10-month social justice fellowship where she engaged in spiritual formation, leadership development and community organizing training. Here, she learned that an essential component to social justice work is the care of one’s own mental and physical health. This experience solidified her desire to accompany people on their journeys of personal growth as a psychotherapist.
Looking ahead to her work as a Neubauer Scholar, Nardi hopes to combine her passion for psychotherapy with her experience in community organizing to help the adult population.
“People have misinformation about what psychology is and what therapy is for. Therefore, psychoeducation is important to ensure people aren’t afraid to seek help,” Nardi said. “I hope that I can work with the community of Chester to provide psychoeducation to people and offer a better understanding of the mental health services available.”
While Nardi is excited to return to the classroom this fall, she is looking forward to supplementing her graduate experience by becoming immersed in the community and leaving a footprint in another way.
Nardi, a graduate of the Mark T Scheehan High School, has been working as a lead neuropsychology testing technician at Commonwealth Psychology Associates in Boston, MA. In her role she has had experience working one-on-one with clients and collaborating with her team to build a positive environment.
Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. are proud to be a tobacco-free. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.