Discovering a Passion for Clinical Work

"It was the best of both worlds," remarks Carla as she reflects upon her nine years studying in the School of Education. From her undergraduate degree through her doctorate, Carla always appreciated the supportive, individualized, and challenging nature of the small program, while taking advantage of the numerous opportunities a large institution offered. As an undergraduate, she majored in special education, and through her student teaching experience realized that many teachers did not have the resources to deal with the complex social and emotional needs of children in the classroom. This issue became the focus of her graduate work in the counseling psychology program where she also minored in teacher education.

As a graduate student, Carla dove into several research projects with faculty in the School of Education and had various mentors throughout her years at Indiana University who ultimately helped her discover that her true passion was in clinical work. After receiving her Ph.D., Carla opened a practice in the Indianapolis area, where she lives with her husband, Matt, and her four children. Carla may have left Bloomington, but that certainly has not stopped her from connecting with her alma mater. She stays in touch with several School of Education faculty members who took an interest in her as a student and makes a habit of bringing her family down to eat at some of her favorite Fourth Street restaurants. As her children get older, she looks forward to introducing them to IU’s many cultural and entertainment offerings as well.

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