Alumni Profile: Radha Kanchana Karthik ’18

Alumni Profile: Radha Kanchana Karthik ’18
Degree(s): BS Psychology and Neurobiology, UW–Madison
Current Occupation: Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

What are some of the benefits of your psychology degree?
Being able to pursue a degree where I can contribute both to research and clinical work. Clinical Psychology provides a flexibility and variety of options that is very unique.

How did you find your way to your current profession?
I was originally pre-med, but working in research lab throughout undergrad is what made me interested in Clinical Psychology.

What advice would you give to students graduating with a psychology degree?
Be more confident in what opportunities are available for you after graduation. Psychology majors are often told by family/friends, “What are you going to do with that?”, but you have so many options. And sure, many of them only come with more school, but if you don’t want that, there are many options you could pursue with your Bachelor’s. This degree and field is so unique in the diversity of careers and paths it could lead to, and you should feel comfortable being reassured and motivated by that!

If interested, please list an identity or group membership of which you are particularly proud:
Person of Color, First-Generation Immigrant