FALL 2021

Psychology At Work
Tuesday, October 12
Union South, Varsity Hall

What can you do with a Psychology major? Quite a lot! Learn from Psychology alumni about how they found rewarding careers in many different fields like business, communications, public relations, healthcare, government, technology, and much more. They figured it out and you can too!

Find more information and alumni bios at: 

Sponsored by the Department of Psychology & SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science

Careers in Mental Health
Thursday, October 21st
Virtual via Zoom


Learn from a panel of mental health faculty about what it’s like to study in these graduate programs and what you can do with your degree. You’ll also find out about different graduate school/career options and start thinking about which direction fits you best!

The panel will include representatives from:
• Clinical Psychology (PhD)
• Counselor Education
• Social Work (Mental Health Concentration)
• Rehabilitation Psychology
• PsyD Program

Co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology and SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science

Past events – SPRING 2021

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Career Snapshot: Neuropsychology

Career Snapshot: Neuropsychology
with Amanda Wisinger, BS ’15 Psychology & Biology, MS ’18 Clinical Psychology, PsyD Candidate, Clinical Psychology.

One Psychology alumnus will share their career journey and tips for entering the field, Q&A session to follow. Webinar details are below:

Tuesday, March 2
Zoom- registration required

Presenter Bio: Amanda is a 3rd year Clinical Psychology PsyD student in Chicago, Illinois. Following graduation from UW-Madison with a B.S. in Psychology and Biology, she earned her master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Rosalind Franklin University. She completed one of her externships at a Chicagoland private practice delivering cognitive rehabilitation and family/group therapy services to individuals living with different types of dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other neurological conditions. Her second externship was at a student-run, free, interdisciplinary primary care clinic delivering evidence-based therapies (e.g., CBT, DBT, MI) to medically and psychiatrically complex community-dwelling patients. Through these experiences, Amanda cultivated a passion for understanding cognition within a medical/rehabilitation context and began pursuing her doctorate. As a doctoral student, she has aimed to diversity her clinical training experiences through externships at the University of Chicago Medical Center – Adult Neuropsychology Service and Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital (Hines VA) – Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Related Disorders Service. She also has worked consistently throughout her graduate studies as a psychometrician at various private practices in downtown Chicago with board-certified neuropsychologists. She currently works at a Graduate Research Investigator in the Neuroplasticity in Neurorehabilitation Lab, a joint laboratory between the Hines VA and Northwestern Medicine, where she focuses on developing neurorehabilitation interventions that induce neuroplasticity for individuals living with TBI and other neurological diseases (e.g., SCI, stroke, anoxic brain injury). Broadly, Amanda’s research and clinical interests include understanding the cognitive and affective changes due to normal aging and the cognitive and affective changes related to different types of dementia and other neurological conditions. Her career goal is to be a double board-certified Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist delivering compassionate, patient-centered care to individuals and their families at all stages of recovery from neurological conditions in an academic medical center setting.

Career Snapshot: Forensic Psychology

Career Snapshot: Forensic Psychology
with Claire Johnson, BS ’10 Psychology & Criminal Justice Certificate, MA ’12 Forensic Psychology
Juvenile Probation Officer & Clinical Counselor, Cook County-IL

One Psychology alumnus will share their career journey and tips for entering the field, Q&A session to follow. Webinar details are below:

Tuesday, March 23
Zoom – registration required

Presenter Bio: Claire L. Johnson was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Milwaukee, WI.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Criminal Justice Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010.  She also holds a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (’12) and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

Claire is a field probation officer for the Cook County Juvenile Court, currently working with youth from Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.  Claire was sworn in as a probation officer in 2014, though she has worked with the court in various capacities since 2011, first as an intern with the Juvenile Sex Offender Unit for her graduate school practicum.  Prior to her employment with the court, Claire worked as a clinical therapist for a community health agency, Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, providing family therapy services for court-involved youth, and individual and family counseling services to child and adolescent patients of the clinic.  Claire’s work as a juvenile probation officer has included conducting psychosexual behavioral assessments and providing individual and group treatment for youth charged with sexual offenses.  Claire also worked in the department’s Clinical Intake Unit, where she completed court-ordered mental health assessments for youth on probation and offered clinical recommendations. 

In addition to her direct service work, Claire co-chairs the Juvenile Probation Department’s Committee on Results for Equity (CORE).  Due to racism, the court-involved youth population is almost exclusively Black and Brown.  Claire is passionate about combatting institutional racism in the juvenile justice system by examining and disrupting policies, programs, and practices that uphold a racist status quo and facilitating antiracism dialogues with staff.  She is committed to amplifying the needs and voices of court-involved youth and their families.

Career Snapshot: Market Research

Career Snapshot: Market Research
with Rachel Webb, BS ’16 Psychology & Communication Arts
Innovation Coach, General Mills

One Psychology alumnus will share their career journey and tips for entering the field, Q&A session to follow. Webinar details are below:

Wednesday, April 7
Zoom – registration required

Presenter Bio: Rachel Webb (BS ’16 Psychology & Communication Arts) is passionate about data-driven decision-making. She has a background in market research, consumer insights, and innovation. As a Market Research Manager she partnered with brands such as Facebook, Uber, Lyft, Gatorade, and Hershey’s to help them better understand their consumers and deliver improved products, services, and experiences. Currently Rachel works as an Innovation Coach at General Mills in Minneapolis where she uses her background in people analytics and consumer insights to help drive meaningful innovation. She is excited to share her career journey and experiences with her fellow Badgers!

Psychology STaRS (Student Thesis and Research Showcase)

Psychology STaRS
Thursday, April 15th

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Psychology is hosting a virtual undergraduate Student Thesis and Research Showcase (STaRS) this Spring on Thursday, April 15th at 4pm. This online showcase will provide an opportunity for current thesis students to present their research to peers, faculty, staff, alumni, family, and friends.  All are invited and welcome to attend.  Registration is required for all participants.

STaRS 2021 Program

Psychology Undergraduate Awards Program

The Psychology Department typically hosts an Undergraduate Awards Program for Psychology majors who received departmental awards in 2020-2021 academic year. Due to covid-19 restrictions, we cannot host an in-person event in Spring 2021. To recognize our student awardees and donors, we created the Undergraduate Awards Program (.pdf) acknowledging their achievements and contributions to the Department of Psychology.

Psychology's Graduation Celebration

Congratulations to our students graduating December 2020, May 2021, and August 2021!  We’re grateful to have been part of your journey and look forward to celebrating your accomplishments!

On Friday, May 7th at 5pm, the Department of Psychology will release our virtual undergraduate Psychology Graduation Celebration video on our YouTube Channel. You will hear remarks from faculty, a student speaker, staff, and an alumna of the Department congratulating our graduates! 

The Psychology Graduation program booklet (.pdf) is available for download and includes graduates’ names from the 2020-2021 academic year.


Information regarding the College of Letters and Science Commencement Experience can be found at Information regarding the ALL-CAMPUS UW Commencement ceremony can be found at

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