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  • Helping Students Become Better Scientists Through Authentic Research
    In addition to being a full-time professor of psychology and cognitive science at Avila, Jordan Wagge, Ph.D., is also, among many things, the Executive Director of CREP (Collaborative Replication and Education Project) and, most recently, a podcast star. She led a conference session titled “Our Students Can Be Our Scientists,” which highlighted the following:  Students...
  • Q&A: Jennifer Attila, MSP ’12
    Jennifer Attila came to Avila to earn her Master of Science in Psychology. She started rapidly developing new health symptoms, which complicated her studies. She was diagnosed with Dystonia. “Upon consulting with my teachers I chose to complete my MS in Psychology and it was the best decision of my life,” said Attila, MSP ‘12....
  • Q&A: Iri Torres, MSP ’22
    Iri Torres came to Avila as an international student to earn her Master of Science in Psychology and pursue a career in research psychology in the United States. Torres is currently a Psychometrist at the KU Alzheimer’s Research Disease Center. Why was Avila and their program the right fit for you? Avila has a flexible...
  • Q&A: Hope Davis, MSP student
    Hope Davis fell in love with psychology in high school and never looked back. She chose Avila’s Master of Science in Psychology because she was looking for a smaller campus community. What surprised you about Avila or the psychology program? Once you take one class from a professor, they are unlikely to forget you and...
  • Q&A: Holly France, MSP student
    Holly France chose Avila’s Master of Science in Psychology to gain research experience before applying for a Ph.D. program. Avila’s program has also allowed her to explore career options in the field of psychology. France specifically chose Avila because, What surprised you about Avila or the psychology program? I was surprised at how quickly professors...
  • Q&A: Penny Howard, MSCP ’21
    Penny Howard graduated from Avila University with her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in 2021. Howard is now provisionally licensed to provide psychotherapy in Kansas and plans to work in group private practice with individuals and couples. “Avila challenged and prepared me to do this work in a sound, ethical, and soulful manner,” said...
  • Q&A: Samual Ziglinski, MSCP student
    Samual Ziglinski is pursuing a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Avila University. “I wanted the opportunity to work closely with a wide variety of individuals, and approach the field of psychology from a unique, focused perspective,” said Ziglinski. What surprised you about Avila? I was surprised by the quality of staff assisting with...
  • Q&A: Dariah Wixon, MSCP ’19
    Dariah Wixon was drawn to Avila University’s smaller class sizes, affordable tuition, and notable counseling program. She graduated with her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in December of 2019. Wixon is now a Therapist/Counselor at a private practice in Kansas and obtained her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license. What makes Avila special/unique/inspiring to you?...
  • Q&A: Brandon Brewster, MSP ’20
    Brandon Brewster has always been interested in research. He earned his BA in 2018 from Avila and returned to complete his Master of Science in Psychology in 2020. He is currently a 2nd Year Graduate Student in the Experimental Psychology – Cognitive Neuroscience Program at Saint Louis University. Why was Avila and its psychology program...
  • Q&A: Lea Morvan, MSP student
    Lea Morvan is an international student who transferred to Avila to complete her Master of Science in Psychology. She wanted a smaller school environment and was drawn into Avila’s MSP program because it offers a variety of research opportunities. These experiences are critical for further research and teaching opportunities as she plans to pursue her...
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