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  • 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: Justin Loman, MSK ’21
    Justin Loman came to Avila to earn his Master of Science in Kinesiology and play baseball. “The MSK program was a great fit for me as an athlete and student. The professors were more than willing to work with me if conflicts came up–personal or athletic,” said Loman. Loman graduated from Avila with his MSK...
  • 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: Erick Mojica, MSK ’19
    Erick Mojica has a tremendous passion for working with young athletes and teaching clients how to exercise and explore the mind-body connection. He wanted to have a deeper understanding of his field and found Avila’s Master of Science in Kinesiology. “Choosing a small school master’s program was ‘huge’ for me because I could interact with...
  • Q&A: Joseph Grindstaff, MSK ’19
    Joseph Grindstaff was a non-traditional student working as an Assistant Personal Training Director with several years of experience in the field and specialty certifications. “When I found Avila’s Kinesiology program it was like a stroke of good luck,” said Grindstaff.  Grindstaff graduated from Avila University in 2019 with a Master of Science in Kinesiology. He...
  • 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...
  • Q&A: Matt Arnet, MSCP ’06
    Matt Arnet is the Clinical Director of Outpatient Services at KVC Behavioral Healthcare. He chose Avila University to earn his Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. “I was looking for a smaller program where I could get to know the professors and other students. My undergraduate degree came from a very large state school where...
  • Avila Graduate Students Earn Awards at Great Plains Students Psychology Convention
    Two Avila University psychology graduate students, Eleanor Dick and Lindsay Wing won awards at the 2022 Great Plains Students Psychology Convention held on March 15 & 16 in Emporia, Kansas. This convention brings psychology students together to exchange ideas, discuss relevant topics, and gain experience presenting their research. Avila Professor of Psychology Jordan Wagge, Ph.D.,...
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