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Psychology/I am currently a junior in high school taking an AP Psych class and i need to interview someone in the psychology field as soon as possible


1. What is your educational background?
2. Where do you currently work?
3. What field of psychology do you practice?
4. Why did you choose that particular field?
5. Have you applied the study of a specific branch of psychology in your work? If so, how?
6. What theories within psychology do you find most frenquently in your position and why?
7. Can you give me specific examples on how you applied these theories and the outcomes?
8. What areas of your work do you find most rewarding?
9. What areas do you find least rewarding?
10. What advice would you give someone who might be considering the psychology as a possible career field?
11.  Are there any closing thoughts you would like to share?

I have a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, with a specialization in Biopsychology.  I currently teach at a state university.  I am not in a private practice.  I do some consulting for pharmaceutical companies as well as teach.  I chose this field because I am fascinated by the brain and behavior.  Earlier in my career, I conducted research on the brain's response to different types of stress.  Because I do not practice  clinical psychology, I do not apply any of the usual theories - Psychoanalytic, Behavioral, etc.  I have an eclectic approach to the work that I do.  I very much enjoy teaching, particularly teaching students about research methods in psychology and helping them to hone critical thinking skills. There is nothing in particular that I find "least rewarding".  Psychology is a broad area of study and I think it's a fascinating field.  There are a variety of careers in the field, and even if you go into a different career, the study of psychology will benefit you in all aspects of your personal and professional life.

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Katherine ONeill


I can answer academic questions about psychology. I am not a clinician (therapist), I am a research psychologist with expertise in biopsychology, general psychology, cognitive psychology, research methods and psychopharmacology.


I have 25 years experience as a researcher in health behavior, biopsychology and psychopharmacology.

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Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, University of Rhode Island, 1983. Post doctoral fellow dept of psychiatry, New York University Medical Center, 1983-1984. Post doctoral fellow, dept of pharmacology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 1984-1985.

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