BS in Psychology

Alice Kathryn Beatty, 2023

Alice Kathryn Beatty

Do you have a particular standout course or professor from your time as an undergraduate student?

I had the opportunity of working with many experienced and knowledgeable professors.  Most noteworthy was working with Kara Hokes and Kathleen Khong (PSYC 461 & 462) on the Emotional Support Line Program.  These courses provided me with applied clinical mental health experience, which as valuable for a base understanding of evidence-informed mental health techniques. 

What activities were you involved in during your time at Mason that impacted you the most? 

My experience in Dr. Keith Renshaw's Anxiety, Stress, & Relationships Lab assisting with Sissi Ribeiro's trauma attribution study provided the opportunity to partake in coding qualitative data and collaboration within a research team.   Additionally, as the program coordinator for Virginia's Identify SMVF, Screen for Suicide Risk, & Refer for Services I supported state-wide efforts to prevent suicides among Military Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.

Share a memorable "Mason moment."

 My most memorable moment at GMU has been supporting and assisting other psychology students with learning valuable mental health first aid skills for the Emotional Support Line Program. Watching them develop their skills and apply them with callers has been a truly amazing experience. 

Reflecting on your time at Mason, what is one piece of advice you would give a student who is just starting off on their Mason journey?

My advice for new or returning students is to connect deeply with your peers and professors.  Your career starts now; seek out opportunities to become involved in your field and network with professionals who inspire you!  Your educational experience is heavily based on what you choose to make out of it

What is your next step?

After graduation, I look forward to pursuing a clinical mental health degree by attending graduate school in 2024.  My focus will be to learn and apply evidence-based skills such as CBT, DBT, and EMDR to support individuals who have experienced trauma or shifts in their identity.