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Doctoral Peer Mentor Biographies:
Suzanne Switzer, MS

About Me

Current Walden Program:  PhD in Clinical Psychology

Education: MS in Child Development, BA in Psychology

Location: Colorado (Mountain Time Zone)

Research Interests: Multicultural psychology; adoption; children and youth mental health; childhood trauma; stress; family dynamics; relationships.

Hobbies and Interests: Reading mystery novels, traveling, spending time with family and friends, being outdoors.

My Advice for a New Walden Student

Do not be afraid to ask questions, reach out and connect. 

My Doctoral Journey

Why did you choose Walden University?

I was looking for a program with flexibility, as I was starting my doctoral journey at four months pregnant. I knew I wanted to be able to spend time as a new mom, while also accomplishing my personal goal of obtaining a PhD. A family member recommended Walden University to me and the values and goals of the institution lined up with mine.

What have you learned about yourself so far in your doctoral journey?

Entering into this program I had jitters and self-doubt about whether this was the right path for me. My journey so far has proven that this was the right choice and I can do it. Balancing the various aspects of my life, while being successful in my academics, has increased my confidence and assured me that I am right where I belong.

Learn more about my doctoral journey

Suzanne's Time Management Story (YouTube)

My Walden Residencies

Where did you attend your first residency?

Atlanta, GA

What did you find most valuable about residency?

It is an opportunity to connect with other people and feel like a community. It is a chance to share your experiences, learn from others,  engage with faculty and staff, and also make friends. The online doctoral journey can feel isolating at times, but residencies show you that you are not alone in your journey and there are many others also participating in similar experiences.

How did you network at your residency?

I would arrive a few minutes early to each session so I could introduce myself to the others sitting at my table and when we took breaks, I would try to engage with someone nearby or speak to a faculty member or presenter. I made sure to schedule my advising sessions with professors that I was interested in getting to know better, or connect with those in my field that I did not know yet. The best networking opportunity came after everything wrapped up and I was able to speak to the leader of my cohort, also a clinical psychologist with similar interests as mine. There are people all around you during residency, and multiple opportunities to reach out to others. Take advantage of your time there!

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