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Doctoral Peer Mentor Biographies:
Luis Sanchez, MS

About Me

Current Walden Program: PhD in Clinical Psychology

Education: MS in Psychology, BA in Psychology

Location: Iowa (Central Time Zone)

Research Interests: Generational trauma; vicarious trauma; religion in psychotherapy; masculinity; fatherhood stress; adverse childhood experiences

Hobbies and Interests: Taekwondo, Latin dancing, traveling, Netflix!!!

My Advice for a new Walden student

 Identify your dissertation topic early in your journey and connect with faculty members that can guide you in your research process. 
There is no better way to address your dissertation fears than to connect, connect, and connect!


My Doctoral Journey

Why did you choose Walden University? 

I came to Walden University upon recommendation from a co-worker who had obtained her master's and was completing her doctorate in Forensic Psychology.  Having the opportunity to enroll in a Clinical Psychology program and complete it on my own schedule was the biggest selling point.

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

What I have learned so far from my doctoral journey has been that I CAN DO IT!  Reaching the end of my coursework and being enrolled in four courses simultaneously (Yes, four!  Yikes!) has helped me realize that, although it has been challenging, I have what it takes to get this done.

Learn more about my doctoral journey

My Walden Residencies

Where did you attend your first residency? 

My first residency was in Tampa, Florida and it was awesome!

What did you find most valuable about residency? 

The most valuable about residency for me has been to meet and build relationships with faculty members.  To this day, I often stay in touch via email with the faculty members I met during residencies.  Having this level of connection makes this online journey less lonely.

How did you network at your residency? 

Building connections in residency was easy.  Students and faculty members were EVERYWHERE.  There was no way to escape from talking with someone.  I either began a conversation, or someone reached out to me.  My biggest network building tactic was to wait until the end of a conference session, walk up to the faculty staff who conducted it and ask questions.

Learn more about my residency experiences

   Luis Sanchez: My Residency Experience

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