Mallory Christman (PsyD '23) March 18, 2022
Match Day 2022
Students graduating from the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program are celebrating the next step in their professional journey. Here they share what
has inspired them along the way and what advice they would give to new students.
Where did you match?
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCOM) Center for Brief Therapy in Philadelphia, PA.
What specialty did you match into and why did you choose this?
I matched in clinical psychology, focusing on health psychology. I have a passion for working with patients and caregivers
facing chronic health concerns. I have completed rotations in outpatient community
mental health and inpatient medical and believe that primary care will offer a unique
mixture of these experiences—focusing on short-term strategies to help this population
cope with their diagnoses.
How did you feel when you found out you had matched?
I was very excited; I was happy to find out that PCOM will be my home for another
What inspired you to pursue behavioral health?
My path to psychology wasn't linear, I didn't really discover what I wanted to do
until I went to college. I then started learning more about health psychology and
recognized how it fits with my personal experience. Growing up, my father was diagnosed
with stage 3 laryngeal cancer; I personally witnessed the effects of treatment on
both my father and my mother (his primary caregiver). I now have taken that passion
and funneled it into my work with patients with chronic illnesses and their caregivers.
What advice would you give to a first year student starting their journey?
In the beginning, I had to frequently remind myself to take things one day at a time.
At times, the amount of school work, job demands, friends, etc. seems overwhelming
so it's important to just focus on one little piece at a time. And also, the time
goes by very fast so try to soak in as much experience as you can throughout the program!
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