Holly (Nemiroff ’73) Jacobs+
“Be open to serendipity; one never can know what opportunities might await.” – Holly (Nemiroff ’73) Jacobs
Currently, Jacobs is a mental health counselor (L.P.C.) and adjunct faculty instructor in the graduate counseling program at Rider University. Jacobs did not start her own graduate education until 23 years after graduating from Gettysburg College. In fact, she took the GREs at the same time her eldest child was taking the SATs.
Jacobs appreciates her experiences and educational opportunities that arose from attending Gettysburg College. “Every personal experience has contributed to the person I am today. I had many years ‘post graduate’ and I believe that my formal education from Gettysburg has been a sturdy platform on which much scaffolding has been built,” Jacobs said. “Academic demands for excellence were important at Gettysburg, and I have held on to this notion ever since.”
Jacobs’ advice to current Gettysburg College students? “Be open to serendipity; one never can know what opportunities might await. You should work hard and maintain a constructive and positive attitude, even when it’s difficult. Go the extra mile and smile.”
Jeff Jones, Jr. ’01+
“Gettysburg College encourages students to take a diverse variety of classes, from chemistry to marketing to philosophy. This approach enables students to become more versatile and adapt to challenges, which may be outside of their comfort zone. It’s not so much the specific content we learn that’s important; but the behavior, disciplines, and versatility that allow us to distill complex ideas into something of commercial value."- Jeff Jones, Jr.
Jeff Jones, Jr. double-majored in psychology and biology at Gettysburg. Currently, he's in Sydney, Australia working as the Associate Director at Nielsen. Following graduation, Jones went to business school in Australia and completed his MBA in Marketing and Finance. After he received his MBA, he focused on obtaining experience across both client-side and agency roles, so he’d have a first hand perspective of both sides of the relationship. He worked for a marketing agency in Brisbane, Australia, and then as a marketing manager for an e-commerce business. Fast forward seven years, and he was headhunted by Nielsen and moved to Sydney.
Thomas Judd ’71+
Psychology major Thomas Judd ’71 is an associate professor of behavioral sciences and leadership and the assistant dean of academic assessment at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. He expresses the impact of his Psychology major on his military and teaching career in these words:
“Attending Gettysburg College gave me a good start to get into the programs that let me complete my MA and Ed.D. at Columbia University, Teachers College. The undergrad work I did in memory under Dr. D’Agostino gave me a good foundation for the grant I worked for at the Research and Demonstration Center for the education of handicapped children.”
Jennifer Logan ’08+
"Gain the respect of your colleagues through your dedication, integrity, and intelligence, and paths will open up for you." - Jennifer Logan
Jennifer Logan double-majored in psychology and Japanese studies at Gettysburg. Currently, she’s a speech-language pathologist at the Hearing and Speech Agency in Baltimore, Maryland. Since starting there after graduate school, she has worked with people ranging from 2 months to 56 years of age who struggle with communication disorders. The facility in Baltimore was recently awarded a grant from Google to explore the ways in which Glass can be implemented into a therapy environment. Logan will serve as the clinic team leader helping to build new Glassware and find alternate uses for existing programs.
"The liberal arts education has helped me to remain flexible in my work and integrate information from a variety of fields in an effort to help my clients," said Jennifer Logan. "My psychology major benefited my ability to conduct and review research. It also provided a strong foundation in human behavior, child development, and neuroscience that helped me throughout graduate school and clinic. Japanese Studies provided me with both the roots of cultural sensitivity and a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of language; they are invaluable tools in my hobbies and professional life!"
Julia (Centrella ’05) Levandoski+
Levandoski ’05 graduated from Gettysburg College with a major in Psychology. Since graduation, she completed a combined Masters and Doctoral program at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia earning her Psy.D. in clinical psychology. Levandoski wrote her dissertation on relational aggression between female teenagers from the perspective of the bully.
Currently, she is working for two community mental health centers in Montgomery County, PA evaluating children and making recommendations for the appropriate level of in-home treatment. Starting next month, Levandoski will be running group discussions for teens and parents through the SpeakUp program to facilitate discussion between teens and adults about potentially difficult topics. She thanks her strong educational foundation laid at Gettysburg College for her success as an early-career psychologist.
“I really appreciate the education I got [at Gettysburg College] and I look back fondly on my psychology courses.” – Julia Levandoski ‘05
Regina (Richardson ’91) Michel+
“Take advantage of the opportunities and talk to your professors” – Regina (Richardson ’91) Michel
While attending Gettysburg College, Michel was a psychology major and an education minor. “I chose Gettysburg College because of the low staff to student ratio, beautiful campus, great academic reputation and the high quality of education,” said Michel said.
After graduating from Gettysburg College, Michel was immediately hired by Carroll County Public Schools in Maryland. Currently, Michel is a fifth grade STEM teacher at Hampstead Elementary, and has held this teaching position for the past 23 years. “Attending Gettysburg College and being a psychology major and an education minor helped me to continue challenging myself and grow in the field of education,” Michel said.
Michel has received the Middle Childhood Generalist endorsement and has been nominated as Carroll County Teacher of the Year multiple times. Additionally, Michel is a member of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The NBPTS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in education.
Phillip N. Smith ’01+
Smith ’01 graduated from Gettysburg College with a major in Psychology. Since graduation, he completed his PhD at Texas Tech University and did a two year NIMH funded post-doc in suicide prevention research in the department of psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. His research focuses on interpersonal and psychological risk factors for suicide and related behaviors and disorders.
Currently, Smith is teaching as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of South Alabama. He is happy to report that the doctoral training program in clinical and counseling psychology was recently approved for APA accreditation.
Ryan Rosiello ’11+
“Psychology has influenced everything I have done so far in my career” – Ryan Rosiello ’11
Ryan Rosiello '11 visited Gettysburg College when he was a sophomore in high school and absolutely fell in love with it. “I thought the campus was absolutely beautiful and it just felt like home,” Rosiello said. Furthermore, Rosiello commented on the sense of community on campus and how he had the chance to make friends that would last a lifetime.
Currently, Rosiello is a Ph.D student at Hofstra University studying Applied Organizational Psychology. He is also a teaching assistant for the masters program and does some recruiting for the Ph.D program.
“The high quality of education at Gettysburg College has helped shape my research interests throughout both of my graduate programs,” Rosiello said. “Psychology has influenced everything I have done so far in my career. The research knowledge and skills I learned in my major has influenced and enhanced both my graduate and internship experiences.”
Rosiello’s advice for current Gettysburg College students? “Be patient, find the subject you truly love and find meaning in it. Once you find that subject, all the rest will fall into place.”
In 2012, Rosiello received the Hofstra University Provost Scholarship. In 2013, he graduated from the Hofstra University Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program with distinction. He has recently been published in the Corporate Reputation Review journal. The article is entitled, “Examining How Corporations Use Online Job Ads to Communicate Employer Brand Image Information.”
Gene Stull ’67+
“Choose an academic path that allows flexibility since many will change careers throughout their adult life. There is no better undergraduate education for the real world than psychology, especially in the fields of law enforcement, counseling, interpersonal communications careers, and even management.” –Gene Stull ’67
While attending Gettysburg College, Stull was a psychology major and a sociology minor. After graduating, Stull was a United States Marine before he worked as a special agent for the FBI and an employee relations specialist for a large corporation. Stull's experience with the FBI led him to positions such as Curriculum Development Specialist for PA Department of Education for police subjects, Sergeant and Chief of Police in several PA departments, and a Director for the Institute for Law Enforcement Education, PDE in Harrisburg. Stull uses his psychology degree to instruct police, security, drug and alcohol and counseling professionals in various areas of applied psychology.
Stull has been awarded Departmental Honors at Gettysburg College, several Firearms Competition awards and numerous awards as a Conference Speaker. He is currently a retired Director of the Institute for Law Enforcement Education in PA Department of Education and a General Manager at Strategic Training and Consulting Associates.
Barbara A. Trautlein ’86+
“From my education at Gettysburg College, I was extremely well prepared academically for my doctoral studies with a sound foundation in the discipline of psychology and research methodology” – Barbara Trautlein
Barbara Trautlein ’86 graduated with an English and Psychology double major. After graduation, Trautlein went to graduate school for Organizational Psychology at the University of Michigan.
“It became even more clear to me what an excellent education I obtained at Gettysburg College while I was completing my doctoral degree,” Trautlein said. Trautlein received her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1997.
Trautlein recently published the book “Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks," which achieved best-seller status.Additionally, Trautlein is the principal of Change Catalysts, LLC, which is a change management and leadership development consultancy.
Alison Booth ’05+
Booth knew Gettysburg was the right fit for her because of the small class sizes and the overall liberal arts education.
She always knew from her time at Gettysburg and beyond that she wanted to work with children in an applied setting. Psychology was a great fit for her because she was able to learn about many different career options and paths she could take with a Psychology degree. She came out of Gettysburg ready to find a job and was accepted to the first one she applied for.
Since graduation, Booth has worked in the applied behavior analysis field and earned her masters degree and board certification along the way.
Booth currently works as an Applied Behavior Analyst working with children between the ages of 2-18 with developmental disabilities, mostly autism. She provides consultations to families, functional behavior assessments, behavior programming, and direct applied behavior analysis/verbal behavior therapy services.
Booth’s advice to current students: “Really love what you do. I get up every morning knowing that each day will be different, challenging, and rewarding at the same time. Talk to lots of people about their own jobs. I have learned so much by talking with others, even if it isn’t the right path for me, I learn a lot.”
Jennifer Christofferson ’10+
Jennifer chose Gettysburg for many reasons. In particular, the small class sizes drew her in and ended up being one of her favorite parts of Gettysburg. Every teacher knew each student’s name and had a genuine interest and investment in their students’ success. Her second visit to campus happened to be a time when the majority of campus was away on break, but she instantly got the feeling that Gettysburg was where she was meant to be. Her tour guide was excellent and even with the small number of students on campus, she felt a sense of community and pride in Gettysburg. She went home that day and made the decisions to go Gettysburg, and has never regretted it.
Christofferson currently works as the Program Coordinator at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. She works for the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, which is a center that is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. This center was developed to address medical traumatic stress in the lives of children and families.
After Gettysburg, Christofferson attended Loyola University Maryland to obtain her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in their Clinical Thesis track. After Loyola, she worked at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry department conducting research on child anxiety and depression. She worked there for three years as a Clinical Research Specialist and Data Manager and supervised undergraduate research assistants.
Going into Gettysburg, Christofferson knew she wanted to major in Psychology. Being able to experience the wide variety of courses offered was extremely helpful in informing her of what career path she wanted to choose in the field and to become more well-rounded. Through her advanced psychology courses, she was able to conduct independent research, which helped her immensely in her graduate program and eventually in her career. The foundation she was able to build at Gettysburg has helped her in every step of her career.
Christofferson received departmental honors for conducting independent research her senior year at Gettysburg. Since graduating, she has had the opportunity to become a published author on five articles in numerous psychology journals and has co-authored a chapter in a psychology book. She was also picked to be an Emerging Scholar Representative for a two-year term for the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood.
Christofferson’s advice to students: “Get involved. Whether it is joining clubs or seeking out opportunities outside of the classroom, Gettysburg has so much to offer. Reach out to your professors and tell them what you are interested in doing, and they will find a way to help you. There are so many opportunities at Gettysburg- really seek them out and take advantage of everything Gettysburg has to offer. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, you will not be disappointed.”