Aimee Murray has an impressive educational background, but being a mother and nontraditional student presented some challenges while learning to balance all the demands of motherhood, working, and advancing her education at the same time.
Murray earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from the University of Minnesota and went on to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Psychology with a focus on Human Resource Development from Antioch University. She spent several years as a corporate trainer where she designed and implemented training curricula, facilitated meetings and coached supervisors in employee relations. Although Murray loved this position, she really wanted to go back to her original goal of helping people with mental illness.
She enrolled at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Twin Cities in the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program and, once she completed the program, began a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology degree. “I chose Argosy University because its model served as a perfect balance between practice and research,” said Murray. “I felt that the curriculum was well structured and would provide a good foundation for practice. Argosy University allowed me to learn an evidence-based approach to treatment, while offering a solid experience in clinical settings.”
As graduation approached, Murray began seeking post-doctoral training opportunities, such as a post-doctoral program at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Psychiatry. The program focused on schizophrenia in adolescents and young adults, and offered her additional training and exposure to research. This position is exactly what she was always looking for with a balance of clinical work, research and teaching. The position became a spring board for her current role as a faculty at the department of psychiatry.
Murray currently works at the University of Minnesota’s Physicians Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) - Fairview Adult Day Treatment Program. Her research has included youth at risk for schizophrenia, neurocognitive remediation, and utilizing Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) to treat adolescents with depression. Murray helped launch the cognitive remediation program within the UMMC Day Treatment Program, which is creating a shift in the way treatment is provided in the day treatment program.
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