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Julie Guay worked in the business field for nearly 20 years before pursuing a career in psychology

Julie Guay worked in the business field for nearly 20 years before pursuing a career in psychology. “It had always been a dream of mine,” says Julie, a clinical psychologist and an assistant professor at Immaculata University.

She received an undergraduate degree in business and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Indiana University. In 2006, Julie earned her Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Schaumburg.

“After receiving my PsyD, I completed postdoctoral fellowships in neuropsychology/rehabilitation since I wanted to obtain a specialty in neuropsychology,” she says. “I also got some teaching experience as a teaching assistant at Argosy and as an adjunct professor at Immaculata University, while I was completing my postdoctoral fellowship hours.

Julie enjoyed teaching and decided that a good career for her would be to mix teaching with clinical work.

At Immaculata University, Julie teaches a variety of classes, including statistics, research methods, biological basis of behavior, and neuropsychological assessment. She also works in private practice as a clinical psychologist focused mainly on neuropsychological assessment of children and young adults.

“While trying to balance my workload and these different professional roles can be challenging, stressful, and even frustrating at times, I never wake up wishing I was doing anything else,” she says.

Julie says the Argosy University curriculum provided her with an excellent foundation in clinical psychology, while also enabling her to pursue a specialty interest in neuropsychology.

However, the road towards her current career did not come without its bumps. Balancing family and career with school provided Julie with one of the biggest challenges during her time in college. “With three children and a full-time professional schedule, this can be very challenging, but the flexibility of my work schedule is helpful along with help from supportive friends and family.”

Learning from her own experience, she tells graduate students to enjoy the ride of getting their advanced degree.

“Don’t be so focused on getting done with the program that you forget to enjoy the process of getting there,” she says. “You will probably never have a learning opportunity like this again, so take full advantage of it while you can and learn as much from peers and faculty as you can.”

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