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United States Air Force Veteran Working Toward Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology

Katie Flanigan was a member of the United States Air Force and is now working toward her Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University, Orange County. Her career aspirations are grand—she hopes to run a private clinical practice, become a professor, and provide expert opinions for the courts. Katie decided to pursue forensic studies after years of feeling a calling to the field. “There is a great need for clinically trained professionals who can view both the offender and victim from a multidimensional perspective to accurately assess, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate each of them in the appropriate way,” she says.

Katie chose to continue her studies at Argosy University, Orange County because of the fulfilling experience she had in the school’s Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology program, from which she graduated in 2014. “I acquired a wealth of knowledge on forensic practice and admired each and every professor for their expertise and ability to relate to us students. I knew [the school] would provide me with just as great an experience and training in a clinical capacity as well.”

She was able to use military education benefits, Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation, to help her with the cost of her education.

Katie hopes to be chosen by California Institute for Men for a practicum placement experience within the forensic arena. “It would be an invaluable experience to conduct cognitive and personality assessments for the corrections system and I feel I have a lot to offer as well. I hope to do treatment practicum at the same institution to grow my forensic capacities.”

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