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World traveler, registered psychologist, teacher, wife, consultant, and graduate

Originally from New Jersey, Lori moved to Michigan at age 18 to attend Michigan State University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Wildlife Biology. After spending her last semester of college in Australia she was drawn to the Clinical Psychology program at the Argosy University, Orange County campus.

She remembers her major attraction to Argosy being the “location, friendliness and helping nature of the staff.” Lori fondly recalls the wide variety of classes she was able to take, from Psychopathology and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Quantitative Statistics and Ethics. Lori graduated in 2006.

Lori was quick to credit Dr. Gary Bruss, Dean of the PsyD program, as her mentor and guiding force while at the Orange County Campus “He was extremely supportive, giving, intelligent, insightful, and a simply amazing professor and leader.”

When asked how her time at Argosy University had prepared her for the work world, Lori was excited to point out, “I now know what I am capable of, I know how to prioritize and break down tasks so [that] I can accomplish them efficiently […] I am a much better communicator.”

Her time at Argosy University was not without challenges, however. During her yearlong internship, Lori spent time away from her husband, “he was in North Dakota for the year, and I was in South Dakota for the year, a 4 hour drive apart. We had the best year in many ways meeting new people, working in areas of high need, honing our clinical skills, learning more about ourselves, working on our communication and strengthening our relationship.”
Lori has taken that valuable skill set and put it to work in her career. In addition to working at Western Youth Services as a registered psychologist, Lori has been teaching at the Santa Ana campus in the BA Psychology and MA Clinical Psychology programs. As if she’s not busy enough, she also works part-time running educational groups at a local wellness center as a psychology consultant. 

One might imagine that after all of that Lori would be looking forward to slowing life down a little bit. However, that’s simply not the case. Lori looks energetically towards raising a family with her husband, also an Argosy University graduate, and perhaps someday going into business for herself. She says “the trials and tribulations you encounter and the challenges you overcome [in life] make you a better, stronger, person.” These are apt words from a successful Argosy graduate, wife, registered psychologist, teacher, consultant, and world traveler.