Doctor of Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy specialization, 2012
"I’ve gained a better understanding of myself, which has taught me to be more accepting of those around me."
“I come from a long tradition of health care providers – we’ve had everything from nurses to dentists in the family – and by the eighth grade I had decided to become a physician,” said Emily Inman, 30, while she was still attending University of the Rockies. Her undergraduate degree was in biology and pre-med, and in January 2007 she began medical school. “Somewhere between August and November of 2007, I realized that medical school was not where I wanted to be. After a lot of soul searching, I took a leave of absence and began researching clinical psychology graduate schools. I decided on a Doctor of Psychology program because I felt it resonated with my holistic approach to health.” After being accepted to University of the Rockies, Emily officially quit medical school and started what she calls a new chapter in her life.
“Picking University of the Rockies was an easy choice. My husband Andy and I wanted to live in Colorado, and when I learned that the University had a practicum clinic on-site where I would be able to gain experience within my first year, I was sold. I also appreciated that the practicum allowed us to ease into the clinical world by answering phones, watching upperclassmen in session, and participating in case conceptualizations.”
Emily began by enrolling in a Master of Arts in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy specialization. She completed that degree in 2010, and then completed the Doctor of Psychology, Clinical specialization program with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012.
While at University of the Rockies, Emily worked on a pilot study looking at additional benefits individuals receive from participating in either Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy or Existential-Humanistic Therapy. Her team also included an Organizational Leader perspective by comparing the benefits of working for a Transformational employer versus a Transactional employer. This study was presented as a poster presentation at the 2010 American Psychological Association and was conditionally accepted to The New School Psychology Bulletin, although ultimately wasn’t published. Her dissertation was on how parenting attitudes and believes, along with self-actualization levels, can change (or not change) after attending a non-empirically-based parenting program.
“Through my coursework and practical experience, I’ve discovered that I truly enjoy working with children, families, and couples. I believe that individuals learn, grow, and function in a system and I intend to continue working with systems in all populations and demographics. I’ve also gained a better understanding of myself, which has taught me to be more accepting of those around me. Each moment and situation is unique, and every person has a gift to share – all I need to do is look for it!”