48 episodes

Psych Mic is a podcast for psychology students to explore the endless ways they can use their psychology background to make an impact! In each episode, host Maya Metser, a former psychology student herself, interviews an industry leader about their career path and advice for students. Because psychology is so widely applicable, it can be a challenge to figure out what to do next. These episodes will give you language to talk about your passions, uncensored tips about graduate school and career development, and lots of confidence in your psych background!

Psych Mic Maya Metser

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Psych Mic is a podcast for psychology students to explore the endless ways they can use their psychology background to make an impact! In each episode, host Maya Metser, a former psychology student herself, interviews an industry leader about their career path and advice for students. Because psychology is so widely applicable, it can be a challenge to figure out what to do next. These episodes will give you language to talk about your passions, uncensored tips about graduate school and career development, and lots of confidence in your psych background!

    Facilitating human connection | Counseling psychology with Dr. Laura Kasper

    Facilitating human connection | Counseling psychology with Dr. Laura Kasper

    Laura B. Kasper, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and has been practicing psychotherapy for over 18 years. She has experience working with a diverse group of clients with respect to presenting concerns, gender, sexual orientation, and race/ethnicity.  Regardless of their background, the majority of her clients are highly intelligent and accomplished people who are interested in taking their personal and professional relationships to the next level. Her therapeutic approach blends her first-hand experience of the high-performing professional workplace with buddhist psychology and tools to offer support that is unrelentingly compassionate, direct, and powerful.

    In addition to her private practice, she is currently Adjunct Clinical Assistant Faculty at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also a small-group facilitator for Stanford Business School’s renowned emotional and relational intelligence course Interpersonal Dynamics.  She has been an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of California San Francisco, and The George Washington University. Prior to becoming a psychologist, she worked as a management consultant at Accenture in the health care industry. 

    Laura received her Bachelor's from Penn State in Interpersonal Communication and her PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Maryland.

    We talked about... 
    how one goes about figuring out if they’re suited for clinical work and what Laura did to figure it outhow she chose a counseling program over a clinical one, and a PhD over a PsyDhow she stood out as an applicant and what kinds of things you can do to stand out yourselfthe process by which you develop your individual style in graduate schoolhow to deal with insecurities around doing therapy in front of peers and faculty -- and do these insecurities go away?private practice - things Laura wishes she knew before starting one and important things to consider before you make that leaphow Laura developed this niche of working with founders and high achieversand so much more! Visit psychmic.com to sign up for the newsletter, where you'll get career tips, grad school resources, and job opportunities straight to your inbox! Follow @psych_mic on Instagram to submit questions for speakers and stay in the loop.

    Music by: Adam Fine 

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Healing communities from racial trauma | with Dr. Isha Metzger

    Healing communities from racial trauma | with Dr. Isha Metzger

    Isha Metzger, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Director of The EMPOWER Lab, Owner of Cultural Concepts, LLC, a Certified Therapist in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and she is the Mental Health expert for Salone Health, an organization dedicated to improving the health of Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad. The overarching goal of Dr. Metzger’s career is to take a strengths based, anti-deficit approach to prevention for youth of color. Dr. Metzger stands against anti-Black racism and oppression through "Engaging Minorities in Prevention, Outreach, Wellness, Education, & Research" through community-based participatory methods and advocacy.

    Dr. Metzger’s research is aimed at preventing engagement in risky behaviors (e.g., sexual activity, alcohol use, delinquency) as well as understanding risk and resilience factors (e.g., trauma experiences, racial socialization and racial discrimination, family and peer relationships) that impact the relation between trauma exposure and problematic outcomes (e.g., STI/HIV exposure, unintended pregnancies). Dr. Metzger is also engaged in translational research including the conceptualization, implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of prevention programming aimed at reducing mental health and health disparities among African American youth.

    Dr. Metzger earned her Bachelor’s in psychology from Georgia State University and her PhD in clinical-community psychology from the University of South Carolina.  Learn more about her projects at www.drishametzger.com.

    Black and EMPOWERED podcast

    In this interview, we cover:
    When did you realize you wanted to devote your career to healing black babies?How did you figure out you wanted to do therapy and not medicine?Why was research a powerful way for you to address racial trauma?Dealing with vicarious trauma as a clinicianWhy did you choose to do your PhD in Clinical-Community PsychologyBecoming a competitive applicantNetworking before grad school: why it’s important and how to do itWhat do you wish you knew before grad school? Is it important to know exactly what you want to research before going to grad school?What is your research at the EMPOWER Lab? How do you involve the community?What is one skill, quality, or general factor that has served you no matter where you went in life?Visit psychmic.com to sign up for the newsletter, where you'll get career tips, grad school resources, and job opportunities straight to your inbox! Follow @psych_mic on Instagram to submit questions for speakers and stay in the loop.

    Music by: Adam Fine 

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Letting out your inner child | Music & psychology with Dr. Susan Rogers

    Letting out your inner child | Music & psychology with Dr. Susan Rogers

    Susan Rogers, PhD, is a professor of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music. She holds a doctorate in psychology from McGill University, where she studied music cognition and psychoacoustics under researchers Daniel Levitin and Stephen McAdams. Her research focuses on auditory memory, the perception of musical signals, and the influence of musical training on auditory development. For two decades prior to her science career, Rogers was one of the world's few women known for her work as a record producer, engineer, mixer, and audio electronics technician. Career highlights include years (1983–1988) as staff engineer for recording artist Prince and working with such diverse artists as Barenaked Ladies, David Byrne, Tricky, and Tevin Campbell.

    Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyM5mbNEpWs&ab_channel=PsychMic
    In this episode, we cover: 
    Intro: who's the second interviewer with Maya??Susan’s childhoodHow do kids come to like what they like?Working with Prince: tech to engineerImportant skills for audio engineeringComparing art and scienceWhy Susan left music to study psychologyGrad school & mentorsSusan’s new book: This Is What It Sounds LikeWhy you like the music you likeMusicians, bilinguals, and auditory processingWhat it takes to produce successful recordsAdvice for people interested in music and scienceFiguring out what you really wantand much more...Visit psychmic.com to sign up for the newsletter, where you'll get career tips, grad school resources, and job opportunities straight to your inbox! Follow @psych_mic on Instagram to submit questions for speakers and stay in the loop.

    Music by: Adam Fine 

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Pioneering treatments & saving lives | with clinical psychologist Dr. Alec Miller

    Pioneering treatments & saving lives | with clinical psychologist Dr. Alec Miller

    Alec L. Miller, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, teacher, researcher, author, and disseminator of evidence-based treatments. He is co-Founder and co-Director of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants, a private group practice and training center based in White Plains and Manhattan. He is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore Medical Center.
    Dr. Miller is an expert in the treatment of stress management, adolescent depression, suicide and self-injury, borderline personality disorder, as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. Beginning in 1995, he headed clinical-research teams adapting DBT for outpatient suicidal multi-problem adolescents as well as contributing to the adaptation of DBT for other populations and settings including schools. He has authored and co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and co-authored four books, including the three leading textbooks on DBT with adolescents. 

    To watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/l-6pzl7-qqg

    In this episode, we cover:
    How Alec’s interest in mental health emerged from a family tragedyHow did you know you wanted to practice clinically?Gaining clinical experience before grad schoolChoosing the PsyD route and other important considerations about choosing a program - e.g., clinical training vs. research balance)Bolstering your grad applicationHow to choose the right grad pathGrad school lifeTheoretical orientationWhat settings did you enjoy working in the most in graduate school?Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)Challenging stigmaBecoming a leader of DBTFrom hospital to private practiceAdvice for people who want to open a private practiceInternship opportunities at CBC for aspiring clinicians!What qualities do you look for in interns at CBC? And opportunities to get involved in Alec’s NEW nonprofit: Access Psychology FoundationDealing with the emotional toll of clinical work & self careWhy do you do this work, why with teens, and have your reasons changed since you began? How did you become a leading expert in the field, such that people call upon you all over the world to come teach, lecture, and speak about your work?The future of the fieldWhat is one skill, quality, or general factor that has served you no matter where you went in life? Visit psychmic.com to sign up for the newsletter, where you'll get career tips, grad school resources, and job opportunities straight to your inbox! Follow @psych_mic on Instagram to submit questions for speakers and stay in the loop.

    Music by: Adam Fine 

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Creating a niche in clinical practice | Forensic & clinical neuropsych with Dr. Chriscelyn Tussey

    Creating a niche in clinical practice | Forensic & clinical neuropsych with Dr. Chriscelyn Tussey

    Chriscelyn Tussey, PsyD, is the founder and President of Metropolitan Forensic and Neuropsychological Consultation, PLLC. She obtained her PsyD  in clinical psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and completed her predoctoral internship in the Forensic Track at Bellevue Hospital Center/NYU School of Medicine. She completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Forensic Psychology at the UVA Health Center.  Given her interest in brain-behavior relationships and the frequent overlap she observed between forensic work and neuropsychology, she subsequently completed a two-year APPCN postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology.  
    She is also the former Director of Psychological Assessment at Bellevue Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Tussey has been qualified as an expert witness in State and Federal courts. She is an invited speaker at local, national, and international conferences and has published on forensic and neuropsychological topics. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU.  Dr. Tussey is passionate about leadership and helping to cultivate future psychologists. She is involved in leadership positions both locally and nationally. 

    In this interview, we covered:
    You are both a forensic psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist. What does this mean?What’s the difference between criminal psychology and forensic psychology?What are some examples of cases that you work on, both civil and criminal?When and how did you realize you wanted to be a psychologist?How did you decide that your PsyD program was the right fit for you?Why did you want the opportunity to teach in grad school?Did you look at both PhD and PsyD programs?What do you wish you knew before going into grad school?What is graduate school actually like? Challenges? Rewarding aspects?You did your clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital NYU on the forensic track. What does forensic work look like in a hospital setting?How do you cope with all the trauma that comes with this work?Can you describe a patient you saw in your training that left a mark on you or changed the way you view your practice? (The importance of mentorship)Why did you do two post-docs, one in forensic and one in neuropsychology?What does it mean to be an expert witness?How do you learn everything you need to know about the legal system and the law?How do you remain objective as a forensic psychologist when you’re called upon by attorneys to strengthen their case?How did you advocate for yourself to become the director of psychological assessment at Bellevue Hospital?What is testing and assessment?Why did you transition from the hospital setting to mostly working on your private practice?How do you spend your time as a private practitioner?What’s different about practicing on your own than practicing in a medical setting?Can you take us through a day in your life?What do you like the most about your work? The least?For audience members interested in a path like yours, where should they start?What skill, quality, or general factor has served you no matter where you went in life? Visit psychmic.com to sign up for the newsletter, where you'll get career tips, grad school resources, and job opportunities straight to your inbox! Follow @psych_mic on Instagram to submit questions for speakers and stay in the loop.

    Music by: Adam Fine 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ending sexual violence against children | Policy & psychology with Dr. Daniela Ligiero

    Ending sexual violence against children | Policy & psychology with Dr. Daniela Ligiero

    Daniela Ligiero, PhD, is the Executive Director and CEO of Together for Girls, a global, public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, especially sexual violence against girls. The partnership includes five UN agencies, the governments of the U.S. & Canada, several private sector organizations and more than 20 country governments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, working together to generate comprehensive data and solutions to this public health and human rights epidemic. Dr. Ligiero also serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. 

    Before she joined Together for Girls, she served as the VP of Girls and Women’s Strategy at the UN Foundation and developed the foundation’s gender integration strategy. In addition, she spent over 5 years at the U.S. Department of State where she led the integration of gender issues into all foreign policy and investments in global health—working with over 70 countries and over $1 billion in investments. She helped develop the first ever International U.S. Government Strategy to End Gender-Based Violence. 

    Dr. Ligiero also served in leadership roles at UNICEF, as Chief of HIV and then as Senior Program Officer in UNICEF Brazil. In addition, she has held positions at the World Bank and the US Senate, and has worked directly with survivors of sexual assault in a variety of settings. She is also a survivor of sexual violence herself, and has been speaking publicly about her story for the last decade. She earned her PhD in counseling & community psychology from UMD, College Park, ranked the #1 program in the U.S. Dr. Ligiero is fluent in 4 languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

    See the Keep Kids Safe U.S. National Blueprint to End Sexual Violence Against Children and Adolescents (launched Nov. 18, 2021).

    In this episode:
    What do you do as the CEO of Together for Girls?What is advocacy, and how is it helping to end sexual violence?If you could implement any policies right now for prevention and healing, what would they be?What barriers do you face as you work to change policy ?How did you learn to harness the power of storytelling to further your organization’s mission?Sexual violence - prevalenceHow did your interest in psychology evolve?Why did you choose to pursue your PhD in counseling and community psychology?Why did you decide not to pursue clinical work? How does that training still help you today?Clinical vs. counseling psychologyUsing your psychology degree for policy changeAs a survivor yourself, how did you cope with counseling survivors of sexual violence in your training?What was it like to work on Capitol Hill?How did you help develop an HIV response program for the U.S. Department of State?Being the HIV lead for UNICEF in Brazil and then the senior gender advisor for the Department of StateWhat does your daily life look like at Together for Girls?What skills are you using every day? Advice for audience members interested in psychology, policy, and social justiceWhat skill, quality, or general factor has served you no matter where you went in life?  
    Visit psychmic.com to sign up for the newsletter, where you'll get career tips, grad school resources, and job opportunities straight to your inbox! Follow @psych_mic on Instagram to submit questions for speakers and stay in the loop.

    Music by: Adam Fine 

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

D-V-T ,

I LOVE this podcast!

If you are a Psychology student this is the best podcast you will find! It is packed full of the information you have been looking for. Every episode has something insightful that will be helpful to you. Maya does a great job by asking questions and keeping the content moving. She has inspiring people share their stories and give great advice.
As a student myself I know there is precious little free time in a day, however, this is totally worth every minute you give it. I listen while I’m on the train to school, while doing laundry or dishes or just whenever I feel like I want a little outside focus.
Thank you Maya for this wonderful resource!
-WVT 😃

NubbiaP ,

Perfect podcast for curious minds

Psych Mic is a podcast full of inspiration and conversation that motivates you and helps you see the potential and impact you can have. Maya asks important questions and is not afraid to go deeper into subjects that are helpful for her listeners. Overall, an outstanding podcast that: informs, entertains, inspires, and motivates.

Layul ,

AMAZING PODCAST

This is what everyone needs to listen to! So glad that this exists to help us all broaden our perspectives.

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