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Sara Landes, MA, Class of 2003

Sara graduated from our Clinical Adult program and entered the doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. If you would like to contact her, she can be reached by email at

"Looking back at the two years I spent at SIUE, I feel that I learned immensely and also grew as a person. The faculty members in the psychology department are superb. They are very knowledgeable in the field. During the first year of courses, I gained knowledge and skills that left me well-prepared for my clinical practica. At my first practicum, I felt competent to run group therapy sessions and do therapy with an individual client. Specific classes have greatly contributed to my current successes. The statistics courses have prepared me for the research I am starting in our lab. Cognitive behavioral therapy and the group therapy classes have allowed me to see clients in practicum settings, and also have prepared me for work in the Psychology Clinic at my doctoral program. While the thesis first sounded like a daunting endeavor, the support and collaboration on ideas from my committee made it a more approachable task. I am currently preparing my thesis for submission for publication.

In terms of the atmosphere in the psychology department, I felt as though it was my second home. All of the professors are supportive and encouraging, in and outside of class. I felt comfortable discussing ideas with my professors, even those who I did not have in class. The department staff contributes greatly to the warmth of the department. It is definitely a comfortable environment, which makes it even easier to learn.

I think that the experiences from SIUE helped me to get into a doctoral program. Being able to have real world experience through clinical practica and knowledge from coursework aided me in deciding what area of research to pursue and the type of program I wanted to attend. I interviewed at four universities and accepted an offer from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, where I've recently begun my first year in the clinical psychology doctoral program. I feel as though I definitely have a head start, as I already have my master's degree. Not only do I have previous coursework to rely on; I've also had clinical experience. I am confident that I will be able to succeed in my doctoral program based on my training at SIUE."