Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Alumni Testimonials


Farzana Saleem


“I obtained good research mentorship focused on improving my scholarly writing, expanding my statistical skills, and learning how to formulate and execute research questions and projects. Also, the programmatic focus on community psychology provided strong applied and diversity focused training.”

Farzana Saleem, PhD ’18, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California Los Angeles




Diana Schellmer


“During my time at GW I developed skills in both research and clinical practice that have carried me throughout the rest of my career. The program prepared me to be a fully rounded psychologist who has a solid base in clinical care and has a thorough understanding of the tenants of research. I was able to participate and develop original research during my time in the program. My mentors helped me develop a grant that was funded as an NRSA during my graduate career and which later positioned me to obtain additional funding. Further, the classes I took in psychopathology, the DSM, and testing helped me develop a more critical understanding of how treatment, therapies, and testing measures as well as approaches can be significantly affected by cultural context and bias. Overall, the program helped prepare me well for the challenges of becoming a practicing psychologist who wants to engage in both research and clinical practice. ” 

Diana Shellmer, PhD ’05,  Associate Professor of Surgery and Psychiatry, Pediatric Psychologist, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh



Nicole Cammack


“In my current role as a clinical psychologist, I am able to use my experiences from the Clinical-Community Psychology Program at GWU to better conceptualize and provide clinical services to a veteran population from a strengths-based perspective.   I learned the importance of assessing the impact of different systems, cultural factors, environment, community, etc., on the individual's overall health and mental health, and how these factors contribute to and help to maintain mental health concerns.  This all allows me to tailor my clinical practices and services to best meet the needs of veterans.”

— Nicole Cammack, PhD ’13, Staff Psychologist, Department of Veterans Affairs



“Through class discussion, research and clinical experiences, I learned that the symptom is never bigger than the story. This has been a cornerstone of my current clinical work to consider the unique story of every individual, family, and community rather than focusing on isolated symptoms.

— Henry Prempeh, ’13, Clinical Psychologist, Re-New Psychological Services

Henry Prempeh




Marina Broitman, PhD ’01, Associate Director, Peer Review, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)


“The many different clinical opportunities I had while at GW gave me a strong appreciation for the importance of access and delivery of mental health care. My research interests focused on whether evidence-based care was even available for children and their families.””

— Marina Broitman, PhD ’01, Associate Director, Peer Review, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)



"Beyond the basics of psychological assessment and cognitive-behavioral therapy, the Clinical program taught me how to think about applied clinical research in a rigorous and skeptical manner.

— Maria Dittrich, PhD ’05, Clinical Psychologist, Commonwealth Psychological Associates, PLC

Maria Dittrich, PhD ’05, Clinical Psychologist, Commonwealth Psychological Associates, PLC