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Part 8: Voices from AUNE PsyD Graduates in the Time of the Pandemic

Dr. Joan Magill (Torgersen) (Antioch University New England, PsyD, ’94) of Boca Raton, Florida, was in our first class of students, and has been doing clinical work for four decades! She has seen a lot, but nothing like our current situation in which psychologists are practicing. There is still so much to learn and wrestle with in terms of telehealth as the pandemic seems to be here for a while, and you can see that in her very thoughtful essay laced with humor and perspective. What a gift to be working in this field for so long!

While not many students follow the path of teaching, Dr. Samantha Rukert (Antioch University New England, PsyD, ’06) has done just that at Loyola University in Maryland after several years of working in corrections. I do remember that she was always interested in the multiple roles that psychologists can take and has varied her career accordingly. Her passion for her students and teaching comes through, especially with the value of caring for the whole person that she describes, and her connecting up this situation to her time at Antioch.