Alumni Spotlight 11: Trisha Vinatieri, Psy.D.

Where are you living currently?

San Francisco, CA

Trisha Vinatieri, Psy.D.

What is your current job?

Director, Women's Counseling Center, VAPAHCS

How has your training at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. program helped you get where you are today?

The Consortium allowed me to develop a strong set of skills in the delivery of evidence-based treatment, as well as a good understanding of research and its implementation. Daily, I find myself drawing on what I had learned in graduate school, including my clinical training and research experiences. These experiences have provided me a robust foundation on which to build additional skills and expertise. In sum, I feel the Consortium prepared me well to become a well-rounded independent practitioner. 

What advice would you offer current consortium students that you wish you knew when you were in graduate school?

Network! In this day and age where hiring seems to be less determined by what is on your CV and more so by who you know, so it's crucial to maintain the professional relationships you have with supervisors, fellow trainees, professors, etc. Get involved in local and national professional organizations and be an active participant- hold an officer position, organize a training, or attend a professional social event. One's professional network is often the gateway to employment opportunities.

What was your favorite experience during your time in the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. program?

Even though statistics is a rather dry subject, Dr. Cheryl Koopman made our first statistics course both palatable and enjoyable. Having knowledgeable and personable professors throughout my time at the Consortium made learning an engaging experience.

What are your favorite hobbies/extracurricular activities outside of psychology and work?

I enjoy running, reading, geocaching, spending time with my dog and husband, and exploring the culinary diversity of the Bay Area.

What has been the most surprising thing you learned about the field since graduating?

Being a psychologist does not mean one is resigned to providing psychotherapy or conducting research. For example, being a clinical psychologist can look like teaching, program development and assessment, consulting, supervising, serving as an administrator, changing mental health on a state and national level, app development and internet-based interventions to help mental health services reach underserved populations, and much more.  Everyday, psychologists affect change in ways that go beyond one's immediate community. 

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