Brit'ny Spain ('10) | Psychology
B.S. in Psychology, ACU, 2010
Currently enrolled in ACU's graduate psychology program
Will begin Ph.D. in school psychology at Oklahoma State University in August
Hometown: Denton, Texas
A lifelong love of people has been the driving force behind Brit'ny Spain's desire to become a school psychologist.
I was surprised at how quickly ACU became my home. Although I came to ACU with extensive connections through my home congregation and attending ACU Leadership Camps, I never anticipated the level of warmth and inclusion I have experienced in this campus community.
"I LOVE people. Human cognition, feelings and behavior are fascinating, and I have always been observant of interactions between people," she said. "I want to make a difference in both the psychological well-being and academic performance of children with emotional and behavioral difficulties."
She believes her time as an undergraduate and graduate student in ACU's Department of Psychology has given her the tools to succeed.
For Brit'ny, the personal relationships she has developed with ACU faculty have exposed her to the expansive breadth and depth of the field of psychology.
"ACU's psychology program is set apart by the individual faculty members," she said. "With a talented group of professors who possess a wide array of specializations, students are exposed to many different career paths in psychology."
Her experiences at ACU have been enriched with ample opportunities for research, both undergraduate and graduate. She has worked on three different research teams, the most recent of which focuses on the sexualization of adolescent females.
Brit'ny developed a hunger for research after taking seminar classes with psychology professors including Drs. Jeffrey Wherry, Richard Beck and Jennifer Shewmaker. Extensive research skills gained at ACU have sharpened her skills and polished her presentation abilities, Brit'ny said.
"Dr. Shewmaker actually makes offers in her classes for interested students to join her research teams. The depth of involvement depends on your dedication to the project and willingness to put in the extra mile," she said. "Once Dr. Shewmaker understood I was committed to giving 110 percent to her research, she entrusted me with increasing amounts of the project."
From the moment she arrived at ACU, Brit'ny felt right at home. When she is not expanding her knowledge through research, she has immersed herself in the community through ministry at Highland Church of Christ, walking ACU's Lunsford Trail and making new friends.
"I was surprised at how quickly ACU became my home. Although I came to ACU with extensive connections through my home congregation and attending ACU Leadership Camps, I never anticipated the level of warmth and inclusion I have experienced in this campus community," she said.
Brit'ny plans to attend Oklahoma State University to earn her doctorate degree in school psychology. She said her training at ACU has has placed her on the fast track to success.
"As a student, my talents and potential were invested in by my professors who expected a high quality return," she said. "These expectations foster an excellence in communication skills, professionalism and innovative thinking which sets ACU graduates apart."
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