Barclay ’20 to Pursue Psychology Doctoral Program – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Barclay ’20 to Pursue Psychology Doctoral Program

After receiving multiple offers to graduate school, Leland Barclay ’20 has enrolled in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

Barclay chose to attend Chestnut Hill based on its “psychodynamic training model and balance of research and clinical practice” as well as its in-house training clinic. Just like her selection of Hobart and William Smith, Barclay is eager to attend a graduate program “with a small campus and a close-knit community.”

Barclay’s interest in clinical psychology was developed at the Colleges through courses such as “Psychopathology and Research in Clinical Psychology” with Associate Professor of Psychology Jamie Bodenlos and “Experiencing & Knowing” and “Feminism: Ethics and Knowledge” with Associate Professor of Philosophy Karen Frost-Arnold. The latter courses, she says, instilled the importance of recognizing ethical and epistemic concerns within mental healthcare.

On top of her coursework, Barclay says her application to graduate school was competitive because of her research experience with Associate Professor of Psychology Brien Ashdown. “Beginning my research experience early on in my undergraduate career was advantageous in the admissions process,” she says. Their project, titled “Parental Acceptance- Rejection and Spying on Romantic Partners in the USA” culminated in presentations at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Cross-Cultural Research two years in a row in Jacksonville, Fla. and Seattle, Wash.

As Barclay reflects on her success at the Colleges, she credits her time as a student athlete on the William Smith tennis team for instilling values such as resiliency. “Regardless of what was going on in my life outside tennis, I was able to stay focused during practices and matches and put everything I had on the court,” she says.