Victoria Martin ’17 recently put her child psychology skills to the test during an internship with The Cleveland Clinic at its top-ranked summer treatment program for children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The program, part of the ADHD Center for Evaluation and Treatment of The Children’s Hospital at The Cleveland Clinic, is one of just 10 programs in the U.S., serving participants from around the world.
During her internship, Martin was responsible for assisting with a range of activities both in and out of the classroom, including teaching, outdoor recreational activities and behavioral related programming.
“One of my biggest takeaways was the reinforcement that this is a career path I’m interested in,” explains Martin, a psychology major who plans to pursue a career as a child psychologist. “I have always known I wanted to work with children, but after witnessing it so intensely and realizing how rewarding an experience it was, I definitely want to continue.”
During the seven-week program, Martin worked with children ages six to 14, helping to chart their progress. “Several of the participants have been coming for years because they’ve been improving so consistently,” says Martin. “It was so rewarding, and seeing their improvement over the course of the program was awesome.”
Martin says her academic experience at HWS helped to hone her skills ahead of taking on the internship. She explains that development psychology courses provided her with a solid understanding of how the brain functions.
At HWS, Martin is on the Koshare executive board as a co-publicity officer, she sings for the all-female a cappella group Three Miles Lost and is the vice president of the Colleges’ Chorale. In spring 2016, she studied abroad at the National University of Ireland in Galway.