The Ohio State University at Marion

Career Paths

Graduates with a degree in psychology pursue a wide range of careers in fields, such as: substance abuse therapist, human resources professional, marriage and family therapist, psychology professor, school psychologist, forensic psychologist, sports psychologist, clinical psychologist, art therapist, experimental psychologist, psychiatrist, career counselor, and genetic counselor. While about 45% of psychology graduates go on to graduate school to pursue degrees in psychology counseling, social work, and business, the majority of graduates go directly into the workforce. Psychology is a broad field with many career paths for new grads. People with a bachelor’s degree in psychology are employed in 92 different.

Clinical Research

Emily Meadows, Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology and Intern at Youth Opportunity Center, Muncie Indiana

Bachelor of Arts with Research Distinction in Psychology, 2013

Emily Meadows credits her Bachelor of Arts with Research Distinction in Psychology from The Ohio State University and her access to faculty and research opportunities on the Marion campus for having a profoundly positive impact on gaining access to a graduate program and
obtaining a competitive position in the area of research after graduation.

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Meadows attended The Ohio State University at Marion for all four years of her major, from

2009 to 2013. After graduating from Ohio State, she worked as a clinical research coordinator in the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Center for Biobehavioral Health for three years prior to starting a doctoral program in clinical psychology at the University of Toledo in 2016.

Currently a fifth-year graduate student at the University of Toledo, she is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology and doctoral intern at the Youth Opportunity Center in Muncie, Indiana. The internship, explained Meadows, is the final portion of her graduate training program.

“Overall, my training and experience in applied psychology and social and behavioral research have been essential for designing and conducting empirical psychological research studies, mentoring undergraduate and incoming graduate students, as well as working with at-risk youth and their families.”

Meadows shared, her work is pretty evenly divided between clinical therapy and research.

“In my clinical work,” said Meadows, “I have developed specialization in treating concerns related to disruptive behavior and conduct disorder among at-risk and trauma-exposed youth and their families.”

“Using a developmental, trauma-informed perspective, I work in outpatient, inpatient, and residential treatment settings to help families create safer environments for their children, reduce risk of family violence and child abuse, and learn healthy ways of relating to one another,” she said.

Her research is an extension of her clinical work and largely focuses on the ways in which adverse childhood experiences influence both proximal and extended outcomes across a person’s lifetime. For example, she explained, internalizing and externalizing problems during childhood and adolescence, school achievement, emotion regulation, and parenting practices in adulthood.

“Completing my undergraduate degree in psychology at Ohio State Marion,” said Meadows, “was a wonderful experience and has prepared me very well across phases of my professional development since.”

“Over the course of my undergraduate career at Ohio State Marion,” Meadows explained, “I was able to take advantage of the university’s exceptional quality of education in a smaller, more approachable setting; this, in turn offered more opportunities to build a network of faculty mentors, tailor my research experiences to fit my needs and interests, and gain direct experience in research design and implementation than what is often available to students working in research labs on larger university campuses.”

According to Meadows her Ohio State psychology degree directly contributed to her marketability.

“Aside from the weight that a degree from The Ohio State University carries with it, my experiences at Ohio State Marion allowed me to gain a greater breadth of exposure in both academic and research domains,” she said.

In addition to her degree from Ohio State, are a variety of awards and recognitions, research studies, and professional presentations that she participated in during her tenure as an undergraduate.

“The opportunities I was able to take advantage of at Ohio State Marion to begin my professional development directly increased my marketability and have earned recognition across the interviews I have attended for post-bac research programs, graduate school, and doctoral internships,” said Meadows.

The guidance Meadows got from the psychology faculty during her first year at Ohio State Marion were countless, she shared.

“I began to develop a sense of what I wanted from a career in psychology,” said Meadows. “With the help of faculty mentors, I gained a clearer sense of where to focus my efforts to achieve my goals. I worked closely with and sought advice from all of my professors.”

Based on her area of interest, she worked on several research projects in the developmental psychology research lab of Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Chris Daddis.

“During my time in his lab,” Meadows said, “I was able to learn exponentially more about research design, methodology, and statistics than one can pick up in a single academic course on each subject.”

“Under his supervision and mentorship, I was also able to develop a senior honors thesis project that extended into the community and allowed me to work with a local middle school to collect data,” she added.

From this project, Meadows was encouraged to present her research findings at the Ohio State Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in Columbus, where she earned second place in psychology and was later awarded the Undergraduate Honors Thesis Recognition Award.

“These experiences directly contributed to my preparedness and marketability for obtaining a competitive position in research after undergrad,” she said, “as well as gaining acceptance into my graduate program.”

“I later learned firsthand that many of the opportunities I had at Ohio State Marion are just not as readily available on large university campuses where courses are taught and guided by teaching assistants with class sizes of 100 or more students,” said Meadows.

“This often makes it very difficult to seek out assistance directly from faculty members and receive the kind of one-on-one instruction and mentorship that is readily available to Ohio State Marion students should they choose to take advantage of those benefits,” Meadows added

Meadows shared that almost 10 years after starting her degree at Ohio State Marion, she continues to benefit from the mentorship of faculty on campus through seeking their career advice and collaborating on research projects and manuscripts.”

“These experiences have directly contributed to my own professional identity and role as a mentor to undergraduate students in the many labs I have worked in and led since my time at Ohio State Marion,” she said.

Meadows shared that she is confident that studying at Ohio State Marion offered invaluable opportunities with regard to its ability to maintain the ‘Ohio State’ educational experience and Buckeye morale, while also offering even more in the way of return on investment, direct access to faculty, academic assistance, and research opportunities.

Child Pyschologist & College Professor

Ashley Kroon Van Diest, Pediatric Psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 2008

Ashley Kroon Van Diest built her career on a strong foundation that all began with the dedicated and caring faculty at Ohio State Marion and today empowers her to positively influence the lives of young people both clinically and academically.

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She attended The Ohio State University at Marion from 2004 through 2008, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In order to reach the pinnacle of her career goals, furthering her education beyond her undergraduate degree and gaining practical experience were paramount. After graduate school, she completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric psychology for advanced training.

Since completing her education, her Van Diest’s career positions have both been in academic medical centers with clinical assistant professor appointments at the associated universities, Cleveland Clinic Children’s/Case Western Reserve U, and now Nationwide Children’s/Ohio State. She is currently a pediatric psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics through the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University, as well as Medical Co-Director of the Rumination Syndrome Treatment Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Her current position involves direct clinical care for children with chronic and acute medical illnesses. She also conducts research in these same areas that is driven by improving clinical care and learning about particular patient populations from a psychosocial perspective. This specifically involves teaching, training and supervision of psychology interns and fellows, as well as medical residents and fellows; other professional and developmental roles at institutional, state, and national levels.

Van Diest said, her career journey would have been irrelevant without a strong foundation in psychology and her degree from Ohio State.

“The foundation of my research skills was formed through course work and research done with the psychology professors at Ohio State Marion,” she said.

“Without the teaching and guidance from the psychology faculty, I would not have gotten into graduate school in clinical psychology thus making the rest of my journey irrelevant,” Van Diest said.

“Their help was invaluable to my current career, she added. “The faculty in the psychology major at Ohio State Marion made a difference in providing opportunities to go further.”

Van Diest said, “the psychology faculty at Ohio State Marion are more than willing to help students interested in advanced careers in psychology. They provide excellent research training and support to strengthen graduate school applications.”

“They were always willing to go above and beyond to help me when I needed and set me up to ultimately have a very successful graduate training and current career in the field of psychology,” she concluded.

Hospital Advisor

Amy Ware ('07), Senior Hospital Advisor to the CEO at The James Cancer Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Attending Ohio State for both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Ware credits many of the skills she utilizes in her daily position at The James to her educational training at Ohio State Marion.

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Ware attended Ohio State Marion from 2003-2007. After earning her undergraduate degree in psychology. She later attended graduate school at The Ohio State University. She currently serves as senior hospital advisor to the CEO at The James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Ware explained that she has held many different roles since my undergraduate degree in Marion.

She began, “as a daycare director for a few years, a patient advocate and accreditation and compliance manager for student heath for several years, and also as a strategic and business development role at the Wexner Medical Center. After finishing two graduate degrees at Ohio State, I transitioned into a more senior leadership role in The James Cancer Hospital,” said Ware.

“The skills I learned during my time at Ohio State Marion have been invaluable in my career. From people management to dealing with difficult situations,” she said, “I have used my human behavior knowledge and skills taught in my classes to resolve complex issues and develop solutions for real-world problems.”

“Additionally, much of what I do involves data analysis and thankfully,” said Ware, “I had ample opportunities to enhance my quantitative skills while involved in many psychology projects.”

“Everything I do centers around advancing the mission of The James Cancer Hospital. I currently serve the principal advisor to the CEO, which includes overseeing and coordinating hospital operational and strategic initiatives. I lead special projects for the CEO, manage executive communications, and serve primarily as his advisor. I also represent the CEO on committees, boards, and in meetings that are relevant to the cancer program,” added Ware.

Ware shared that she wasn’t always the best student, but her professors instilled an ideal that has stuck with her. Through hard work opportunities are limitless.

“If you are motivated to study and learn about people, driven to help others and to make lives better, and ready for a career that is both financially and personally rewarding, psychology careers are exactly what you should be looking for,” said Ware.

"Also shout out to Drs. Daddis and Tylka who were both so incredibly kind and inspiring. I adore them both and thank them for their exceptional and self-less teaching,” added Ware.