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SPOTLIGHT ON IPA STUDENT MEMBER - Shelby Pemberton, MA

June 14, 2022 9:16 PM | Deborah Katz (Administrator)


MEET STUDENT MEMBER

SHELBY PEMBERTON, 
MA, PSYCH DOCTORAL CANDIDATE



Biographical Information

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP:  Kenai, Alaska

UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED: Idaho State University

CURRENT STUDIES:

POPULATIONS SERVED:  Community and university mental health, forensic populations (e.g., incarcerated women, sex offenders), inpatient mental health (e.g., State Hospital South)

PRACTICE INTEREST AREAS: Interpersonal violence, PTSD, and substance use, particularly among vulnerable populations

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT STUDYING TO BE A PSYCHOLOGIST?  Learning how to build strong, secure relationships with individuals who have grappled with adversity and providing a safe space for them to explore their identity

THEORETICAL ORIENTATION:  Interpersonal, existential, third-wave

PRACTICUM EXPERIENCES: Behavioral Health Intern and Idaho Rural Interdisciplinary Health Collaborative (IRIHC) Fellow at Health West City Center, Forensic Psychology Practicum, State Hospital South Practicum, ISU internal practicums that included treatment and assessment for adults, adolescents, students, couples, and groups

WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER: I am currently a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology and have just finished applying for internship!

Future Plans

IN WHAT AREA OF THE COUNTRY DO YOU SEE YOURSELF PRACTICING? Wherever the wind blows me

IN WHAT TYPE OF SETTING OR WITH WHAT POPULATION DO YOU IMAGINE YOU’LL WORK? I could see myself working with vulnerable populations such as women and trauma survivors. My dream is to serve as a clinician and researcher for medical-assisted (e.g., psilocybin, MDMA) psychotherapy among those who experience treatment-resistant PTSD in an integrated healthcare setting.

Fun Facts

HOBBIES: Traveling and road trips, dancing, listening to music, hiking, skiing

HIDDEN TALENT:  I track constellations by season and am always adding to my astronomy knowledge!

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