Karly Cochran

What are you doing now?

I'm working on my PhD in experimental psychology at Kent State University. I teach part time as a graduate instructor, but primarily work on research in the social-health area. My research focuses on problems related to authenticity, betrayal, and forgiveness as a way to explain the link between social relationships and physical health.

How did UNA's Psychology program help you achieve what you have become?

UNA's psychology program prepared me for the advanced research training in my graduate programs. When I started graduate school, I already had experience running research studies, presenting research, and working with large data sets to run analyses. By comparison, many of my peers who came from larger universities did not have the same opportunities I had in college because they had worked in larger labs, under graduate students and other research fellows who took priority over undergraduates. I had a noticeable leg up that continues to help me academically and professionally.

What advice would you give students who are interested in becoming UNA Psychology majors?

The UNA psychology program is designed to help students further their careers as psychologists and professionals. I would advise students who are considering psychology to take advantage of this by becoming involved in the department outside of class. Attend the social gatherings, meetings, and workshops. Get to know other psychology majors who may have similar interests and talk to the faculty. My best learning experiences came from conversations with other students and, especially, one-on-one time with faculty members. They are eager to teach and will go above and beyond if you are willing to learn.