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Danyelle Brooks Lancaster

What are you doing now?

I began working for Riverbend Center for Mental Health the summer I graduated from UNA's psychology program in 2009. I recently made a career move from community mental health to private practice. I now work at Faith Based Psychological Associates in Sheffield, AL. We provide diagnostic impressions, full scale IQ testing and reports, and counseling services for children and adults. I am also working toward completing dissertation through The University of Alabama's Counselor Education program.

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

The UNA Psychology program prepared me for my next level of education. After completing the psychology degree, I immediately went into the Community Counseling program at UNA. I would say I was ahead of the game due to my education and experience as a psychology major. The most influential aspect of the psychology program was the faculty. Dr. Larry Bates impacted my life on a personal level that went far beyond the classroom without even knowing it. His attitude and passion for the field certainly inspired me to continue my studies and make it to where I am today.

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

Hold on to your hat, it's going to be a fun ride. Remember that learning is a lifelong process. Having a background in psychology has helped me to be successful in my career as a helper. I absolutely love this field and that fire for helping others was ingrained in me during my time as an undergraduate. Find your fire and pursue it!