James Madison University
PHOTO: Krystal Studivant Nowak, Psy.D., LCP

Krystal Studivant Nowak, Psy.D., LCP

  • Years Attended: 2011-2015
  • Advisor: Trevor Stokes

Program Reflections

I chose to attend this program because of its focus on both clinical and school psychology. My background was as a middle school teacher in an urban school setting. I quickly discovered that so many students had unmet mental health needs that interfered with their learning. After earning my master's degree in education, I desired a program that would provide me with the skills to work with at-risk youth in both a clinical and a school setting. The invaluable training that I received through the C-I program did just that. I was able gain experiences with children and adolescents across a variety of settings (e.g., outpatient rural clinics, elementary schools, an inpatient state hospital for children, etc.), which prepared me well for my current career as both a licensed clinical psychologist and a licensed school psychologist.  My research skills were broadened with my work with Dr. Trevor Stokes, where I studied how a clinical coach can instill skills in teachers to develop stronger and more positive relationships with their students. Perhaps the most valuable skill that I learned in this program is how to develop a comprehensive conceptualization of a person. The feedback I have received thus far from parents and other professionals is that my psychological assessments provide much more than simply a diagnosis or description of test scores. Instead, they outline how specific formative events have contributed to the current situation, how that manifests into a particular set of symptoms, and detailed recommendations tailored to that person's specifics needs and strengths.