Student Profile

Mallory Parker

Mallory Parker earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor concentration in Criminal Justice from the University of North Florida in 2010. Her interest in UCF’s program was sparked by her advisor who had earned his PhD here. The individualized nature of the training program and the focus on field experience made the program a perfect fit for Parker.

The faculty is what Parker likes best about UCF. Dr. Rosaria Upchurch and Dr. Stacey Dunn both had an especially valuable impact on her studies and personal life. “In my program, I was able to grow equally personally as I did professionally; I loved that congruence between these two roles was encouraged. The independent learning experiences throughout the program played a huge part in this. There were ample opportunities to explore specific interests, different theories and treatment approaches, as well as exposure to different kinds of potential work-place settings.  I found the individualization of my program exceedingly valuable. I was also able to capitalize my strengths, and receive constructive feedback for areas in need of improvement. Bottom line, I feel well-prepared and trained for whatever direction I take upon graduating.”

Parker is also a member of Psi Chi, the Honor Society in Psychology. She will graduate in Summer 2013 and hopes to do preventative work with high-risk youth and their families.


Katelyn Brown

Katelyn Brown found her passion for helping others as an undergraduate at Florida State University where she graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Psychology. She chose the UCF master’s program in Clinical Psychology because it offered a well-rounded curriculum, many internship opportunities, and provided her the chance to gain more experience in research through working with Ed Fouty, PhD. “Under his mentorship, I acquired strong foundational research, assessment, teaching, and clinical skills that shaped me into a competitive candidate for applying to PhD Clinical Psychology programs with a focus in Neuropsychology,” Brown attests. “I attribute much of my achievements thus far to the educational experiences I had in Dr. Fouty’s research lab and Clinical Neuropsychology internship site.” 

Brown graduated from UCF in 2016 and is enrolled in the PhD program in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Neuropsychology at WSU. She is currently a research assistant under Maureen Schmitter-Edgecomb, PhD, in her Neuropsychology and Aging Lab where she works with older adults researching neurodegenerative disorders, cognitive interventions, brain health, executive functioning, and assistive technology. “The UCF program gave me a solid foundation in clinical psychology that not only made me a prepared candidate for PhD programs, but has facilitated my transition into this highly demanding vocation.”

Christina Purkiss

Christina Purkiss knew from a young age that she wanted a career which enabled her to help others. She grew up in a performing arts community and witnessed countless individuals suffering from body image issues and eating disorders. Purkiss’ exposure to this environment sparked an interest to pursue a specific field of education that would help her guide individuals with eating disorders towards a healthy path.

Purkiss graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in Psychology and from UCF’s Clinical Psychology master’s program in 2013. She felt that her education in psychology would perfectly prepare her to become a skilled therapist to deliver the best treatment to those suffering with eating disorders.

Purkiss’s favorite aspect of the Clinical Psychology master’s program at UCF was the small and intimate feel it provided. The individualized attention she received from each professor challenged her academically and emotionally, which she believe prepared her to become a great therapist. Purkiss currently works as the Program Director at Blue Horizon Eating Disorder Services. She serves on the board of the Central Florida chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and is working toward becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist.

Rachel Wiley, PhD

Rachel Wiley, PhD first became interested in psychology in high school. She found the study of the brain and human behavior fascinating and knew she wanted to learn more about it. Wiley attended the University of Central Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a master’s in Clinical Psychology. She went on to attain a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University.

During her time at UCF, Wiley developed special relationships with Kimberly Renk, PhD in research labs and Steven Berman, PhD who made her research more enjoyable and fun.

During her time as an undergraduate, Wiley worked at Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare for a year as a case manager and then she started to apply for graduate programs in pursuit of higher education. She currently works as a psychologist for the United States Air Force. Wiley is stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany and has served as the suicide prevention program manager and the director of the alcohol and drug abuse clinic. During the summer of 2017 summer, Wiley will move and begin her pursuit of her post-doctorate residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Pediatric Psychology. 

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