Whitney Stewart

Currently: Postdoctoral fellow in Counseling Services at Southern Methodist University

Education

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Major: Psychology

Institution Indiana University

Class of: Spring, 2008

Master

Degree: Master of Science

Major: Psychology

Institution Indiana University

Class of: Spring, 2011

Ph.D.

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Major: Psychology

Institution Indiana University

Class of: Spring, 2015

Other Information

Brief statement about how the McNair Scholars Program helped you get where you are today.

Becoming part of McNair Scholars was by far one of the best and most influential decisions I could have made. The program stretched my thinking about what I could do with my education at Indiana University and gave me the desire to take it as far as it could go. I had never imagined that I would have gone this far and don't think I would have known how to get to where I am without McNair's guidance and support. As a first-generation college student from a low SES single-parent home, it was imperative that I have supports, structure, and resources to pursue a graduate degree, and McNair Scholars did that for me. 

What is the best or most fun part of your current job?

At this point in my career, I am studying to become a licensed psychologist within the state of Texas, providing mental health counseling to students at SMU, and engaging the job search process to take my first step out into the "real world" as a Licensed Psychologist. I couldn't be more proud and thankful of how far I have come and McNair Scholars is a huge part of that. I plan to work in the field for a few years with the plan of starting my own private practice.I have a wide-variety of clinical interests involving identity development, relationship/familial concerns and conflict, trauma, depression and other mood disorders, major life transitions, adolescent and adult psychological assessment, women’s issues (especially those specific to African American women), and stress management.  I also have interests in pursuing a career in higher education, specifically within student affairs. 

Any advice for new McNair Scholars?

This is a time in your life where your work is going to take up so much of your time, but never forget those things that are truly important to you. Make time for those things and people you love and care about. Although it's very important to be focused and take your work seriously, it should be something you enjoy and are excited about. This helps in those late hours when your'e writing or studying. Choose a program that fits your interests, goals, and personality. That will be your home and you want it to be a place you feel comfortable and enjoy being and a place where you can grow into the professional you want to be.