Psychology Graduates

Kristen Alstott ’17

Interned in the ICU at Methodist Hospital

Attending University of Washington in Seattle with focuses on mental health and health social work

“I know Simpson has really challenged me to open my mind and challenge my beliefs. Simpson has also challenged me to be a better student, and also to get involved in important talks and activities on campus.”

When Kristen started looking for colleges, she had the expectation that college professors wouldn’t care about her as much as her small town high school teachers did, then she found Simpson. Her professors, Heather Groben and Mark Freyberg, helped Kristen realize what she could do with her passion of helping people. Through experience and internships, Kristen figured out a way to pursue her passion by combining psychology and social work.

After interning at the ICU at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Kristen learned the value of a degree in social work and is currently attending the University of Washington in Seattle focusing on mental health and health social work. Kristen’s dream is to work as a social worker in a small town. She wants to work in a smaller community because of the lack of mental health professionals located in smaller towns. Kristen wants to continue being an advocate for mental health because she believes mental health is extremely stigmatized and wants to put an end to that stigma.

Because Kristen found professors that cared about her and pushed her to be open-minded, Kristen found a way to pursue her passion.


Susan Alt ‘17

Spent two semesters abroad one in Thailand and the other inArgentina.

In summer 2017 she did a scuba diving internship. She is currently taking a gap year but eventually will apply for a graduate programs in either international relations or international studies.

“I knew it was a close-knit campus, but seeing the student come together during both celebrations and tragedies was eye-opening. It really made me realize what a close-knit community Simpson is, and how the students support each other.”

Susan chose Simpson because of the community feeling Simpson offers with its small class sizes and caring faculty and staff. She liked that she could get to know her professors on a personal level, which helped her be so successful. She majored in psychology and Spanish. Another reason why Susan chose Simpson was their study abroad options. During her four years, she study abroad for two semesters, one in Thailand and the other semester in Argentina. Susan changed her career goals because she enjoyed both of her experiences studying abroad and enjoyed learning about the cultures in other countries.  She realized that she wanted to “work with marginalized groups of people from diverse backgrounds, both internationally and domestically”. Her new goal is to work ProActiva Open Arms, an organization that performs water rescues and assists refugees who are crossing into Europe. Susan will eventually apply to a graduate program specializing in international studies.

Even though she spent two semesters off of campus, she felt connected to Simpson while being thousands of miles away!


Mary Hudson ‘17

Works as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) technician at Autism Learning Partners and a music teacher at Myriad Music School and Dance Academy in Palo Alto, California

“Throughout my time at Simpson, these professors supported my many changes of major and helped me recognize my strengths in each. [The professors] have always believed in me and vocalized that to me.”

Mary chose Simpson College because she was attracted to the small class sizes and the personal relationships she could make with her professors. She went through a couple major changes before she chose psychology. Mary’s professors were very supportive in her decisions and helped her figure out her strengths that would help her exceed as a psychology major.

During her time at Simpson, Mary was involved in many activities such as Stormathon and Best Buddies. Mary was on the exec board for both Stormathon, which is Simpson’s equivalent to dance marathon and Best Buddies. Eventually Mary would love to have a leadership role in a nonprofit organization.

Mary grew and found her passion in volunteering with the help from her caring professors and classmates that made the classroom at Simpson a comfortable learning environment.


Annie Collins ’15Annie

  • Worked at the Young Women’s Resource Center
  • Worked at Orchard Place

“I have been extremely happy with my choice to study psychology at Simpson.  In this department, I am known as Annie, not a number. They take extra time out of their day to help me analyze confusing data or talk out my future plans.”


BethBeth Baltes ’15

  • Interned at Orchard Place
  • Works at Orchard Place

“If you are interested in psychology, Simpson College is a great school. The major allows students to have hands on learning and opens up doors to internships and independent research.”


CaitlinCaitlin Dicus ’15

  • Interned with a therapist at Life Line Resources

“Having the school be so close to Des Moines is a blessing for our psychology majors.  At Simpson, you get the opportunities that being in a large city university would give, but you have more one-on-one attention from your professors and better chances to do your own research.”


CalebCaleb Prevo ’15

  • Interned with Powell Chemical Dependency Center

“If you have an interest in behavior and mind, then study psychology at Simpson. You will not regret it. Not only will you get a strong education in psychology from world class professors who are approachable and take the time to help do your best, you’ll also get to explore other subjects and draw on them to put all of the pieces together.”


KiraKira Stewart ’15

  • Interned for Children and Family Urban Movement
  • Works at Life Serve

“You can tell that the Psychology professors have a passion for what they do, and they love teaching what they know to others. The Psychology department stands out because learning is made fun in each class. The professors do a great job of incorporating interesting projects and/or activities into what they are teaching.”


LaurenLauren Martin ’15

  • Worked at Candeo, supporting adults with intellectual disabilities
  • Worked at Homestead, working with children with autism
  • Attends graduate school studying Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

“I’ve had two internships and both have given me real life experience with the exact things we are learning in class. My experience with both companies has been amazing! Their mission and values promote growth and success just like Simpson!”


TaylerTayler Peterson ’15

  • Job shadowed with a Heartland AEA school psychologist

“I was fortunate enough to line up a 40-hour job shadow experience with a Heartland AEA school psychologist during May Term. This experience allowed me to go into a nearby school district and see the struggles that some special education teachers face with students that have behavior issues and/or mental illness and how the support of their family influences the success of the teachers.”


Miranda Dean

Miranda Dean ’14

  • Attends Illinois State University’s Clinical-Counseling Psychology program




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Kelli Salemink ’14

  • Works at Mainstream Living as Rehabilitation Coordinator

I know that I could have a good practicum experience anywhere but nothing could compare to all that I gained while at Simpson and the lasting relationships I have built with friends and faculty.”


Sydni Loney

Sydni Loney ’14

  • Works as an Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Specialist with Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.





Katharine Groehn ’14

  • Attends graduate school at University of Denver in Denver, Colorado

“Majoring in Psychology gave me many opportunities to strengthen my application for graduate school. I was able to gain research experience as well as real world experience in the Psychology field through my Simpson Experience.”


Mary Huff

Mary Huff  ’11

Huff has recently received the National Research Service Award to pursue research on roles of neural pathways during memory consolidation at the University of Iowa. She is currently working towards her PhD which she is hoping to receive in May of 2016.




Stephanie Eide

Stephanie Eide ’10

  • Worked at Wells Fargo
  • Received masters from Middle Tennessee State University
  • Works at Wal-Mart Corporate as a member of the Global Selection and Assessment Strategy team