Emilie B. Joseph, Ph.D. (Washington, DC Area)
(pronouns: she, her, hers)

Occupation: Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Steps towards becoming a professional Licensed Clinical Psychologist: I have my Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and that requires completing high school, college, and graduate school.

I started researching in college by joining the lab of a professor that I liked. In graduate school, I continued to do research and started my clinical experiences called externships. At the end of my graduate career, I did a year-long internship (our version of residency) and did another year of training called a post-doctoral fellowship. Once that was over, I applied to get my license and took an exam called the EPPP and passed. Now, I’m licensed to practice as a psychologist and get to do what I love every day.

1- What three tips would you give someone struggling to reach their goals?
1. Give yourself the compassion and understanding you would give to a friend who is struggling.
2. Identify your support system and let them be there for you.
3. Do the scary thing. You’re more resilient than you give yourself credit for.

2- Name the top 3 goals you achieved?
1. Obtained my Ph.D.
2. Maintained a year-long self-care campaign on social media.
3. Created and executed my first program as a mental health care consultant.

3- What inspired you to reach your goals?
Growing up, I didn’t get to see many people who looked like me doing the work that I do and navigating essential positions in the environments I wanted to be in. When I did have role models, they helped me make it through in meaningful ways. I knew I wanted to be that role model for others in my career.

4- How did you overcome obstacles to reaching your goals?
Finding mentors and creating a support network has been crucial in helping me reach my goals.

5- How do you keep your inspiration from decreasing?
I step away from my work life to take time to do things that I love and keep me grounded, like spending time with people I love.

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