Class of 2010

Some of our 2010 Graduates share their thoughts on completing a postgraduate degree at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

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Shona, DNP                  Udita, DNP              Tetyana, PDP                Maria, PDP

What did you take away from your experience as an Anna Freud Centre postgraduate? 

"I will always remember how AFC gave me the opportunity to do my research project on a completely new topic for them, that had never done before in any research at the Anna Freud Centre, thank you for the support and for allow me to work on the topic (emotional paths of mothers of premature babies) that I wanted. It not easy to find such opportunity on an MSc."  Maria, PDP

"I appreciated and learned from the multi-dimensional approach towards clinical disorders and neuroscience, and how to consider alternate perspectives.  This has become more important as I progress in my own academic career, as more research studies and grant proposals involve a multi-disciplinary approach and encourage collaborative endeavours -- so it is an asset to be able to consider and appreciate multiple perspectives."  Udita, DNP

"My favorite part of the course were the group supervisions-discussions of the infant and child observations. I found it fascinating to be able to see for the first time so closely how psychodynamic theory we were reading expressed itself in real life! It was also revealing to see how differently we sometimes interpreted the same observation..." Tetyana, PDP

What do you wish you had known prior to starting the course?

"To take advantage of the academic expertise of professors and importance of what is needed to publish in academic journals, when a student!"  Udita, DNP

"I wish I had known to hold onto my binder full of course readings. I discarded it in a move and I frequently want to check back about things I remember reading but cannot find the source." Shona, DNP

Where are you now? What are you doing? 

"Actually I'm living in Santiago de Chile. I worked as Head Teacher in a Kindergarten. Since I graduated, I did another Masters in clinical psychoanalytic psychology, and I wrote my graduation project on "object construction in three children of single mothers". Here in Santiago, besides working I'm also part of a supervision group whose objective is making intervention with abandoned babies in foster homes."  Maria, PDP

"I just completed my PhD from UCL under Professor Fonagy and Lane Strathearn (currently at University of Iowa), which I conducted while coordinating a study between Baylor College of Medicine and Yale. I am now a postdoctoral researcher at Kings College London Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience, coordinating a cross-cultural study in addiction psychiatry."  Udita, DNP

"I completed a PhD in Social, Personality, and Abnormal Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2014. I am currently working as a post-doctoral research fellow at the New York University in the field of Social Neuroscience. I also work as a registered Clinical Psychologist in supervised practice, conducting individual and group psychotherapy with adults in a private practice. Finally, I am a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto." Shona, DNP

"I am now in Cyprus. Did a three-year applied Masters in Clinical Psychology and not so long ago got my license to practice. Got married, learnt Greek, and now in the process of opening a Psychological Centre here in Cyprus."  Tetyana, PDP

Where to next?

"I'm expecting the babies project mentioned before could  advance in order to be able to develop a research project about this experience, and to expand the idea and evidence on how mental health of the abandoned babies develops very differently when they are accompanied every day with a psychologist and principal care giver, while they find a family for them. The idea is to expand the group and the project more and more till we reach other cities in Chile and then maybe to other countries. Also in a few years I'm expecting to do a PhD in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at UCL." Maria, PDP

"I plan to continue to do research, teach, and to practice as a clinical psychologist." Shona, DNP

"My next academic step is to do a PhD (research). I hope I will be able to do it at UCL  and will ones again have the pleasure to work with you!" Tetyana, DNP