Success Stories

Mikhaela Capobianco

Mikhaela Capobianco Caldwell University psychology graduates selfie. After graduating from Caldwell University in December 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, I attended Ocean County College to receive the education necessary to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I like to say that I am a “three-in-one.” I am a Supervisor Treatment Associate, Counselor Intern, and Life Skills Teacher at New Hope Integrated Behavioral Health Care in the Inpatient Adolescent Unit. Recovery from substance use disorders and other co-occurring mental health disorders is a difficult life-long journey, and I enjoy working with this population to help motivate them to change to improve their lives one day at a time. Although challenging, working with adolescents has been nothing short of rewarding and exciting—it is never a dull moment!

I cannot thank Caldwell University enough for the opportunities given to me. In addition to expanding my knowledge of psychology and counseling, the Psychology Department Professors truly helped me sharpen my natural skills to become the confident and strong professional I am today.

Marisa Juliano

Marisa Juliano photo with Caldwell Cougar outside the Newman's Center building.My name is Marisa Juliano, and I am an alumni from the class of 2017, with bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Art. I started at Caldwell back in 2013, with the intentions of pursuing a career where I could help others and change lives. What I did not know then was how much of an impact that Caldwell University, the Counseling and Psychology program, and the faculty in the department would have on my education and myself.

At a school like Caldwell, you are treated as an actual student, instead of the student ID number on your ID card. Professors care about your academic, professional and personal goals, and will work diligently to see you achieve those goals. Faculty get to know you at a level where they treat you as a professional, and never talk down to you. They want to see you succeed, and don’t let their students fall under the cracks. From day one at Caldwell, I have developed many professional relationships with the faculty that have allowed me to succeed far beyond any of my expectations. Because my professors believed in me, I was pushed to work harder; and the second I had questions or needed help, my professors were just a quick email or office hour appointment away. I truthfully can say that I would not be who I am, or where I am without Caldwell and the amazing faculty that I have met thus far.

Since my graduation, I have been continuing my education in the Masters of Counseling/Art Therapy Specialization program at Caldwell, all while holding an internship at The Vision Loss Alliance of NJ in Denville, working for the University as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Career Planning and Development, and an Assistant in the Graduate Office of Admissions. I have played a very active role at my University since my undergraduate days, and that has continued through my graduate career. The professors in the program have been a large reason for my successes and I know that I would not have the opportunities so easily accessible if it wasn’t for the institution I attend. I feel at ease knowing I am in a program that cares that I land a job once I finish my masters degree in May 2020 At Caldwell, faculty want their students to truly make a difference in the world.

The school of Psychology and Counseling at caldwell has allowed for me to have diverse opportunities, both through education and experience, to learn how to enhance my skills as a future counselor. Through the class regiments and internships that I have had, I can confidently say that Caldwell University’s Psychology program has fully prepared me for my future career, and I wouldn’t want to be at any other institution, pursuing any other degree.

Maxine Alonso

Maxine Alonso showing her certificates of achievement along with balloon on other hand. My name is Maxine Alonso and I am an alumnus from the School of Psychology and Counseling at Caldwell University. After graduating in May of 2017 with my bachelors degree in psychology, I began working at Summit Oaks Hospital (a behavioral health hospital as a Mental Health Associate). In this position, I was able to run groups serving different populations in need. This was a fulfilling and engaging job opportunity that I felt prepared for because of Caldwell University’s lessons and curriculum on empathy, compassion, theory, and biopsychology. What I learned in the classroom translated to hands-on experience. More recently, I have begun working in the Human Resources department as the HR Generalist at Summit Oaks Hospital, while working on a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. This opportunity has allowed me to expand on my human services degree to help individuals in a different capacity.

Caldwell University has provided me with the educational tools necessary to succeed. At Caldwell, I learned many activities and strategies in the classroom and participated in the many research opportunities available. Each of these activities/strategies was easily applicable to the treatment units at Summit Oaks Hospital. I was also prepared to work with children and adolescents in therapeutic groups because of what I learned during my time at Caldwell University. As the HR Generalist, my psychology degree has allowed me to manage conflict resolution and difficult individuals with ease and comfort. The techniques and theories that are studied in this program can be easily translated to clinical issues and needs. While this program has helped me learn and grow, it also employs its students to make a difference in the world around them. My patients at Summit Oaks Hospital constantly praise my group facilitation skills and empathy. These are all traits that Caldwell University instills in their students through each lesson, lecture, and exam.

Emily Holland, B.A. Psychology & Art

Caldwell University ‘17

Caldwell University psychology graduate Emliy Holland selfie.I graduated from Caldwell University in 2017. Since then, I have been working full-time as a classroom aid at South Bergen Jointure Commission, a special education public school district that serves the educational needs of students with various disabilities. During my undergrad, I volunteered as a research assistant for Dr. Ling, through which I helped to conduct psychological research. I am very grateful to Dr. Ling for seeing potential in me and giving this opportunity, which allowed me to witness and contribute to academic research, as well as present research at the 2017 American Psychological Association Convention.

Currently, I am enrolled in NYU Steinhardt’s M.S. program for Communicative Sciences and Disorders, in pursuit of a career as a speech-language pathologist.
I am forever grateful to the opportunities I have been afforded at Caldwell, as well as the many great friends and professors I have met. I am a proud Caldwell alum my undergraduate experience allowed me to blossom intellectually and professionally, as well as develop skills including public speaking,
critical thinking, and scientific literacy.

Stephanie Ortiz Psy

Head Shot photo of Stephanie.I had first heard about Caldwell University during a college fair, and by the end of my 5 minutes at their table I decided this the school for me. Psychology had always been a topic of interest for me, and being able to work towards two degrees at once was a huge bonus! Over the course of my undergraduate career I worked at our Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (CAABA), where I was able to develop my clinical skills while beginning to peruse a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). After graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology I continued to pursue my master’s degree.

The transition from an undergraduate to graduate student at Caldwell was almost seamless. The advisement I had received as a Psychology student gave me the determination to succeed in the area I choose. I felt prepared for the coursework that was to come. In addition, I was ready and eager to make a difference by taking on the increased responsibility that came with my new position that Fall. Being awarded a graduate assistantship at CAABA, meant that over the next year I would work closely with my co-trainer to train practicum students and staff, develop behavior treatment plans and skill acquisition programs, organizing and conduct team and individualized education program meetings, and make decisions based on the current scientific literature.

Alas when the year was up I needed to make another decision that would ultimately affect my educational and career path. I decided to continue to work towards my goal of directing my own ABA Center, and took the clinical coordinator position at CAABA. For the next year I will get to continue to do what I love, while working directly with our director and clinical supervisors to train and evaluate our staff. I have also decided to apply to the doctoral program here for ABA. After five long years I have grown so much at Caldwell….. and can always make a funny joke about having three degrees from the university I call home.