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Clinical Psychology career paths

To become professionally qualified in Clinical Psychology requires a seven-year commitment, involving an undergraduate degree followed by specialist postgraduate study.

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Recent UC graduates in clinical psychology have taken different paths.

PhD graduate, Nadia Summers can see the need for change in how our mental health systems and processes work, as she says it currently isn’t working well for those most in need. Nadia is currently undertaking a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Department of Māori Indigenous Health Innovation at the University of Otago in Ōtautahi Christchurch. She is spending two years developing her skills as a hauora Māori researcher.

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After seven years’ study, McLeod Robertson graduated from UC with distinction, thrilled his clinical psychology education will be helping others. From his high school years, McLeod Robertson knew he wanted to be a clinical psychologist and followed his passion to Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC).

“I have always had a fascination for psychology and the science behind it,” he explains. “The clinical programme at UC has a great reputation. Enrolling at UC [in 2016] allowed me to combine science with helping people and I get a lot out of that.”

Now a fully qualified and registered clinical psychologist, McLeod is working with Hillmorton Hospital’s anxiety disorders service in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

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