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Student Profile of the Month - Rhonda Matters, alumna

Rhonda Matters graduated from UPEI with a Bachelor of Arts in 1986. She majored in psychology having decided in junior high school that she would like to become a clinical psychologist. She left PEI right after she graduated to attend the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Windsor in Ontario.  She received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 1988 and her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1994.   She worked in Halifax for several years, first for the Atlantic Child Guidance Clinic and then the IWK Community Mental Health Program.  She taught courses at Mount Saint Vincent and Saint Mary's University and worked for the IWK Assessment Services doing Parenting Capacities and Child Custody assessments.

She moved back to PEI in 1999, and worked for several years at the Community Mental Health Clinic in Charlottetown and then in the school system (Eastern School District and then English Language School Board).  She has worked part time in private practice for many years, and was recently appointed the Chief Mental Health and Addictions Officer for PEI.   Rhonda says that she loves being a psychologist and believes it was the perfect choice for her.  As you can see, it provides many different job and career opportunities.  And it all started with a BA at UPEI.  The psychology department in particular provided wonderful courses and small class sizes, which allowed for more individualized attention and connection to the professors.  When it came time to apply for grad school, the knowledge gained, advice given, and letters written by the faculty made a significant difference in getting accepted to good programs.  The value of an Arts Degree form UPEI is invaluable! It was the necessary first step to a very exciting and varied career.

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