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SDPA Graduate Student Committee: Thinking about getting Your Doctorate Degree?

  • 06/30/2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom



Thinking about getting your doctorate degree? 

Our facilitator and Graduate Student board Representative Kathleen Giarratano will be asking our three panelists to share on different facets of their experiences getting into Graduate school, doing their dissertation, and going back to school later in life.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Via Zoom


Antonella Bariani MA - Sharing her experience in school as she's getting ready to graduate and finishing up her dissertation.

Emily Roberts-Parker, Psy.D. - The process of doing your dissertation and what to expect 

Lara Loest - Sharing on going back to school later in life to get her doctorate.

Meet Your Panelists

Antonella Bariani

Antonella Bariani is currently a fourth-year clinical psychology PhD student at Alliant International University in San Diego. She has previously earned a master’s in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she completed a thesis on community reactions to offender reintegration and legislation and assisted in research examining cultural diversity in juries. Broadly, her research interests pertain to trauma, multiculturalism, and forensic psychology. More specifically, she is interested in disclosures of sexual assault, sexual violence and trauma, assessments and treatment of traumatized populations, and the influence of cultural identity and acculturative stress on posttraumatic outcomes. Antonella has been recently accepted into the Journal of Law and Behavior Review Program where she provides reviews submitted manuscripts with guidance of associate editors. She also holds a board position in the Student Mentor Club within her current PhD program wherein she helps match incoming students with mentors in an effort to readily offer guidance and support throughout their first year.


Emily Roberts-Parker, Psy.D.

Emily Roberts-Parker, Psy.D. graduated in 2019 from Alliant International University in San Diego. She is currently completing her post-doctoral residency at UCSD CAPS. Last year she was the Graduate Student Representative at SDPA. She also received pre-doctoral training at Cal State San Marcos Counseling Center, San Diego State Counseling Center, UCSD Eating Disorders Center, Areta Crowell, and the San Diego Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired. Her clinical interests include working with the college aged population and helping people who are struggling with body image and eating concerns, gender and sexual identity, anxiety, cultural formation, trauma, depression, academic success, mindfulness, grief and loss, adjustment and transitions, and self-esteem. 

Lara Loest

Lara Loest is a PsyD student with a background in marketing, communications and entrepreneurship. Her love for personal and professional exploration have taken her on many journeys including living overseas in Ireland where she earned her MA in Women's Studies. 

Currently Lara is in the last year of her doctoral studies and is exploring internship options. When not studying, she spends her time enjoying the California sunshine and pampering her dog, Honey Camille. 

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