With top hospitals like Johns Hopkins, Mercy and Mount Washington in the area, it’s no surprise that Baltimore’s psychologists serve as an important backbone to the medical field working closely with children, families, educators, health organizations and many more to solve problems. By helping people to better relate with one another and teaching patients how to thrive in their surrounding environments, a psychologist’s job is never done.

(Photo Courtesy of Kyana Beckles)

(Photo Courtesy of Kyana Beckles)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for psychologists nationwide is expected to grow 12 percent from 2012 – 2022. For Baltimore to keep in tow, prospects will be highest for professionals with a doctoral degree in an applied specialization; however, a master’s degree is sufficient for some positions.

Kyana Beckles is already aware of this trend and determined to achieve further success in the field. She presently works as a lead research assistant in the Behavioral Lab at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) – Robert H. Smith School of Business. Additionally, she is an associate consultant at C. M. Cummings + Associates, LLC, which helps health care companies solve business problems to enhance performance and, consequently, economic value. As if that wasn’t enough, she is also ardently pursuing the next step of education needed to advance her career even more.

How has education prepared you for your job?

“Education offers access to resources such as teachers, computers, field trips and databases. These experiences bring information closer to students and open up our world.”

Could you have reached your present position without your education endeavors?

“In my field, education is an absolute necessity. Most experts in Psychology are consultants at the doctoral level. I have seen some at the masters level, but none at the bachelors level.”

Where did you earn your degree(s)?

“My undergraduate degree is from Coppin State University – a B.S in Management and Psychology. I am currently enrolled in the master’s program for Industrial Organizational Psychology at UMBC.”

What continuing education is required for your specific role?

“In order to advance to the highest positions in personnel selection, I would need to complete a Ph.D. (maybe not now, but at some point).”

How do you keep your skills up to date?

“Keeping my skills sharp is why I returned to school. Once I complete my master’s degree, I plan to stay sharp by participating with professional organizations in my field. I also plan to complete certifications that will enhance my skills. Furthermore, I maintain professional memberships in order to have access to databases with relevant articles, white papers and the latest research.

Keri Ann Beazell is a Baltimore writer following the latest developments in arts and culture, natural wonders, lifestyle and pets. She enjoys promoting thought-provoking discussions, education, new ideas and smiles among readers. Follow her online at beazellblog.com and Examiner.com


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