Oklahoma State University Clinical Psychology Program Targets Native American Students

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Oklahoma State University is working to increase the Native American presence in the field of psychology through its American Indians Into Psychology program, one of only three Indian Health Service programs of its kind in the nation.

The program includes two components - a six-week summer enrichment program and a scholarship program. During the six weeks, junior and senior undergraduates attend classes designed to prepare them for graduate school.

They also participate in research and are assigned to a tribal urban mental health facility. Scholarships are available to Native American students working on a doctorate in clinical psychology at OSU.

"AIIP is a great opportunity for Native American students to come together," said Ashleigh Coser, a senior psychology major and former AIIP Fellow. "The program allows you to meet with Native American professionals who have been in your position and are now in the community."

Coser, a Choctaw and Muscogee Creek tribal member, hopes to follow in the footsteps of several of the program's alumni, including B.J. Boyd, deputy director of Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health Services in Tahlequah, and Chris Fore, of the Choctaw tribe, who is the director of behavioral health for the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service. …

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