Alumni & Friends

Alumni and Friends

Alumni & Friends

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Alumni, you know that your curiosity and love of psychology took you on an incredible and fascinating journey that led to where you are today. We want to use your story to help students carve their own path.

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Alumni Stories

The Department of Psychology alumni has accomplished astounding achievements since exiting our halls. Below are a few of their remarkable stories.

Jerry Fletcher (’76) completed medical school at Indiana University, a psychiatry residency, and a fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry. Jerry lives in Indiana and works in child psychiatry.

Greg Ashley (’77) recently returned to school and received a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology and is currently a professor at Bellevue University. “I have fond memories of the UNL campus, especially Burnett Hall,” he said.

Carey Byren (’87) received an MPT from Northwestern in 1997 and is now a physical therapist in Illinois for acute care and inpatient rehabilitation. Carey has two children, Andrew Newmann (12) and Sarah Newmann (6).

Rod Hoevet (’98) received a PsyD in 2005 from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver and has been a practicing psychologist in St. Louis since 2007. “Having worked and studied in various places around the country, I look back fondly to my time at UNL,” he said.

Elizabeth Lefler (’03) is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Northern Iowa. After graduating from UNL, Elizabeth received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University, did a predoctoral internship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine/Kennedy Krieger Institute and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Christian Hoeger (’05) served as the president of Psi Chi and UPO while at UNL and has gone on to earn a master’s and EdM in psychological counseling from Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York. “I love what I do and think every day how UNL and all the faculty helped me find my passion!” said Christian, a mental health therapist.

Tess Neal (’05) recently returned to Nebraska for a postdoctoral fellowship with the Public Policy Center. Before returning to Nebraska, Tess graduated with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with emphases in forensics and statistics from the University of Alabama.

Samantha Viola (’11) currently lives in Allen, Texas, and works as a project coordinator for Research Now in Plano, Texas. “I absolutely love my job and am lucky enough to say I have a fantastic career with endless opportunities, great people, and I even use my degree on a daily basis!” Samantha said.