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Jennifer C. Sumerlin of Newark Defends Doctoral Dissertation

Morristown, N.J. (April 7, 2017) – Jennifer C. Sumerlin of Newark, has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the College of Saint Elizabeth to earn a Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology. Her dissertation is titled, "ADHD and Stigma: Perceived Stigma and the Relationship to the ADHD Diagnosis in Children and Adolescents."

"Being a part of the Psy.D. program at CSE has been a very intense and rewarding experience," Sumerlin says. "I have learned so much about myself and what it truly means to be a professional in the field. In addition to teaching us about social justice and its place in the counseling profession, the faculty has also granted us opportunities in the form of teaching, research, and writing articles for publication. The program's cohort-based model has been amazing! We are like family! We encourage one another and celebrate each other's accomplishments. In the future, I look to conduct additional research pertaining to stigma and mental illness in children and adolescents; more specifically, its effect on the family's and child's perceptions and openness to treatment."

The Psy.D. program, started in 2013, is a four-year, 88-credit, full-time program offered in a supportive cohort learning model. Of the total 88 credits, 15 credits may be completed by students through required courses in their master's programs and transferred into the Psy.D. program.

Further program details are available at www.cse.edu/psyd.

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