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About jgarciamspp

Hello! My name is Jessica Garcia. I am an Arizona native and have moved to the greater Boston area to attend graduate school at MSPP. I graduated, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University (the Barrett Honors College). I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I am currently a 1st year Clinical PsyD student, doing my practicum at FMC Devens. On a more personal note, I love music, theater, reading, learning new languages, and my little dog.

In Case of Emergency

It would be just my luck to end up in the hospital in a foreign country! Although I came out of it feeling infinitely better than when I went in, I must admit that I was ill prepared. That being … Continue reading

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Thanks, Mr. Weather Man!

When I woke up the sun was shining. By the time I made it to school it was slightly gloomy and a little rainy. This Arizona girl is still not used to the sudden changes in weather. I walked out … Continue reading

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Driving in Puerto Rico

Last week I came back from a conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I attended the American Psychology and Law Society conference. Of course, I learned a ton and it was a great cultural experience, but we’ll get to that … Continue reading

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I Miss Bread!

When I first learned that I would have to give up something for my Substance Abuse class -for a course-length assignment- I felt frustrated. Interestingly enough, my frustration was not based on the fact that I found it inconvenient or … Continue reading

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Female Serial Killers

I was having a bit of a tough time trying to figure out what I should blog about this time around. Mostly I feel like I sound like a broken record. I end up writing about practicum, school, Arizona, or … Continue reading

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Adult Psychopathology

When I started at MSPP I didn’t know much about the different axes that are used in the DSM. Having come from a more experimentally based background it felt like everyone knew so much more than I did. It definitely … Continue reading

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The Rest is Pretty Much History

Question: How many papers can a Jessica write in a weekend? Answer: an 8 page paper, a 5 page paper, and brainstorming/1st draft of a 7 page paper. (Not to mention all the reading that needs to be done for … Continue reading

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Gabrielle Giffords Steps Down

I love you, Gabby! You are an amazing woman and you continue to inspire me everyday. ### Just as an interesting aside, I would like to bring up something about my own path in relation to the Gabby Giffords case… … Continue reading

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The Arabic Evangelical Baptist Church of Boston

Although my first semester as a graduate student has come and gone I wanted to take this time to acknowledge what an amazingly transformative experience it was for me. To personify this transformation I will tell the super shortened version … Continue reading

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Serving Tucson

I shared this link on my twitter (@jrgRizzo) but I thought I would share it with you folks as well. When you end up going into counseling/clinical psychology this is the sort of thing that warms your heart. It certainly … Continue reading

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