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Bailey Smith (She/Her)

Clinical Psychology PsyD | San Diego Campus

Hometown: Frisco, TX

My name is Bailey Smith, I am 21 years old from Frisco, Texas. I enjoy going traveling, being in nature, and reading. In Fall of 2021, I graduated three semesters early from Tulane University in New Orleans with a major in Psychology, a minor in Management, and a certificate in Gender-Based Violence. During my time at Tulane, I was lucky enough to be exposed to both research and field experience related to my interest areas including trauma, intimate partner violence, and multicultural psychology. During undergrad, I volunteered in several advocacy roles and held an internship at Covenant House New Orleans, where I worked closely with homeless survivors of human trafficking. I am in my first year at Alliant, and I am placed at CAPS where I am doing long-term individual therapy. Through my experiences I have learned that no matter how much you know or have seen in your own life, there is more to be understood from others. This is the main reason I want to go into clinical psychology. I love understanding how others operate, and I think it is humbling to take the time to know a person genuinely and support them through their life – no matter how similar or different it may be from my own.

Fun Fact: I was on the crew team during undergrad!

Research Interests: Trauma, C-PTSD, Intimate Partner Violence, Restorative Justice, Multicultural Psychology

Favorite part of the program: The faculty is my favorite part of the PsyD program because they are amazing and exceptionally supportive. My favorite part about my practicum site is being able to do therapy with a client during my first semester.

Practicum/Internship site: CAPS

Advice to first year students: Find support when you need it, as early as possible - people will be willing to help you. Also, I recommend finding a balance between school/practicum/personal life and learning how to prioritize what is most important.