Planning for a baby during your internship year might seem like a daunting task. For me, however, this had been my plan throughout graduate school, as I wanted to take advantage of my health insurance coverage on internship, and then also spend some time as a stay-at-home parent while studying for the EPPP (and recovering from grad school burn out) before starting postdoc. My son was born on June 26, 2018—less than two months shy of my original internship end date and three months shy of my graduation requirements. This is how I planned for my paid maternity leave during internship, finished my dissertation (with mastitis!), and graduated on time.
Articles by Chelsea R. Tessier-Greenwood, PsyD
Chelsea R. Tessier-Greenwood, PsyD, is a graduate of the American School of Professional Psychology in Northern Virginia and is currently completing her “stay at home mom/studying for the EPPP” professional purgatory before applying to postdocs. She will be presenting her research at the 40th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in Washington, DC this March on "The Association of Ethnic Identity with Weight Loss Goals in Black Women Prior to Bariatric Surgery.” She has worked in community mental health facilities, private practices, inpatient psychiatric units, hospitals, and at a residence for the Plain Communities. She also volunteered as both a group therapist and intake coordinator at the Rock Recovery Center for Eating Disorders in Arlington, VA for three years. She hopes to pursue a career that includes psychological testing in either a correctional/forensic setting or private practice.