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Notable Alumni

Psychology graduates make a difference

Our psychology graduates go on to do amazing things after they leave SFA. They become doctors, psychologists and professors. They help people. They work on research projects. They write books. They go to medical school and enter Ph.D. programs. Wondering what kind of future awaits you after you earn your psychology degree? Check out what some of our graduates are doing today.

Kristopher Nichols, Class of ‘17
​​​​​​​Graduate student, University of Chicago 

Kris Nichols

After earning his bachelor's degree from SFA, Kristopher completed a Master of Arts in social sciences at the University of Chicago. There, he worked on political psychology research while implementing the use of various computational methodologies and earned his Certificate in Computational Social Science. He is currently working as a research assistant in Dr. Daniel Gilbert's laboratory at Harvard University before applying to doctorate programs.

Andrew Benson, Class of ‘16
School psychology internist, Clear Creek Independent School District

Andy Benson

After earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology from SFA, Andrew moved on to the Specialist in School Psychology Program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Andrew has since learned a wide range of skills, including conducting full psychological and psycho-educational evaluations, consulting in school settings, implementing and evaluating school-based programs, providing counseling and individual therapy, using applied behavior analysis techniques and working with children with autism.                   

As part of his ongoing training, Andrew has performed his school psychology practicum at Clear Creek Independent School District in Houston, Texas. Andrew is about to begin his full-time internship at Clear Creek Independent School District and will soon be a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Texas and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

Shaan Shahabuddin, Class of ‘12
Psychology professor, Seattle Central College 

Shaan Shahabuddin, Class of ‘12

After earning his master’s degree from SFA, Shaan worked for three years as an adjunct psychology instructor at Blinn College. He co-founded the Undergraduate Psychology Research Program at Blinn, which resulted in a total of 15 students presenting four original research posters at two regional conferences. 

Shaan also volunteered as a faculty advisor for Blinn College’s Psychology Club. Additionally, he worked for three summers as an academic advisor at Blinn College, assisting students with course selection, degree plans and post-graduate studies. He received the “Adjunct of the Year” award at the 2016 Texas Community College Teachers Association. Shaan earned his Ph.D. from Texas A & M University – College Station.

Holly Gammel Smith, Class of ‘02
Assistant dean of student affairs, SFA

Holly Smith

Holly Gammel Smith says the personal connections, knowledge and research experience she gained in both her undergraduate and graduate work were invaluable and laid the foundation for her career path. When she began working toward her doctoral degree in higher education administration, she felt confident with the dissertation process because of her experience writing a thesis in the master’s program at SFA.

Nancy Dickey, Class of ‘72
President Emeritus, Texas A&M Health Science Center 

Nancy Dickey, Class of ‘72

Nancy Dickey earned a Bachelor of Arts from SFA in 1972. She was the first female president of the American Medical Association and the first female president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

As a student at SFA’s Department of Psychology, she learned a lot and had many mentors among her teachers. Her education and training in psychology provided her with the skills she needed to succeed in both medicine and academics. 

Other notable alumni

  • Robin McKnight, director of behavioral services, Lufkin State Supported Living Center, Class of ‘96
  • Tom Middlebrook, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Nacogdoches Behavioral Health Center, Class of ‘77


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