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Notable Alumni

Careers and 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.

Dr. Nancy Dickey, Class of '72
Executive Director, A&M Rural and Community Health Institute

Dr. Nancy Dickey

Beginning her journey at SFA, Dr. Nancy Dickey’s career has been full of exciting opportunities. Receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from SFA, she later graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and is board certified in family medicine. Dickey was the first female president of the American Medical Association and helped write the Patient Bill of Rights. She now serves as the executive director of the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute.

Fall 2020 Sawdust Magazine cover story

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.

More notable alumni

Here's a small sample of some of our alumni accomplishments.

Doctoral studies

  • Hayden Holmes ’19, Texas Tech University, Social Psychology
  • James Kunz ’18, Colorado State University, I/O Psychology
  • Danielle Langlois ’17, New Mexico State, Social Psychology
  • Rachel Amerson ’17, Virginia Consortium, Clinical Psychology
  • Kyle Ripley ’16, University of Missouri, Quantitative Psychology


  • Sydney Shields ’19, Tabor College, Career Services Coordinator/Academic Support
  • Hernan Escobar ’18, Eastfield College, Adjunct Professor of Psychology
  • Margaret Hance ’16, Arkansas State University, Assistant Professor of Psychology


  • Machael Cortez ‘16, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Psychoneuroendocrine Research Program, Research Study Coordinator


  • Rebecca Collins ‘18, Corpus Christi Supported Living Center
  • Alex Griego ‘15, BCBA, Lufkin State Supported Living Center


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