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Ready to Support Those Who Need It, Razan Murshid ‘24 (Psychology) Finds Her Passion in Helping Others

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Leading up to Spring Commencement, we’re asking some of our graduates to tell us about their experience as Greyhounds and what they have planned for the next step in their journey. Meet Razan Murshid, who will receive her Master of Science in Psychology this May!

Why did you pursue psychology?

I chose to join UIndy’s graduate psychology program to become a clinical psychologist. I want to provide support to individuals grappling with mental health disorders who may feel unable to share their experiences due to societal stigma. My goal is to offer comprehensive psychological assessments that can guide the development of tailored interventions, ultimately helping individuals overcome barriers to their well-being and lead fulfilling lives.

Why did you choose to study at UIndy?

I chose UIndy for its quality of education, campus opportunities, and for its supportive student-faculty relationship. 

Are you a part of any extracurriculars (RSOs, societies, student leadership, teams, volunteerism, etc.) on or off campus? If so, what are they and what is your role?

I am a part of the Student Diversity Committee at UIndy, where we advocate for diversity and inclusion through planning and coordinating different events within the campus community. I also serve as an Academic Success Peer Coach, where I provide support to undergraduate students to enhance their academic performance and achieve their educational objectives. 

Additionally, I prioritize the holistic well-being of students, ensuring they are thriving mentally and academically.  I am actively involved in various research labs, contributing to ongoing research in the field of psychology. I also attend professional conferences to present the research findings and engage with peers in the academic community. 

Finally, I volunteer as a Crisis Text Line counselor, offering support to individuals experiencing crisis situations through text-based communication. My role involves ensuring the safety and emotional well-being of individuals in crisis while providing a supportive and empathetic listening ear.

Are there any faculty or staff members who have significantly impacted your time at UIndy? If so, who are they and how did they influence you?

I am deeply indebted to numerous faculty members who have provided invaluable assistance and guidance, steering me toward the accomplishment of my goals, including  Dr. Hui Zhang, Dr. Michael Poulakis, Dr. Jordan Sparks Waldron, Dr. Kathryn Boucher, Dr. Mason Burns, and Dr. Matthew Stapleton. I am particularly grateful to these faculty members for nurturing my research abilities through involvement in their research labs and opportunities to attend various professional conferences. Moreover, their support was instrumental during the doctoral application process, for which I am profoundly grateful.

During your time at UIndy, did you have the opportunity to complete an internship or earn part-/full-time employment with an organization in your field? If so, what was it and how did it help you professionally?

I did complete an internship over the summer of 2023. I was an intern at Northstar Psychological and consultation services in Indianapolis, where I assisted in the development of evidence-based treatment plans for individuals dealing with disordered eating and body image concerns. Additionally, I conducted comprehensive literature reviews on topics including eating disorder interventions and dissociative identity disorder, contributing to enhanced insights into these conditions and their therapeutic approaches. Engaging in these activities has facilitated my professional growth, leading me to develop the confidence and competence required to excel as a clinical psychologist.

What are your plans after graduation?

My plan is to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Indianapolis. I have been admitted to its PsyD program, and I will start in the Fall of 2024. 

What advice would you give to incoming students?

Get involved in extracurricular activities on campus. It’s a great way to meet new people, explore your interests, and develop new skills. I would also advise them to seek help when needed. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you are struggling academically, emotionally, or personally. Finally, have fun!