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Sidney Allen ‘24 Breaks Down Barriers, Uplifts Her Community with Clinical Psychology Doctorate


Congratulations to the University of Indianapolis Class of 2024! We asked our newest alumni to share their UIndy experience and their post-graduation plans. Meet Sidney Allen, who recently received her Clinical Psychology Doctorate (PsyD) with a concentration in health psychology and behavioral medicine!

Why did you pursue psychology?

Nationally, only 4% of psychologists are Black. I chose to pursue my doctorate in clinical psychology to add to this percentage and to dismantle the longstanding mental health barriers for marginalized communities. 

Why did you choose to study at UIndy?

I chose UIndy to enter a doctoral program that is among the top fifteen PsyD programs ranked nationally and to be somewhat closer to family. 

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 the co-founder, former resident, and former programming/fundraising chair of The Association of Black Psychologists-UIndy Student Circle, graduate student member  of the National Association of Black Psychologists, lifetime member of The International Honor Society in Psychology, graduate student member of the National Organization of Human Services, peer mentor in the Graduate Psychological Association, former student representative for The Indiana Association of Black Psychologists, and former Diversity & Inclusion Student Subcommittee Member 

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?

Dr. Mixalis Poulakis has gone above and beyond to help me excel in my time at UIndy. He has provided unconditional positive regard and unbridled support. He is probably the only faculty member I know who will call students on their birthdays, assist with finding resources, and make them feel like they deserve to be in the program despite internal and external barriers. 

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?

Throughout graduate school, I worked at State Farm. While it wasn’t in the psychology field I was able to sit with customers, provide empathic understanding, and learn to apply a solution-focused approach.  

What are your plans after graduation?

I have accepted a post-doctoral position at a private practice in Washington, D.C. During my postdoc I will be conducting individual therapy and psychological assessments. 

What advice would you give to incoming students?

You deserve to be here!