PBS Alumni Career Panel

PBS Alumni Career Panel

                                  Engage Event

ANNUAL ENGAGE Event Providing Access to PBS Alumni

Not sure what to do after graduation? Need some ideas on what you can do with your PBS degree?


Friday April 21st various events from 11:30am-5:30pm



Keynote Speaker Dr. John Ruiz, Clinical Health Psychologist 11:30am-1pm in Sage (PSY 1312)

Talk & Reception: Latinx Health Paradoxes, Resilience, and the Pursuit of Health Equity

Keynote Speaker RSVP

Alumni lunch with Allison White, Ph.D. student in Neuroscience 1-2:15pm 

Link to Flyer and Lunch RSVP

If you are thinking about graduate school in Neuroscience this is the lunch for you to prioritize in your schedule. Allison is going to give advice, and help you plan your graduate path. 


Alumni Panel Discussions from 3:30-4:30pm in Psychology & Psychology East

Link to Alumni Panel Discussions RSVP

There are three concurrent panels (see below for details), please register for one of the panels and join us for a conversation with alumni. They will talk about career paths, give advice on how to get started, and take questions from the audience. Registration is free and required. 


Alumni Speed Mentoring 4:30-5:15pm in the Psychology Courtyard

Link to Alumni Speed Mentoring RSVP

Alumni will be set up at small tables to talk with you about their work experiences and help you plan your next steps. 


Alumni, Faculty, & Student Mixer 4:30-5:30pm in the Psychology Courtyard

Link to Alumni Student Mixer RVSP


All events are free thanks to the generous support of the PBS Alumni Council.


Students who have attended share that this was an event that was very meaningful saying “I got great advice based on graduate school and what they look for when hiring for jobs. I got to hear real stories of real people and how psychology reaches so many people.”


Alumni Panels

Graduate Training Required: Clinical Paths in Psychology


  • Joe Issacson, (he/him/his), School Psychologist Goleta Union School District
  • Kaishauna Kern (Johnson), (she/her), Counselor for Chino Valley Unified School District; Adjunct Instructor for the University of LaVerne
  • Eric Nelson, (he/him), Westmont College CAPS Director, Therapist Private Practice
  • Miranda Tran, (she/her/hers), Masters in Family Therapy candidate at Azusa Pacific University


Careers in Health Psychology and Biopsychology: Graduate School and Industry


  • John Ruiz, (he/him/his/el), Clinical Health Psychologist
  • Alyssa Villa, (she/her/hers), Masters Candidate in Epidemiology at UCLA
  • Allison White, (she/her), Ph.D. Candidate in Neuroscience at West Virginia University
  • Juan Gonzalez, (he/him), Lab Manager for Cultural Psychology Laboratory at UCSB


Making a Difference: Psychology Career Paths


  • Deborah Bettencourt, (she/hers), Human Resources, Corporate Administration & Customer Experience Executive
  • Kevin Hall, (he/him/his), Real Estate Broker
  • Amy Meyer, (she/her/hers), Chief People Officer, App Folio
  • Suzanne Perkin, (she/her/hers), Associate Dean of Student Life at UCSB


Alumni in Speed Mentoring

  • Deborah Bettencourt, (she/hers), Enjoying volunteering and giving back. Former VP, Human Resources & Corporate Administration
  • Whitney Bruice, (she/her), UCSB and private practice
  • Joe Isaacson, (he/him/his), Goleta Union School District
  • Eric Nelson, (he/him), Westmont College CAPS Director / therapist in private practice
  • Juan Gonzalez, (he/him), Lab Manager, UCSB Cultural Psych Lab
  • Carla Madruga, Madruga Psychological Corporation/Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, USC Keck School of Medicine
  • Alyssa Villa, (she/her/hers), Student at UCLA
  • Allison White, (she/her), West Virginia University
  • Kaishauna Kern, (she/her), District Lead Counselor, Rialto Unified School District
  • Kevin Hall, (he/him/his), Real Estate Broker
  • Cami Ferris-Wong, (she), Endodontist
  • Miranda Tran, (she/her/hers), Graduate Student at Azusa Pacific University
  • Suzanne Perkin, (she/her/hers), Associate Dean for Student Life, UCSB
  • Amy Meyer, (she/her/hers), Chief People Officer at AppFolio
  • Nathaniel Ilo, (he/him/his), Admissions Counselor / UCSB Admissions