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, Feb. 23rd various events from 11:30am-5:30pm


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

Talk & Reception: Enhancing prediction and building novel interventions for youth at high risk for psychosis

Keynote Speaker RSVP

Alumni lunch with Allison White, Ph.D. in Neuroscience, 1-2pm (Psych 1327) 

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 four concurrent panels, 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 Panels
  • Careers in Advising and Student Affairs (Psych 1312)

  • Kaishauna Kern (District Lead Counselor, Rialto Unified School District)
  • Nathaniel Ilo (Admissions Counselor for Diversity Initiatives, UCSB)
  • Chris McFerron (Student Affairs Manager, UCSB PBS Department)
  • Suzanne Perkin (Associate Dean for Student Life, UCSB)


  • Careers in Healthcare (Psych1902)

  • Shobha Ambi (Psychiatric Mental Health Registered Nurse, Costa Mesa)
  • Whitney Bruice (Behavioral Health Therapist, UCSB and Private Practice)
  • Eric Nelson (Director of Counseling and Psych Services at Westmont)
  • Dairine Pearson (Bereavement Counselor, VNA Health)


  • Careers in Business and Technology (Psych 1924)

  • Deborah Bettancourt (HR & Organizational Change Management Consultant)
  • Jessica Cornick (User Experience Researcher, Reality Labs)
  • Spencer Mermelstein (Researcher, Riot Games)
  • Amy Meyer (Former Chief People Officer, Appfolio)


  • Careers in Academic Research and Teaching (Psych East 3834)

  • Susan Fischer Beers (Lecturer, CSUCI)
  • Juan Gonzalez (Lab Manager, UCSB)
  • Vijay Mittal (Professor, Northwestern University)
  • Allison White (Postdoctoral fellow, Scripps Research)


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.”