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Ellen Cathopoulis '06

What is your current job?

Speech-Language Pathologist

Why did you choose this profession?

When I graduated from Haverford, I had applied to graduate school for a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology with an interest in Psycholinguistics. Unfortunately, I did not get into any programs that I really liked, and rather than settle for a program that wasn't a great fit, I decided to take at least a year off and gain some experience in the field. I joined a research team in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and after working in research for a year, realized that what I enjoyed most was working with children and their families. I shadowed some speech-language pathologists and found that it was the perfect fit for my interest in language, psychology, and working with people.

What more do you wish to accomplish in your professional career?

I hope to further my clinical skills working with receptive/expressive language disorders, multicultural populations, and hearing impairments.

Tell us about a decision or change you made that turned out to be a positive career move.

The best decision I made for my career was to not settle for what was easy and in front of me at the time. By not accepting graduate school offers for cognitive psychology, I ended up in a profession that was a better fit for me.

How has Haverford influenced your professional career?

Haverford has greatly influenced my professional career. It has given me a great academic background that has made me competitive in my field as well as a strong ethical foundation through the Honor Code.

The path that leads to the Gardner Integrated Athletic Center and Whitehead Campus Center. The GIAC opened in 2006.

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