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Alumni Spotlight:

Q&A with Shiloh Catanese

California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University

PsyD in Forensic Psychology, Los Angeles Campus

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Police Psychologist with the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles, CA

Q: How did your Alliant experience contribute to your career growth?

My experience at AIU equipped me with an academic education and practical work sites that prepared me for two distinct careers in forensic psychology; sex offender assessment & treatment and now law enforcement psychology. The variety of courses and internship opportunities in the previous forensic psych program connected me with professors who guided me with real-world perspectives on the forensic psychology job market and with whom I still engage.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your work?

My work as a police psychologist is very specialized and unique and allows me to nurture my creative side, while also holding on to the traditional aspects of clinical psychology by supporting those who help others. I have the opportunity to collaborate with peers, sworn officers, command staff, and civilians in other disciplines to develop projects that support the overall wellness of our first responders.

Q: What inspires you to make a positive difference in the world?

Through my daily work, I see the suffering of everyday people and I know that my clients make an impact on them. If I can support those who are helping others, not only is it is a direct way of giving back, but also creating a more resilient base for the individual in the community. They will get better service if their helpers are well.

Q: Any advice you have for current students.

Create your own outlets to feed your interests, even if it's outside of your regular job duties. Become involved in associations and organizations that keep you learning. If you still want more- create your own outlets. Five years ago, I started the podcast: L.A. Not So Confidential to be able to dive into the topics that continue to make me curious in the vast world of forensic psychology.

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