Katie Garrison

Katie Garrison

Katie Garrison
  • Psychology

Class of: 2013

Bio: I am 3rd-year PhD student in the Social and Personality area of the Department of Psychological Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University. I study self-control and hope to stay in academia and conduct psychological research and teach at a university. I am originally from Helena, MT and obtained my undergraduate degree in psychology from Carroll College. While at Carroll I was also in the Honors Scholars Program and the president of Psychology Club. I love Montana and enjoy hiking, running, and hanging out in coffee shops. 

Questions: How did the Carroll College Psychology program help you in your current program? What is unique about the Carroll College Psychology program?

Answers: My education at Carroll College laid the groundwork for my future educational experiences. The small number of students in the college created a very intimate learning environment. I knew all of my professors well and most students in my graduating class. Because class sizes were small, students could ask questions and engage in class discussions. Further, the professors pushed us and challenged our ideas. In this way I learned to think critically about psychological research and theory, and my active participation in classes fostered a love for learning that I have brought with me to graduate school. 

I think the Department of Psychology at Carroll is a wonderful mix of both scholarship and support for students. The academic rigor is apparent in the students as they work hard on campus and also the faculty as they shine in the classroom. But outside the classroom, the faculty and students work together to build students' careers and prepare them for the next step. I always felt supported by the faculty as I prepared for graduate school and explored options for my future. It's a wonderful environment for learning!