Three Psy.D. Students Successfully Defend Doctoral Dissertations this Summer

Holy Family University

This summer, three students—T’Ana Carpenter, Sanjay Deendyal, and Madeline Meade—in the Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) program successfully defended their dissertations.

The students’ research addressed a wide range of topics relevant to the Counseling Psychology field, with particular emphasis on social justice and increasing awareness of mental health concerns:

  • T’Ana Carpenter’s dissertation examined mental health stigma and experiences with service providers among African American men.
  • Sanjay Deendyal’s dissertation studied the effects of sports-related concussions on depression among collegiate student-athletes.
  • Madeline Meade’s dissertation focused on the impact of ableist microaggressions on identity formation among adults with disabilities.

The Psy.D. program at Holy Family University is committed to a practitioner-scholar training model. The program is evidence-based and practice-informed, utilizing interventions that reflect the foundational values of the discipline of counseling psychology. Our view of clinical training is consistent with the American Psychological Association’s Standards of Accreditation for Health Services Psychology (HSP) and the guidelines for professional psychology training developed by the National Council for Schools and Programs in Psychology (NCSPP).

For more information on the Psy.D. program at Holy Family University (including admission requirements), visit the program website or contact the Graduate Admissions Office at or 267-341-3327.