Haley Schultz, Educational Psychology

Where are you from, and what brought you to UW–Madison? Haley Schultz headshot

​I am originally from Watertown, Wisconsin, but have called Madison my home for the last 11 years. I first arrived on campus as an undergraduate student. I was drawn to UW–Madison as I was undecided and seeking a large university that provided a range of opportunities to explore my interests. The educational, vocational, and social activities at UW–Madison were an excellent match and allowed me to grow as an academic and young professional. I chose to continue my education at UW–Madison as a graduate student because I fell in love with the people and the community.

Why did you decide to pursue graduate study?

​I wanted to attend graduate school before I even knew what that meant. I love school and was interested in any opportunity that prolonged my time as a student. Luckily, my interest in working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and behavioral health needs required advanced training. So, I pursued a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology and a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology at UW–Madison to achieve my goals.

What was your most meaningful experience at UW–Madison?

​I have had many meaningful experiences throughout my tenure at UW–Madison. However, working at the Waisman Center has been the most powerful. As an undergraduate and graduate student, I worked on a large research project studying families with children with autism spectrum disorder. This opportunity shaped my decision to attend graduate school and influenced my early career decisions. Under Dr. Sigan Hartley’s leadership, I received educational, clinical, and professional opportunities that helped me not only succeed in graduate school but match with my top predoctoral internship site.

What class or professor had the greatest impact on you, and why?

​Since the beginning of my doctoral studies, I knew I wanted to be a practicing psychologist. Therefore, my clinical coursework had the greatest impact on my training. Through these experiences, I learned evidence-based assessment and treatment skills necessary to be an effective psychologist. Dr. Kristy Kelly taught these courses and has been a valued mentor throughout my time in the program.

What advice would you give to incoming students?

​Graduate school is a marathon, not a sprint. You will receive many opportunities, but you cannot say yes to everything. Establish boundaries and prioritize the experiences that advance your knowledge and training. Connect with your fellow graduate students; they are invaluable resources.

How will you celebrate your graduation?

​I plan to celebrate with my family and friends. These people have made my graduate journey possible.

What are your plans for the future?

​Next year, I will complete a postdoctoral clinical child fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. I will be working in an outpatient behavioral health center providing psychological services to children and their families. Upon completing my fellowship, I plan to return to Wisconsin to pursue a career in clinical child psychology.

You’re a UW–Madison expert now, so we must ask: What is one thing every UW student should experience?

​UW–Madison and the surrounding community have so much to offer; it is hard to recommend one experience. That said, nothing is better than sitting at Memorial Union Terrace on a sunny day.

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