Koebe Diaz


Major: Psychology

Class of 2022

What research did you do at Scranton?

I worked on my honors thesis with Dr. Nolan on authority’s effect on empathy. We investigated whether authority had a similar effect on a person’s empathy as it does on obedience. I was inspired by the events at the Mexico border with family separation and the role that authority and “following orders” play in the treatment of humans.

Additionally, I worked with Dr. Hoskins in the Theology Department on an archival research project where we compiled the experiences of Black students at the University. Our goal was to identify common themes and calls to action for administrators, students, and faculty.

What was your Teaching Assistantship like?

I enjoyed working with Dr. Kemp and Dr. Nolan as a teaching assistant and was glad to continue working with Dr. Nardone. It was a great experience and taught me a lot about course organization, interpersonal skills, and my future interests.

What did you like about the psychology major? 

I liked how in the psychology major we can explore our multiple interests. There are so many interesting classes to take, and you can find a class to fit your interests or even discover a new interest.

Why did you choose Scranton? 

I chose Scranton because of its community and the energy of the students and faculty. I liked how it was not a large university, so I could get to know my professors and fellow students.

What were your extracurricular activities? 

I worked for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and was president of the Psychology Club, secretary of the Black Student Union, and was on the advisory board member of THR1VE for first gen college students. I was also a member of Pi Gamma Mu, the Honors Program, and a member of the History and Institutional Review Subcommittee.

How did the psychology program prepare you for the real world?

The Psychology Department offered me so many new experiences and provided skills that I can apply in all aspects of my life. I have gained not only knowledge in psychology but also interpersonal and professional skills.

Where are you now?

I spent my first year out of undergrad working for the Drexel Autism Institute as a research coordinator. I am now a Clinical Psychology PhD student at Marquette University, where I will be working as a Teaching Assistant and a Research Assistant in the Mental Health Disparities Lab.

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