Skip to content

College of Humanities & Sciences

Psychology Department


Their Stories

“Immediately after graduation, I worked at the University of Delaware as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Counseling and Student Development. The following year, I became a senior staff psychologist with joint appointments in the Department of Individual and Family Studies, as an assistant professor, and the Student Services for Athletes, as the counseling liaison.”

– John Brunelle, Ph.D., VCU ’02


“I am very thankful that I was trained in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at VCU. I met and worked with outstanding researchers, clinicians, and above all, genuinely caring and approachable people. There was every opportunity to receive specialized training in my areas of interest through research, clinical work, program development and networking in the Richmond community. I received first-hand clinical experience with rehabilitation and oncology populations, which were my areas of interest. Additionally, the solid research training (everything from designing a study to grant writing) has served me well. I am currently a neuropsychology research fellow at Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation. I believe the mentoring and education I received at VCU has allowed me to be able to now have a position doing exactly what I want in my career.”

– Amanda O’Brien, Ph.D., VCU ’03


“VCU was an excellent place to begin my professional career. I was treated as a colleague from the start, being invited to call my adviser ‘Ev’ before ever stepping on campus. The opportunities to produce publishable-quality research and practice depth-oriented psychotherapy were highlights for me. I was well-prepared to handle the responsibilities of internship and to step into an academic appointment following graduation.”

– Nat Wade, Ph.D., VCU ’04

Alumni News

Rob Fazio (VCU ’04) is a performance excellence and sport psychology consultant. Fazio has developed workshops in the areas of networking, effective communication, stress management, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence and performance excellence. He has served on the executive board for the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, and Divisions 13 (consulting) and 47 (sport psychology) of the APA.

Inspired by the tragedy of Sept. 11, Fazio founded the nonprofit organization, “Hold The Door For Others,” with a mission of helping people deal with loss of any kind and still achieve their dreams. Currently, he is consulting with theater companies on how to use the arts to teach effective emotional competencies to connect losses to dreams. Fazio received a Presidential Citation Award from Robert Sternberg (APA Convention 2003) for his efforts to meet the social and emotional needs of the families of Sept. 11. He also received the Outstanding VCU Counseling Psychology Student Award and The Distinguished Service Award on behalf of the Leadership and Service Committee of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Baillie (Ph.D. '92) Elected President of Canadian Psychological Association

Baillie, Patrick_thumb [View Image]Patrick H. F. Baillie, Ph.D., LL.B., 1992 graduate of the counseling psychology doctoral program, has been elected president of the Canadian Psychological Association. He will serve a one-year term beginning at the CPA convention in June 2017. Already a member of the CPA board, he will attend executive committee meetings for the next three years. As president, Baillie aims to promote the value of accredited doctoral programs and internships to students, make progress towards establishing the doctoral degree as the national standard for entry into the profession and further advance the incorporation of evidence-based practices into psychologists' work.

Unlike the American Psychological Association, CPA has no regulatory authority, but does publish a code of ethics that some provinces use for regulation of psychologists. A new revision of the code is currently under review.

Baillie has served as an expert forensic psychologist at Alberta Health Services since 1992 and is formal legal counsel at the Provincial Court of Alberta. Other current professional activities include serving as a consulting psychologist for the Calgary Police Service, a clinical psychologist in private practice and a sports psychology consultant to professional, Olympic, college and national teams and athletes. Baillie has appeared twice in the past year before the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs as an expert psychological consultant.

Emeritus Professor Steven Danish, Ph.D., served as Baillie's mentor during his studies at VCU. In addition to his doctorate in psychology, in 2003 Baillie graduated with a law degree from the University of Calgary. Having both terminal degrees has given him unique opportunities as a psychologist. 

Recent features in Canadian media:

> Dr. Patrick Baillie discusses what an assessment means in the trial of Fred van Zuiden

> Dr. Patrick Baillie: Predicting tragedies and mental illness

View graphic versionView graphic versionView graphic version