Simpson University Psychology Grad Interning at UC Berkeley

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Sarah StewartREDDING, Calif. - A Simpson University psychology graduate is spending her summer as an intern in the University of California at Berkeley Early Learning Lab.

Sarah Stewart, 20, of Brentwood, Calif., secured the competitive internship while she was a student at Simpson. As an intern, she is helping a Berkeley graduate student conduct research on facets of autism spectrum disorder.

“I had this interest prior to attending Simpson, but I was able to really develop it over my undergraduate career,” Stewart said, noting that she provided respite care to families with various disabilities during her three years at Simpson.

Stewart worked alongside Dr. Danielle Beck, chair of the Psychology Department, in a research about evangelicalism and its relation to aspects of cognition, relationships and gender. She called Dr. Beck “an amazing mentor.”

“It’s very rare that an undergraduate student gets to be as intensively involved with a project as I was able to be,” Stewart said. “Through this experience, I have fallen in love with research as a career pursuit.”

During her time at Simpson, Stewart served as a resident assistant and student resident director. She also presented at the annual Student Research Symposium on the topic of “Self-Objectification Among Young Adult Women.”

Her areas of research interest include language development in autism spectrum disorder, as well as women’s studies and gender development.

Being chosen for the internship fulfills a longtime desire. “UC Berkeley has been a dream of mine for years,” Stewart said. “I am deeply interested in the research they perform there, and I’ve always wanted to be involved in it.”

She credits Simpson’s psychology program with making a “huge impact” on her. “I am competent and confident in my abilities because of the professors close involvement with me,” she said. “They are beyond encouraging and foster a program of holistic growth and knowledge.”

Simpson University offers hands-on research opportunities for undergraduates to work closely with professors in a variety of disciplines.

Learn more about Simpson University’s psychology programs at (traditional undergraduate), (Adult Studies degree-completion), and (Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology).


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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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