Wright Institute Pipeline to Advanced Degrees

The Wright Institute Pipeline to Advanced Degrees (WIPAD) aims to educate, empower, and inspire historically underrepresented excluded students to pursue advanced degrees and careers in psychology.

About

MISSION

The Wright Institute Pipeline to Advanced Degrees (WIPAD) aims to help diversify the field of psychology by creating a pipeline for underrepresented students, especially Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and first generation college students. To this end, WIPAD supports two primary programs: (1) Psychology Internship Program and (2) Diversity Recruitment Program. Both are designed to educate, empower, and inspire historically underrepresented and excluded students to explore and pursue advanced degrees and careers in mental health.

OBJECTIVES

  • To increase awareness about educational options and career paths in psychology
  • To empower and inspire historically underrepresented and excluded students to seek advanced degrees in psychology

Programs

PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Mission

Psychology Internship Program (PIP) partners with local high schools to provide mentorship-based internships that facilitate awareness and knowledge about advanced degrees and career options in clinical psychology for historically underrepresented and excluded students. Currently PIP offers internships in two locations in the broader San Francisco Bay Area: East Bay and South Bay.

Psychology Internship Program East Bay (PIP-EB)

Psychology Internship Program East Bay (PIP-EB) meets for one full academic year. Weekly seminars are led by culturally similar graduate student mentors and undergraduate student assistants. PIP-EB has most recently worked with the following high schools in the East Bay: Life Academy, Berkeley High School, Contra Costa College’s Middle College High School, Oakland High School, and Oakland Technical High School. PIP-EB is based largely on the Taking Flight model. Currently, PIP-EB is under the supervision of Anu Orebiyi, M.A.

Psychology Internship Program South Bay (PIP-SB)

Psychology Internship Program South Bay (PIP-SB) meets for one full academic year. Monthly seminars are led by culturally similar graduate student mentors. PIP-SB has been working with Mills High School in Millbrae since 2018 under the leadership of Shiyu Zhang, M.A. PIP-SB is based on the Taking Flight model, serves predominantly Asian American students experiencing high academic stress, and is commonly referred to by the PIP-SB team as the Mental Health Awareness Initiative (MHAI).

Goals of PIP
  • To increase interns’ understanding of the field of clinical psychology, including educational pathways and career options
  • To increase interns’ overall confidence in their ability to pursue higher education and advanced degrees
  • To increase interns’ sense of community and belonging with culturally similar students and professionals
Taking Flight

Taking Flight is the main manual-based curriculum used by PIP. It was originally developed by Dr. Anatasia S. Kim. After many years of working with her graduate students and undergraduate assistants and testing, modifying, and streamlining the approach, Dr. Kim and her former graduate student Dr. Abigail Johal synthesized this work into a book that can easily be adopted by psychology programs and departments as well as mental health organizations invested in helping to grow a diverse and representative mental health workforce.

Clinical Psychology Internship for Underrepresented Students: An Inclusive Approach Toward Higher Education (Routledge, 2021).

Taking Flight Modules
  • Overview of the field of psychology
  • Common mental health concerns among adolescents and disenfranchised communities
  • Self-reflection and insights
  • Research approaches to mental health issues
  • Clinical approaches to mental health issues
  • Capstone projects and presentations
  • Integration of knowledge, skills, and self-concept
Sample Activities
  • Didactic
  • Hands-on application
  • Project/presentation
  • Guest speakers
  • Field trips
  • Pre-post surveys
Quotes from Past Interns

“It made me feel inspired [to be mentored by graduate students and professionals of color]. It made me feel more reassured as a person of color because it gave me models to follow. Having these mentors was crucial to my own mental health. The fact that this was one of the first times I ever saw professionals of color made me scared but reminded me that they existed. They gave me strength when the world really feels like it is against POC.” Fernando, PIP-EB

“It really kick started my career by connecting me to psychology and the mental health field. My experience with the program made it seem possible that I can become a doctor or psychologist to people like me, other people of color.” Victor, PIP-EB

“[Being with other first-generation college-bound students and professionals of color] was inspiring and calming because I was being taught and given advice by people that were just like me.” Yá Hiness, PIP-EB

“Taking Flight has been a complete eye opener to the field of mental health for me and the many careers and study options available.” Yesenia, PIP-EB

“I love being a part of this group...maybe it (psychology) is something I would like to further pursue in the future.” Former PIP-SB Intern

“MHAI presents an opportunity to expand my interests in psychology and I believe that there is no better way to learn than seeking different perspectives and opinions.” Former PIP-SB Intern

“I hope to expand my awareness and knowledge on mental health, give a helping hand to those in need of it, and take on things I would normally shy away from. I'm very proud of myself for applying last year and for the amount of things I've garnered through the Zoom meetings. I hope to be another hand in making more progress toward breaking the stigma!” Former PIP-SB Intern

“I still feel a little discomfort opening up and talking about mental health with others, and I hope that MHAI will help me feel more comfortable and be able to freely share.” Former PIP-SB Intern

DIVERSITY RECRUITMENT PROGRAM

The Wright Institute Diversity Recruitment Program is geared towards prospective graduate students who have completed or are in the process of completing their undergraduate degree. It offers several events throughout the year designed to help demystify the graduate school application process as well as information about degree options in psychology, financing graduate education, and specific topics geared for underrepresented students such as imposter syndrome. Participants connect with current faculty and graduate students in The Wright Institute’s MA and PsyD programs as well as The Wright Institute Admissions Director. Events are open to any BIPOC and/or first-generation college students.

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Staff

Anatasia Kim, Ph.D.
Anatasia Kim, Ph.D.
Executive Director, WIPAD

Anatasia S. Kim, Ph.D., is a Professor at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She received her B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Developmental Psychology from UCLA. She is a National Ronald McNair Scholar and the recipient of a number of awards including the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship, Okura Mental Health Fellowship, and APAGS Guardian of Psychology Award. In addition to graduate teaching, she has a private practice specializing in treating children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety disorders, depression, and neuro-cognitive disorders using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Theory, Family Systems, and Buddhist Psychology. She also provides Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) consultation and training to organizations. In recent years, she served as President of the Alameda County Psychological Association, Chair of California Psychological Association (CPA) Immigration Task Force, CPA’s state Diversity Delegate, and APA Division 31 Diversity Leadership Development Program. Dr. Kim is the lead author of It’s Time to Talk (and Listen): How to Have Constructive Conversations About Race, Class, Sexuality, Ability, and Gender in a Polarized World (New Harbinger, 2019) and of Clinical Psychology Internship for Underrepresented Students: An Inclusive Approach Toward Higher Education (Routledge, 2021). For more information about Dr. Kim, please check out: www.anatasiakim.com


Anu Orebiyi
Anu Orebiyi, MA, LMHC, she/her
Assistant Director and Primary Supervisor, Psychology Internship Program
Director of PIP-EB

Anu Orebiyi, M.A., is a mental health practitioner, who received her B.S. in Biology with a Psychology minor at Truman State University in 2006, her M.A. in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2009, and completed the requirements for an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in 2021. Anu is a licensed mental health counselor in WA State, and she is currently pursuing a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. Throughout her career in mental health, Anu has worked with a wide variety of individuals and is passionate about working within/alongside marginalized communities and in increasing equitable access to mental health supports to and within marginalized communities. Anu has worked with kids experiencing significant trauma and struggling with behavioral issues at Ryther Child Center, a sub-acute facility in WA. She has provided in-home coaching/behavioral support for kids with autism spectrum disorder and their families while working at West Coast Behavioral Consultants’ Blueprints program. She has worked as a practicum facilitator for graduate students at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Also, she worked as a PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives for Seniors) counselor providing specialized, in-home counseling for individuals 55 and over struggling with depression at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington's African American Elders Program, and, through the PEARLS program, Anu worked alongside the University of Washington’s Health Promotion Research Center in researching the efficacy and dissemination of the PEARLS program across diverse populations. This year, Anu will continue her work as an employee within the Wright Institute’s Pipeline to Advanced Degrees Programs (WIPAD).


Dr. Shiyu Zhang
Dr. Shiyu Zhang
Program Director of PIP-SB/MHAI

Shiyu Zhang, Psy.D. is a registered psychologist at North East Medical Services in San Francisco, CA. She received her B.A. in Psychology from University of Minnesota, her M.A. in Infant Mental Health from Mills College, and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute. She is a American Psychological Association Minority Fellow and the Membership Chair of the Asian American Psychological Association Division on Practice. In recent years, she served as the co-chair of the Chinese Health Initiative (CHI) at San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. During her time at CHI, she helped local students to develop a high school psychology career pipeline, which became the prototype for Mental Health Advancement Initiative (MHAI). She is passionate about mental health stigma reduction outreach in Asian American community via community gatherings and social media campaigns.


Davis Vu
Davis Vu
Program Manager of PIP-SB/MHAI

Davis Vu, M.A., is a clinical graduate student at the Wright Institute. He received his B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to and during his clinical training he has worked closely with families to better understand neurodiversity, anxiety, depression, and cultural stigma related to mental health. Within his doctoral program he has co-created a student-led space for Asian identified communities to come together in response to racism and xenophobia. He has also worked with survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence through evidence based practices in therapy to form healthy, empowering relationships. Davis was a member of the Mental Health Advancement Initiative (MHAI) as a mentor to a team of passionate upcoming young adults and is continuing his work within MHAI this year through fostering community connections and outreach.


PROGRAM MENTORS AND INTERNS

More information to come.

Contact Us

Psychology Internship Program

If you are interested in bringing PIP to your high school, graduate program, or mental health organization, please contact: takingflight@wi.edu

Diversity Recruitment Program

For information about upcoming events, please contact: pipeline@wi.edu