Maggie S. Derstine

            Maggie S. Derstine graduated Summa Cum Laude from Temple University with a BA in Psychology in May 2014. As a transfer student from the University of Pittsburgh, Maggie immersed herself in as many new activities, societies, and academic experiences as possible in order to make the most of her time at Temple. In addition to maintaining a 4.0 GPA for the duration of her studies at Temple, Maggie served as secretary of the Temple chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, as well as a member of the Temple chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Temple’s Psychology Majors Association. Maggie also earned several honors and awards from Temple’s College of Liberal Arts including Dean’s List recognition, Latin Honors (Summa Cum Laude), the Psychology Prize, an award given to a member of the graduating class concentrating in psychology who has attained the highest scholastic average in that field with general excellence in other studies, and the Claude C. and Mary Carson Bowman Award, an award  given to the member of the graduating class with the highest grade point average who majored in anthropology, political science, psychology or sociology.

In conjunction with her heavy undergraduate course load while at Temple (consisting of anything from Learning and Behavior Analysis to Human Anatomy and Physiology II to Scuba Diving), Maggie managed to participate in a psychology internship for the duration of her senior year. Contrary to typical psychology internships, Maggie sought out her own internship experience in order to combine her background in psychology with her interest in research and occupational therapy, and managed to procure an internship with Dr. Elizabeth A. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., OTR/L, BCP, an associate professor in Temple’s Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. Maggie’s internship with Dr. Pfeiffer included assisting with her various active research studies, which examine the impact of the person and environmental sensory factors on participation and quality of life for adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Mental Health Conditions. Maggie was even offered a part-time position as a research specialist upon graduation to continue assisting Dr. Pfeiffer with her research.

Maggie’s future plans include attending Thomas Jefferson University to earn her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree, starting in September 2014. Prior to starting graduate school this Fall, Maggie will be working as a research specialist with Dr. Pfeiffer in Temple’s Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, and a substitute teaching assistant at the Montgomery County Division of Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Maggie is sure to put her Temple psychology background to good, hard use in all of her future endeavors!