As a child growing up in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, Tiffany Bishop could see the red-brick façade of IIT's Main Building from Dunbar Park, where she often attended her father's summer softball games. So when she developed an interest in chemical engineering, IIT seemed a natural choice. In her third year as an IIT student, she took an elective course in abnormal psychology and decided to switch majors.
"Through discussions with my adviser, Joyce Hopkins, I decided to apply for the graduate program in clinical psychology," explains Bishop. "During my time at IIT, I have found the faculty to be knowledgeable, supportive, and really invested in the success of the students."
A practicum at the University of Chicago Department of Pediatric Neuropsychology gave her the opportunity to evaluate children with various medical, behavioral, and emotional disorders, and to make recommendations to families and schools on how to address their problems. These experiences opened the door to her career path.
After completing an internship and fellowship at the University of Minnesota, she began her postdoctoral fellowship at the Dirksen Center for Neuropsychology, a facility specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults.
Bishop sees pediatric neuropsychology as being a perfect fit for her. "I love children and it combines my interest in psychology with my analytical nature, thanks to my engineering roots," she says. Her long-term plan is to establish a multidisciplinary pediatric clinic in an underserved area, perhaps on Chicago's South Side, not very far from the red-brick building she recalls from her youth.