Program of the Month Q&A: PsyD Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Tanisha Joshi
“When I was deciding how I wanted to make a contribution to the world and give back to those around me, teaching college courses was an ideal choice because it seamlessly combined my passion for psychology, science and education.”
In addition to serving as a clinical assistant professor in Medaille College’s doctoral program in clinical psychology (PsyD), Tanisha Joshi, Ph.D., is also a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice in Amherst. Dr. Joshi’s teaching and clinical interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy, assessment and treatment of diverse populations, health psychology with a focus on psycho-oncology, grief and loss issues, clinical interviewing, case conceptualization and clinical supervision. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Psychological Association of Western New York, the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.
At Medaille, Dr. Joshi serves as the admissions coordinator for the PsyD program, as well as a member of the Institutional Review Board and the Faculty Development committees. Her research interests include provider oriented research, end of life issues in cancer care, psychodynamic therapy in practice and diversity issues in treatment.
Here, Dr. Joshi discusses Medaille’s PsyD program and the rewarding nature of teaching, and she offers her professional opinion on the best way to cope with stress and achieve a work/life balance.
What motivated you to teach college courses, in addition to your clinical work?
I am a firm believer that not only does education develop skills, but it also builds character. When I look at my own life and reflect on the individuals who influenced me the most, some of my professors have had a significant impact. So when I was deciding how I wanted to make a contribution to the world and give back to those around me, teaching college courses was an ideal choice because it seamlessly combined my passion for psychology, science and education. Most importantly, it enabled me to shape curious minds.
What are your favorite aspects of Medaille’s PsyD program?
The small class sizes and the ability to have frequent, meaningful interactions with the students are my favorite aspects of the PsyD program. I also love the emphasis on the evidence-based practice of clinical psychology, as opposed to a heavy emphasis on pure research.
Coming from a psychology-based background and having a lot on your plate yourself, what do you find is the best way to achieve a work/life balance?
The only way I have found to achieve a work/life balance is to stop striving for an ideal balance. Life is messy, and the scales are going to tip every now and again. I prefer to reflect on my personal values and use those to guide my larger priorities; once I have those two things down, I work toward accomplishing as much as I can while taking care of myself. Some days I get it right. Other days, I wake up and try again.
In your professional opinion, what is the best way to cope with or handle stress?
Compassion and empathy for self and others is the best way to handle stress. We live in a difficult world and in some very competitive times. Stress in general is unavoidable, but I wish that people would stop adding to that stress by being extremely self-critical and perfectionistic. I think that if we could be more compassionate toward ourselves and others, stress would be more motivating than debilitating.
Medaille College’s doctoral program in clinical psychology (PsyD) is a full-time, five-year, practitioner-oriented program that prepares a student for a career as a licensed psychologist. The PsyD program requires over 1,000 hours of supervised practicum experience in assessment and therapy, as well as the completion of a clinical dissertation in close consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.
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