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The Auburn University Psychological Services Center, or AUPSC, recently hired Clinic Director Nadia Bhuiyan. Bhuiyan, ’10, is no stranger to Auburn. Since their move from Tallahassee, Florida, when she was in the sixth grade, she and her family have called Auburn home. After getting a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Auburn, Bhuiyan went on to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Florida before completing a fellowship at Emory University—rarely missing a Tigers football game in the process. But, Auburn is not just her home town—it’s also where Bhuiyan received the opportunities to begin her career path.

“With my family’s encouragement to get hands on experience, I sought the opportunity to work as an undergraduate research assistant in two incredible labs within the Department of Psychology,” Bhuiyan said. “They really contributed to the formation of both my personal and professional passion in working with children and families. Very early on, they helped me learn about the joys and importance of working with and helping people in your community. Working with children is probably one of the most rewarding experiences in life.”

In addition to working in labs with Auburn Professors Elizabeth Brestan-Knight and Jennifer M. Gillis, Bhuiyan volunteered at the Little Tree Learning Center in Auburn. Bhuiyan says she is excited to be back in the place she considers home and loves spending time with her family, friends and husband.

The AUPSC is operated by the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and is committed to providing treatment and assessment services to individuals in the community, as well as services through specialty clinics, including parent-child interaction therapy, substance use screenings and interventions, pediatric services and youth services. As the new clinic director, Bhuiyan aims to expand and improve on services to the community.

For more information on the AUSPC, go to www.cla.auburn.edu/psychology/aupsc or call 844-4889. To read more about Bhuiyan, go to http://cla.auburn.edu/perspectives/articles/college-of-liberal-arts-welcomes-new-clinic-director/