Local Women: NiCole Buchanan Ph.D

Occupation: Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor at Michigan State University Residence: Okemos Family: Husband, Stephen; sons, Kirby, Cameron and Royce Hobbies: Salsa dancing with her husband. NiCole Buchanan, Ph.D knows what it’s like to wear many hats. Buchanan is an associate professor at Michigan State University and has a small private practice in East Lansing. When she’s not consumed with her work, she spends time with her husband and children. To find out more about Buchanan and her work, visit: www.drnicolebuchanan.com. Q: Why did you want to become a psychologist? A: I initially was pre-law in college and realized I wanted to dedicate my life to victims of crime versus prosecuting crimes. It was a long road to get to where I am now. However, at the end of the night you go home feeling like you’ve done well and you’re doing the right thing. Q: What is your average day like? A: My days are varied. I usually start off the day by teaching at 8:30 in the morning. After that I run from meeting to meeting. Some days I supervisor clinical graduate students and meet with graduate students to discuss their research. Other days I write for grants and publications. In addition, I have my own clients. Then, finally I get to go home and be a wife and mom. Q: How do you balance the challenges of your career and having a family? A: I still struggle to find the right balance. I try to set rules for myself. When I come home at night I won’t do work while my children are still awake. But even then that falls apart when deadlines are tight at work. I use salsa dancing with my husband as a venue for quality time. I never get enough time with my family as anyone in the field would agree. In the years to come I hope to find the right balance of providing attention to work and my family. Q: If you could meet anyone, who would you meet? A: President Obama. He has an amazingly difficult job that he handles with grace. I would love to get a better sense of his grace and it would be thrilling to talk with one of the most powerful people in the world. I would also love to provide him with my personal insights about current issues.

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