Rachel Prokop graduated from UW-Green Bay in May 2012 with a degree in Human Development and Psychology. Rachel is now a Licensed Clinical Psycologist and a Captain in the United States Army, and is working in a Combat Aviation Brigade as the Brigade Aeromedical Psychologist.
What do you do now? I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Captain in the United States Army. I currently work in a Combat Aviation Brigade and my current position is the Brigade Aeromedical Psychologist. I hold many roles in this position, which typically consists of providing Command consultation and education, attending meetings, conducting psychological assessments, and providing individual therapy for Active Duty Soldiers.
Why did you major in Psychology and Human Development? In high school, I became a certified nursing assistant (C.N.A.) and began working at a county mental health facility. I was initially fascinated by the range of behavioral health diagnoses I was exposed to at work. I initially started UWGB more than certain that I was going to major in biology and go on to medical school. Well, that quickly changed when I started my courses. I took my first psychology class and I was “hooked.” The professor was engaging and the course work intrigued me, plus it made sense to me because of my job working as a C.N.A. I quickly decided to double major in psychology and human development! During my junior year, I decided that I wanted to further my education and began researching and applying to graduate programs. Before I knew it, I was accepted to Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. I went on to obtain my Master’s Degree in Psychology in August 2014 and my Doctorate in Psychology in October 2017, both from Midwestern University.
What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am currently finishing my first 9-month deployment and will be returning to the States. I am looking forward to settling in to my new duty station and spending time with family. My upcoming goals are to apply to a Master’s program for Psychopharmacology and to continue training for my first full marathon!
What do you do for fun? During my down time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, doing anything outdoors (hiking, camping, fishing, etc.), and trying new things!