Young Professional Spotlight: Kerry Haddock

by Taylor McCarty on May 25, 2016 · 0 comments

Kerry is the Assistant Director for NeW NYC and a Psychology Doctoral student at Hofstra University. She also manages client services for a Dialectical Behavior Therapy clinic. Kerry graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Long Island University Post. She then went on to complete a Master’s in Behavioral Neuroscience at Queens College, while maintaining a research position at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. In her spare time, she enjoys reading historical fiction, running, and searching for the perfect slice of pizza.

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Where did you go to school?

I started my undergraduate career at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I loved the school, but decided to transfer to Long Island University in order to be closer to home. While moving home and attending college was a change, it allowed me to balance a rigorous academic and extracurricular schedule. After I completed my Bachelor’s degree, I moved onto a Master’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. I studied at Queens College, which provided really great research opportunities. Originally, I planned to attend medical school, but instead decided to pursue a Doctorate in Psychology. I began my PhD at Hofstra University and am so happy with my choice!

What are your hobbies?

My schedule doesn’t offer a great deal of free time, but I do my best to fit in a few outdoor runs each week. As much as I enjoy my academic reading, I love a good historical fiction novel. I also love trying new restaurants, especially if a glass of Malbec is involved!

What attracted you to NeW initially? How are you involved in NeW?

I was involved with several political campaigns and organizations while I was a student in Virginia. I also volunteered with a few political campaigns. Once I moved back to New York, I struggled to find similar organizations and opportunities. Fortunately, a friend of mine introduced me to the NeW NYC chapter and I have been involved ever since. I started out as the Events Chair of NeW NYC. After a year in that position, I am now the Assistant Director of NeW NYC.

How has NeW shaped your post-college experience?

I became involved in NeW NYC while I was working at Mount Sinai and completing my Master’s degree. Therefore, my days were either spent completing neuroscience research or assessing psychiatric patients at Mount Sinai. While I enjoyed what I was doing, I struggled to find others that shared my conservative views. I looked forward to NeW NYC’s monthly discussion meetings because I was able to converse with like-minded individuals!

What have you gained with your experience with NeW?

I have made so many fantastic connections and friendships through NeW. I really look forward to NeW NYC’s monthly meetings. Since joining NeW NYC, my social calendar has expanded to also include events with various other conservative organizations in the city.

What advice would you give to conservative women entering college?

I would advise conservative women to seek out conservative organizations on campus, or start a campus chapter of NeW. Also, I would advise all college students, both conservative and liberal, to take advantage of every opportunity to broaden their knowledge. Despite being a science major during undergrad, I enjoyed taking political science and history electives. I found that being better educated in these areas allowed me to further develop my own political views.

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