The PhD program is structured for three years. So the idea of finishing within three years forces you to be more independent, forces you to be more self-motivated. And I think it develops more of those skills necessary for you to be an ongoing scholar once you become independent and employed in academia.
So the research that I'm doing as part of my dissertation is I'm looking at epigenetic influence across generations. It's not been researched here before. And it's a relatively new science.
I choose the UT DSW program, because I was working full-time already. I had my master's. But I really wanted to try to take my clinical skills to another level. And UT is one of the only programs in the country where you can keep working, take evening classes, and get a doctorate.
The work runs through the students own clinical practice. These are experienced professionals with a wide variety of skills and training. And the ability to study something that is evidence-based, and within a short period of time, being able to test that in one's own clinical practice, is a unique strength of this program.