Of the numerous applicants into Springfield College's doctorate of psychology program, Leanne Price '13 was one of only three undergraduates. 

Senior Enrolls in Doctorate of Psychology Program

Tue May 21, 2013

Of the numerous applicants into Springfield College's doctorate of psychology program, Leanne Price '13 was one of only three undergraduates. 

People who know Leanne, a psychology and biology double major, are not surprised that she was admitted to the program as an undergraduate or that she pushes herself so hard. In her four years at Elms, Leanne has been a resident assistant, peer tutor, president of the Active Minds Club, served on the NEASC and mission review committees, and participated in several service trips (including this year's New Orleans trip which she blogged about). She also has a black belt in karate.

It's not enough that Leanne is the first person in her mother's side of the family to graduate from college. In six years, the Windsor, Connecticut native will be the first one referred to as "Doctor."

After taking a psychology course in eleventh grade, Leanne fell in love with the field. She always knew she wanted to work with struggling children and provide them with the resources and advocacy for their success.

After she graduates with her doctorate in counseling psychology, Leanne plans to become a pediatric psychologist in a school setting. She will also be an advocate for mental health on the state and federal level.

"I want to be the person to put policy into action now. I've seen people who are homeless because of mental health issues. There needs to be more of a focus on education and early intervention of mental health issues to prevent poverty," she said.

Leanne was the recipient of the Sisters of St. Joseph Service Award, the Cheryl R. Condon Leadership Award, and the Psychology Faculty Senior Award.

"Leanne Price has a dynamic, quiet presence that extends to others–embracing them lovingly.  She is as steady and consistent as the air we breathe, always helping out even when she is busy," said Carol Allan, SSJ, director of campus ministries.