Alumni and student stories

Bluffton psychology graduates have taken many different career paths. Many of our alumni are in graduate school programs including at The Ohio State University, Cleveland State, Xavier, University of Indianapolis, Bowling Green State University, Wright State, Ohio University, Elmhurst College and  Argosy University.

Many of our students choose to enter the job field after undergraduate studies and find interesting careers. Some directly related to the psychology field include working as a residential specialist in a half-way house for mentally ill adults or lay counseling as a pastoral assistant. Other students find careers outside the concentration of psychology including education.

Dr. Nathan Bidlack '04

Clinical psychologist,Director of Veterans Transition and Empowerment Center, Chillicothe, Ohio
Criminal justice, psychology majors
Issues such as multiple deployments, prevalence of physical pain and the number of suicides in the military are added challenges in his job, "but we have a lot of people making great strides," Bidlack says. "I'm doing what I love to do."
>>>>Nathan's story

Dr. Andrew Bixler '02 

Psychologist, Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility, Massillon, Ohio
Finding the right major proved elusive for Bixler. He wasn't inspired by his first choice but, through the general education program, "stumbled into" psychology readings he enjoyed in an Introduction to Social Science class.
>>>>Andrew's story

Julia Heath '78, Ph.D. 

Professor of economics, University of Memphis 
"Bluffton gave me what a liberal arts education is supposed to give students - the ability and appreciation for thinking, and recognition for the grace that's in the world."
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Josh Ebling '96, MSW, LISW-S 

President/CEO, Family Resource Centers, Lima, Ohio 
Josh Ebling originally planned to be a chemical engineer. One course in psychology, however, and he changed his mind.
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