Psychology, Professional

Date of Paper/Work


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)

Type of Paper/Work

Doctoral Project


Len Jennings; Salina Renninger


Over the past 20 years, women have been entering the workforce in greater numbers. Women have also been obtaining advanced degrees in greater numbers, notably so in the field of psychology. According to previous research, women continue to be responsible for the majority of the housework and child rearing duties regardless of their duties outside of the home. Research regarding the conflict between work and family, and how women navigate this conflict has been a popular topic of study for a number of years. The same attraction to studying women who are in graduate school has not been evident in the available literature. Common themes in the research regarding women’s dual roles is the call for additional research and the benefits of social support for women in dual roles. The author attempts to both provide support for women in dual roles by creating a seminar for women regarding the topic of dual roles as well as calling attention to the need for more research on this topic. Through this seminar, the author highlights recent literature regarding women in the workforce, work family conflict, women working in higher education, and women in graduate programs. This seminar also discusses information pertinent to women who are attempting to navigate graduate school in the field of psychology as well as their culturally expected role as a mother such as the role of culture, guilt and shame, engaging in clinical training while pregnant, utilizing a mentor, and the development of therapist identity.


mothers, graduate school, women

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