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Department ofPsychology


Elizabeth Kay '13

Elizabeth Kay '13

Elizabeth Kay '13 worked at Tesla, earned her master's degree, and now works at Stanford School of Medicine

Elizabeth Kay graduated in 2013 with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Communications.

After graduating, she worked at Tesla as a Human Resources Analytics Associate and other high-tech companies. But since then, she has changed directions, working in higher education and helping students develop personally and/or professionally.

She returned to SCU to get her Masters of Arts in Counseling with a health emphasis which helped her further develop her counseling skills. She now works as a Student Services Manager at the Stanford School of Medicine. In her current role, Elizabeth serves as the first point of contact for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Her time majoring in Psychology at SCU was huge in helping her develop her career into what it is today. Majoring in Psychology helped Elizabeth learn critical thinking skills and how to interact with various populations. She was a research assistant in Professor Tom Plante’s health psychology lab and was given the opportunity to learn about conducting behavioral psychology studies as an undergraduate. She ran participants, analyzed data, and helped present and publish her lab’s findings, even traveling to Hawaii to present at the American Psychological Association.

“Whether it was co-founding a running club at a high tech company or becoming a Healthy Work Environment Ambassador at Stanford, I have tried to incorporate health psychology into my career path. The courses I took as a Psychology major taught me leadership, communication, and writing and presentation skills, all of which help me in my current role. Majoring in psychology allowed me to focus on my life-long passion for helping others while also allowing for a wide range of career opportunities.”