Greg Matos, MA, 2008

Greg Matos (Psychology, '08) is currently finishing his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). He is the Program Coordinator for Train Vets to Treat Vets, an innovative project bringing veterans into the mental health field to work clinically with returning veterans.

Greg is a former Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps who returned to Rhode Island after serving as a Marine Embassy Guard in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and India. He chose Rhode Island College to continue on his journey in psychology. "After four years in the Marine Corps, RIC was my intellectual home."

A semester into the graduate program, Greg enrolled in Cognition, taught by professor Paul Jeffries. "He taught me how to think critically, to choose the words I wrote and spoke with care." Greg attributes much of his success in graduate school to the afternoons spent in Jeffries' office, painstakingly pouring over his master's thesis proposal. "The experience continues to shape my clinical and research work."

Greg recently received the U.S. Navy's Health Professions Scholarship for Clinical Psychology and will be returning to active duty next year. He will be providing mental health services to Marines and sailors. Greg also recently published a memoir about his military experiences, entitled: "Shattered Glass: The Story of a Marine Embassy Guard." For more information, visit: www.GregMatos.com.