Jay Serle, Clinical Psychology Student

Jay Serle

Jay Serle

Clinical Psychology Student

For nearly 10 years Jay Serle served his community as a police officer before retiring early due to a work-related injury. While considering a new career path, Serle realized that one of his favorite parts of being a police officer was helping others. He started researching psychology programs.

“I saw the mental health profession as a means to continue to help others, but in a different, deeper capacity.”

After earning a master's in marriage and family therapy from another institution, Serle started working for the Hawaii Department of Education to help children with disabilities. Later he became a clinical site supervisor where he handled case management for severely mentally ill patients, overseeing sites on two islands that cared for approximately 300 patients and employed 15 staff. Serle wanted to continue his education, but living on the island of Maui limited his choices geographically.

“I was drawn to Saybrook University because of the flexible online hybrid model it offers and its emphasis on a humanistic perspective.”

Though the work at Saybrook has been rigorous and challenging, Serle feels extremely well-supported throughout the dissertation process, which has allowed him to hone his research skills.

“My instructors have been instrumental in encouraging me to stretch my boundaries.”

Serle is on target to earn his PhD in Psychology with a Clinical Psychology specialization from Saybrook in 2013. He hopes to work abroad for the government or military after he obtains clinical licensure. Serle has found that studying at Saybrook has strengthened his life-work to help others.