Colleen Costin Psy D, speaks during at sensitivity training at Hurley Medical Center in 2019.
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Colleen Costin



Postdoctoral Adult Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship, Graduating Class of 2021

Originally from:

Aurora, Illinois

Psychology Training:

  • Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Ill.
  • Clinical Psychology Internship, John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas

Why did you come to Michigan?

I came to Michigan for the opportunity to complete a fellowship in rehabilitation psychology. I was really excited about the experiences and educational opportunities available at Hurley, as well as the opportunity to work with Dr. Stucky and Dr. Golla. It has been great to be a part of the rehab team. It's also been really wonderful to be closer to family and to travel back to Chicago on the longer weekends.

Why did you choose your specialty?

I was drawn to this specialty because I really wanted to pursue a career that incorporated both assessment and psychotherapy and the ability to work in a larger team. I feel rehabilitation psychology really incorporates my background in neuropsychology and also offers me the opportunity to follow patients through their recovery and help families and patients work through some of the most challenging times of their lives.


I live with my long-term partner Adrian and my little Pomeranian, Panda. We live in Davison, Mich.

When you’re not working, what do you do for fun?

Adrian, Panda and I are really enjoying our experience in Michigan. We're usually spending most weekends exploring new Michigan adventures. I also spend my free-time cooking, baking, listening to podcasts, binge-watching worthy shows on Netflix, and reading.

Love most about mid-Michigan:

We love all the outdoor recreation that Michigan has to offer. We especially love the biking and hiking trails. We've also enjoyed exploring the surrounding cities and finding little gems along on the way.


I am inspired by people. I feel I have a unique job where I work with people who have been through tremendous adversity. On almost a daily basis I am humbled by my patients and their stories. Their spirit and perseverance inspires me to be better. They inspire me to be a better student, psychologist, partner, daughter, sister and to practice daily the all the skills that I teach in therapy.

Toughest challenge in achieving your goals:

Toward the last year of my doctoral training, I experience two school closures. I spent my last year of training (my internship year) sorting through transfers, negotiating credits, applying to teach out programs, and reformulating my dissertation. It was tremendously stressful and overwhelming. Even though a lot of this was out of my control, I had the resolve to see it to the end. I made the promise to myself that if I couldn't graduate and achieve my dream, it would not be because of the things that I failed to do.

What do you miss most about home?

What I miss most about home is talking with my mom and dad and brothers. We like to sit around and discuss current events and what it going on in our lives. Everyone has a different perspective and I miss being able to participate in that more regularly.

Favorite book:

So far, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Favorite quotation:

Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom. Jim Rohn.

This concept goes by different names in psychology, but essentially this is a beautiful example of turning helplessness into personal power.

Top 5 favorite things about Michigan:

  1. Mackinac Island
  2. Mackinac Island fudge
  3. Union Woodshop
  4. Tahquamenon Falls
  5. State Parks

Most surprising aspect about working at Hurley:

I was surprised that Hurley could feel both big and small at the times time. The staff at Hurley is very friendly and really promotes and respects the culture of learning. Everyone has been willing to take the time to explain or help me understand things that are new for me.

Favorite ways to keep work-life balance manageable:

It's always a challenge to maintain the work-balance. I think nutrition and sleep are major factors in keeping your energy up, especially as a student in training. Discipline is also key. It's helpful to start early, plan what you want to accomplish, and at the end of the day review the things that you did accomplish.

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