Alumni Spotlight: Frederick Machado, PsyD

Feb 7, 2010 by University Communications

Dr. Frederick Machado was born in Nicaragua, Central America. He moved to the States in 1980, after a revolution war that established a Communist government. With a B. S. in Education with a minor in Psychology, Frederick, who could not speak English, began to study the language and get acquainted with the American culture when he was 35 years old.

A saying that he heard during his youth, “Study as if you are going to live forever, and live as if you are going to die tomorrow,” has encouraged his thirst for knowledge. He received his Masters of Ministry degree from Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan; a Master in Business Administration from University of Redlands, a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bethel Theological Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota; a Master of Clinical Psychology from Southern California Seminary in El Cajon, California; and the Doctor of Psychology from California Southern University in June 2007, where he graduated magna cum laude.Soon after graduation, he moved to work for the State of California as a Clinical Psychologist. He is now employed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Wasco State Prison, Reception Center.

He states that passing the National Exam for Psychologists (EPPP), and the California Psychology Supplemental Examination (CPSE), was a real challenge for him. He says that he applied the same techniques that he used to prepare for running a 5K, 10K, or a half-marathon. He built his intellectual condition and knowledge little by little, spending some time every day to get acquainted with the subjects that were going to be tested. “Cramming does not work,” he says, “preparing for those exams can be an enjoyable and pleasurable experience.” So it was for him. Dr. Machado also shared that he used two hypnosis inductions that he prepared for himself which worked well for him. They kept him focused on pursuing the goal, helped him develop a photographic memory, and got his anxiety and stress down to the lowest possible level. He has been experimenting with hypnosis for 35 years, and he advises the applicants to the Psychology licensing exams, to use this or similar techniques to be more successful in the preparation process.

When he was asked about his professional plans for the future, he agrees that psychologists should be given the privilege to prescribe psychotropic medication. He plans to pursue a post-doctoral Master of Science degree in Psychopharmacology and is enthusiastic about California following New Mexico and Louisiana granting the right to Doctors of Psychology who have the adequate training to prescribe.

Once again, we congratulate Dr. Frederick Machado on his amazing accomplishments and thank him for sharing his experience. Dr. Machado can be reached by email at: [email protected]

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