Salwa Chowdhury, PsyD

Salwa Chowdhury, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow / Assessment Specialist

I view assessment as a valuable tool for helping individuals and their families better understand how and why they navigate through life in the ways that they do. To me, assessment is like working on a complex puzzle. Through the testing process, information is pulled from different areas of a person’s life and then put together to create a larger picture. While completing the puzzle, it can be difficult to understand how the various pieces go together. However, once they are all in place it becomes clear that each piece, just like each individual’s traits and characteristics, contributes something special to the big picture. 

Professional Background

I received my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University. After graduation, I worked at a Veterans Affairs hospital with adults participating in a psychology research study. I became further intrigued about the field of psychology and decided to pursue graduate school. At the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology, I had the privilege of training in various settings, including a community mental health center, a homeless youth shelter, and in private practices. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD), where I assessed children, teens, and adults. Many of these individuals wondered why they were different from their peers and they sought to understand themselves better. Through these experiences, I learned the importance of helping individuals not only learn about their growth areas, but also about their strengths and how they can apply these strengths in order to fully flourish. I’m excited to join PEAK as a postdoctoral fellow, where I am able to focus on my passion for assessment as I gain valuable experience while working toward becoming a fully licensed psychologist. 

Personal Life

I’m a born and bred New Yorker who’s fallen in love with life in Colorado. Because life can get so busy, I try to be extra mindful about making time for my passions outside of work. I enjoy checking out new restaurants, hiking, and I just started learning to snowboard. When I’m not out and about, you can often find me curled up on the couch with a horror movie on, my boyfriend, and our cuddly cats.

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