Daniella Tracey

BSc (Hons) Psychology

  • Adult learner
  • Graduated with First Class Honours
  • Has the ambition to become a Clinical Psychologist 
Daniella in the Atrium

Why did you get back into education?

It all started a few years ago, my boyfriend at the time suffered badly with Bipolar and he took his own life.

I never really knew much about his illness or indeed mental health before I met him. At the inquest to his death I spoke to the Clinical Psychologist, and it made me realise that if I'd have known more about his illness at the time I may have been able to help him managed it better.

The experience is the reason why I decided I wanted to become a Clinical Psychologist.

How did you find managing being a mother and studying full-time?

It was hectic! You have to be very organised; my family is like a military operation. When I started I was a single mother of three and I got pregnant with my youngest in my final year.

At first, I found it really difficult but the more I managed my time and achieved milestones the more confidence I gained.

You grow as a person and things just fall into place. More importantly, you inspire your children to go to college or university because they can see what you're achieving.

Tell us about some of the projects you worked on

I did my dissertation in third year on Gender Disappointment (GD). When I got pregnant in my final year I started to read about how some women suffer with GD.

Gender disappointment is when a mother-to-be finds out her baby's gender isn't what she hoped. These women can suffer with severe depression and it got me thinking about outside social pressures and online forums and the effects of such on GD.

The subject was really relevant to me at the time as I could relate to it directly. I gained one of the top marks in year and I'm currently working on having it published in a journal.

Tell us about some of the projects you worked on

What was the best aspect of studying at Bradford?

It was the Psychology lecturers, they were all so supportive and it wasn’t just because I was a similar age as a mature student – they just cared about everybody.

They were all teaching their specialist subjects and was so interested in the work they were doing. For example, one of the lecturers worked in American prisons doing psychological tests on death row inmates; she could share her lived experiences of Psychology from a hands-on perspective. It really puts Psychology theory into context.

What are your next steps and plans for the future?

I'm currently applying to study for my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology which involves 2 days a week studying and 3 days a week hands on in a hospital for three years.

It's extremely competitive, if I don’t get in I'm going to gain needed experience in a care home and do something rewarding while I continue to apply every year until I achieve my goal. I want to work for the NHS specialising in mental health. I want to help people and help them see they can have a good quality of life.

What are your next steps and plans for the future?

What have you gained at Bradford that will help you in the future?

I came to university with a clear focus. My goal from day one was that I wanted to get a First, I wanted to set myself above everyone else and I did that.

A lot of heart, soul and hard work that went into it and it's completely changed me. I've become a lot more professional, confident and organised.

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