The FEATURED STAFF section is a monthly opportunity to get to know a Psychiatry staff member a little better! This month we introduce you to:
Coordinator of Clinical Psychology Internship and Postdoctorals
Indiana University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
After attending PCI, Rita worked at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Department for several years. Rita left that position to focus on raising her family and then returned in 1999 to the Department of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Rita spends much of her time outside work going to grandchildren's sporting events and helping her aging parents. Among Rita's many hobbies and interests are knitting, gardening, bird watching, sewing, and crafting.
If you could live anywhere on earth, where would you live?
I would remain here in Indiana where my family lives. I would really enjoy living on a few acres of wooded land in the country, though.
What living person do you most admire?
I admire my mom for the grace and dignity that she has shown throughout some really tough times of illness in her life. She sees life through the eyes of Alzheimer's now and continues to give God the Glory. She is such a blessing to me.
What is your favorite season of the year, and what about that season makes it so?
I really like Fall. I love everything about it; the cool, crisp air; warm smells of the season; the beauty of the changing leaves; sipping coffee outside on a cool morning; and going to the apple orchard.
What talent would you most like to have?
I would like to have the talent of writing. My Aunt can say so much in just a few lines written in a card. I would like to have that gift.
What do you most value in your friends?
The characteristic the I value most in my friends is the love for Christ that we all share. We are there for each other in times of sadness and celebrate with each other in times of joy. I love my friends.
You go out for your favorite dinner – what is the restaurant, and what do you order?
I enjoy going to Ricks Cafe Boatyard. I like to sit out on the deck sipping my glass of iced tea and watching the sailboats float by. My favorite dish is the Ceasar salad with homemade croutons, shaved parmesan, and grilled blackened chicken. Yum!
You go to the drive thru for your most frequent fast food dinner – what is the restaurant, and what do you order?
I don't go to the drive-thru much, but right now the S'more Milk Shake at Steak and Shake sounds really good!
What is your favorite movie, or top three if you can’t narrow it down?
I like to sing along with the songs in the Sound of Music.
Where would you like to vacation that you have not been before?
I would like to go to Isreal to visit all the places that I read about in my bible; places like the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Mount Zion, the Temple Mount, Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives. For me, this would be the experience of a lifetime.