Danielle T. Bello, Ph.D., has joined Cure 4 The Kids Foundation as the foundation’s first full-time, in-house licensed psychologist and neuropsychologist. She will provide services to patients of The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada and The Hemophilia Treatment Center of Nevada. The mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is to bring pediatric and adolescent medical experts to patients, regardless of their ability to pay for treatment.
Dr. Bello started her career with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Binghamton University. After deciding to change careers, she obtained her Master of Arts in Psychology from New York University where she graduated with honors and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
“I worked for Morgan Stanley (financial investment) before deciding to switch careers to psychology,” she explained. “I wanted to be part of a field that really helped people. I was volunteering at the time and I really enjoyed that work, especially with kids in underprivileged neighborhoods.”
Since her bachelor’s degree was business related, she was not a candidate for a doctorate program in psychology but chose to pursue her master’s degree with a goal to become a clinical psychologist. She found a program to reach her goal and discovered many of the students were also changing careers and several had a background in business.
Dr. Bello advised that “obtaining a doctorate is the highest degree one can get at a university and there are so many choices. There is research, if that is an interest. I have taught graduate courses at UNLV. There is also my clinical work as well as supervising trainees and students who want to become psychologists.” She does admit becoming a psychologist is a long road but definitely worth the effort. “There are so many different options in the field.”
As for returning to school and changing careers, “There are a number of flexible programs that are catering to people re-entering college. One can still work and attend school. I would strongly encourage anyone to do so and change their life.”
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