WATCH: Florida Tech’s Scholar-Athlete Spotlight Recognizes Softball Player Ashley Campbell

campbell is pursuing her master's in behavior analysis

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Being a scholar-athlete at Florida Tech takes an incredible amount of hard work and dedication to excel both in the classroom and on the field.

In this Scholar-Athlete Spotlight, we feature Panther softball player Ashley Campbell, a graduate student infielder who is pursuing her master’s in behavior analysis.

Named to the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Florida Tech Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in each of the past two years, the Dunedin, Florida native was a member of the Panthers’ 2019 SSC and South Region Champion teams and has started all 55 games over the past two seasons.

The world of psychology has so many different facets to it, each of them vital as we learn more and more about the human brain and behavior every day. We had the chance to talk to Ashley about what lane she wants to take in this field.

What’s your major at Florida Tech?
I actually got my undergrad in forensic psychology. I just graduated in the spring of this past semester and I’m doing my graduate with behavior analysis.

What was it about Florida Tech that drew you here?
Mostly the softball program but that helped me look at more of the academic perspectives.

How do you plan to use your degree after graduation?
I’m planning on being a clinical psychologist. I want to get into the doctorate program, hopefully, at Nova Southeastern.

We’ll see how that goes; I’m applying and applications are due in January. So, I’ve been rushing around trying to complete those.

What’s something about the psychology field that you didn’t know before that really intrigues you?
The part that intrigues me the most is probably helping people, that’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, regardless of what field it is and I think that this one fits me best.

What are some of the exciting projects that you’ve been able to work on in classes here?
I’m currently working on a hypothetical project because in our field of behavior analysis, we tend to focus more on children with ASD, autism spectrum disorder.

So, we make up a client and we make up a protocol treatment for them and basically makeup results. But it’s kind of cool, because it’s realistic in a way.

Have you had the chance to work with the Scott Center for Autism here on campus?
I actually have volunteered there. They’re really great, I love being over there and the kids are so cute!

So how do you manage everything once you’re in season?
Yeah, so we typically wake up early in the morning, during the season, it’s a little bit fewer morning workouts, but we have longer practices, more practices throughout the week.

So, you kind of just has to focus on time management when we start playing games.

What advice would you give to an athlete that’s looking to come here that might get into forensic psychology?
I would say learn from each class that you take because there are different perspectives of psychology.

I learned that I wanted to look more into clinical because of the child side classes that I took. So, I would say take every class into consideration and don’t set your mind on one thing the whole time just be open to change.

This will be your fifth year with Panther softball, what will you remember the most fondly about your time at Florida Tech?
Definitely my teammates. They became family very easily.

What expectations do you have for you and the team in 2022?
We definitely have a very talented team and I think we could do some damage. So, hoping that we do really well and just keep fighting until the end.

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