Introduce yourself! Who are you?
I am a licensed and triple board certified Clinical Neuropsychologist, a tenured Associate Professor at Pepperdine University and published author. I provide professional services in Psychological Testing and Forensic Expert work, and contributes psychological expertise and analysis as a television host, panelist and expert advisor on a variety of national broadcasts.
Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
Yes, I knew since I was in high school that I wanted to be a psychologist. I was very lucky to find my calling that early on. It started when I was working in the big sister big brother program, and I was mentoring a foster child who had no stable adult relationships. I realized even one positive relationship with a person can make a huge difference. We still keep in touch to this day and she is doing great.
Were you scared to start the process?
It’s always a little scary to go towards your goals and reach for your dreams! But I just reminded myself that anything worth achieving always comes with some stress and some challenges. If you recognize this and know that it won’t be smooth sailing, but that you are doing it for important reasons, you’ll keep forging ahead. And lean on your friends and family!
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
There have been naysayers along the way, but that has just pushed me harder to work for what I want and to never give up.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
You can do anything you set your mind to. The worst thing is to look back and regret that you didn’t take a chance and to wonder “what if?”
How do you manage your work-life balance?
It’s tough, but I try really hard to have time carved out for family and social pursuits, to engage with hobbies, and just to veg! When things get very busy that is especially important. If I have a hard time, I will actually block out times in my calendar to rest, take a break, and hang out with family and friends.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Always being in touch with my values. Goals are great, but if they are not tethered to values, they will feel empty even if you achieve them. So I always try to keep an eye on my top values and make sure that every day I am doing something to honor them.
Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
I was very lucky to have several mentors along the way. All of my mentors have taught me how to be a good mentor to others that will come after me, and each of them embodied a spirit of generosity and warm encouragement. They were selfless with their time and with what they had achieved, and couldn’t wait to share their knowledge and expertise with me to help me develop and grow. I will be forever grateful to each of them.
What motivates you most?
I think each of us can do something to improve the lives of other people. That’s what motivates me every day, to make a positive difference in someone’s life, one day at a time.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
My second love is performing arts. I have been singing and dancing and playing music since I was a child, and I performed in many musicals and plays during college, grad school, and after grad school. I still play music and perform from time to time, and it is absolutely one of my most favorite things to do. I even picked up the circus arts as a hobby and am a flying trapeze and aerial hoop enthusiast.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from everyday life. I love observing people and social phenomena and when I get inspired I like to act on it as soon as possible. Recently, I became inspired to start a podcast because it is such a good source of information. I’ve been lucky to be on several podcasts lately as a guest, and I really like being able to have genuine conversations about interesting and important topics with different people. I’d love to start hosting my own podcast and featuring interesting guests, interviewing them, and learning about their lives and what inspires them!
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
That I genuinely LOVE video games and am a total gamer. I’ve been playing video games since I was 5, I’ve participated in regional competitions for video gaming, and I continue to play as a hobby!
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I was a Price is Right double showcase winner in 2010. I guessed my show case within $120 of the actual price, and won both showcases. I got a car, a sailboat, and three trips (Greece, Norway, Cancun) and a bunch of other prizes.
Dr. Judy Ho
Dr. Judy Ho is a triple board certified and licensed Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist, a tenured Associate Professor at Pepperdine University, and published author.