Life Paths Promising Scholar 2017 Award Recipients
Life Paths Appalachian Research Center, in conjunction with support from Dr. Jonathan Davis, offered five travel scholarships for presentations that focus on under-served or disadvantaged communities.
Five Life Paths Promising Scholars were named for ResilienceCon 2017, and three Honorable Mention awards were given. We were proud to announce the 2017 recipients of the Life Paths Promising Scholar Awards, and are excited for more promising scholars in 2018!
Life Paths Promising Scholars
Lindsay is a 2nd year graduate student studying clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University working with Dr. Eric Dubow. Prior to her time at BGSU, she graduated from University of Michigan and spent two years working with adult and child survivors of trauma. Her current research interests involve resilience and post-traumatic growth in youth.
Jessica Miller is a second year graduate student in the clinical-community psychology doctoral program at Georgia State University. Her research is broadly in the area of refugee mental health, an interest which began through an undergraduate honors thesis at Houghton College investigating depression among Bhutanese refugees. More specifically, her research examines how to build upon refugees’ existing strengths to promote well-being at both individual and community levels. Her master’s thesis, currently being completed under the advisement of Dr. Wing Yi Chan, investigates the impact of community resilience on Iraqi refugee adaptation.
Ines Rezo is the research assistant on the project FEHAP, researching relations between family economic hardship, psycho-social problems and educational outcomes of adolescents in times of economic crisis. She is currently in the Postgraduate Doctoral Study of Psychology, at the University of Zagreb. Ines actively involved in volunteering with abused and neglected children and adolescents since she was undergraduate and enjoys in combining clinical and research practice.
Katie Schultz recently completed the PhD Program in Social Welfare at the University of Washington and has over ten years of experience working with the University’s Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Mental Health Services Research at Washington University in St. Louis. An enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Katie’s research focuses on the health and well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native women. Using community-based participatory research, she examines intersections of intimate partner violence and substance misuse; cultural factors as protective buffers against adverse health outcomes; and tribally-based health promotion and intervention design. She is also interested in the development of innovative conceptual and methodological approaches to research in rural and tribal communities; emphasizing projects that inform health promotion rooted in Indigenous knowledges and sustainable solutions by and for Native peoples.
Cynthia Nicole White
Nicole White is a second year Ph.D student studying Clinical-Community Psychology at The University of South Carolina. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Duke University where she studied Psychology and Global Health. After graduating, Nicole completed a fellowship through the Duke Chapel, where she interned at a community mental health and substance abuse crisis facility. Her research interests broadly include trauma and mental health among ethnic minorities. Under the mentorship of Dr. Suzanne Swan, Nicole is working on projects related to intimate partner violence among ethnic minority women on college campuses and the phenomena of drugging/drink spiking among college students.
Honorable Mention Awards
I am a psychology graduate from Queen’s University Belfast. My academic interests focus broadly on developmental psychology and developmental disorders. I have a specific research interest in Attachment Theory and Emotional Intelligence. I am currently writing up my Ph.D. thesis at Queen’s, exploring the police response to children and young people at incidents of domestic abuse. I have learned from this the power and importance of human connection. I hope to develop my career in the area of clinical psychology.
I am a second year counseling psychology doctoral student at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) located in San Antonio, TX, where I was born and raised. In addition, I provide bilingual counseling services at the Community Counseling Center associated with OLLU. I am also a member of the psychological services for Spanish speaking populations (PSSSP) program. The PSSSP program is a certification for psychology graduate students who are conversationally proficient in Spanish. The PSSSP certificate was developed to prepare students to provide high quality services to the growing number of clients who prefer to receive services in Spanish. The goal of the program is to prepare practitioners to be equally competent in the delivery of psychological services in Spanish and in English.
Mackenzie Wild, B. A., is a 2016 graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Mackenzie currently works in community mental health in Providence, RI on an NIH grant seeking to decrease psychiatric hospitalizations with a symptom-tracking tablet device. Ms. Wild also works as a Recovery Support Specialist on the Crisis Stabilization Unit of Butler Hospital. After receiving awards and recognition for her passionate pursuits in mental health reform and trauma-informed growth, Mackenzie hopes to further these goals with a Clinical Psychology degree program in the near future. Here at ResilienceCon, Ms. Wild looks forward to sharing her “Perspectives” research on trauma resilience through personality development while having the privilege of meeting strong, like-minded people.