Meet Our 2015 Emerging Scholars Fellowship Class


New ESF class

We’re exciting to introduce you today to our 2015 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship, an Active Minds program that grants funding to young researchers studying mental health.

Throughout the next five months, the scholars will be sharing their research updates on the blog, so make sure to check back continuously!

But first, let’s meet our all-star group:

headshot1Mary Duffy, University of Saint Joseph graduate
Research project: Assessing eating disorders in the transgender and non-binary community

Mary will examine the experiences of transgender and gender-diverse individuals who have been diagnosed with eating disorders from interpersonal, psychological, and social perspectives. She graduated from the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in December 2014 with a B.A. in psychology and is currently working at USJ as a teaching assistant and a professional tutor for the psychology department. Read more about Mary’s background and project.

Laura Frey, University of Kentucky
Research project: How can we create a safe environment for suicide attempt disclosures on college campuses?

Laura will analyze transcribed interviews and develop a model that will provide information regarding factors that could increase the likelihood for disclosure and the factors that can foster a safe environment to facilitate continued disclosure in the future. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Family Sciences at the University of Kentucky, with a background in couple and family therapy. Read more about Laura’s background and project.

Jessica Harvath-Hilgeman, University of Missouri
Research project: Writing psychology and creative writing non-fiction essays on mental health for public dissemination

Jessica plans to create a series of three to four creative non-fiction essays for public dissemination on mental health and psychology. She is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri, where she has focused on multiculturalism and the biological bases of behavior. Read more about Jessica’s background and project.

Rickie Miglin, Drexel University
Research project: Social problem solving, stress and substance use problems in college students

Rickie will test the hypothesis that social problem solving moderates the relationship between stress and substance use problems in college students. She is a senior at Drexel University graduating with a B.S. in Psychology and plans to pursue a PhD in clinical health psychology. Read more about Rickie’s background and project.

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Research project: The impact of high depressive score on sexual trajectories of Young Black Men who have sex with Men (YBMSM)

Adedotun will examine how high depressive scores impact sexual trajectories (the number of sexual partners) of YBMSM. He is a first-year M.P.H student in the Social & Behavioral Sciences division and global health concentration. Prior to coming to Yale, he worked on a behavioral research project at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine that explored how early same-sex sexual experiences were predictive of risk taking behavior in a sample of Black men who have sex with men. Read more about Adedotun’s background and project.

Margaret Rowland, University of Connecticut
Research project: Examining ethical decision-making in pharmacotherapy by mental healthcare professional

Margaret intends to compare the ability of clinical psychologists and psychiatrists to recognize and correctly respond to ethical dilemmas involving psychotherapy and pharmacology in a series of realistic clinical care scenarios. She is a senior undergraduate at the University of Connecticut, majoring in Psychology and Physiology & Neurobiology with a minor in Neuroscience. Read more about Margaret’s background and project.

volpe_activeminds_resizedVanessa Volpe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research project: Understanding gender differences in coping, depression and anxiety and how African American students respond to racial discrimination

Vanessa will investigate the relation between specific coping strategies and mental health among African American men and women attending a primarily White college institution. She is currently a PhD student in Developmental Psychology with a Quantitative Concentration at UNC – Chapel Hill. Before coming to Carolina, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology at New York University. Vanessa is the program’s inaugural Stephen C. Rose Legacy Fund scholarRead more about Vanessa’s background and research.