Meet My Mentor: Dr. Megan Moreno, MD, MPH, MSEd


Corey is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Corey and her fellow scholars here.

Dr. MorenoI’ve been lucky enough to be paired with Dr. Megan
Moreno, MD, MPH, MSEd, a professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Moreno focuses on adolescents and technology use, and her most recent study focuses on self-harm on Instagram.

Originally Dr. Moreno was a pediatrician, where she saw a rise of social media use among her adolescent patients.  With that prevalence of social media use among teens, Dr. Moreno saw many of her patients dealing with cyberbullying, which is why she decided to work so closely with cyberbullying research.  I’m lucky to have someone who is so knowledgeable about cyberbullying to help me whenever I need her! Continue Reading

Emerging Scholars Fellowship: Meet Alfred Delena’s Mentor


Alfred is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Alfred and his fellow scholars here.

Hello… It’s me.

In honor of Leap Day…

I wanted to LEAP forward and tell you about two members of an incredible team of mentors and advisors that I am so grateful to be working with.

It is a true honor to have Corey Keyes as my national mentor. Dr. Keyes is a Professor of Sociology and holds the Winship Distinguished Research Professorship at Emory University. He is a pioneering researcher in the field of positive psychology or the scientific study of CKEYEShuman strength, potential, and flourishing. Stemming from the time of the ancient Greeks, Dr. Keyes’ research has focused on this concept of flourishing—the presence and symptomatology of psychological, social, and emotional well-being. Furthermore, his work highlights the “two continua model” of mental health and mental illness. Continue Reading

Emerging Scholars Fellowship: Meet Tao Liu


Tao is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Tao and her fellow scholars here.

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Hello everyone! I am Tao Liu, a fourth year doctoral student in counseling psychology at Indiana University Bloomington. I was born and raised in a village in Hebei Province, China.

Growing up in a poor family in rural China, I was continuously exposed to inequalities related to poverty, mental disability, rural residency, and female status.  I questioned why women still had to do more house chores after a day of hard work than men, wondered why a homeless man with schizophrenia was only ridiculed but not cared for, and doubted the negative attitudes directed toward my parents when they went to the city in farm clothing.

I even doubted the right of teachers to spank students as a form of discipline.  Listening to my grandparents’ stories of being victimized in World War II, I often wondered how the wounds of collective and personal trauma can be healed.

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Emerging Scholars Fellowship: Meet Matt Kridel


Matt is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Matt and his fellow scholars here.

Hey there! My name is Matt Kridel and I’m a second-year PhD student in the Clinical/Counseling Psychology program at the University of South Alabama. I received my B.A. in Psychology in 2014 from Gannon University, where I also helped to revive the 5-star Active Minds chapter. Currently,

I help lead the Active Minds chapter at South Alabama and I’m also a member of the National Student Advisory Committee. I’ve been to the Active Minds National Mental Health on Campus Conference twice, and I can’t wait to go again this year.

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If you can’t tell already, I really love Active Minds. Since becoming involved in my junior year of undergrad, I’ve learned firsthand the impact this organization has on college student mental health. I’ve seen students turn postcards into works of cathartic art through the PostSecretU program. Continue Reading

Emerging Scholars Fellowship: Meet Corey Falls


Corey is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Corey and her fellow scholars here.

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Hi! I’m Corey, and yes, although my name can be confusing I am, in fact, a girl! So, let’s get to know each other a bit. I’m a sophomore at Loyola University Maryland (#GoHounds) studying psychology. I’m an Evergreen Orientation Leader on campus, which means that I love ice breakers and I can recite my name, hometown, major and 3 fun facts in record speed.

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Corey (red) and the Evergreens at Fall Orientation

In case you were wondering those fun facts are: I’ve swam with sharks, I’ve performed at Walt Disney World with my high school choir and I have a backwards tooth (don’t ask). Continue Reading

Meet Our 2016 Emerging Scholars Fellowship Class


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We’re excited to introduce you to the Class of 2016 for our 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!

Let’s meet our superstars:

alfred delena_squareAlfred Delena, Stanford University
Research project: Examining the lived experience of well-being among first-generation, low-income undergraduate students of color at highly selective universities.

Alfred Delena is a 5th year undergraduate senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology, along with both a Minor and Honors in Education at Stanford University. As a Human Biology major, Alfred’s area of concentration focuses on Psychological and Educational Approaches to Understanding the Health, Well-being, and Resilience of the Developing Human. Alfred is one of our 2016 Stephen C. Rose Legacy Scholars. Read more about Alfred’s background and research.

corey falls_squareCorey Falls, Loyola University Maryland
Research project: Bridging the gap in literature regarding cyberbullying, specifically on social media, and to discover the relationship between anonymous social media and cyberbullying.

Corey Falls is an undergraduate sophomore studying for her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. She plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. Corey wants to contribute to research and knowledge on cyberbullying. Read more about Corey’s background and research.

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Why You Should Apply for the Emerging Scholars Fellowship


Have you ever been curious about what it means to be part of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship?

Hear from two of our most recent scholars on why they valued their experiences with the Fellowship and the impact it had on them as student researchers.

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Jessica maintains a blog called “Adventures in the Psychology of Mind and Body”, and recently had an article published in the November 2015 issue of Psychology Today. Learn more about Jessica’s fellowship project here.

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Upgrade Your Advocacy: The Healthy Minds Study


When advocating for student mental health on your campus, do you ever feel like something is missing? Like you could convince more people to support the cause if only you had hard cold numbers to support your argument?

Show Me the Data

Don’t worry. We’ve got just what you need: the Healthy Minds Study! Designed specifically for colleges and universities, HMS is an online survey of student mental health, service utilization, and related issues. There are approximately a gazillion ways in which HMS research can help Active Minds chapters but we’ll focus on just a few for now.

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Mental Health News Round-Up: July 31


Suicide Prevention, Stress, and the Ideals of Perfection

Although I typically try to remain objective in the Mental Health New Round-Up, I break this form to share the following NYT article that includes my personal story.


Active Minds has been instrumental in my journey of recovery and advocacy and I am now involved with Active Minds Penn on campus (Check out our Chapter President’s video on her mental health story and another alum’s TedTalk video).

I am so grateful to Active Minds National for taking a chance on me as an intern when I was on leave and truly believing that sharing your story can change the world. Find out how you can share your story for Suicide Prevention Month.

(The typical mental health news round-up continues below)

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Mental Health News Round Up: July 10


Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll

Psychologist are researching race-based trauma in light of the recent shooting in at the historically black AME church in Charleston and the burning of black churches. Microagressions, race based violence, and racism cause trauma that harms the mental health of African American, but researchers believe the official DSM definition of race based trauma is too narrow.

Why the Words We Use to Talk About Mental Health Are Important

Words like “crazy,” “bonkers,” or “psycho” that demonize people living with mental health conditions only promote the stigma that prevents people from seeking the life saving treatment they need. This VICE opinion piece echoes Active Minds’ mission and argues that “showing kindness and sensitivity in the language we use should not be a grave imposition on our being – it should be a basic requirement of our humanity.”

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