"I am a second year graduate student in the School Psychology Master's program at the University of Rhode Island. As an undergraduate Talent Development student and Psychology major, I was a research assistant at the Cancer Prevention Research Center under Dr. Susan Boatright-Horowitz and received the Noreen Coachman Leadership Award in Psychology and the Outstanding Contributions to Psychology Senior Award of 2009.
Experiences such as being a Residential Counselor at St. Mary's Home for Children, where I was responsible for the direct care, daily supervision, and therapeutic treatment for children with traumatic family histories who have been removed from their homes; A Family Service Coordinator for Family Services of Rhode Island, where I served as a student/family advocate in both the home and school settings for children with a wide range of physical, mental, and learning disabilities; and a Live-In Counselor for the Talent Development Program at the University of Rhode Island, where I lived on-site for purposes of guidance and supervision of underprivileged, underrepresented minority students throughout the entire pre-matriculation summer program--have shaped my interests to involve helping children live better lives both inside and outside of the classroom. My specific interests revolve around violence prevention and anti-bullying within schools, and I am currently implementing the Second Step violence prevention curriculum in Central Falls, RI (a generally low SES community) under the supervision of Paul DeMesquita, PhD.
Next year I have committed to do my internship for school psychology in Baltimore City Public Schools, where I plan to become a practicing, licensed school psychologist in the next few years. This year I was also fortunate enough to be awarded the Deborah Peek Crockett Minority Scholarship from The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Rhode Island School Psychologists Association (RISPA) Minority Scholarship, both of which organizations I am a member of."
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