Katie Gallagher is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Gender and Women’s Studies. She holds strong commitments to social justice and celebrating diversity, both of which fuel her research interests and professional pursuits.
Katie began exploring research opportunities as a freshman and has worked in a diverse range of concentrations. She spent two years working on behavioral change and health psychology studies at URI’s Cancer Prevention Research Center in their Survey Research branch. She has also interned for the Child Anxiety Program at URI and worked with graduate students on their dissertations. Currently, Katie serves as a research assistant for Dr. Lisa Weyandt in her neuropsychology lab, where she assists with studies examining ADHD and college students. She believes these experiences have greatly contributed to her understanding of mental health services.
In addition to being a research assistant, Katie serves as President of URI’s Psychology Club and Vice President of Psi Chi. She strives to ignite a passion for psychology in others and aims to create a space for students to discuss important issues, network with faculty, and create positive change in the campus community. Katie is also the Founding President of SAGE (Students for the Advancement of Gender Equity), a SafeZone 101 Facilitator, and an Orientation Leader.
One of Katie’s biggest passions is empowering others and has demonstrated so through the many leadership positions she holds. She currently serves as the intern for URI’s Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services, where she leads a team of students in creating interactive workshops aimed at preventing interpersonal violence and educating the URI community. Katie also provides direct advocacy and assists in crisis counseling to those affected by interpersonal violence, an experience that has shaped her decision to pursue a career in social work.
Katie has been recognized by both of her academic departments for her hard work through scholarships and awards. She also belongs to several honor societies, including Iota Iota Iota and Phi Kappa Phi. In the fall, Katie is moving to Seattle to complete a Master’s in Social Work (MSW). She plans on working with organizations focused on the promotion of mental health and social justice.
Katie will be among the first to graduate with the new Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology this May 2014.
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