Joy Robinson is a senior at URI, double majoring in Psychology and African American Studies. As a URI student, she has served in various leadership activities. Joy Robinson is the President of the Student Government Board at the Feinstein Providence campus. From the moment she became involved with the Board in 2007, she has made a tremendous difference. She has professionalized their work, motivated other students to become involved, and now is mentoring students earlier in their degree programs to be future leaders. She is always there for students, always working to better their situations, and a real asset to our campus. She puts in long hours on the Board, for no compensation. In addition, Joy participates in fundraiser events, such as Making Strides against Breast Cancer, collecting food for the Rhode Island Food Bank and providing volunteer opportunities for students doing community service. She has volunteered with the Jumpstart Program, the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, and the McCauley House Soup Kitchen. She is the 2006 recipient of Year Up Award for Motivation and the 2005 recipient of the Year Up Award for Hard Work. This past year Joy has been called upon to be the public voice of URI Providence students as well. For example, this fall she did the presentation of gifts to visitors from the Dominican Republic, including the Rector (President) of the University of Santo Domingo who was there to sign a formal partnership with URI. The guests were very impressed with her and invited her to visit! Joy is recognized for her dedication and impressive work on behalf of students, but also because her leadership experience has been so valuable not only to URI but to herself personally.
Dr. Jasmine Mena is a Department of Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow at URI. Dr. Mena obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Rhode Island and completed her predoctoral internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP) at the Boston University Medical School. During the three years prior to this appointment she was a University Psychologist at the URI Counseling Center where her primary role was to provide psychotherapy services to undergraduate and graduate students. She was also involved in the training of graduate student therapists by delivering seminars, workshops, and providing individual supervision. She participated in community building activities such as helping to establish a Women of Color Network for Faculty and Staff as well as presenting at Diversity Week events. Her primary areas of clinical and research interest lie within Multicultural Psychology. She is interested in the process of increasing cultural competence of clinicians who provide psychotherapy and how it impacts the therapeutic relationship and psychotherapy outcomes. She is also interested in individual behavior change and community level interventions that address health and mental health disparities. As a postdoctoral fellow she will supervise clinical psychology doctoral students in the Multicultural Practicum and will teach a graduate seminar on Multicultural Psychology and Mental Health. She will also work toward securing grant funding to establish a program of research in line with her interests.
Gloria Faboyede is a senior at URI. As an undergraduate major in both Psychology and Child Development (HDF), Gloria Faboyede was involved with various research projects, part time jobs, and extracurricular activities. She has worked at the Cancer Prevention Research Center, and interned at Bradley Hospital. She worked as a child therapeutic interventionist in 2007 while simultaneously working at Brown University/Rhode Island public health institute. She participated and assisted in establishing academic groups on campus; HDF club (Human Development and Family Studies club) and MAPS (Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students). She served as a Teaching Assistant for a personality psychology class under Mary Versteck, Ed.D., where she was encouraged to teach and be a guide to other students. She did an independent research project on the subject of music and psychology and was a guest speaker for a psychology class. All of these experiences helped foster and support her interest in child development and research. She wants to continue to contribute to the field of child psychology and neuroscience through research and application. Gloria will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Neuroscience Program leading to a Ph. D. After earning a doctorate degree, she plans on becoming a pediatric neuroscientist.
One of her favorite classes as an undergraduate was Research Methods (PSY301) with Professor Charles Collyer. She continued to learn from Professor Collyer in an independent study (PSY489) and became involved in research on nonviolence education. Her study explored self-esteem in eleven fifth-grade classes, one of which received nonviolence education. In March 2010, she will be presenting her findings at the annual National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Convention in Chicago.
Jenlyn considers it a privilege to continue her education in the collaborative and supportive atmosphere of the URI School Psychology program. She plans to become a practitioner of school psychology and is also eager to contribute to the field through research.
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