NAME: Ariel O. Blakey
YEAR OF STUDY: Junior MAJOR(S): Psychology
MENTOR(S): Dr. Jennifer Andrews-McClymont
SOURCE(S) OF TRAINING SUPPORT: NIH-RISE Program, Spelman College
While attending Spelman College, I have been awarded the 2017-2018 Donna Mitchell Endowed Scholarship, inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, and accepted for induction into Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology and maintained Dean’s List status every semester.
In 2016, I won the 1st Place Overall Poster Presentation Award at the annual Atlanta University Center
(AUC) Psychology Research Day, and the 1st Place Psychology Public Health Poster Presentation Award at the annual Spelman College Research Day. In 2017, I won 2nd Place Overall Poster Presentation Award at the annual AUC Psychology Research Day and the 1st Place Psychology Poster Presentation at the annual Spelman College Research Day. Additionally in 2017, I also won at the Annual Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Poster Day Competition for clinical research poster presentations and 2nd Place Overall Oral Presentation Award in Social
Science at the 18th Annual Minority Access Research Conference.
CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES: (brief description):
Throughout the academic year I work with Dr. Jennifer Andrews, PhD at Morehouse College through the Spelman College RISE program examining relations between measures of well-being and narratives in college-aged students, using Qualtrics Survey software and SPSS Statistical software.
OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCES:
The summer of 2015, I participated in the Summer Training About Research Techniques (START) Program, sponsored by the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program at Spelman College. Through this program, I worked at Emory University with Dr. Kristie Mercer, PhD, examining the Serotonin transporter (5 -HTT) and the long/short polymorphism (5-HTTLPR) to determine if the short allele increases the likelihood of attempting suicide among African American individuals who have an indicated life stress particularly in the surrounding area of Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Through this research, I gained significant experience conducting article reviews, Polymerase Chain Reactions (PCR), Gel Electrophoresis tests, Logistical Regression analyses through SPSS Statistical software.
During the summer of 2016, I worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) through the CHOP
Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) with Dr. Lamia Barakat, PhD and Dr. Chavis Patterson, PhD.
I worked with Dr. Patterson on assessing stress-reducing programming for parents with children in the Neonatal/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU). I concurrently conducted research with Dr. Barakat assessing the role of family stress in attitudes towards clinical trials for parents of children with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Through this research experience I gained, experience with REDcap database and more advanced experience and exposure with SPSS Statistical software.
CAREER ASPIRATIONS AND GOALS:
After obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Spelman College, I plan obtain a Clinical PhD. in Child Psychology with an emphasis in Genetic Psychology. With my PhD I hope to practice as a clinical child psychologist at a children’s hospital and conduct research on abnormal psychiatric disorders in adolescents such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.
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