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    Karissa Smith (they/them)

    Position: Research Coordinator

    Year: Postbacc

    Major: Psychology

    Hometown: Hillsboro, Oregon

    Research Interests: I am interested in developing and disseminating interventions that improve mental health outcomes of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth who have experienced gender-based violence. As well as, structural violence and oppression.

    Future Goals: To obtain a PhD in either Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or Social Work

    Interesting Fact: I love to garden, and my favorite plant to grow is squash!

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    Ashley Ford (she/her)

    Position: Research Scientist
    Hometown: New Bern, North Carolina
    Research Interests: Investigating the neurobiological impact of trauma and mood disorders in African American youth to identify novel therapeutic interventions.
    Future Goals: Becoming a Clinical Psychologist.
    Interesting Fact: My favorite hobby is gardening and all things outdoors.

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    Liana Giglio (she/her)

    Position: Social Media Manager
    Major: Psychology

    Hometown: Roswell, Georgia

    Research Interests: Studying the varying personality development paths and mental health disparities that emerge in different groups of people to ultimately understand how to best guide them to heal and grow.
    Future Goals: Obtain a Master's Degree in clinical mental health counseling and become a practicing clinician!
    Interesting Fact: I love to play soccer and I have two cats!