Undergraduate Institution: Binghamton University
Current Role: n/a
Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
I was drawn to the innovative work being done at the Mindfulness Center and the MPH program's Health Behavior track. It was clear that Brown took behavioral health and the role of social relationships within public health seriously.
What makes Brown's program different from other programs you considered?
The Mindfulness Center, the availability and involvement of faculty, and the commitment to pushing boundaries and including the most recent research developments in our education.
What do you enjoy most about your program?
The Brown School of Public Health truly embodies the principle that you can’t do public health alone. There is a strong sense of community and trust which allows us, as new students, to take risks and make mistakes. I always feel comfortable reaching out to faculty for help or for a second opinion.
What is your academic area of interest and why?
I am interested in interpersonal violence, dating violence, and the importance of social connection and support to our well-being. This is a complicated and sometimes elusive part of our lives that needs attention and evidence-based research. I believe it is a public health responsibility to provide answers about risk and protective factors, as well as resources for behavior change for the behaviors that impact ourselves and others.
What are your postgraduate goals/plans?
I want to find a job that combines working in the field and getting to know the needs and expertise of communities, and using evidence-based research to make change. I see myself working at a non-profit or government agency that works to prevent violence and promote healthy relationships.
Providence is a hub of innovative public health projects. A perfect example is the Rhode Island Free Clinic, a nationally-renowned source of long-term and specialized healthcare that has partnerships with CVS and raises all of their own funds. Providence is a great city to observe and get involved with public health, whether you plan on staying in the area short- or long-term.
What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
It is important to feel at home in your program. Look for faculty that inspire you, classes that challenge your assumptions, and people looking to work together.