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Levy Lab for Personality, Psychotherapy, and Psychopathology
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Lena Becker

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology, Spanish
Hometown: Elysburg, PA
Experience Time: Fall 2019

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

As the lab manager in Dr. Levy's research lab, I attend weekly meetings with Dr. Levy to discuss the lab's projects, new applicants, and current trainings. I help to delegate tasks to over 20 undergraduate RAs and serve as a communication point between them and Dr. Levy and the grad students in our lab.

Learning to create solutions to problems with many moving parts in lab enhances my work in the classroom

How did this experience impact you academically?

Learning to create solutions to problems with many moving parts in lab enhances my work in the classroom. I also love getting to work with such a diverse team and delve into the field of personality disorders and attachment theory!

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has enhanced my interpersonal communication and leadership skills. As a manager, I need to be able to see and empathize with the perspectives of every member of the lab, from first-year students to sixth-year graduate students. I have also learned a lot about mental health disorders and their treatments. As a future health care provider, I believe knowledge about mental health and communication skills are imperative.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The enrichment funding from the College of the Liberal Arts allows me to fully focus on my studies and research instead of worrying about the financial burden of attending college. Without the support I receive from the College, I wouldn't have had such amazing experiences.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

I knew I wanted to do research in the area of clinical psychology; this is the reason I joined Dr. Levy's lab. I am currently writing my thesis for the Paterno Fellows Program on the relation between Borderline Personality Disorder and Attachment Theory.

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